MADtv


MADtv Information

MADtv was an American sketch comedy television series based on Mad, and contained animated Spy vs. Spy and Don Martin cartoon shorts as well as images of Alfred E. Neuman that the show featured during the late 1990s. Its first TV broadcast was on October 14, 1995. The one-hour show aired 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.

It was created by Fax Bahr and Adam Small. The series was originally produced by Bahr/Small Productions and Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment (QDE). Since Bahr and Small left the series at the end of the third season (they are currently credited as "executive consultants"), the series has been 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), as well as David Grossman, and Amanda Bearse (known as the actress who played Marcy Rhoades-D'Arcy on Married...With Children).

On November 12, 2008, Fox announced that MADtv's 14th season would be its last. Despite this, David Salzman said that he would be exploring the continuation of the show on another channel, possibly cable; as of 2012, continuations exist as the Cartoon Network series MAD and Comedy Central's Key & Peele. In early 2009, the show was moved behind Talkshow with Spike Feresten, the show that normally followed MADtv, as a test, before being moved back. The show was nominated for 35 Emmy awards and won 5. The series finale aired on May 16, 2009.

Format

MADtv was taped in front of a live audience and consists of skits and musical performances. Much of its comedy parodies popular television shows, movies, and music, and covers topical, political, and pop cultural humor.

Notable tenures

Although MADtv had a rapid turnover of supporting players, some performers have had long tenures with the show. Some cast members did not appear in every episode of a season, and thus appeared in fewer episodes than other cast members who were on the show for fewer seasons. The following is a list of all cast members who started as or were promoted to repertory players during their run on the show:

Cast Member First Cast Appearance Last Cast Appearance Seasons Episodes Guest Appearances
Michael McDonald September 12, 1998 May 17, 2008 4"13 (10 total) 239 1 (Season 14)
Aries Spears September 20, 1997 May 21, 2005 3"10 (8 total) 198
Debra Wilson October 14, 1995 May 17, 2003 1"8 (8 total) 196 4 (Seasons 10, 13, and 14)
Mo Collins September 12, 1998 May 22, 2004 4"9 (6 total) 150 3 (Seasons 10, 13, and 14)
Bobby Lee October 6, 2001 May 16, 2009 7"14 (8 total) 147
Nicole Sullivan October 14, 1995 May 12, 2001 1"6 (6 total) 141 6 (Seasons 8, 9, and 10)
Will Sasso September 20, 1997 May 18, 2002 3"7 (5 total) 124 3 (Seasons 9, 10, and 14)
Alex Borstein September 20, 1997 May 18, 2002 3"7 (5 total) 124 4 (Seasons 9, 10, and 14)
Stephnie Weir November 18, 2000 May 6, 2006 6"11 (6 total) 121
Frank Caliendo September 22, 2001 May 20, 2006 7"11 (5 total) 117
Nicole Parker November 1, 2003 March 28, 2009 9"14 (6 total) 113
Phil LaMarr October 14, 1995 May 20, 2000 1"5 (5 total) 112 1 (Season 9)
Ike Barinholtz September 14, 2002 May 19, 2007 8"12 (5 total) 112
Keegan-Michael Key February 7, 2004 May 16, 2009 9"14 (6 total) 106
Jordan Peele November 15, 2003 May 17, 2008 9-13 (5 total) 94
Crista Flanagan February 5, 2005 May 16, 2009 10-14 (5 total) 81
Arden Myrin September 17, 2005 May 16, 2009 11-14 (4 total) 76
Pat Kilbane September 20, 1997 May 20, 2000 3-5 (3 total) 71
Ron Pederson November 2, 2002 May 21, 2005 8-10 (3 total) 65
Daniele Gaither September 13, 2003 May 20, 2006 9-11 (3 total) 64 1 (Season 2)
Mary Scheer October 14, 1995 May 16, 1998 1-3 (3 total) 63
Paul Vogt December 21, 2002 May 21, 2005 8-10 (3 total) 63
David Herman October 14, 1995 November 1, 1997 1-3 (3 total) 54
Artie Lange October 14, 1995 January 4, 1997 1-2 (2 total) 48 5 (Seasons 5, 9, 10, and 14)
Josh Meyers September 14, 2002 May 22, 2004 8-9 (2 total) 47
Bryan Callen October 14, 1995 May 17, 1997 1-2 (2 total) 42
Orlando Jones October 14, 1995 May 17, 1997 1-2 (2 total) 42 1 (Season 9)
Andrew Daly November 4, 2000 May 18, 2002 6-7 (2 total) 38
Frank Caeti September 17, 2005 May 19, 2007 11-12 (2 total) 38
Nicole Randall Johnson September 17, 2005 May 19, 2007 11-12 (2 total) 37
Nelson Ascencio November 27, 1999 May 12, 2001 5-6 (2 total) 31
Johnny Sanchez November 3, 2007 May 16, 2009 13-14 (2 total) 28

