Nowadays you could probably take in all of your small screen programming without seeing a single commercial, but back in the day you had to earn your TV-time by watching a string of ads every five minutes or so, with no fast forward button in sight. It may have been annoying then, but now they're all kind of charming to revisit.

Below, as your main piece of entertainment, watch an entire reel of commercials that aired in NYC in the 1970s and 1980s—according to the uploader, some "were found on a discarded VHS tape in my building garbage."

Programming note: The first 45 seconds gives samples of each ad you'll see later.