National Weeds Awareness Week Prescribes Anti-Drug PSAs
Amazingly, 80 million American adults had never experienced the joy of Weeds until now. TV Guide Network continues its campaign to build Weeds Awareness and provide hope nationally by airing the award-winning comedy Sunday nights at 9/8c. But with awareness comes responsibility, so TV Guide Network urges viewers to watch Weeds while considering the impact of marijuana. Here are some of the most memorable anti-drug PSAs of all time:
1. YOUR BRAIN ON DRUGS
TV Guide named this as one of the top 100 television advertisements, and egg sales went through the roof.
2. WEEDS AWARENESS
National Weeds Awareness Week has its own PSA, which strives to become a future classic.
3. PEE WEE HERMAN/DON'T DO CRACK
A kitschy man-boy in a bow tie isn't always the voice of reason, but this was before Pee Wee's Big Exposure.
4. TALKING DOG
A judgmental talking animal who takes himself too seriously? The best PSA to ever air in Narnia!
5. NINJA TURTLES
Who'd have thought that giant pizza-munching turtles would be teaching kids not to smoke pot?
6. I LEARNED IT BY WATCHING YOU
If there was ever an anti-pot PSA for the Botwin Family on Weeds, this is the perfect one.
7. FLATTENED GIRL
Whoa! Sara looks like a deflated balloon. Stay away from pot and get some helium!
8. BRAIN ON DRUGS SMASHING
It's a tragedy that Gallagher wasn't hired for this. The man is a natural smasher.
9. "BE AN ORIGINAL"
Just say No! No to bad hair! No to cheesy music! No to yellow suspenders!
10. "DRUGS, DRUGS, DRUGS"
This spot decides which drugs are "good" vs. which are "bad". And if that couple in the commercial had all those kids, fertility drugs must be good.
11. "STRAIGHT UP!"
The message is clear. Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff weren't available for this shoot.
12. MCGRUFF "USERS ARE LOSERS"
Who knew McGruff was so talented at tickling the ivories?
13. JUST SAY NO
Nancy Reagan came up with "Just Say No", which got her a guest spot on Diff'rent Strokes. What'chu talkin' 'bout, Nancy!
14. HANNA BARBERA SCARY TOON
From the same people who brought you Scooby Doo, comes the spookiest trip of all. Stay away from the Scooby Snacks.
15. THE MAGICIAN
Who knew that magic was a gateway to drug use?
16. CLINT EASTWOOD/THRILL CAN KILL
Before you pick up that pipe, you got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do you punk?
17. GIRL HIGH DIVE
She obviously didn't read the sign: Just say NO DIVING.
18. BELINDA CARLISLE/LIFE'S A BEACH
Nobody sports an oversized blazer on the beach as well as Belinda Carlisle.
19. SNAKE-MAN DRUG DEALER
This creepy spot was applauded by humans but hissed by snakes.
20. MCGRUFF AND REGINA DUET
McGruff is back with another anti-drug chart topper. Why wasn't he part of "We Are the World"?
21. GIRL ON TRACKS/DO SOMETHING
Can you say metaphor for "train wreck"?
22. FATHER/SON DRUG TALK
A powerful PSA with a serious twist.
23. SURFING MONKEY BANKS
Marijuana IS an expensive habit. Think of all the Snuggies that were sold to stoners.
24. MONSTER KID
The X-Files approach to anti-drug advertising.
This standup routine about basketball player Len Bias is not funny, and that's the point.