Mad (TV series)
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|Developed by||Kevin Shinick|
|Written by||Kevin Shinick
|Directed by||Aaron Horvath (Season 2)|
|Voices of||Kevin Shinick
Gary Anthony Williams
|Theme music composer||Devin Flynn|
|Ending theme||"Mad! (Instrumental)"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||103 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Sam Register|
|Running time||11 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Warner Bros. Animation|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original channel||Cartoon Network|
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Original run||September 6, 2010– December 2, 2013|
Mad is an American animated sketch comedy produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It is a new version of the TV show MADtv, where each episode is a collection of short animated parodies of television shows, movies, games, celebrities, and other media using various types of animation (CGI, claymation, stopmotion, etc.) instead of the usual animation style that Warner Bros. Animation is known for. The series premiered on the evening of September 6, 2010 on Cartoon Network.  It has been described as a "kid-friendly version of Robot Chicken". The series ended its 3-year run on December 2, 2013.
The series has some recurring sketches:
- A Mad Look Inside – A short piece in which viewers see a magical world inside a celebrity. This only played during Season 1.
- Alfred E. Neuman for President – During the Election of 2012, there were campaigns for Alfred E. Neuman's presidential election.
- Ask the Celebrity – Where various celebrities respond to fan letter questions, which the answers are always absurd. Such as Miley Cyrus, when asked what she did to put on a good concert performance, states that she rubbed cats on herself and walked on wool carpeting.
- Bad Idea # – This presents a scenario from the long list of possible bad ideas.
- Celebrity Birthdays – This segment shows the birthdays of fictional characters and other people in show business. Only one section of this type has been shown, though.
- Celebrities Without Their Make-Up – The segment shows what real and fictional celebrities would look like without their make-up. For example, Zach Galifianakis is Benson from Regular Show without his make-up, Russell Brand is a wooden nutcracker without his make-up, Robert Pattinson is Alfred E. Neuman without his make-up, Iron Man is C-3PO without his make-up, and SpongeBob SquarePants is a fruitcake without his make-up.
- Commercials – There are some commercials for fictional items and programs on every episode.
- Dear Reaper - Letters from children and letters from the Grim Reaper about their death.
- Don Martin – Adaptations to comics strips by long time Mad cartoonist Don Martin.
- Drawn-Out Dramas – After one of the primary sketches of the episode concludes, the Mad "wallpaper" will appear and "rip open" to reveal a Sergio Aragones-style sketch in front of a colored background, often using a version of Alfred E. Neuman in some capacity.
- Gross and Beyond Gross – Differences between gross and beyond gross.
- MAD News – A newsman ends up delivering the recent news. This sketch originally began broadcasting randomly in the middle of an episode usually interrupting another sketch. Starting with episode 9, the sketch now serves as a cold opening for every episode until MADvent Calendar came into view as the MAD News goes back to interrupting another sketch.
- MADitorial – An editorial segment starting with episode 5 of Season 4. The sketch is animated by Jorge R. Gutierrez.
- MADucation 101... – Lessons in any subject.
- MADvent Calendar – A series of funny and ridiculous pop culture events that happened recently. Starting with Season 3, the sketch serves as the new cold opening for every episode.
- Mike Wartella – Animations by cartoonist M. Wartella.
- Rejected – A segment revealing rejected ideas within various pop culture properties like Rejected Transformers, Rejected Superheroes, Rejected Audition Tapes, Rejected Pokémon, Rejected Toy Story 3 Characters, Rejected Smurfs, and more.
- Security Cam – A presentation of surveillance footage of things that happens at public places during nightly closing hours. Each video features supernatural occurrences that suggests would never happen during the day.
- Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions – An adaptation of Al Jaffee's reoccurring magazine feature, it features a scenario when a person asks a question regarding something that obviously presented, resulting the in the person or people who were asked to give a sarcastic response that suggest otherwise.
- Spy vs. Spy – An adaptation of the long running comic series Spy vs. Spy.
- Super-villains for Your... – A parody of the PSA segments from the Super Friends. Here various super-villains from the Legion of Doom present themselves as moral guidance to some child or children. However, as they are villains, they always manage to swindle, double cross, or betray the children resulting in them dying at the villain's hand or suffering some unforeseen related event.
