Mad TV

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Mad TV
MADtv Logo
Created by

William Gaines (original concept)

Fax Bahr
Adam Small
Starringsee List of Mad TV cast members
Country of originUnited States
Original 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
DistributorWarner Bros. 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
Related showsThe Mad Show
Robot Chicken
Saturday Night Live
Tales from the Crypt
 
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This article is about the American live-action comedy program. For the 2010 animated sketch comedy show, see Mad (TV series). For other uses, see Mad TV (disambiguation).
Mad TV
MADtv Logo
Created by

William Gaines (original concept)

Fax Bahr
Adam Small
Starringsee List of Mad TV cast members
Country of originUnited States
Original 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
DistributorWarner Bros. 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
Related showsThe Mad Show
Robot Chicken
Saturday Night Live
Tales from the Crypt

Mad TV is an American sketch comedy television series originally inspired by Mad magazine. The show featured animated Spy vs. Spy and Don Martin cartoon shorts as well as images of Alfred E. Neuman, although the sketch comedy rarely if ever had any relation to the magazine's content. Its first TV broadcast was on October 14, 1995. The one-hour show first-ran on 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.

Mad TV was created by Fax Bahr and Adam Small. The series was originally produced by Bahr/Small Productions and Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment (QDE). After Bahr and Small left the series at the end of the third season (they were later credited as "executive consultants"), the series was 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),[1] as well as David Grossman, and Amanda Bearse.

On November 12, 2008, Fox announced that Mad TV's 14th season would be its last.[2] David Salzman said that he would be exploring the continuation of the show on another channel; possibly cable. In early 2009, the show was moved to air after Talkshow with Spike Feresten, the show that normally followed Mad TV, as a test, before being moved back. The series finale aired on May 16, 2009.[3][dead link] The show was nominated for 35 Emmy awards, winning five, and was succeeded by an unrelated animated sketch comedy series, MAD that premiered on Cartoon Network in 2010.

Format[edit]

Mad TV was taped in front of a live audience and consisted of sketches, cartoon shorts, and musical performances. Much of its comedy parodied popular television shows, movies, and music, as well as topical, political, and pop cultural humor.

History[edit]

Historical synopsis[edit]

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

Era breakdown[edit]

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

Season breakdown[edit]

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

Recurring characters and sketches[edit]

Over the years, Mad TV amassed a large variety of recurring characters and sketches.

Home media [edit]

Warner Home Video released The Complete First Season of Mad TV 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). Mad TV: 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.[4] They subsequently announced that they would release the second season on DVD on March 22, 2013.[5] The third season was released on June 25, 2013 and the fourth season was released on November 12, 2013.[6]

Syndication[edit]

Originally, reruns of Mad TV aired as 30-minute reruns on local TV stations, often under the banner "The Best of Mad TV". The cable channel TNN (now Spike TV) aired the first six seasons of Mad TV 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 Mad TV reruns (starting at season eight), but, unlike Comedy Central, The Comedy Network also includes episodes from seasons 12 and 13. As of 2010, Mad TV no longer airs on Comedy Central. In 2005, Canadian channel BiteTV began airing re-runs every weekday at 4pm.

Awards and nominations[edit]

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YearAssociationAward CategoryRecipientsResult
1999Emmy AwardsOutstanding Costume Design for a Variety or Music ProgramWendy Benbrook for episode "402"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Hairstyling for a SeriesMatthew Kasten for episode "402"
2000Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild AwardOutstanding Make-up for a series — 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 and Wanda Leavey for episode "615".Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Hairstyling for a Variety or Music ProgramMatthew Kasten, Mishell Chandler, Desmond Miller, Rod Ortega, Mimi Jafari and Fabrizio Sanges for episode "601"Won
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music ProgramJohn Sabato
D. Martyn Bookwalter
Cece Destefano
Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "610"
Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Main Title DesignSteve Kirklys (title designer)

Adam Byrd (title designer)

Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a SeriesJennifer 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"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: "Mad TV 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 ProgramJohn Sabat, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "Mad TV's 3rd Annual Salute To The Movies"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyMonie Adamson for episode "701"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music ProgramWendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "Mad TV's Holiday Spectacular"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding 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"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)Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler, Randy Westgate, Nathalie Fratti, David Williams for episode "806"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler, Randy Westgate, James Rohland and Julie Purcell for episode "801"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Hairstyling for a SeriesMatthew Kaste, Mishell Chandler, K. Troy Zestos and Stacey Bergman for episode "806"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music ProgramWendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "809"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music ProgramJohn Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "806"Nominated
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 ProgramJohn Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "200th Episode"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyMonie Adamson For episode "925"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Hairstyling for a SeriesMatthew Kasten, Mishell Chandler, Desmond Miller and Anthea Grutsis for episode "200th Episode"Nominated
BET Comedy AwardOutstanding Comedy Variety SeriesNominated
2005Emmy AwardsOutstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music ProgramWendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "1017"Won
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music Program or SpecialJohn Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1006"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyMonie Adamson for episode 1023Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Hairstyling for a SeriesMatthew Kasten, Anthea Grutsis, Desmond Miller and Raissa Patton for episode "1017"Won
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler, Randy Westgate and Nathalie Fratti for episode "1004"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a SpecialJennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler,Randy Westgate and James Rohland for episode "1013"Nominated
2006Emmy AwardsExcellence in Production Design AwardWon
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)Jennifer Aspinall, Nathalie Fratti, Heather Mages and David Williams for episode "1109"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music Program, or SpecialJohn Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1115"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Original Music and LyricsGreg O'Connor and Jim Wise for the song "A Wonderfully Normal Day" for episode "1111"Won
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music ProgramWendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "1109"Won
2007Emmy AwardsOutstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a SpecialJennifer Aspinall, Heather Mages, Wade Daily, Douglas Noe, James Rohland and David Williams for episode "1117"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Original Music and LyricsGreg O'Connor, Bruce McCoy and Jim Wise for the song "Merry Ex-Mas". for episode "1209"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)Jennifer Aspinall, Heather Mages, James Rohland, David Williams for episode "1210"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music or Nonfiction ProgrammingJohn Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1209"Nominated
Art Directors Guild AwardExcellence in Production Design AwardJohn Sabato
D. Martyn Bookwalter
Nicole Elespuru
Won
2008Emmy AwardsOutstanding Art Direction for Variety, Music or Nonfiction ProgrammingNicole Elespuru, James Yarnell and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1315"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special (Non-Prosthetic)Jennifer Aspinall, Heather Mages, Chris Burgoyne and Ned Neidhardt for episode "1308"Nominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Original Music and LyricsGreg O'Connor, Jordan Peele and Jim Wise for the song "Sad Fitty Cent" for episode "1305"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
2009Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special (Non-Prosthetic)Jennifer Aspinall, Alexei O'Brien, David Williams and Heather Mages for episode 1405Won
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or SpecialMatthew Kasten, Wendy Southard, Desiree Dizard and Desmond Miller for episode 1412Nominated

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References[edit]

  1. ^ imdb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112056/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm |url= missing title (help). 
  2. ^ "Fox Flash". Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  3. ^ Kinon, Cristina (May 6, 2009). "'MADtv' hopes finale isn't last laugh". Daily News (New York). 
  4. ^ "MADtv DVD news: DVD Plans for MADtv Season 2 through Season 5". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  5. ^ "MADtv DVD news: Press Release for MADtv – The Complete 2nd Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  6. ^ "MADtv DVD news: Announcement for MADtv – The Complete 3rd Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 

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