Funniest Commercials: Wendy’s, ‘Where’s the Beef?’

Grumpy old people and mild suggestiveness—comic staples on their own, they worked even better together in this legendary spot. The diminutive and inimitable Clara Peller, 81 at the time, created a cultural movement just by swiveling her head back and forth, looking bewildered and barking the catchphrase. Created by two comedic giants of advertising—writer Cliff Freeman and director Joe Sedelmaier—for agency Dancer Fitzgerald Sample.