You might actually miss the FreeCredit guys

We mentioned this on Twitter last week, but these dudes deserve a whole item. (now called is officially retiring the FreeCreditReport band, who sang those mind-bendingly catchy…

May 27, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

FreeCreditReport band still not phoning it in

Despite my best judgment, despite my knowledge of their deceptive practices, despite having even been one of their victims back in the innocent days of 2000, I just can't help…

July 31, 2009, 7:45 AM EDT

R.I.P. Ed McMahon, self-deprecating ad star

At one time, Ed McMahon was one of the most famous human beings on the media landscape. From 1962 until 1992, as the announcer on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, his…

June 23, 2009, 10:39 AM EDT

Credit scores pee on the rug, hump your leg

The folks at The Martin Agency, who created the inanimate wad-of-bills Kash character for Geico, are now portraying credit scores as shaggy, growling canines in a new campaign for…

April 23, 2009, 9:14 AM EDT

FTC parodies the ads

With the Democrats back in power, we should have known it would come to this. The Federal Trade Commission has released several parodies of the ads. The goal: to…

March 10, 2009, 10:07 AM EDT

Ed McMahon raps for

Forget Freddie Mac. It's Eddie Mac who needs a bailout—and fast, because he's really hitting the skids! Swimming in debt and faced with losing his Beverly Hills home, 85-year-old Ed…

September 26, 2008, 12:43 PM EDT

Get the FreeCredit guy to walk the plank

Everyone loves The Martin Agency's jingle for, which has spawned numerous parodies. (Well, OK, not everyone loves it.) Assuming you haven’t heard it incessantly, check out the commercials…

August 4, 2008, 11:10 AM EDT

The credit report is free, but you’ll still pay

I’d never seen any of’s ads before the Onion A.V. Club started complaining about them, but I should be thankful. I can’t think of any situation or program that…

December 12, 2007, 7:47 AM EST