- This Day in History – A look at an achievement on the day of the initial broadcast. Most cases it will involve a lesser known person of historical significance doing or coming up with something in the shadow of another well-known historical figure.
- What's Wrong with this Picture? – A game depending on what is virtually incorrect about the picture shown on the screen, but tells the correct or least likely things shown hyped as the wrong thing.
- Where's Lady Gaga – A Where's Waldo type sketch featuring pop superstar Lady Gaga who is hiding at a small time public function. The viewer is asked to try and find her only to see at the end that she is always cleverly disguised as a prop to blend in perfectly with her surroundings.
- Kevin Shinick - MAD Newsman, Albus Dumbledore, Ash Ketchum, Ashton Kutcher, Batman, Bane, Benjamin Franklin (ep. 78, 90), Bert (ep. 81), Big Bird (ep. 7), Bill Nye, Bob the Builder (ep. 21), Bruno Mars, Bugs Bunny, C-3PO, Captain Marvel (ep. 31), Ch'p, Charlie Sheen, Cobra Commander, Count Dracula, Darth Vader (ep. 49), Doctor Doom (ep. 44, 71), Elmer Fudd (ep. 65), Eminem, Ernie (ep. 91), Fix-It Felix Jr., Gandalf (ep. 50), Geppetto, Gollum, Grape Ape, Green Arrow (ep. 46), Green Goblin/Norman Osborn, Green Lantern (ep. 38), Grim Reaper, Hades, Haley Joel Osment, Hulk, Human Torch (ep. 72), Iron Man (ep. 9, 23, 28), Jay-Z (ep. 15), Justin Timberlake (ep. 44), Kahn Noonien Singh, Kermit the Frog, Kirby, Lego Hank Azaria, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lex Luthor (ep. 22), Lightning McQueen (ep. 31), Mandarin, Mario Lopez, Mark Zuckerberg, Sketch Stork, Marvin the Martian, Mater, Mayor of Halloween Town, Michael Cera, Michael Ian Black, Mickey Mouse, Mike Sorrentino, Mojo Jojo, Mole Man, Mr. Potato Head (ep. 36), Mr. Spock (ep. 13), Mumm-Ra, Odin (ep. 69), Oscar the Grouch, Papa Smurf (ep. 1, 43), Peter Griffin, Piers Morgan, Pikachu (ep. 42), Popeye, Professor X (ep. 101), Randy Cunningham, Red Skull, Riddler (ep. 6), Road Runner, Robert E. Lee, Robin (ep. 45, 46), Ron Weasley, Scooby-Doo (ep. 47), Seth Green, Seth MacFarlane, Sheldon Cooper, Shredder, Sinestro, Spider-Man, SpongeBob SquarePants, Superman, Swiper the Fox, T-Pain, Thing (ep. 26), Thor (ep. 15, 48), Voltron, WALL-E, Will Smith (ep. 48), Willy Wonka, Wolverine (ep. 2), Wreck-It Ralph, Yoda, Yogi Bear, various
- Hugh Davidson - Alec Baldwin, Batman (ep. 8, 80), Bear Grylls (ep. 59), Blackbeard, Bowser (ep. 16), Buzz Aldrin, Captain Cold, Captain Marvel (ep. 8), Cyborg (ep. 44), Cyclops (ep. 8), Doctor Doom (ep. 9), Doctor Fate (ep. 46), Doctor Mid-Nite, Easter Bunny, Goku, Green Arrow (ep. 22), Hawkeye (ep. 58), Human Torch (ep. 36), Iceman, Joey Fatone, Klaw, Lightning McQueen (ep. 13), Lionel Luthor, Lizard, Michelangelo (ep. 48), Penguin, Raphael (ep. 18), Steven Spielberg (ep. 28), Superman (ep. 10), Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson (ep. 9), Thor (ep. 23), Triple H (ep. 15), Tygra, Wolverine (ep. 5), Yao Wing, Various
