MADtv

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MADtv
MADtv Logo
FormatLive action, sketch comedy, variety, Animation
Created byFax Bahr
Adam Small
Starringsee List of MADtv cast members
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons14
No. of episodes321
Production
Running time45–48 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
DistributorWB Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Picture format480i SDTV, 720p HDTV
Original runOctober 14, 1995 (1995-10-14) – May 16, 2009 (2009-05-16)
Chronology
Followed byMAD
 
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MADtv
MADtv Logo
FormatLive action, sketch comedy, variety, Animation
Created byFax Bahr
Adam Small
Starringsee List of MADtv cast members
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons14
No. of episodes321
Production
Running time45–48 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
DistributorWB Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Picture format480i SDTV, 720p HDTV
Original runOctober 14, 1995 (1995-10-14) – May 16, 2009 (2009-05-16)
Chronology
Followed byMAD

MADtv is 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.[1] 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.[2] The show itself did not have a 2009-2010 season (which would have been its 15th season), nor did it have a 2010-2011 season (16th season), or a 2011-2012 season (17th season), and there is no word of a 2012-2013 season (18th season) in the works. 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 8. The series finale aired on May 16, 2009.[3]

Contents

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 has 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 MemberFirst Cast AppearanceLast Cast AppearanceSeasonsEpisodesGuest Appearances
Michael McDonaldSeptember 12, 1998May 17, 20084–13 (10 total)2391 (Season 14)
Aries SpearsSeptember 20, 1997May 21, 20053–10 (8 total)198
Debra WilsonOctober 14, 1995May 17, 20031–8 (8 total)1964 (Seasons 10, 13, and 14)
Mo CollinsSeptember 12, 1998May 22, 20044–9 (6 total)1503 (Seasons 10, 13, and 14)
Bobby LeeOctober 6, 2001May 16, 20097–14 (8 total)147
Nicole SullivanOctober 14, 1995May 12, 20011–6 (6 total)1416 (Seasons 8, 9, and 10)
Will SassoSeptember 20, 1997May 18, 20023–7 (5 total)1243 (Seasons 9, 10, and 14)
Alex BorsteinSeptember 20, 1997May 18, 20023–7 (5 total)1244 (Seasons 9, 10, and 14)
Stephnie WeirNovember 18, 2000May 6, 20066–11 (6 total)121
Frank CaliendoSeptember 22, 2001May 20, 20067–11 (5 total)117
Nicole ParkerNovember 1, 2003March 28, 20099–14 (6 total)113
Phil LaMarrOctober 14, 1995May 20, 20001–5 (5 total)1121 (Season 9)
Ike BarinholtzSeptember 14, 2002May 19, 20078–12 (5 total)112
Keegan-Michael KeyFebruary 7, 2004May 16, 20099–14 (6 total)106
Jordan PeeleNovember 15, 2003May 17, 20089-13 (5 total)94
Crista FlanaganFebruary 5, 2005May 16, 200910-14 (5 total)81
Arden MyrinSeptember 17, 2005May 16, 200911-14 (4 total)76
Pat KilbaneSeptember 20, 1997May 20, 20003-5 (3 total)71
Ron PedersonNovember 2, 2002May 21, 20058-10 (3 total)65
Daniele GaitherSeptember 13, 2003May 20, 20069-11 (3 total)641 (Season 2)
Mary ScheerOctober 14, 1995May 16, 19981-3 (3 total)63
Paul VogtDecember 21, 2002May 21, 20058-10 (3 total)63
David HermanOctober 14, 1995November 1, 19971-3 (3 total)54
Artie LangeOctober 14, 1995January 4, 19971-2 (2 total)485 (Seasons 5, 9, 10, and 14)
Josh MeyersSeptember 14, 2002May 22, 20048-9 (2 total)47
Bryan CallenOctober 14, 1995May 17, 19971-2 (2 total)42
Orlando JonesOctober 14, 1995May 17, 19971-2 (2 total)421 (Season 9)
Andrew DalyNovember 4, 2000May 18, 20026-7 (2 total)38
Frank CaetiSeptember 17, 2005May 19, 200711-12 (2 total)38
Nicole Randall JohnsonSeptember 17, 2005May 19, 200711-12 (2 total)37
Nelson AscencioNovember 27, 1999May 12, 20015-6 (2 total)31
Johnny SanchezNovember 3, 2007May 16, 200913-14 (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:

MADtv season breakdown

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

Recurring characters and sketches

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. The series has yet to receive a thorough DVD issuing.

