Last night’s Super Bowl XLV (that’s 45 for those of us who don’t use Roman numerals) surely got some big ratings but we’ll have to see if the game surpassed the last episode of M*A*S*H like last year’s did. Regardless of the numbers, this year’s game made a connection to classic television in a different way.
A clever ad for the NFL used existing footage of current and classic TV shows. The clips from shows like Happy Days, Friends, Seinfeld, Cheers, How I Met Your Mother, The Simpsons, The Brady Bunch, Family Matters, and The Office, were digitally altered so that the characters were seen getting ready for the game. Appropriately, the theme playing the background was from Dallas.