Mad TV (season 8)

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Mad TV (season 8)
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The Best of MadTV Seasons 8, 9 & 10 DVD cover, which partially features this season
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Original network Fox
Original release September 14, 2002 (2002-09-14) – May 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)
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The eighth season of Mad TV, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on the Fox Network between September 14, 2002, and May 17, 2003.


Alex Borstein, Andrew Daly, and Will Sasso left at the end of season seven, and new featured players Ike Barinholtz, Simon Helberg, Josh Meyers (younger brother of SNL cast member, Seth Meyers), Christina Moore, Ron Pederson (the show's only Canadian cast member), and Paul Vogt (MADtv's only homosexual cast member and the second cast member after season six's Nelson Ascencio who has an identical twin brother) were added. Jill-Michele Meleán and Bobby Lee were upgraded to repertory status, but Melean left midway through.

With Sasso gone from the cast, Frank Caliendo began playing George W. Bush. The comic also reprised his impersonations from past seasons, including Al Pacino, John Madden, and Robin Williams. Pederson played Dick Clark, Woody Allen, Saddam Hussein, and Entertainment Tonight anchor Mark Steines. Vogt replaced Sasso as the James Lipton impersonator and impersonated classic sitcom stars, such as Edward Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Jackie Gleason (The Honeymooners), and Charlotte Rae (Diff'rent Strokes/The Facts Of Life). Like their counterparts Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz on Saturday Night Live, long-time pals Barinholtz and Meyers would frequently appear in sketches together and play off each other's chemistry. Separately, Barinholtz performed celebrity impersonations such as Joe Millionaire's Evan Marriott and Nick Nolte, while Meyers offered offbeat impersonations of Eminem, Matthew McConaughey, Owen Wilson, and some *NSYNC members. Jill-Michelle Meleán performed impersonations of Drew Barrymore, but left Mad TV midway through the season.

In Living Color cast member Tommy Davidson returned to Mad TV seven years after his first host appearance, this time playing a frequently featured character on Real Motherfucking Talk named Woogie Jones-Johnson. Another alumnus of the '90s sketch variety show, David Alan Grier, made an appearance as 60 Minutes anchor Ed Bradley. Comic actor Fred Willard appeared as recurring character Gene St. John, a movie critic who curses uncontrollably after each installment of Real Mother****ing Talk. That '70s Show Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama returned for another parody of CHiPs with co-star Mila Kunis. For the first time since her departure in 2001, Nicole Sullivan appeared in the season finale as Mindy Tikvah, equally randy daughter of Michael McDonald's Marvin Tikvah.

Opening montage[edit]

The title sequence begins with the Mad TV logo appearing across a black screen. The theme song, which is performed by the hip-hop group Heavy D & the Boyz, begins and each repertory cast member is introduced alphabetically, followed by the featured cast. Several split-screens appear showing 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 Mad TV."



