From left to right, Super Bowl ads for Mountain Dew, Heinz, and Xifaxan. Mountain Dew; Heinz;Xifaxan via YouTube/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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The Best And The Worst Of Super Bowl Ads

There was little excitement in this year's crop of Super Bowl ads. Many of the best had already been seen on social media; the others were underwhelming.

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Many consider Apple's 1984 Super Bowl ad, directed by Ridley Scott, one of the best Super Bowl ads ever. YouTube hide caption

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Super Bowl Ads Past And Present: How Do They Stack Up?

Analysts say the Super Bowl ads this year are funnier and more star-studded than in the past.

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Tovah Feldshuh and Rachel Bloom in the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Scott Everett White/The CW hide caption

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Spike Lee's new documentary charts the King of Pop's journey from child stardom to early fame as a solo act. Courtesy of SHOWTIME hide caption

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Courtney B. Vance — pictured above in his role as Johnnie Cochran in The People v. O.J. Simpson — says the miniseries is a "perfect opportunity for us to begin the process" of talking about the nation's deep racial divide. "It's not going to happen overnight," he says. "It's got to be talked through." Prashant Gupta/FX Networks hide caption

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Cuba Gooding Jr. plays O.J. Simpson and Joseph Buttler is a polygraph examiner in the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which premieres Feb. 2. Ray Mickshaw/FX hide caption

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Han Seohee (right) and fellow North Korean defectors Lee Gwang-sung (left) and Hwang Soyeon (center) are regulars on Moranbong Club, a South Korean talk show featuring North Korean defectors. "There's a lot of prejudice toward North Korean defectors in South Korea," Han says. "So I wanted to show South Koreans that we're living here and trying the best we can." Haeryun Kang/for NPR hide caption

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