Movies and TV shows need money, automakers have it, and producers are typically desperate. Jalopnik readers have come up with the ten worst cases of obviously stuffing your production full of one car just to pay the bills.

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10.) Acura in Thor

Suggested By: Funda

Why it's so blatant: There is no way a government agency like S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to buy a bunch of Acura soft-roaders. The Avengers had the same problem, but Thor was more obvious.

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9.) GM in every Transformers movie

Suggested By: Vlan1

Why it's so blatant: That each of the Transformers movies was a giant GM ad isn't so bad, actually. Even though it should be a ratty old VW Bug, people love the Bumblebee Camaro. Still, the placement was hopelessly obvious.

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8.) Plymouth in Leave it To Beaver

Suggested By: Jonee

Why it's so blatant:When the show started in 1957, Beaver's dad Ward drove a Ford, but when Plymouth started shoveling money into the show, he got new Plymouths every year. That went on from '59 through '63. They never even tried to conceal the payoff.

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7.) Nissan in Heroes

Suggested By: T1MEkilla

Why it's so blatant: First of all, one of the characters calls out Nissan Versa! by name, and when the cheerleader's dad buys her a car she screams out, "Oh daddy, you got me the Rogue!" Nissan tried way too hard with this one.

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6.) Ford in Alias

Suggested By: Aienan, Jeb_Hoge

Why it's so blatant: Much as Alias was a good show that flushed itself down the toilet in a season or two, the main character drove some cool cars, only to be stifled by Ford sponsorship later on.


At one point, she's in a chase and in an overdubbed re-record, she actually shouts out "Quick, the F150!" Above is an actual sot from the episode, lingering on the badge. It was absurd.

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5.) Nissan in Fringe

Suggested By: rolandeschain1958

Why it's so blatant: Fringe used to be painfully saturated with Ford product placement, with SYNC showing up every few minutes. Rather than give that up, the show just moved to Nissan, including this cringe-worthy scene directly addressing range anxiety with the Leaf.

4.) New Knight Rider

Suggested By: For Sweden, For Sweden, NISMOduck

Why it's so blatant: When Knight Rider got a reboot, there was no need to turn KITT into a Mustang. Pontiac was still around! Even the rest of the show was just a giant Ford ad, with a Ford Edge catching up to KITT on a twisty road in one scene.

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3.) AMC in The Man with the Golden Gun

Suggested By: Pessimippopotamus

Why it's so blatant: We don't mind Bond driving AMCs in this ‘70s cheeseball of a movie, because he does a barrel roll over a river and makes a Matador into an airplane. At the time, however, the rest of the movie was clogged with AMCs, and one character even goes to a dealership, on vacation in Thailand, to buy a car.

2.) Hyundai in The Walking Dead

Suggested By: StreetsideStig

Why it's so blatant: Okay, there's been a zombie outbreak and you need a survival vehicle. And so you trade your tough old Jeep for a mysteriously clean Hyundai soft roader? Even though Elantras are tough enough for the Libyan rebellion, the switch to a Tuscon is more fantastical than the zombies themselves.

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1.) Lisa Catera in Chicago Hope

Suggested By: Blackfoot

Why it's so blatant: Most shows use product placement by having established characters driver certain cars. Cadillac went a step farther, creating its own character into the CBS hospital drama for its '97 season. Reader Blackfoot explains the worst automotive product placement we've ever seen.

The show introduced a new character named Lisa Catera, portrayed by Stacy Edwards. Her initial scene was stilted, with several characters proclaiming how good it was to have Lisa Catera on board - what a good idea it was to have Lisa Catera around, etc, etc..

In the commercial break following this awkward scene, we're assaulted by a Cadillac commercial reminding us to, you guessed it:

Lease a Catera

Photo Credit: Cadillac, CBS