No. in
Title Guest(s) Original air date
172 1 "Episode 1" Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Ryan Seacrest, Brian Dunkleman September 14, 2002 (2002-09-14)
"Without Me" parody has Eminem (Meyers) rapping about the lackluster fall TV line-up; Daniel Smith (Meyers) and Howard K. Stern (McDonald) put up with Anna Nicole Smith (Weir) on an episode of her reality show; in new XXX sequel, Vin Diesel (Barinholtz) repairs cars for the AAA; Jenny Jones (Collins) interviews a white trash mother (Weir) who accuses her infant son of being a slacker; Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson appear in an all-star American Idol sketch; Kelly Clarkson is interviewed by Ted Koppel (Caliendo), then performs a duet with Whitney Houston (Wilson); as part of his community service, Allen Iverson (Spears) runs a camp for underprivileged kids; a doctor's attempt to remove his patient's infected toenail turns violent and disgusting.
173 2 "Episode 2" Jay Mohr September 21, 2002 (2002-09-21)
The Koppel family star in their own Osbournes style reality show; Angela (Weir) records a documentary about racism; Jay Mohr stars as Chris Penn in a parody of buddy action comedies; policemen chase gay criminals in new police reality show World's Queeniest Criminals; Catherine Zeta-Jones (Collins) fears she's selling out her A-list celebrity image; Dr. Kylie Johnson (Weir) prepares to deliver a baby; Oprah (Wilson) turns into a vampire; Martha Stewart's (Collins) prison sentence is turned into a new season of HBO's Oz.
174 3 "Episode 3" Jackie Chan September 28, 2002 (2002-09-28)
Parody of Nelly's "Hot in Herre" has priests (McDonald, Meyers, Barinholtz, and Lee) lusting after little boys at a Christian camp; Jackie Chan stars in his own reality show a la The Anna Nicole Show with Owen Wilson (Meyers); Stuart Larkin (McDonald) receives piano lessons; Michael McDonald and Debra Wilson interview celebrities at the 2002 Emmys; four friends go to a 1950s diner that takes historical authenticity a bit too far when the staff openly discriminates against black patrons; the Glamazon Huntresses must face off against acid rain; a jock named Steve Wellington (Barinholtz) makes friends with a nerd (Meyers) while in detention; Al Pacino (Caliendo) and Robin Williams (Caliendo) discuss their experience filming Insomnia.
175 4 "Episode 4" Tony Hawk, WC, Xzibit November 2, 2002 (2002-11-02)
A parody of "Gangsta Lovin'" shows the downside of having a thug lover; a woman (Weir) goes over her wedding story with her husband; an urban parody of Charlie Brown called Chocolate-Covered Peanuts; an angry coach (Barinholtz) yells at his basketball team for doing poorly, only to learn a horrible secret behind his team's lack of talent; two similar-sounding senators (McDonald, Pederson) have a heated debate; Anna Nicole Smith (Weir) meets Tony Hawk; Real Mother****ing Talk.
176 5 "Episode 5" Bryan Cranston, Ja Rule, Shaggy November 9, 2002 (2002-11-09)
Bryan Cranston plays a guy whose wife (Weir) hires a lesbian (Collins) to join them in a threesome; John Madden (Caliendo) struggles with a popcorn maker that he is promoting; during a press conference about an upcoming civil case, Leona Campbell (Weir) wonders if the defendant (Caliendo) of a class-action suit against a fast food restaurant was aware of what he was eating; Wayne Brady (Spears) interviews Ja Rule on The Wayne Brady Show; commercial parody for WalMart; Shakira (Collins) sings about her incoherent speech; Earl Scheib (Barinholtz) offers his services to fix up squad cars that have been dented due to police brutality.
177 6 "Episode 6" David Alan Grier, Jim Rome, The Strokes November 16, 2002 (2002-11-16)
A parody of Eminem's "Cleanin' Out My Closet" has George W. Bush (Caliendo) running scared from his mom, Barbara (Collins) and Barbara rapping about having an incompetent son; Lorraine Swanson (Collins) checks out a college for her son; Dr. Phil (McDonald) insults guests; the remaining members of *NSYNC unveil their new music video; employees are curious to a growth spurt of one of their employees; David Alan Grier plays 60 Minutes reporter Ed Bradley who assaults and insults Eminem (Meyers); in a special Spears on Sports episode, Jim Rome interviews Shaq; Evander Holyfield (Spears) talks nonsense; John Madden (Caliendo) talks about what he had for breakfast.