History of MADtv

Historical synopsis

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

MADtv era breakdown

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

  • 1995"2000
  • 2000"2005
  • 2005"2009

MADtv season breakdown

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

  • Season One (1995"1996)
  • Season Two (1996"1997)
  • Season Three (1997"1998)
  • Season Four (1998"1999)
  • Season Five (1999"2000)
  • Season Six (2000"2001)
  • Season Seven (2001"2002)
  • Season Eight (2002"2003)
  • Season Nine (2003"2004)
  • Season Ten (2004"2005)
  • Season Eleven (2005"2006)
  • Season Twelve (2006"2007)
  • Season Thirteen (2007"2008)
  • Season Fourteen (2008"2009)


Recurring characters and sketches

Main article: MADtv recurring characters

Home media

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. They subsequently announced that they will release the second season on DVD on March 22, 2013.

Syndication

Originally, reruns of MADtv aired as 30-minute reruns on local TV stations. 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. MADtv can currently be watched on thewb.com with 15 full episodes available to watch. In 2005, Canadian channel BiteTV began airing re-runs every weekday at 4pm.

Awards and nominations

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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"
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


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
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


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


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


2001 Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "615".
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"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program John Sabato
D. Martyn Bookwalter
Cece Destefano
Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "610"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Main Title Design Steve Kirklys (title designer)
Adam Byrd (title designer)


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"
Canadian Comedy Awards Television "? Pretty Funny Male Performance Will Sasso
Art Directors Guild Awards Excellence in Production Design Award John Sabato (production designer)
D. Martyn Bookwalter (art director)
Cece Destefano (art director)


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"

Image Awards Outstanding Variety Series/Speciality jumpsuit
Canadian Comedy Awards Television "? Pretty Funny Male Performance Ron Pederson
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"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Monie Adamson for episode "701"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "Madtv's Holiday Spectacular"
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"
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series "? Guest Starring Young Actress Michelle Trachtenberg
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)
2003 Art Directors Guild Awards Television "? Variety or Awards Show, Music Special or Documentary
Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler, Randy Westgate, Nathalie Fratti, David Williams for episode "806"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler, Randy Westgate, James Rohland and Julie Purcell for episode "801"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series Matthew Kaste, Mishell Chandler, K. Troy Zestos and Stacey Bergman for episode "806"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "809"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "806"
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award Best Character Makeup "? Television Series
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Best Character Hair Styling "? Television Series
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Best Special Makeup Effects "? Television Series
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show "? Late Night
WGA Award (TV) Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show "? Late Night
Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "200th Episode"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Monie Adamson For episode "925"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series Matthew Kasten, Mishell Chandler, Desmond Miller and Anthea Grutsis for episode "200th Episode"
BET Comedy Award Outstanding Comedy Variety Series
2005 Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "1017"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music Program or Special John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1006"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Monie Adamson for episode 1023
Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series Matthew Kasten, Anthea Grutsis, Desmond Miller and Raissa Patton for episode "1017"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler, Randy Westgate and Nathalie Fratti for episode "1004"
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"
2006 Emmy Awards Excellence in Production Design Award
Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Nathalie Fratti, Heather Mages and David Williams for episode "1109"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music Program, or Special John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1115"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Greg O'Connor and Jim Wise for the song "A Wonderfully Normal Day" for episode "1111"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "1109"
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"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Greg O'Connor, Bruce McCoy and Jim Wise for the song "Merry Ex-Mas". for episode "1209"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Heather Mages, James Rohland, David Williams for episode "1210"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music or Nonfiction Programming John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1209"
Art Directors Guild Award Excellence in Production Design Award John Sabato
D. Martyn Bookwalter
Nicole Elespuru
2008 Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Music or Nonfiction Programming Nicole Elespuru, James Yarnell and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1315"
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"
Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Greg O'Connor, Jordan Peele and Jim Wise for the song "Sad Fitty Cent" for episode "1305"
Art Directors Guild Award Excellence in Production Design Award John Sabato (production designer)
D. Martyn Bookwalter (art director)
Nicole Elespuru (assistant art director)


ALMA Awards Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series Anjelah Johnson
ALMA Awards Outstanding Male Performance in a Comedy Television Series Johnny A. Sanchez

See also

  • Saturday Night Live, MADtv's major rival show
  • MAD, the Cartoon Network sketch show created after MADtv was cancelled in 2009
  • All That
  • Incredible Crew
  • In Living Color



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