🏈 Hut, Hut, Hike: Scoring the 2021 Super Bowl Commercials

Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten review the 2021 Super Bowl commercials and pick the touchdowns, fumbles, and serious WTFs. 

IN THIS EPISODE

⏳Season 4…already?! (at 1 min)

⚽️What's in a name—is Football the best name for the US version of the game? (at 1:33)

💰The price running a Super Bowl spot…just the price of the average home in California?
(at 2:21)

🏆Is this the story of a man named Brady? (at 3:44)

👺…Or are we talking about a deal with the Devil? (at 4:50)

🍋Move over, Volkswagen … there's a new famous "lemon" in advertising (at 5:10)

⚡️ Will Ferrell, Keenen Thompson and Awkwafina put Norway on notice for GM (at: 6:06)

📺 Blue chip brands that sit this one out—and Alexa, who doesn't (at 7:16)

🏹 Challenger brands compete to be this year's Quibi … or is it the Robinhood of Robinhoods? (at 9:21)

🏆 (at 11:53) Toyota goes uplifting with "Upstream" (at 11:06)

🕺🏻 Scott's Miracle Gro busts a move with John Travolta … and the winner is TikTok (at 12:10)

🎶 Cheetos have Mila and Ashton Kutcher, er, butcher Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" (13:05)

🎭 Yup, it's a Tide commercial … and Jason Alexander pays dearly at the hands of Rick W. (at 14:25)

🥂 And the winners are ….(at 15:20)

👎🏼 The also-rans are… (at 16:27)

Approx. 17 minutes, 26 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


Marketing, Media, Pop-Culture 2020: The Year in Loaded Questions (Part 2)

🎁The Loaded Questions keep flying as the Ricks take a stroll down Memory Lane to celebrate the conclusion of their mega-hit third season.

IN THIS EPISODE:

🔨Elon Musk-Haves? The Top 3 Holiday Tech Toys Gone Wrong (at :29-seconds)

🏈Will the Real Kyle Shanahan please stand up? (at 2-mins, :08-sec)

🧊How one brand found its cool during the coronavirus pandemic (at 3:50)

🤩The Ricks thank the fans (at 5:01)

🖖🏼Hailing Frequencies Open: Captain Equal Opportunity Cad (at 5:36)

🎒The Ricks address their baggage (the good kind) (at 7:06)

🏎Jumping the shark … into outer space? (at 7:55)

🃏From Joker to Siri: The top 5 commercials you did not see during Super Bowl 2020 (at 9:05)

⏮Some nutty moments from Seasons 1, 2, and 3

Approx. 27-min, 12-sec. For US audiences.
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Marketing, Media, Pop-Culture 2020: The Year in Loaded Questions (Part 1)

🎄It's a super-sized game of Loaded Questions as the Ricks celebrate the season that tried to make lemonade out of one lemon of a year.

IN THIS EPISODE:

🎅🏼A holiday end-of-season for the Ricks (at :55-seconds)

👽The time Rick M. introduced Rick W. in Klingon (at 1-min, :49-sec)

🍔When a certain QSR brand's campaign for freshness is solid mold (at 2:48)

🧟‍♂️The Ricks do science near you, and the results are scary (at 4:30)

😲Could this unfortunately-timed ad campaign benefited from a temporary rebrand? (at 6:12)

🤖Arnie's "Terminator" takes on an unexpected new role–and casting trivia from the OG (at 7:02)

💇‍♂️Rick W. wins a Golden Flowbee during lockdown—and finds himself in esteemed company (at 7:52)

🤘🏻From "Sex Education" to "Finger-Licking Vegan Nuggets" to fMRI and beyond (at 9:48)

📺"The Mandalorian" tries on some 501s (at 11:30)

🏈 Oh for the love of Quibi (at 13:32)

🤣 Some memorable moments from Season 3 of Rick and Rick Rule the World (at 15:14)

Approx. 19-min, 45-sec.

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🚙 Electric Cars—Not So Neutral After All?

