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Fast-food face-offs: Does it look as good in real life as on TV?

They look so good in the commercials: Taco Bell's Quesalupa, Burger King's Angriest Whopper, McDonald's Big Mac and Subway's Meatball Marinara. But does your neighborhood fast-food restaurant deliver dishes that look as good as the TV ads?

TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen and the Rossen Reports team investigate in the final installment of "As Seen On TV," a three-part series.

Slide your cursor over the photos to compare how the food looks in ads (on left of each image) to what the Rossen team actually bought (on right).

The Taco Bell Quesalupa the team purchased looked "pretty close" to the TV commercial, Rossen said: "Look at that, cheesy."

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The Burger King Angriest Whopper got thumbs up too. "This looks a lot like the picture," Rossen said. "I'm impressed."

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But McDonald's classic Big Mac "doesn't quite look like the commercial, does it?" Rossen said. (McDonald's told NBC News: "Whether it's a photo shoot or what we serve our customers, we use all the same tasty quality ingredients in our Big Mac.")

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And Subway's Meatball Marinara "looks nothing like the commercial," Rossen said. (Subway told NBC News they have many satisfied customers and that their handcrafted sandwiches include "the same amount of ingrediants that you see in photos and in commercials." But they acknowledged, "for images and commercials the sandwiches are made differently; with the ingredients placed at the open edge of the sandwich, and not spread throughout...."

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