- Mikey Day - Alan Harper (ep. 17), Ash Ketchum (ep. 42, 80), Captain America (ep. 24), Captain James T. Kirk (ep. 4), E.B., Freddie Benson (ep. 16, 52), George Washington (ep. 7), Goku (ep. 66, 77), Jacob Black, Jimmy Olsen (ep. 47), Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott (ep. 30), Mega Man (ep. 63), Mike Sorrentino (ep. 11), Principal Figgins (ep. 4), Ranger Smith (ep. 24), Riddler (ep. 6), Shaggy Rogers (ep. 47), Spider-Man, Taylor Lautner (ep. 49), Zac Efron (ep. 19), Various
- Grey DeLisle - Angelina Jolie (ep. 8, 14), Beyoncé Knowles (ep. 15, 24), Black Widow (ep. 61), Blue Beetle/Jaime Reyes (ep. 101), Catwoman, Daphne Blake (ep. 91), Demi Lovato (ep. 7, 23), Jean Grey (ep. 25), Jennifer Lawrence, Lois Lane, Master Tigress, Megan Fox, Miranda Cosgrove, Misty, Mystique, Rihanna, Snow White, Stephenie Meyer, Taylor Swift (ep. 15), Ursula, Velma Dinkley (ep. 39, 91), Yukio, various
- Larry Dorf - Bear Grylls (ep. 8), Bob the Builder (ep. 11, 29), Bowser (ep. 63), Bruce Willis, David Hasselhoff, Donatello (ep. 18), Dr. Watson, George Washington (ep. 9), Hawkeye (ep. 61), Hawkman, Iron Man (ep. 8, 39), J.A.R.V.I.S. (ep. 9), Jorge Garcia, Justin Timberlake (ep. 15), Megatron (ep. 2, 10, 33), Prince Charming, Robin (ep. 6) Scooby-Doo (ep. 35, 39), Superboy, Superman (ep. 46), Thomas Jefferson (ep. 7), Thor (ep. 71), Winnie-the-Pooh (ep. 21), Various
- Rachel Ramras - Angelina Jolie (ep. 47), Batgirl, Black Widow (ep. 58, 67), Britney Spears, Buttercup, Christina Aguilera, Daphne Blake (ep. 35), Dora the Explorer, Drew Barrymore, Elmo, Julia Roberts, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kristen Stewart (ep. 8, 13, 46), Lady Gaga, Lily Collins, Maleficent, Medusa, Miley Cyrus, Moondragon, Ms. Pac-Man, Naruto Uzumaki, Natalie Portman, Pepper Potts (ep. 9, 94), Peter Pan, Pikachu (ep. 80), Pinocchio, Queen Clementianna, Richie Rich, Rogue, Scarlett Johansson, Selena Gomez, Smurfette, Taylor Swift (ep. 7, 9), Tori Vega, Tyra Banks, Wicked Witch of the West, Wonder Girl, Wonder Woman (ep. 46), Various
- Tara Strong - Black Canary, Bubbles, Demi Lovato (ep. 68), Hermione Granger, Kristen Stewart (ep. 80), Nicki Minaj, Peggy Carter, Pepper Potts (ep. 93), Queen Ravenna, Rainbow Dash (ep. 79), Raven, Sabrina Spellman, Storm (ep. 85), Theodora, Twilight Sparkle, Wonder Woman (ep. 69, 94), Zatanna, various
- Frank Welker - Big Bird (ep. 91), Donatello (ep. 48), Frankenstein's Monster, Garfield, Scooby-Doo (ep. 91, 99), various
- Gary Anthony Williams - Abraham Lincoln, Al Roker, Black Lightning, Cookie Monster, Cyborg (ep. 45), Fred Jones, Gandalf (ep. 13, 18), Jay-Z (ep. 18), Kanye West, Kilowog, Ko-Bee, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Lex Luthor (ep. 85), Lots O' Huggin' Bear, Martian Manhunter, Mr. T, Odin (ep. 24), Optimus Prime, Panthro, Philip Banks (ep. 18), Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Harvey, Superman (ep. 13), Vin Diesel, War Machine (ep. 9), Zeus, Various
- Jason Antoon - Various
- Eric Artell - Jimmy Olsen, Lone Ranger, Nightcrawler (ep. 85), Various
- Diedrich Bader - Batman (ep. 6), Iron Man (ep. 16), various
- James Barbour - John Cena (ep. 82), various
- Josh Beren - Various
- Gregg Berger - Various
- Jeff Bergman - Daffy Duck, various
- Gregg Bissonette - Marlin, various
- Steven Blum - Donald Duck, Various
