Mad TV (season 7)

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MADtv season 7
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run September 22, 2001 (2001-09-22) – May 18, 2002 (2002-05-18)
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MADtv (season 6)

The 7th season of MADtv aired from September 22, 2001, to May 18, 2002, with 25 episodes.

Summary[edit]

After Nicole Sullivan left at the end of season six, Debra Wilson was the last remaining member of the original cast. Season 6 featured players Andrew Daly and Stephnie Weir were promoted to repertory players. Joining the cast this season were Frank Caliendo, Kathryn Fiore, Jill-Michele Meleán, Taran Killam (the youngest MADtv cast member at 19 years old, the only MADtv cast member to get his start on a children's television show, and later, one of two former MADtv cast members to be hired as a Saturday Night Live cast member), and Bobby Lee (the first Asian-American cast member).

Guest Michelle Trachtenberg appeared in a parody of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Alex Borstein's Ms. Swan. Trachtenberg, who actually appears in "Buffy", was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series for her MADtv stint. Other guests included Todd Bridges, Vivica A. Fox, Frankie Muniz, Amanda Bynes, *NSYNC members Lance Bass and Joey Fatone, wrestlers Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Man Show hosts Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel, and several hip-hop artists (including DMX, Ja Rule, Insane Clown Posse, Master P., Method Man, Redman, and the RZA).

This was the final season for Alex Borstein, Will Sasso, and Andrew Daly. This season was also the only one with 30 episodes, owing to five holdover episodes from the previous season (with former cast members Nicole Sullivan, Christian Duguay, and Nelson Ascencio) which were filmed in advance in the event a writer's strike halted production.

Opening montage[edit]

The MADtv logo appears on the screen and the theme song, which is performed by the hip-hop group Heavy D & the Boyz, begins. A voice announces "It's MADtv! Starring...," and then alphabetically introduces each repertory cast member, followed by the featured cast. The screen splits into several different live-action clips of cast members performing recurring characters. When the last cast member is introduced, the music stops and the title sequence ends with the phrase "You are now watching MADtv."