178 7 "Episode 7" Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, Jack Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Wilmer Valderrama November 23, 2002 (2002-11-23)
Marvin Tikvah (McDonald) trashes Mad TV after finding out his son (Barinholtz) loves the show; a promo for Indiana University highlights the school's wild partying image; Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama return for another CHiPs parody; Jack and Kelly Osbourne appear in an episode of 7th Heaven; Mo Collins and Debra Wilson interview celebrities at the premiere for Die Another Day; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) has a chaotic day at the park; animal owners (Weir, Collins, McDonald) insult each other in the waiting room of a veterinarian's office.
179 8 "Episode 8" Sum 41 December 7, 2002 (2002-12-07)
On The Price is Right, all the products have sexually suggestive names; a parody of The Bachelor; Tovah (Wilson) and Belma (Spears) host a special episode of Reality Check; talk show host Phil Donahue (Pederson) looks back at his recently cancelled show; an HBO First Look for a remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with miscast voice actors; commercial parody for a salon specializing in lesbian hairdos; Cloret (Wilson) doesn't do so well at the juice bar; game show parody where geeky contestants lose to dim-witted public school students thanks to social promotion; average Asian Hideki (Lee) is assumed he's the best at musical instruments because of his heritage; Jesse Jackson (Spears) and Rosa Parks (Wilson) discuss the controversy of their actions mentioned in the movie Barbershop.
180 9 "Episode 9" Puddle of Mudd December 14, 2002 (2002-12-14)
Justin Timberlake (Meyers) is revealed to be a copycat of Michael Jackson in newest video; Lord of the Bling saga continues; Trina (Collins) interviews for a job at IHOP; the Kappa Kappa Kappa sisters invite a college co-ed (Lee) to be a member for a day; on The O'Reilly Factor, a scroll goes by criticizing the wave of liberal celebrities speaking out against the Bush administration while Bill O'Reilly (McDonald) insults Janeane Garofalo (Caliendo); Bunifa (Wilson) auditions to be a Lakers girl; on a religious talk show, Dot (Weir) claims that she saw Jesus Christ in her school photo.
181 10 "Episode 10" Bon Jovi December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21)
The Epstein Brothers (Vogt and Helburg) sell Christmas tree patches; Diane Sawyer discusses the holidays with Whitney Houston (Wilson) and Bobby Brown (Spears); a parody of How the Grinch Stole Christmas has Winona Ryder as the Grinch; a perky elf (Weir) frustrates a mall Santa (Vogt); Santa Claus (McDonald) threatens to kill a young girl (Weir) and makes the audience forget that Saturday Night Live exists; Lorraine Swanson (Collins) goes Christmas shopping; Matthew the Bible Dude (McDonald) has to deal with a kid (Caliendo) who didn't get his favorite shirt; an office worker (Vogt) plots to bring the holiday spirit to an overly politically-correct office.
182 11 "Episode 11" Tommy Davidson, Queens of the Stone Age January 18, 2003 (2003-01-18)
A commercial for Scrabble; celebrities announce their New Year's resolutions; Oprah (Wilson) gives out free money; Tommy Davidson guest stars as a news correspondent in Real Motherfucking Talk: News Edition; an intervention goes bad when a drunk (McDonald) goes sober without the help of his concerned friends; Jenny Jones (Collins) hosts a clip show episode of her talk show that spans back to the dawn of time.
183 12 "Episode 12" Anthony Anderson, Jillian Barberie, Jerry O'Connell January 25, 2003 (2003-01-25)
