What product was advertised in commercials with the line “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV”?
Vicks Formula 44
“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV” became a catchphrase that outshone the original product it was designed to promote. The original commercial first aired in 1984, and it was hawking Vicks Formula 44 cough syrup. The actor in question was Chris Robinson, who portrayed Dr. Rick Webber on the daytime drama General Hospital from 1978 until 1986. The ad campaign was successful enough that the Vicks execs re-cast it in 1986 (with All My Children’s Peter Bergman, aka Dr. Cliff Warner) after Robinson was convicted of income tax evasion in 1985.
The correct answer is Vicks Formula 44.