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

# Title Guest(s) Original airdate
147 7.1 "Episode 1" Joyce Brothers September 22, 2001 (2001-09-22)
A parody of "Lady Marmalade" featuring four of MADtv's hottest recurring female characters; in this installment of Blind Date, a naive woman (Collins) goes on a date with disgraced politician Gary Condit (McDonald); Al Pacino (Caliendo) and Robert De Niro (Sasso) add star power to the Mariah Carey flop Glitter; Trina Moss (Collins) runs into former flame Jim (McDonald); Will Sasso and Alex Borstein conduct red-carpet interviews at the premiere of Rock Star; on Family Feud, Louie Anderson (Sasso) makes the family teams' last names sound racist; a woman watches her pre-wedding video, where her pre-wedding jitters drives her insane.
148 7.2 "Episode 2" September 29, 2001 (2001-09-29)
TRL premieres a music video parody of "When It's Over" about MTV abandoning its music videos for sleazy programming; Chris Tucker (Wilson), Sisqó (Spears), Rosie O'Donnell (Borstein), and Kenny Rogers (Sasso) compete on Fear Factor; Craig Kilborn gets his own fan club; in the same vein as George Foreman, Mike Tyson (Spears) promotes his own grill; a man (McDonald) tells his girlfriend (Weir) that he passes custom-scented gas; Björk (Borstein) becomes the spokeswoman for K-Mart; Whitney Houston (Wilson) and Bobby Brown (Spears) host a telethon for victims of "celebrity exhaustion," featuring actress Angelina Jolie (Fiore) and singer Brandy.
149 7.3 "Episode 3" Alien Ant Farm October 6, 2001 (2001-10-06)
Lance Bass (Sasso) hosts a talk show; Rusty Miller (McDonald) persuades moviegoers to see the films he recommends; Jesse Helms (Daly) causes problems on the set of a commercial; Tovah (Wilson) is disgruntled that her Reality Check co-host Belma (Spears) has lost weight; Karen Goddard (Borstein) is interviewed on Good Morning, Phoenix; a man (McDonald) shows his girlfriend (Weir) video footage of him abusing his mentally retarded brother as training for the Special Olympics.
150 7.4 "Episode 4" Lance Bass, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Joey Fatone October 20, 2001 (2001-10-20)
Denzel Washington (Spears) tries his hand at drag comedy; Mofaz (McDonald) displays his patriotism; Liz Allen (Weir) runs into a childhood bully (Collins) who is now handicapped; Alex Borstein interviews the stars of On the Line; homeless couple Walter Hemphill (Spears) and his wife (Collins) volunteer to fight in Afghanistan; a bratty teenage girl (Fiore) cannot stand her embarrassing parents; on 20/20, Connie Chung (Lee) investigates the secret behind Aaron Spelling's (McDonald) hit shows.
151 7.5 "Episode 5" David Carradine, Drew Barrymore, Penny Marshall November 10, 2001 (2001-11-10)
Morris Chestnut (Spears) and Vivica A. Fox (Wilson) star in yet another urban romantic comedy; Kung Fu becomes a film starring Steven Seagal (Sasso) with special appearance by David Carradine; Oprah (Wilson) interviews Kate Hudson (Fiore); Rusty (McDonald) interviews Penny Marshall; Bill Clinton (Sasso), Tobey Maguire (Killam), Condoleezza Rice (Wilson), and Al Michaels (Caliendo) discuss Michael Jordan's return to basketball on Politically Incorrect.
152 7.6 "Episode 6" Todd Bridges, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Christopher Titus, Jessica Simpson November 17, 2001 (2001-11-17)
George W. Bush (Sasso) conducts a manhunt on Saturday Night Live's Chris Kattan after seeing the flop comedy Corky Romano; Mark-Paul Gosselaar reprises his role as Detective John Clark in a spoof of NYPD Blue; Leona Campbell (Weir) asks Miss Cleo (Wilson) if she knew beforehand about the September 11th attacks; Todd Bridges guest stars in a parody of "You Rock My World"; a paranoid TV executive (Titus) is interviewed by Jane Pauley (Borstein) about the popularity of reality TV; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) is jealous when a newborn baby gets more attention than him; Fred Durst (Sasso) hosts an episode of MTV Spring Break.
153 7.7 "Episode 7" Michelle Trachtenberg, Blink 182 November 24, 2001 (2001-11-24)
NSYNC sings about irritable bowel syndrome; Lorraine Swanson (Collins) is a contestant on The Price is Right; Oprah (Wilson) and Dr. Phil (McDonald) field questions from the audience; Michelle Trachtenberg reprises her role as Dawn Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer; John Madden (Caliendo) reports from Iraq; on The Weakest Link, D-list celebrities play for their charities; a parody of Leave It to Beaver featuring Blink-182 as troublemaking kids from the 1950s; Will Sasso and Alex Borstein conduct interviews at the premiere for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
154 7.8 "Episode 8" Brian McFayden December 1, 2001 (2001-12-01)
Brian McFayden hosts the latest Family Values Tour event; a parody of 7th Heaven; Noah Slotnick (Caliendo) and Amber Valletta (Fiore) star in a new sitcom; Marvin Tikvah (McDonald) buys a Miata for his bratty daughter (Borstein); Randy Newman (Sasso) records an album of duets with various singers; a store owner (Sasso) holds a going-out-of-business special; a washed-up actress (Weir) teaches a drama class; a Fox reporter (played by MADtv writer Michael Hitchcock) asks MADtv audience members what they think about the show.
155 7.9 "Episode 9" Method Man, Redman, Triple H December 8, 2001 (2001-12-08)
