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The Waltons: Geico Commercial Asks Rhetorical Question About Classic TV Family

Geico guy Mike McGloneThe Waltons ran for nine seasons on CBS and was a cornerstone of the network’s Thursday night line-up for the entire run. Three made-for-TV movies aired soon after the series finished and then, three reunion movies followed 10-15 years later.

While the show is popular in syndication, most TV viewers today haven’t seen a single episode of the show or really know what it’s about. However, most do recognize the iconic scene that ended each episode; a darkened farmhouse with the voices of the family members pleasantly saying goodnight to one another.

The Geico insurance company is having a bit of fun with that part of The Waltons and are using it as the focus of one of their new “Rhetorical Questions” commercials. In the spot, actor Mike McGlone (The Brothers McMullen) asks the immortal question, “Did The Waltons take way too long to say goodnight?”

Take a look. (Sorry the quality’s not better.)

What do you think? Do most people understand the TV show reference? Does that matter for the commerical to still be funny?

 

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MIKE February 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Bob, You may be right, could be Pearl Bailey. Somehow though I think it’s a voice from some black actor from a sit-com from the seventies or eighties. I’ll figure it out eventually. Or maybe it’s just Grandpa!

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Janie February 15, 2010 at 8:42 am

Redd Foxx?..that would be an incredible feat..since he’s been gone for years.
Perhaps Billy Crystal?

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bob February 15, 2010 at 12:43 am

Mike, I know what you mean. It sounds like Pearl Bailey to me!

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admin February 15, 2010 at 2:39 am

@bob: LOL!

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MIKE February 13, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Please, somebody tell me who is saying goodnight at
grandpa’s turn. It sounds like a black person and sounds like someone’s voice that I have heard most of my life. It’s driving me crazy!

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admin February 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm

@MIKE: I think you’ll find that it’s really Will Gear, the late actor who played Grandpa. I believe all of the voices were pulled from the show.

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Anonymous January 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

that shit is funny!!! goo night evbody hahahaha fuckin hillbillies hahahaha

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jadee January 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Luv the Waltons commercial! Laugh so hard every timne I see it..by the way,believe that is Bill Murray doing his Garfield bit at the end,Right? Also luv the “two-tall Jones” ad and the “mean fiddle “ad! Plz do more of these-same actor!..No more cave guy,plz!!!So annoying we put tv on mute or turn/walk away!!!ugh!!Cave guy was NEVER funny!!! Thenew commercials are spot on and because of the’water-cooler’ laughs, everyone is either talking abt the ads or wanting to see them!! Good job!!!

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Laurie January 25, 2010 at 7:15 pm

I always thought Grandpa sounded like a drunk Woody Harrelson!lol That commercial always cracks me up.

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sari January 25, 2010 at 8:26 am

love the commercial. i laugh every time. grandpaaaaa

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Tom January 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Now I get it. Duh.

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Anonymous January 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Why did they make grandpa sound like a drunk?

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suzy January 14, 2010 at 7:54 am

love the commercial but grandpa’s goodnight everybody sounds like Redd Foxx

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Anonymous January 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I dont remeber grandpa being a drunk,but it sure sounds like it in this commercial. I laugh everytime I hear it…

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Rich January 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

Granda sounds like Woody Harrelson to me.

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Arlene Styles January 11, 2010 at 3:57 am

In this day and age it is sooooooo nice to hear this ending once again. I grew up with this series and watched it in syndication. More of this type of show is needed to get our moral compass on the right path once again.

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KenMo January 10, 2010 at 1:37 am

I guess they don’t want to sell insurance to anyone under 40, cuz they won’t get it.

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Amanda January 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I LOVE THE WALTONS!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS COMMERCIAL!!! It makes me happy every time I see it!

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Anon January 9, 2010 at 1:01 am

Still funny.

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