- Rachel Butera - Bart Simpson, Jean Grey (ep. 101), Various
- Jen Cohn - Various
- Chris Cox - Batman (ep. 30), Boo-Boo Bear, Brad Pitt (ep. 47, 62), Captain James T. Kirk (ep. 84), Carson Daly, Dean Cain, Doctor Fate (ep. 22), Dr. Seuss, George Stacy, Hawkeye (ep. 88), Homer Simpson, Iron Man, James Bond (ep. 58, 75), John Carter, John Cena (ep. 43), Optimus Prime (ep. 30), Sonic the Hedgehog, Winnie-the-Pooh, Wolverine (ep. 85), various
- Daniel Cummings - Various
- Brian T. Delaney - J.A.R.V.I.S. (ep. 93), Jack Black, James Franco, Michelangelo (ep. 18), Po, various
- Barry Dennen - Master Shifu, Various
- John DiMaggio - Aquaman, various
- Ben Diskin - Big Bird (ep. 27), Various
- Chris Edgerly - Megatron (ep. 65), Shrek (ep. 65), Various
- Eden Espinosa - Katy Putty, Khloe Kardashian (ep. 82), various
- Keith Ferguson - Adrian Brody, Andy Samberg, Beast Boy, Bilbo Baggins, Blue Beetle/Jaime Reyes (ep. 45), Blue Beetle/Ted Kord, Captain America (Episodes 29, 67), Cyclops (ep. 103), Ghost Rider, Green Lantern (ep. 46), Han Solo, Hulk (ep. 23), Indiana Jones, Justin Timberlake (ep. 72), Lightning McQueen (ep. 27), Lord Shen, Mister Fantastic, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Gosling, Werner Herzog, Wolverine (ep. 25, 101), Various
- Quinton Flynn - Various
- Will Friedle - Captain America (Episodes 40, 61), Harry Potter (ep. 53, 81, 95), Leonard Hofstadter, Lion-LOL, Pit, various
- Tamara Garfield - Various
- Ralph Garman - Al Pacino, Elongated Man, Kevin James (ep. 37), various
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar - Prince Eric, Various
- Gilbert Gottfried - Linkong, various
- Clare Grant - Demi Lovato (ep. 82), Khloe Kardashian (ep. 30), Kris Kardashian, Various
- Seth Green - Captain America (Episode 23), Cat in the Hat, Gordon Ramsay, Ranger Smith, Various
- Nikki Griffin - Various
- Melinda Hamilton - Various
- Anthony Hansen - Big Bird (ep. 81), Various
- Whit Hertford - Hawkeye (ep. 67), Snott Pilgrim, various
- Aldis Hodge - Usher, various
- Richard Steven Horvitz - Various
- Tom Kane - Him, Morgan Freeman, Professor X (ep. 44), Space Ghost, various
- Tom Kenny - Various
- Arif S. Kinchen - Philip Banks (ep. 62), Various
- Seana Kofoed - Lady Gaga, various
- Stan Lee - Papa Smurf (ep. 83), various
- Matthew Lillard - Shaggy Rogers, various
- Beth Littleford - Various
- Eric Lopez - Batman (ep. 94), Various
- Biz Markie - Beatbox Baggins, various
- Deborah Marlowe - Various
- Jason Marsden - Kid Flash, Taylor Lautner, Ty Pennington, Various
- Julia McIlvaine - Various
- Jim Meskimen - Benedict Arnold, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Edward Norton, Daniel Radcliffe, General Joseph Colton, Geoffrey Rush, Jay Lion-O, Kevin James (ep. 71), Neil Patrick Harris, Nightcrawler (ep. 103), North, Papa Smurf (ep. 33, 38, 100), Professor X (ep. 34), Robin Hood, RoboCop, Various
- Breckin Meyer - Jonathan Kent, Odin (ep. 22), Prince Zuko, Various
- Piotr Michael - Harry Potter, various
- Dan Milano - Hawkeye (ep. 74), Leonardo (ep. 18), Lex Luthor (ep. 10), Mr. Potato Head (ep. 41), Papa Smurf (ep. 82), Raphael (ep. 48), Tomar Re, Tooth Fairy, Various
- Shirley Mitchell - Betty White