Triple H competes against Stone Cold Steve Austin (Sasso) to determine who will appear on MADtv; a high school wrestler goes against an overconfident lightweight (Lee); a man (McDonald) is forced to shave and change his clothes after neighbors repeatedly mistake him for Osama bin Laden; a parody of Destiny's Child's cover of "Emotion" centered on Beyonce Knowles (Wilson) stealing the spotlight; Michael Jordan (Spears) is hounded by news reporters for his poor performance on the court; Method Man and Redman appear on Real Motherfucking Talk; Fightin' Ron (McDonald) enters anger management; Dorothy Lanier (Weir) prepares for her role in a commercial.
156 7.10 "Episode 10" December 15, 2001 (2001-12-15)
George W. Bush (Sasso) and Colin Powell (Spears) rap about world events; Santa's elves are worried that envelopes addressed to the North Pole might contain anthrax; Kenny Rogers (Sasso) and his son Benny (Caliendo) wish the audience a Merry Christmas; Trina Moss (Collins) may give birth to a newborn baby in a manger; Destiny's Child and MC Hammer (Spears) send messages to the troops in Iraq; Will Sasso and Alex Borstein conduct interviews at the VH-1 Music Awards; a woman (Wilson) regrets begging Jesus (McDonald) to spare her husband's life.
157 7.11 "Episode 11" Ja Rule January 12, 2002 (2002-01-12)
Tovah McQueen (Wilson) and Belma Buttons (Spears) interrupt a speech by Tom Ridge (Sasso) and give him a Reality Check; Sydney Bristow (Collins) narrates her life in a parody of Alias; Shakira (Collins) shakes her rump and babbles in a parody of "Whenever, Wherever"; a rapper (Ja Rule) co-hosts Miss Cleo's psychic show; the Olsen twins star in a movie as Hellen Keller; Bill O'Reilly (McDonald) makes fun of Elizabeth Crane (Weir); the life of Andrew Daly is chronicled on an episode of MTV Diary; a student (Weir) pretends to be a werewolf to get out of trouble.
158 7.12 "Episode 12" Usher January 26, 2002 (2002-01-26)
Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Spears) further sells out with his latest in a series of bombs; a convict (Sasso) plugs a new dating service; an antiques roadshow held in the year 3005; Tovah (Wilson) and Belma (Spears) give fitness guru Richard Simmons (Sasso) a reality check; a former rapper (Spears) is now an office worker; director Chris Columbus (McDonald) rushes through sequels to Harry Potter.
159 7.13 "MADtv's Rockin' Super Bowl Eve Spectacular" Amanda Bynes, Frankie Muniz, Andy Dick, Wu-Tang Clan February 2, 2002 (2002-02-02)
William Coors (McDonald) reveals how his beer is made; an episode of Happy Days is filmed in Spanish; Ms. Swan (Borstein) causes a line hold-up at Starbucks; Whitney Houston (Wilson) stars in a commercial for a soft drink; Frankie Muniz and Amanda Bynes are interviewed by James Lipton (Sasso); Alex Borstein and Andy Dick get into a backstage fight with Christina Aguilera's insane cousin at the Teen Choice Awards.
160 7.14 "Episode 14" Chris Klein, Rebecca Romijn February 9, 2002 (2002-02-09)
Baby Gap's new clothing line is modeled after racy attire from Britney Spears, Li'l Kim, and Jennifer Lopez; Wheel of Fortune has oddball pairings of celebrity contestants; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) makes a creepy video; Chris Klein plays an executive who plugs a non-electric notepad; the Kappa Kappa Kappa girls show highlights of their charity work; Rebecca Romijn and Jason Alexander (Caliendo) co-star alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger (Sasso) in a musical adaptation of Terminator 2; a man (McDonald) accidentally kills his best friend's bird and targets any and all witnesses; MADtv execs accost the stars of Rollerball.
161 7.15 "Episode 15" Stone Cold Steve Austin, Martin Short February 16, 2002 (2002-02-16)
Malcolm X (Spears) plugs a new brand of talcum powder for African-American men; Stone Cold Steve Austin plays a neighbor of Fightin' Ron (McDonald); an episode of Family Feud with Mike Tyson (Spears); a commercial for push-up bras; Public Schoolhouse Rock talks about using interjections, school overcrowding, and lack of good resources; Roseanne Barr (Borstein), Penny Marshall (Collins), Robert De Niro (Sasso), and Jiminy Glick (Short) discuss movie violence in a post-9/11 world; Ms. Swan (Borstein) belts out a variation of "Dancing Queen".
162 7.16 "Episode 16" Adam Carolla, DMX, Melissa Joan Hart, Jimmy Kimmel February 23, 2002 (2002-02-23)
New Barbie dolls are modeled after the spring break antics of Girls Gone Wild; Crossroads and A Walk to Remember merge in a new film; Dot (Weir) is a guest on Oprah; DMX gets advice from his mother (Spears); Stuart Larkin (McDonald) gets a new bicycle; Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel play figure-skating color commentators; a vodka commercial's promise not to glamorize alcohol for teenage audiences is broken; George W. Bush (Sasso) summons sorcerers Melissa Joan Hart, Jeannie, and Glinda to solve world problems.
163 7.17 "Episode 17" Danny Masterson, Wilmer Valderrama, Shakira March 16, 2002 (2002-03-16)
A contestant (Collins) is at the mercy of a probing machine on a dangerous game show; on a special episode of Friends, the gang deals with an African-American girl (Wilson); a parody of "Wherever You Will Go" has Alex Band (Killam) singing off against Scott Stapp (Sasso), Eddie Vedder (McDonald), and Ray Charles (Spears); Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama play Jon and Ponch in a parody of CHiPs; Public Schoolhouse Rock teaches the correct use of nouns; Angela Wright (Weir) films a documentary about male construction workers who sexually harass female passersby; Rusty Miller (McDonald) interviews musical guest Shakira; Al Pacino (Caliendo) and Robert De Niro (Sasso) hold up a line in an ice cream shop.
