10 jolly good pirate-themed TV commercials

Pirates are suddenly hot again, thanks to the recent high-stakes showdown with the Somalis off the coast of Africa. (Spike TV, its finger always on the pulse, is already planning a reality show about pirates in the Gulf of Aden, and the U.S. Navy's efforts to disrupt them.) Of course, our eye-patched, peg-legged, parrot-rearing friends have been a mainstay of advertising for years. Below are our picks for 10 of the best pirate-themed TV commercials that have aired through the years.

—Posted by Tim Nudd


No. 10 — FreeCreditReport.com
The FreeCredit guy stoops to serving chowder and iced tea as a waiter at a pirate-themed restaurant.


No. 9 — Milky Way
Eating Milky Way Minis apparently transports you to a fantasy world where you fight a sea battles against other pirates.


No. 8 — Sharpie
Another guy who feels humiliated in a pirate costume finds solace in a Sharpie retractable pen.


See all 10 commercials here.