John Madden (Caliendo) previews the line-up of shows on FOX; a parody of The Love Boat has seasick cast members puking; Spishak promotes their latest product; a mother (Weir) shows off her adopted Korean baby (Lee) who's actually a farmer who has been abducted from his homeland; Jillian Barberie plays Glamazon Huntress Mikayla in an episode of Glamazon Huntresses; a woman (Weir) faces the consequences of leaving Las Vegas; a rich mother (Weir) demonstrates self-defense on her slacker son (McDonald); Evander Holyfield (Spears) shows off his latest clothing style; Jerry O'Connell and Anthony Anderson play employees who look to discover a cure for hiccups.
184 13 "Episode 13" Jamie Kennedy, St. Lunatics February 1, 2003 (2003-02-01)
A new Hooked on Phonics video game only exacerbates a boy's violent tendencies; The Dating Game has dictators as potential suitors; LL Cool J (Spears) raps about his rumored steroid use; Bunifa (Wilson) switches places with an unlikely man (McDonald) on an episode of Trading Spaces; commercial parody for the video series Girls Gone Wild has boys flashing their chests and making out for the cameras; Connie Chung (Lee) interviews Evan Marriott (Barinholtz) and Trista Rehn (Moore); a man (Vogt) gets a colonoscopy from Dr. Kylie Johnson (Weir); the Baldacs (Collins, McDonald) have a dispute with one of their neighbors.
185 14 "Episode 14" TBA February 8, 2003 (2003-02-08)
Fighting Ron (McDonald) testifies against Marvin Tikvah (McDonald) on an episode of The People's Court; the Kappa Kappa Kappa sisters face off against a rival sorority; a Looney Tunes parody featuring Osama and George W. Bush; obese actors on CBS sitcoms get their own line-up; Belma (Spears) and Tovah (Wilson) give Senator Trent Lott (McDonald) a Reality Check; Spishak promotes a new machine to make excuses for you; Shaq (Spears) hosts his own TV show with sportscaster Marv Albert (Caliendo); Dorothy Lenier (Weir) reports a robbery.
186 15 "Episode 15" Paul Hogan, Evan Marriott February 15, 2003 (2003-02-15)
Christina Aguilera (Moore) abandons her sleazy pop image in a music video parody of "Beautiful"; Mofaz the Depressed Persian Tow Truck Man (McDonald) whines about his ugly wife; another installment of Chocolate Peanuts; a parody of Joe Millionaire has Mad TV recurring female characters; Bill O'Reilly (McDonald) has a debate with himself; Ike Barinholtz and Debra Wilson interview celebrities at the premiere for Daredevil; Connie Chung (Lee) interviews Tom Brokaw (Caliendo) and a stripper-turned-reporter (Collins); Dot (Weir) is deliberately left at a nursing home.
187 16 "Episode 16" Andy Dick, Ryan Seacrest, Supergrass February 22, 2003 (2003-02-22)
Michael Jackson (Spears) abuses his children; Angela (Weir) uses her sister Natalie (Vogt) as a guinea pig for a video project about high school bullying; Ryan Seacrest counts down Mad TVs best music video parodies; the Larkins (Collins, McDonald) cause havoc at a Chinese restaurant; Andy Dick stars as Christina Aguilera's demented cousin Daphne Aguilera; a commercial promotes the drug ecstasy as a cure for depression; a suave piano player (Vogt) has a painfully effeminate singing voice.
188 17 "Episode 17" t.A.T.u. March 8, 2003 (2003-03-08)
Kim Jong-Il (Lee) discusses his use of nuclear weapons; detectives Grissom (McDonald) and Willows (Collins) reopen a closed case in a parody of CSI; Angela (Weir) records a love message to her next-door neighbor (McDonald); Doug Hefferman (Vogt) goes from king to queen in a parody of King of Queens; James Brown (Spears) shows commercials and clips from around the world; Saddam Hussein (Pederson) throws a party with other world leaders; George W. Bush (Caliendo) and Barbara Bush (Collins) teach exercises; 2 friends (Barinholtz, Meyers) reunite.
189 18 "Episode 18" Eric Idle, Trish Stratus March 15, 2003 (2003-03-15)
Belma (Spears) and Tovah (Wilson) give Michael Jackson (Spears) and Deborah Rowe (Caliendo) a reality check; Trish Stratus plays one of the Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority sisters; on The Other Half, Danny Bonaduce (Caliendo) and Dick Clark (Pederson) interview a child psychologist (Collins); 2 bullies (Barinholtz, Meyers) host a talk show in a high school bathroom; contestants literally gun for the chance to win cash and prizes on a game show based on the Grand Theft Auto video games; on Entertainment Tonight, Just Married gets a glowing review and Mary Hart (Collins) quits after tolerating the shallow celebrity news for too long; Eric Idle plays a pianist who sings about sexually deviant animals.
