Pepsi Throwback ads resurrect 1970s relics

Here are nine new 15-second spots from TBWA\Chiat\Day that Pepsi unveiled today to promote Pepsi Throwback, its nostalgia beverage featuring '70s product packaging and, to my personal delight, real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. The retro theme extends to the media buy, as the ads are running on Hulu alongside old shows like Hill Street Blues, Battlestar Galactica (the original) and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The spots are pretty amusing, showing the Throwback can interacting with artifacts from the '70s. But Pepsi's notion that the '70s are "considered new" because millennials weren't around to experience them the first time ignores the fact that the '70s have been mined for nostalgia for years now. Also worrisome: Three other ads were made in conjunction with the folks at, who wouldn't know funny if it flashed them and took a picture. But at least Pepsi is stepping up and producing ads to fit Hulu's specialty content. That alone makes them look like they have a clue.

—Posted by David Kiefaber