A Brief History Of Cheesy Network Television Promos

NBC debuted a promotional spot called “The Brotherhood of Man” over the weekend and while it was cool to see Ron Swanson, Jack Donaghy, Andy Bernard, and Brian Williams performing a musical ditty together, it also caused many rolled eyes and raised eyebrows. Not to worry, internet! TV networks have been churning out these silly ads — in which all of the network’s biggest stars put on a song and dance in one long extended commercial — for decades.

Let’s take a look at some of the most enjoyable throughout television history.

3. 1995: Fox’s “Cool Like Us”

Includes America’s Most Wanted, Melrose Place, The Simpsons, Married with Children, Misery Loves Company, The X-Files, Beverly Hills, 90210, Party of Five

4. 1994: “Fox Is Kickin’ It”

Includes Cops, The Simpsons, Martin, Living Single, The X-Files, Beverly Hills, 90210

5. 1993: “The Stars Are Back On NBC”

Includes Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Fraiser, Blossom, Mad About You, Seinfeld, Saved by the Bell: The College Years

6. 1992: “This Is CBS”

Includes Murphy Brown, Hearts Afire, Northern Exposure, Rescue 911, Major Dad, Murder, She Wrote

7. 1992: “It Must Be ABC”

Includes America’s Funniest Home Videos, Full House, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Roseanne, Coach The Commish, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The Wonder Years, Doogie Howser, M.D., Home Improvement, Step By Step

8. 1990: “NBC, The Place To Be”

Includes Parenthood, Working It Out, The Golden Girls, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Ferris Bueller, Unsolved Mysteries, Quantum Leap

9. 1990: “America Is Watching ABC”

Includes Family Matters, Roseanne, Full House, The Wonder Years, Doogie Houser, M.D.

10. 1989: CBS “Get Ready”

Includes Muppet Babies, Murphy Brown, Jake and the Fatman, Top of the Hill, Falcon Crest, Knots Landing

11. 1988: “Come Home to the Best Only on NBC”

Includes The Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Family Ties, Day by Day, Alf, The Hogan Family, Midnight Caller, My Two Dads, Rage Hard, Miami Vice

12. 1987: NBC’s “Come Home”

Includes The Facts of Life, The Golden Girls, Family Ties, My Two Dads, Matlock, The Cosby Show, Night Court, Cheers

13. 1987: “CBS Spirit”

Includes Everything’s Relative, 60 Minutes, Newhart, Designing Women, Magnum, P.I., Knots Landing, Falcon Crest, Dallas

I swear I saw Tom Selleck’s mustache appear in front of a waterfall in this.

14. 1987: ABC’s “Something’s Happening”

Includes Dolly, MacGyver, Who’s the Boss?, Growing Pains, Moonlighting, Full House, Max Headroom

15. 1986: NBC’s “We Belong Together”

Includes Spenser: For Hire, MacGuyver, Who’s the Boss?, Growing Pains, Moonlighting, Jack and Mike

16. 1986: “Come Home To NBC”

Includes The Facts of Life, Our House, Easy Street, Matlock, Alf, St. Elsewhere, Cheers, The Cosby Show, Night Court, The A-Team

17. 1984: “NBC, Let’s All Be There”

Includes, Miami Vice, SNL, Different Strokes, Hot Pursuit, Silver Spoons, Remington Steele, It’s Your Move, Riptide, Highway To Heaven

18. 1981: “Now is the Time, ABC is the Place”

Includes The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hart To Hart, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, Mork and Mindy, Dynasty, Taxi, Bosom Buddies

19. 1980: “Proud As A Peacock”

20. 1979: ABC’s “Still The One”

21. 1977: “Still The One”

Includes Charlie’s Angels, Fish, Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, Soap, Welcome Back, Kotter, What’s Happening!!

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