Two Muppets, Tommy and Fred, appeared in ads for Kern's Bakery in the late-1960s. 24 ten-second ads were produced in 1965 and 1966, and they aired from 1966 to 1969. Structurally, these ads were very similar to the Wilkins Coffee ads, and some are direct remakes, as were many of the commercials produced by Muppets, Inc. for local markets during this period.

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Tommy showing Fred that "A house is not a home without Kern's Bread!"

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Fred puppet on display at The Jim Henson Exhibition, Museum of the Moving Image.

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Tommy giving Fred a bite.

  • Astronaut
  • Everybody
  • Exploding Brand X
Tommy explains the difference between Kern's Bread and Brand X: Kern's Bread doesn't blow up.
  • Foot Down
  • Good Boy
  • House Is Not a Home
  • I Forgot
  • Kneading
  • Knock Knock
  • Lose All the Time
  • Nitro Sandwich
  • On His Mind
  • Persuasion
  • Positive
  • Promise
  • Psychiatrist
Fred tells Tommy he should see a psychiatrist for liking Kern's Bread. Tommy replies that he did see a psychiatrist; it was he who told him about Kern's!
  • Steamroller
  • Symbolic
  • Try It Again
Tommy asks Fred if he likes to eat bread. Fred says yes, but not Kern's Bread, to which Tommy whacks him on the head with a club and asks, "Shall we try that again?"
  • Vanish
  • Violent Commercial
Fred denounces the violence in the Kern's Bakery ads, then gets clobbered by a gorilla. Tommy casually remarks, "Violence? What violence?"
  • Want a Bite
  • Whenever You Want
  • Window

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