It’s easy to feel like you personally know characters from your favourite TV shows. Some of us felt like we knew Rachel, Ross, Joey, Monica, Pheobe and Chandler more than our own friends. We laugh when they laugh, cry when they cry and can at times be influenced by what our favourite TV characters think and do. It is that kind of existing bond that brands want to tap into through clip licensing deals with the TV property owners.

Here are 6 examples of celebrities reprising their roles for a commercial.

Back to the Beach

Year: 2007
Client: DirecTV
Creative Agency: Deutshe LA
TV Show: Baywatch

Pamela Anderson made waves during her time on Baywatch as C.J Parker from 1992-1997. In this commercial for DirecTV, we see her back in her famous lifeguard one piece 10 years after her last episode.

Impressively, it looks like she never left the beach.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyUrrUtTCr4

Blossoming Again

Year: 2013
Client: Old Navy Jeans
Creative Agency: Crispin Porter + Bogusky
TV Show: Blossom

Before Mayim Bialik starred as Sheldon’s love interest in The Big Bang Theory, she was teenage 90’s darling and title character Blossom. Old Navy Jeans had Bialik return to her role in this 30 second spot where we see a trademark Blossom floral hat and the characters brother Joey.

http://youtu.be/cmEavEaBdYU

The Bean is Back

Year: 2014
Client: Snickers
Creative Agency: Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO
TV Show: Mr Bean

Mr. Bean returned to the small screen in his first appearance since the 2012 London Olympic Games as part of the famous Snickers ‘You’re Not You When You’re Hungry’ campaign. Prior to that, Rowan Atkinson had not appeared in a commercial since the 1990’s. It doesn’t look like Mr. Bean has aged at all!

http://youtu.be/qIVDxL2lgN4

Soup for You!

Year: 2012
Client: Honda
Creative Agency: Mullen
TV Show: Seinfeld

Although only appearing in 2 out of 180 episodes, the Soup Nazi is one of the most memorable characters from Seinfeld. His catchphrase ‘No Soup for You!’ is one of the most iconic from the series. In this commercial for Honda, Jerry Seinfeld tries to leverage the appeal of the Soup Nazi’s soup when negotiating to get his hands on the first Honda Acura.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9aW8uFtgeI

90210 2012

Year: 2012
Client: Old Navy Jeans
Creative Agency: Crispin Porter + Bogusky
TV Show: 90210

TV screens of the 90’s were full of high school love dramas and one of the most well known was 90210. Old Navy Jeans had Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley, and Luke Perry return to school for this commercial where we see Garth’s character having to make a hard decision . . . again!

http://youtu.be/d6GOzE5Dr7Q

The Return of MacGyver

Year: 2006
Client: Mastercard
TV Show: MacGyver

Richard Dean Anderson returns as the famous MacGyver minus the mullet for this Mastercard Superbowl commercial. The spot is slightly more unrealistic than the series, where we see Anderson use pine-scented air freshener to cut through thick rope.

http://youtu.be/4YkSsLyWQYE