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.

Awards and nominations

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YearAssociationAward CategoryRecipientsResult
1999Emmy AwardsOutstanding Costume Design for a Variety or Music ProgramNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Hairstyling for a SeriesNominated
2000Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild AwardBest Use of a Boson Dart — 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 AwardBest Innovative Hair Styling — Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series — Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)Dugg KirkpatrickNominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild AwardBest 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 AwardBest 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 AwardBest Character Makeup — Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series — Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)Jennifer Aspinall

Felicia Linsky
Ed French

Won
2001Emmy AwardsOutstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music ProgramWendy Benbrook (costume designer)

Wanda Leavey (costume supervisor)

Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Hairstyling for a Variety or Music ProgramMatthew Kasten (hairstylist)

Mishell Chandler (hairstylist)
Desmond Miller (hairstylist)
Rod Ortega (hairstylist)
Mimi Jafari (hairstylist)
Fabrizio Sanges (hairstylist)

Won
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music ProgramJohn Sabato (production designer)

D. Martyn Bookwalter (art director)
Cece Destefano (art director)
Daryn-Reid Goodall (set decorator)

Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Main Title DesignSteve Kirklys (title designer)

Adam Byrd (title designer)

Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a SeriesJennifer Aspinall (makeup artist)

Felicia Linsky (makeup artist) Stephanie L. Massie (makeup artist) Darrell McIntyre (makeup artist) Randy Westgate (makeup artist) Julie Purcell (makeup artist) Ed French (makeup artist) Susan A. Cabral (makeup artist) Myke Michaels (makeup artist)

Nominated
Canadian Comedy AwardsTelevision — Pretty Funny Male PerformanceWill SassoNominated
Art Directors Guild AwardsExcellence in Production Design AwardJohn Sabato (production designer)

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

Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild AwardBest 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 AwardsOutstanding Variety Series/Speciality jumpsuitNominated
Canadian Comedy AwardsTelevision — Pretty Funny Male PerformanceRon PedersonNominated
2002Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music ProgramNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music ProgramNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)Nominated
Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series — Guest Starring Young ActressMichelle TrachtenbergNominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild AwardsBest Special Makeup Effects — Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series — Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)Won
2003Art Directors Guild AwardsTelevision — Variety or Awards Show, Music Special or DocumentaryNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a Series (Prosthetic)Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Hairstyling for a SeriesNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music ProgramNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music ProgramNominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild AwardBest Character Makeup — Television SeriesNominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild AwardsBest Character Hair Styling — Television SeriesNominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild AwardsBest Special Makeup Effects — Television SeriesNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Show — Late NightNominated
WGA Award (TV)Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - SeriesNominated
2004Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Show — Late NightNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music ProgramNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Hairstyling for a SeriesNominated
BET Comedy AwardOutstanding Comedy Variety SeriesNominated
2005Emmy AwardsOutstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music ProgramWon
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music Program or SpecialNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Hairstyling for a SeriesWon
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a SpecialNominated
2006Emmy AwardExcellence in Production Design AwardWon
Emmy AwardOutstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)Nominated
Emmy AwardOutstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music Program, or SpecialNominated
Emmy AwardOutstanding Original Music and LyricsGreg O'Connor (music by)

Jim Wise (lyrics by)

Won
Emmy AwardOutstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music ProgramWon
2007Emmy AwardsOutstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a SpecialNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Original Music and LyricsGreg O'Connor (music by)

Bruce McCoy (music and lyrics by)
Jim Wise (music and lyrics by)

Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)Nominated
Emmy AwardOutstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music or Nonfiction ProgrammingNominated
Art Directors Guild AwardExcellence in Production Design AwardJohn Sabato (production designer)

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

Won
2008Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for Variety, Music or Nonfiction ProgrammingNicole Elespuru (production designer)

James Yarnell (production designer)
Daryn-Reid Goodall (set decorator)

Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special (Non-Prosthetic)Jennifer Aspinall (department head makeup artist)

Heather Mages (additional makeup artist)
Chris Burgoyne (additional makeup artist)
Ned Neidhardt (additional makeup artist)

Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Original Music and LyricsGreg O'Connor (music by)

Jordan Peele (music and lyrics by)
Jim Wise (music by)

Nominated
Art Directors Guild AwardExcellence in Production Design AwardJohn Sabato (production designer)

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

Won
ALMA AwardsOutstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television SeriesAnjelah JohnsonNominated
ALMA AwardsOutstanding Male Performance in a Comedy Television SeriesJohnny A. SanchezNominated

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