It's time for a quick round of Rick and Rick Loaded Questions. This time out: The dirt on electric cars. Kissing in COVID-era movie productions. The best holiday movie of all time. And consumer views on social media as a holiday-season marketing channel.

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IN THIS EPISODE

⚡️Jolt to the System: Comparing the carbon footprint of electric vs. gas cars

💋Zoom Romance: Actors' relationship with COVID-era kissing? It's com(plexi)

🍿Debates over the best holiday movie of all time die hard

🎅🏼Holiday advertising in social media: A mismatch under the mistletoe?

Approximately 5-minutes, 15-seconds.

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🍿Top 15 Movies of 2010s; Wonder Woman 3

This holiday season, Pizza Hut goes heavy on comfort and joy. Is "Get Out" or "The Babadook" the best movie of the 2010s? The world's waiting for you, "Wonder Woman." Plus: Debating Tesla's decision to dump its PR department.

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IN THIS EPISODE

😷A Zoom Thanksgiving (at 55 sec)

🍿"WW84" to hit HBOMax—with "Amazons" spinoff & "Wonder Woman 3" in works (at 2 min, 25 sec)

🎬The Ricks review Mashable's list of Top 15 movies of the 2010s (at 4:43)

🛒Shop 'til you drop? Black Friday sales see major online spike (at 9:03)

📺 Real deal? Act now to get half off Samsung's $100,000 TV set (at 10:54)

🍕 Pizza Hut and Gravity Blanket Go Heavy on the Comfort & Joy (at 12:12)

🥤Coca-Cola dumps half of its beverage brands (at 12:41)

📣Tesla ditches corporate PR—and the Ricks discuss the pros and cons (at 15:17)

Approximately 22-minutes, 10-seconds.

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📺 Netflix's Approach to Experiential Marketing in the Covid Era

👹 "Stranger Things" takes over downtown LA, beer brands race to deliver a different kind of buzz, 80's era movie franchises stage comebacks via Zoom & more. From Sept. 15.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

⛳️ Planning a golf game amid fires, quarantines & deadlines (at 1 min, 7 sec)

💪🏼 Gyms open again—but first-come, first-serve rules may weigh them down (at 2:32)

🎬 Netflix launches a blockbuster experiential promotion for "Stranger Things"… (at 3:37)

💥… But is the show headed for a meltdown? (at 5:57)

🍟 A certain QSR answers aging comments—on a competitor's Facebook page (at 7:15)

🍻+☕️ How beer brands aim to build buzz with alcoholic coffees (at 9:55)

🍿 80's era movie franchises Zoom-based reunion sequels for cause marketing (at 11:46)

👂🏻The truth about ghost sightings? You won't believe your ears (or your bowels) (at 12:51)

Approximately 15-minutes, 34-seconds.

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🏁 The 'Fast & Furious' Franchise is Racing Toward ... Outer Space?

The Fast & Furious franchise aims for a surprising new moonshot. Burger King and Ronald McDonald turn heads when they kiss off distancing protocols. And why you may soon be able to play your go-to Xbox games anywhere, anytime, on whatever device you have in hand. It's all this and more in our latest podcast. From Sept. 15.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

🗽Rick M is in a New York state of mind, but Rick W's just happy to get outside again (at :59-seconds)

👩🏼‍🚀"F9," the latest installment of the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise, is racing toward … outer space? (at 2:15)

🕹Xbox goes virtual so you can play on any device—including your iPhone? (at 3:46)

🤡Burger King has the hots for a certain ginger beef patty & he's not clowning around (at 6:43)

🔥This Year's Burning Man Festival lights up social VR, Second Life-style (at 8:32)

🎃Will Halloween sales scare the hell out of candy brands? (at 10:30)

👻RIP, CBS All Access—we hardly knew you…but for Paramount, it's a Plus (at 11:30)

🤳🏽The original video sharing site takes on TikTok with YouTube Shorts (at 12:22)

Approximately 13-minutes, 43-seconds. For US audiences.
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🏁 The 'Fast & Furious' Franchise is Racing Toward ... Outer Space?