- Jason Nash - Roadblock, Various
- Julie Nathanson - Velma Dinkley (ep. 47), Various
- Nolan North - Captain America (Episode 28), Captain James T. Kirk (ep. 94), Green Arrow (ep. 94), James Bond (ep. 77), Huntsman, Perseus, Rob Kardashian, Shrek, Thor (ep. 69), Wolverine (ep. 36, 103), various
- Jason Palmer - Various
- Nicole Parker - Various
- Rob Paulsen - Lex Luthor (ep. 82), various
- Christopher "Kid" Reid - Gandalf the Fresh, various
- Corinne Reilly - Various
- Peter Renaday - Spock Prime, various
- Kevin Michael Richardson - War Machine (ep. 58), various
- Joey Richter - Various
- Elizabeth Rodriguez - Various
- Rico Rodriguez - Norman, various
- Salli Saffioti - Various
- Meredith Salenger - Blossom, Pepper Potts (ep. 58), Storm (ep. 25), Velma Dinkley (ep. 35), Various
- Ben Schwartz - Cyclops (ep. 25), Statler, Various
- Michael Sinterniklaas - Leonardo (ep. 48), Steven Spielberg (ep. 48), various
- Dana Snyder - Bert (ep. 91), Gargamel, Plastic Man, Riddler (ep. 68), Rumpelstiltskin, Uatu the Watcher, Wario, Wizard, Various
- Kath Soucie - Rainbow Dash (ep. 45), Starfire, Various
- Stephen Stanton - Buzz Lightyear, Commissioner James Gordon, Erik Selvig, Fred Flintstone (ep. 31), Gandalf (ep. 34), Professor X (ep. 85), Richard Donner, Scrooge McDuck, The Grinch, Will Smith, various
- Brody Stevens - Various
- James Patrick Stuart - Various
- Cree Summer - Various
- Catherine Taber - Various
- Fred Tatasciore - Bowser (ep. 49, 54), Donkey Kong (ep. 37, 63), George Washington, Darth Vader (ep. 78), Fred Flintstone (ep. 55, 63), George Washington (ep. 78, 90), Hellboy, Liam Neeson, Nick Fury, Optimus Prime (ep. 38), Randy Savage, Samuel L. Jackson, Thing (ep. 72), Triple H (ep. 43), various
- Kirk Thornton - Mr Spock (ep. 87), Various
- Ho-Kwan Tse - Mr. Han, various
- Alanna Ubach - Various
- Andrew W.K. - Himself
- Windy Wagner - Melina
- Audrey Wasilewski - Various
- Michaela Watkins - Various
- Scott Whyte - Hawkeye (ep. 94), Mr. Spock (ep. 94), Various
- Billy Dee Williams - Lando Calrissian, various
- Debra Wilson - Various
- Thomas F. Wilson - Superman (ep. 85), Various
- Henry Winkler - Jor-El, various
- Adam Wylie - Various
- "Weird Al" Yankovic - Superman (ep. 100), various
- Victor Yerrid - Ernie (ep. 81), Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Star-Lord, Waldorf, Various
- Keone Young - Ichirō Yashida, Various
Awards and Nominations
2012 Emmy Awards
Outstanding Short Format Animated Program for "Kitchen Nightmares Before Christmas / How I Met Your Mummy" (Nominated)
2012 PAAFTJ Television Awards
Best Animated Series (Nominated)
|United States||Cartoon Network|
|Latin America||Cartoon Network|
The DVD Mad – Season 1, Part 1 was released on September 20, 2011 with a matted 1.33:1 picture and an English stereo track. The extras on the DVD are trailers for Young Justice, the 2011 ThunderCats, and The Looney Tunes Show. The rest of the first season was released on January 17, 2012.
- Gord Lacey (September 9, 2011). "Mad – Season 1, Part 1 Review". TV Shows On DVD.
- David Lambert (September 21, 2011). "Mad – Cartoon Network/Warner Announces 'Season 1, Part 2' on DVD!". TV Shows On DVD.