Banquet in a Box

Frozen meals are miracles of convenience—with a dollop of denial

If we could please get the sniggers out of the way first, there’s an important thing that needs to be said about TV dinners. They’re unique in the world of branding for exemplifying not one but two separate miracles. In case you’re having a tough time believing that, check out the 1962 and 2011 ads here. The first miracle? Why, technology, of course. The second: a means to achieve an unprecedented level of denial of the first. Hey, good marketing can do that for you.