The Fast & Furious franchise aims for a surprising new moonshot. Burger King and Ronald McDonald turn heads when they kiss off distancing protocols. And why you may soon be able to play your go-to Xbox games anywhere, anytime, on whatever device you have in hand. It's all this and more in our latest podcast. From Sept. 15.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

🗽Rick M is in a New York state of mind, but Rick W's just happy to get outside again (at :59-seconds)

👩🏼‍🚀"F9," the latest installment of the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise, is racing toward … outer space? (at 2:15)

🕹Xbox goes virtual so you can play on any device—including your iPhone? (at 3:46)

🤡Burger King has the hots for a certain ginger beef patty & he's not clowning around (at 6:43)

🔥This Year's Burning Man Festival lights up social VR, Second Life-style (at 8:32)

🎃Will Halloween sales scare the hell out of candy brands? (at 10:30)

👻RIP, CBS All Access—we hardly knew you…but for Paramount, it's a Plus (at 11:30)

🤳🏽The original video sharing site takes on TikTok with YouTube Shorts (at 12:22)

Approximately 13-minutes, 43-seconds. For US audiences.
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🤓VR Takes You to 'Lovecraft Country,' 'The Batman' Trailer's Uncanny Similarity to 'Se7en' & More

In this episode: "The Matrix 4" and its transgender allegory is on its way—without Agent Smith or Morpheus. HBO's experiential promotion for "Lovecraft Country." Is "The Batman" a trailer thief? Netflix has a 'Three Body Problem.' Plus Loaded Questions and a whole lot more. From September 13.

IN THIS EPISODE:

🛹 Rick W. gets his new Tony Hawk game, complete with limited edition skateboard (at 1 min, 6 sec)

✈️ Rick M. wasn't the guy flying a jetpack past commercial airliners on approach to LAX … at least not this time (at 2:46)

3️⃣ Netflix's "Three Body Problem" may be a good one to have (at 3:26)

🕵️‍♂️ "The Matrix 4" is on its way–without Agent Smith or Morpheus (at 4:52)

💥 "The Animatrix," revisited–why it was better than Matrix 2 and 3 (at 6:46)

👩🏻‍🦰 Did you know "The Matrix" series is an allegory about transgenderism? Neither did we (at 7:34)

🦇=❼? "Holy Double Vision, Batman!" If the trailer to "The Batman" looks familiar to you, this may be why (at 10:43)

👓 HBO takes its experiential marketing prowess to virtual reality to promote "Lovecraft Country" (at 12:04)

🐷 Did Elon Musk's Neuralink presser pull a Cybertruck? (at 14:47)

🤕 Just how much damage has the pandemic done to media spend in 2020? (at 15:42)

🍿 It's official: Summer 2020's box office champion is … (at 16:26)

Approximately 18-minutes, 15-seconds. For US audiences.

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🚘Top 5 Car Brands by Generation, 'Tenet' Hits Theaters & What Do Shoppers Really Think About Masks?

🚙 In the conclusion this last week's episode: The Ricks look at a surprising new list of the most-loved car brands for Millennials, Gen X and more. Epic Games Takes Aim at Apple. Plus: What shoppers think about your store's mask requirement, and more. From September 6. 

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IN THIS EPISODE

⚡️This List of Top 5 Car Brands by Generation is Electrifying (at 20-seconds)

⏲ The Ricks Look Inside an Internet Minute (at 3-min, 50-sec)

🍎 Epic Games Spoof of Apple's '1984' Hits Hard (at 5:18)

⏳Christopher Nolan's Sci-Fi Actioner 'Tenet' Hits Theaters (at 5:45)

😷 What Shoppers Think About Stores That Require Masks (at 6:18)

⚖️ How Many Companies Use A/B Testing to Increase Landing Page Conversion? (at 7:09)

Approximately 9-minutes, 26-seconds. For US audiences.
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