I'm a sucker for both Family Guy and informercials. I saw both of them on TV a lot at a very key stage of my development and as a result will always be a fan. The biggest loss kids of the future will experience when all TV is dead and everything is online streaming will be informercials, no doubt. There have just been so many great informercials over the years: Nordic Track with that one really hot lady; Gazelle with that one creepy haired guy; Bowflex with about 45% of all the back muscles in the world; ShamWow with that guy who bit a hooker or something like that; the senior citizen "Help, I've fallen and can't get up" button; the Clapper light switch that I've never actually seen in real life; Oxi Clean (RIP, Billy Mays. RIP, you saint); that crazy bullet blender that for sure would break just like a normal blender; the Proactiv Pro-V pimple products line that you'd make fun of with your friends but secretly wish your parents would buy for you; and many, many more great products--all for five easy payments of $19.95! Shipping and handling not included. Whatever the hell handling is.
But of course the number one all time informercial is the Snuggie. The Snuggie was one of the biggest cultural happenings in about 2008-2010. That commercial was on all the time and it never wouldn't entertain. Not only was it a hilarious infomercial, but a lot of people actually bought Snuggies. At first it was to be funny for your friends: "you know what's even funnier than this Snuggie infomercial we're currently watching? (*whips out a Snuggie*) Actually having one! (*high five, high five, puts it on and reaches into bag of sour cream and onion chips*)." But then they were just everywhere because it's actually a good product. Blankets can't do all the work against mysterious living room drafts, after all. Sometimes you just need some good old fleece sleeves so you can be like a cozy Jabba the Hutt when you're being a piece of crap on the couch.
Considering how specific the problems you don't know you even have are that infomercials conveniently solve for you, I cannot believe the "Yanket" isn't all ready a real thing. I'm completely serious about this. Obviously it's a hilarious Family Guy segment, but it's also a great infomercial. They make those fake golf clubs you pee into so you can enjoy a day on the course. They make a breast spacer women supposedly should wear when sleeping on their sides. They make the fricken' Shake Weight. So why hasn't anyone made the "Yanket" yet? Try and call it crazy, but as a product the idea is really no different than any other infomercial gem is at first. I bet we'll be seeing some sort of "Yanket" equivalent within the next month.
Somewhat related, thinking about all these infomercials reminds me of this all-time great: