Mad TV

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This article is about the American live-action comedy program. For the 2010 animated sketch comedy show, see Mad (TV series). For other uses, see Mad TV (disambiguation).
Mad TV
MADtv Logo
Created by

William Gaines (original concept)

Fax Bahr
Adam Small
Starring see List of Mad TV cast members
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 14
No. of episodes 321
Production
Running time 45–48 minutes
Production company(s) Quincy Jones-David Salzman Entertainment Inc. (entire run)
Bahr/Small Productions (Season 1–3 only)
Klasky Csupo (Spy vs. Spy animated cartoon shorts)
Rough Draft Studios (Spy vs. Spy animation services)
DC Comics
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format 480i SDTV, 720p HDTV
Original run October 14, 1995 (1995-10-14) – March 16, 2009 (2009-03-16)
Chronology
Followed by MAD
Related shows The Mad Show
Robot Chicken
Saturday Night Live
Tales from the Crypt

Mad TV is an American sketch comedy television series originally inspired by Mad magazine. The show featured animated Spy vs. Spy and Don Martin cartoon shorts as well as images of Alfred E. Neuman, although the sketch comedy rarely if ever had any relation to the magazine's content. Its first TV broadcast was on October 14, 1995. The one-hour show first-ran on Saturday nights on Fox, and was in syndication on Comedy Central. In Australia the show screens on satellite and cable TV channel The Comedy Channel and in late-night timeslots on free-to-air broadcaster the Nine Network and its affiliates.

Mad TV was created by Fax Bahr and Adam Small. The series was originally produced by Bahr/Small Productions and Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment (QDE). After Bahr and Small left the series at the end of the third season (they were later credited as "executive consultants"), the series was handled by QDE and WB Television Distribution (its parent company Time Warner Entertainment owns Mad magazine through its DC Comics subsidiary). The series was directed by Bruce Leddy (196 episodes),[1] as well as David Grossman, and Amanda Bearse.

On November 12, 2008, Fox announced that Mad TV's 14th season would be its last.[2] David Salzman said that he would be exploring the continuation of the show on another channel; possibly cable. In early 2009, the show was moved to air after Talkshow with Spike Feresten, the show that normally followed Mad TV, as a test, before being moved back. The series finale aired on May 16, 2009.[3][dead link] The show was nominated for 35 Emmy awards, winning five, and was succeeded by an unrelated animated sketch comedy series, MAD that premiered in 2010.

Format[edit]

Mad TV was taped in front of a live audience and consisted of sketches, cartoon shorts, and musical performances. Much of its comedy parodied popular television shows, movies, and music, as well as topical, political, and pop cultural humor.

History[edit]

Historical synopsis[edit]

The following are a series of links to pages which give a detailed account of the history.

Era breakdown[edit]

For a historical overview with a detail analysis of each era of Mad TV (cast members, sketches, animation, etc.) please see one of the following links below:

Season breakdown[edit]

For a detailed description of each season of Mad TV, with cast members, sketches, animation, etc., see below:

Recurring characters and sketches[edit]

Lorriane is a 67 year-old woman who has a stutter issue and is constantly complaining about her husband Carl

Trina is a 26 year-old woman who is a very ditsy blonde. She always talks about her inability to have kids and refers to her uterus as a “Dry and Bare Place".

for other characters go to the main article.

Home media [edit]

Warner Home Video released The Complete First Season of MADtv in 2004. However, due to poor sales, the release of the second season was cancelled (despite a preview for it in the first season DVD). MADtv: The Best of Seasons 8, 9, and 10 was released in 2005, featuring the most popular sketches from those seasons.

On November 5, 2012, it was announced that Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to the series.[4] They subsequently announced that they would release the second season on DVD on March 22, 2013.[5] The third season was released on June 25, 2013 and the fourth season was released on November 12, 2013.[6]

Syndication[edit]

Originally, reruns of MADtv aired as 30-minute reruns on local TV stations, often under the banner "The Best of MADtv". The cable channel TNN (now Spike TV) aired the first six seasons of MADtv from 1999 to 2001. Comedy Central soon picked up the show after its syndication package of Saturday Night Live reruns was acquired by the E! Entertainment Network, and has aired 30-minute and full-hour reruns of episodes from season 1 to season 11 (though, in 2008, Comedy Central limited their reruns to episodes from seasons eight to eleven). Canada's The Comedy Network also airs MADtv reruns (starting at season eight), but, unlike Comedy Central, The Comedy Network also includes episodes from seasons 12 and 13. As of 2010, MADtv no longer airs on Comedy Central. In 2005, Canadian channel BiteTV began airing re-runs every weekday at 4pm.

Awards and nominations[edit]

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Year Association Award Category Recipients Result
1999 Emmy Awards Outstanding Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook for episode "402" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series Matthew Kasten for episode "402"
2000 Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award Outstanding Make-up for a series — Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series — Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Jennifer Aspinall

Felicia Linsky
Ed French

Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award Best Innovative Hair Styling — Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series — Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Dugg Kirkpatrick Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award Best Character Hair Styling — Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series — Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Judith Tiedemann

Dugg Kirkpatrick
Chriss Curry

Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award Best Character Hair Styling — Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series — Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Judith Tiedemann

Dugg Kirkpatrick
Chriss Curry

Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award Best Character Makeup — Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series — Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Jennifer Aspinall

Felicia Linsky
Ed French

Won
2001 Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "615". Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Variety or Music Program Matthew Kasten, Mishell Chandler, Desmond Miller, Rod Ortega, Mimi Jafari and Fabrizio Sanges for episode "601" Won
Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program John Sabato
D. Martyn Bookwalter
Cece Destefano
Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "610"
Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Main Title Design Steve Kirklys (title designer)

Adam Byrd (title designer)

Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series Jennifer Aspinall, Felicia Linsky, Stephanie L. Massie, Darrell McIntyre, Randy Westgate, Julie Purcell, Ed French, Susan A. Cabral and Myke Michaels for episode "Mad TV's 2nd Annual Salute To The Movies" Nominated
Canadian Comedy Awards Television — Pretty Funny Male Performance Will Sasso Nominated
Art Directors Guild Awards Excellence in Production Design Award John Sabato (production designer)

D. Martyn Bookwalter (art director)
Cece Destefano (art director)

Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award Best Special Makeup Effects — Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series — Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Jennifer Aspinall

Randy Westgate
Episode: "MADtv Goes To The Movies"

Won
Image Awards Outstanding Variety Series/Speciality jumpsuit Nominated
Canadian Comedy Awards Television — Pretty Funny Male Performance Ron Pederson Nominated
2002 Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program John Sabat, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "MADtv's 3rd Annual Salute To The Movies" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Monie Adamson for episode "701" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "Madtv's Holiday Spectacular" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Randy Westgate, Julie Purcell, Scott Wheeler,Stephanie L. Massie, Felicia Linsky and Darrell McIntyre for episode "701" Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series — Guest Starring Young Actress Michelle Trachtenberg Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Best Special Makeup Effects — Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series — Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Won
2003 Art Directors Guild Awards Television — Variety or Awards Show, Music Special or Documentary Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler, Randy Westgate, Nathalie Fratti, David Williams for episode "806" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler, Randy Westgate, James Rohland and Julie Purcell for episode "801" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series Matthew Kaste, Mishell Chandler, K. Troy Zestos and Stacey Bergman for episode "806" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "809" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "806" Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award Best Character Makeup — Television Series Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Best Character Hair Styling — Television Series Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Best Special Makeup Effects — Television Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show — Late Night Nominated
WGA Award (TV) Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series Nominated
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show — Late Night Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "200th Episode" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Monie Adamson For episode "925" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series Matthew Kasten, Mishell Chandler, Desmond Miller and Anthea Grutsis for episode "200th Episode" Nominated
BET Comedy Award Outstanding Comedy Variety Series Nominated
2005 Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "1017" Won
Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music Program or Special John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1006" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Monie Adamson for episode 1023 Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series Matthew Kasten, Anthea Grutsis, Desmond Miller and Raissa Patton for episode "1017" Won
Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler, Randy Westgate and Nathalie Fratti for episode "1004" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler,Randy Westgate and James Rohland for episode "1013" Nominated
2006 Emmy Awards Excellence in Production Design Award Won
Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Nathalie Fratti, Heather Mages and David Williams for episode "1109" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music Program, or Special John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1115" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Greg O'Connor and Jim Wise for the song "A Wonderfully Normal Day" for episode "1111" Won
Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "1109" Won
2007 Emmy Awards Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special Jennifer Aspinall, Heather Mages, Wade Daily, Douglas Noe, James Rohland and David Williams for episode "1117" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Greg O'Connor, Bruce McCoy and Jim Wise for the song "Merry Ex-Mas". for episode "1209" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Heather Mages, James Rohland, David Williams for episode "1210" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music or Nonfiction Programming John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1209" Nominated
Art Directors Guild Award Excellence in Production Design Award John Sabato
D. Martyn Bookwalter
Nicole Elespuru
Won
2008 Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Music or Nonfiction Programming Nicole Elespuru, James Yarnell and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1315" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Heather Mages, Chris Burgoyne and Ned Neidhardt for episode "1308" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Greg O'Connor, Jordan Peele and Jim Wise for the song "Sad Fitty Cent" for episode "1305" Nominated
Art Directors Guild Award Excellence in Production Design Award John Sabato (production designer)

D. Martyn Bookwalter (art director)
Nicole Elespuru (assistant art director)

Won
ALMA Awards Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series Anjelah Johnson Nominated
ALMA Awards Outstanding Male Performance in a Comedy Television Series Johnny A. Sanchez Nominated
2009 Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Alexei O'Brien, David Williams and Heather Mages for episode 1405 Won
Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special Matthew Kasten, Wendy Southard, Desiree Dizard and Desmond Miller for episode 1412 Nominated

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References[edit]

  1. ^ imdb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112056/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm |url= missing title (help). 
  2. ^ "Fox Flash". Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  3. ^ Kinon, Cristina (May 6, 2009). "'MADtv' hopes finale isn't last laugh". Daily News (New York). 
  4. ^ "MADtv DVD news: DVD Plans for MADtv Season 2 through Season 5". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  5. ^ "MADtv DVD news: Press Release for MADtv – The Complete 2nd Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  6. ^ "MADtv DVD news: Announcement for MADtv – The Complete 3rd Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 

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