164 7.18 "Episode 18" Earthquake, Tara Reid March 23, 2002 (2002-03-23)
Lord of the Blings; a parody of "The World's Greatest" music video has R. Kelly (Spears) lusting after underaged girls; Corey Holcomb and Earthquake discuss the Enron scandal and Oscar nominees on Real Motherf******* Talk; Tara Reid guest stars as a homeless single mother on an unfair game show; on Inside the Actors Studio, James Lipton (Sasso) gets hit with a stage light while interviewing Tara Reid; the Pussycat Bijou Theater features X-rated takes on popular pre-movie ads from the 1950s; Robert De Niro (Sasso) and Joe Pesci (Caliendo) use violence to promote various products.
165 7.19 "Episode 19" Greg the Bunny, Insane Clown Posse, Master P April 6, 2002 (2002-04-06)
The Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority sisters throw a spring festival; Robin Williams (Caliendo) continues his long streak of starring in sappy tearjerkers; MADtv gets retooled as a Saturday morning cartoon; Insane Clown Posse and Master P perform duets of "Love of My Life"; Greg the Bunny and Dorothy Lanier (Weir) audition for a commercial; MC Hammer (Spears) in a parody of Who Knows the Band; Jenny Jones (Collins) gives a stripper (Fiore) a makeover; a furious boss (Sasso) calms down whenever he is injured.
166 7.20 "Episode 20" April 13, 2002 (2002-04-13)
New sitcom has an overly long opening sequence; two princesses (Collins, Weir) fight for the love of Prince William (Killam); two bald, socially awkward outcasts (McDonald, Weir) entertain themselves after getting kicked out of a party; Dorothy Lanier (Weir) goes on a date with a senior citizen; Wayne Brady (Spears) sings a ditty about cotton; Lorraine (Collins) jams with a Dixieland band in New Orleans; a couple (Borstein, Sasso) spot Alex Borstein and Will Sasso at a restaurant; Bunifa (Wilson) causes havoc at an airport when she gets detained by security.
167 7.21 "Episode 21" Melina Kanakaredes April 20, 2002 (2002-04-20)
Melina Kanakaredes dreams that she's stuck in four variations of her show Providence; Walter (Spears) and Amber Hemphill (Collins) are contestants on Change of Heart; a man (Sasso) thinks his friend (Lee) can remove a stain from his silk because he's Asian; Kate (Fiore) whines and complains on her family camping trip; potheads laugh uncontrollably and discuss topics for a news show; a defendant (McDonald) uses raunchy words to clear his guilt; a heckling father (Lee) berates his son into winning a baseball game.
168 7.22 "Episode 22" Preston Lacy, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Jason Acuña, Tenacious D April 27, 2002 (2002-04-27)
A parody of "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" features clichéd visual sexual metaphors and a now-legal Britney Spears (Melean); '70s sex ed. film on what to do if you have VD; celebrities discuss marriage in the modern age on Politically Incorrect; Dot (Weir) searches for her glove in a laundromat; the cast of Jackass joins Kenny Rogers (Sasso) in a series of outrageous stunts on Kenny Rogers' Jackass; a quartet of prisoners (Caliendo, Sasso, Spears, Killam) sings a ditty about recycling at a school.
169 7.23 "Episode 23" May 4, 2002 (2002-05-04)
Mofaz (McDonald) makes other psychotherapy patients feel better about themselves; Public Schoolhouse Rock centers on behavior-modifying drugs for children; an office worker (Sasso) fakes mental retardation to annoy his coworker (Killam); a yoga teacher (McDonald) demonstrates creepy yoga poses and techniques; a man (Killam) inspects guitars for sale; after winning an award, James Gandolfini (Sasso) goes on a rampage when he can't find a way off the stage; an old, overweight man (Spears) complains to his neighbors that he passed out while masturbating.
170 7.24 "Episode 24" Vivica A. Fox, Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles May 11, 2002 (2002-05-11)
A parody of JAG features accidental innuendo whenever someone interrupts someone saying "JAG officer"; women from the present get transported to the past and fight beasts in campy action series Glamazon Huntresses; Bunifa (Wilson) is a contestant on Dismissed; Vivica A. Fox plays a former CBS executive hired by UPN; sketch about arguing neighbors becomes a commercial parody for Sony cameras; Jenny Jones (Collins) tries to host a more respectable episode of The Jenny Jones Show; two guys (Lee, Sasso) act gay to pick up girls, which has them mistaken for a gay couple; The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles bring gravitas to the MADtv stage by singing suggestive war songs.
171 7.25 "Episode 25" Method Man, Rza, Teri Garr, Eve Plumb May 18, 2002 (2002-05-18)
A patient (Sasso) suffers from pixelation when he gets naked; Rod Roddy (Caliendo) is the new announcer for The Lance Bass Show; Ms. Campbell (Weir) doesn't make things any easier for the woman (Collins) who ran her over; Wayne Brady (Spears) welcomes actor Richard Dreyfuss (Caliendo) to his show; Teri Garr, Eve Plumb, Method Man, and Rza discuss the life of Marvin Tikvah (McDonald); Trina Moss (Collins) is about to marry her fiancé Jim (McDonald) until a guest (Spears) makes a shocking revelation; a man (Daly) finds the will to perform stand-up comedy after taking anti-depressants.

DVD releases[edit]

Season 7 of MADtv has not been released on DVD.

External links[edit]