190 19 "Episode 19" Tommy Davidson, Fred Willard March 22, 2003 (2003-03-22)
Connie Chung (Lee) interviews Catherine Zeta-Jones (Collins) and Queen Latifah (Spears) about Chicago; Jack Nicholson (Caliendo) introduces a clip from The Hours; Leona Campbell (Weir) has a chat with a girl (Moore) preparing to get breast implants; Tommy Davidson and Fred Willard play guests on Real Mother****ing Talk; Rusty Miller (McDonald) pitches his movie to Hollywood; Al Pacino (Caliendo) hosts his version of The Jamie Kennedy Experiment; Woody Allen (Pederson) directs a new teen sex comedy.
191 20 "Episode 20" OK Go April 5, 2003 (2003-04-05)
Man vs. Beast; Mariah Carey's latest music video; Jenny Jones (Collins) works at Culver's with mothers and siblings on her show; Johnny Woo (Lee) promotes his own liquor store; Ted Koppel (Caliendo) interviews crime syndicate bosses; Bob Ross (McDonald) broods about his former family; a 21st-century revival of The Mary Tyler Moore Show; a bratty pre-teen (Meleán) fights with her mother (Weir) over prom dresses.
192 21 "Episode 21" Countess Vaughn, The Folksmen April 12, 2003 (2003-04-12)
Dr. Phil (McDonald) runs into a disguised Oprah (Wilson); Anna Nicole Smith (Weir) ranks the best commercial parodies of Mad TV; Mickey (McDonald) is an eyewitness to a crime and brags about it on the news; psychic Vera Mangus (Weir) makes a return; Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer perform as The Folksmen; Happy Folger (McDonald) disgusts a poetry group with his poem about aging; Countess Vaughn has to put up with lazy clerk Cloret (Wilson) at the airport.
193 22 "Episode 22" Mandy Moore, Godsmack April 26, 2003 (2003-04-26)
A closeted gay man (Pederson) hopes to use a pill to have an erection with a woman; one of Oprah's cameras makes her look thin; a wedding where the parents (Pederson, Weir) performed some dirty dancing; Rusty Miller (McDonald) interviews Mandy Moore; on Star Dates, two hopefuls (Meyers, Collins) date Charlotte Rae (Vogt) and Nick Nolte (Barinholtz); a 21st-century take on The Honeymooners.
194 23 "Episode 23" Missy Elliott May 3, 2003 (2003-05-03)
A commercial for a correspondence school; a father (McDonald) and daughter (Weir) fight while preparing for a garage sale; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) has a few reservations about visiting his estranged father; James Lipton (Vogt) interviews Matthew McConaughey (Meyers); a wall-hanging pest (McDonald) annoys his brother (Meyers) and his date (Weir).
195 24 "Episode 24" Tom Arnold May 10, 2003 (2003-05-10)
A mime (Pederson) performs sexually suggestive acts; Mofaz (McDonald) compares his mother-in-law troubles with another traveler (Caliendo); the Seven Buddy Cops head out West to fight crime; a religious program extols the virtues of atheism; Patrick (McDonald) intervenes with a man (Barinholtz) trying to get a phone number; Tom Arnold interviews Oscar De La Hoya (Spears); Michael McDonald and Debra Wilson offer to give a needy family gifts, but the needy family thinks they're on Saturday Night Live; a rookie cop (Pederson) with bad aim shoots his veteran partner (McDonald).
196 25 "Episode 25" Steve-O, Nicole Sullivan, Jason Acuña May 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)
Johnny Woo (Lee) holds his own paralegal for African-Americans; Spishak Cars for Kids can be attached to real cars; Oprah invites the cast of Jackass to prank Steadman (Spears); Nicole Sullivan plays Marvin Tikvah's equally sleazy daughter Mindy; Lorraine (Collins) gets her teeth checked by a dentist (McDonald); a married couple (Barinholtz, Collins) do nothing but fight; Ted Koppel (Caliendo) goes from newscaster to Herbal Essence shampoo spokesperson.

Home releases[edit]

There is no season 8 complete season DVD release. However, this season's best sketches and segments have been used in the compilation DVD Mad TV: The Best of Seasons 8, 9, and 10.

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