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MADTv

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).

MADtv
Format Live action, sketch comedy, variety, animation, Parody
Created by Fax Bahr
Adam Small
Starring see List of MADtv cast members
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 14
No. of episodes 321
Production
Running time 45–48 minutes
Production companies 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
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format 480i SDTV, 720p HDTV
Original run October 14, 1995 (1995-10-14) – May 16, 2009 (2009-05-16)
Chronology
Followed by Mad

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. 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 were later 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. 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.[2]

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:

Name First appearance Last appearance Seasons Episodes Guest appearances
Ascencio, NelsonNelson Ascencio Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 2 31
Barinholtz, IkeIke Barinholtz Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 5 112
Borstein, AlexAlex Borstein Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 5 124 4 (seasons 9, 10, 14)
Caliendo, FrankFrank Caliendo Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 5 117
Callen, BryanBryan Callen Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 2 42
Collins, MoMo Collins Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 6 150 3 (seasons 10, 13, 14)
Daly, AndrewAndrew Daly Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 2 38
Flanagan, CristaCrista Flanagan Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 5 81
Gaither, DanieleDaniele Gaither Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 3 64 1 (season 2)
Herman, DavidDavid Herman Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 3 54
Johnson, Nicole RandallNicole Randall Johnson Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 2 37
Jones, OrlandoOrlando Jones Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 2 42 1 (season 9)
Key, Keegan-MichaelKeegan-Michael Key Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 6 106
Kilbane, PatPat Kilbane Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 3 71
LaMarr, PhilPhil LaMarr Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 5 112 1 (season 9)
Lange, ArtieArtie Lange Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 2 48 5 (seasons 5, 9, 10, 14)
Lee, BobbyBobby Lee Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 8 147
McDonald, MichaelMichael McDonald Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 10 239 1 (season 14)
Meyers, JoshJosh Meyers Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 2 47
Myrin, ArdenArden Myrin Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 4 76
Parker, NicoleNicole Parker Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 6 113
Pederson, RonRon Pederson Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 3 65
Peele, JordanJordan Peele Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 5 94
Sanchez, Johnny A.Johnny A. Sanchez Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 2 28
Sasso, WillWill Sasso Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 5 124 3 (seasons 9, 10, 14)
Scheer, MaryMary Scheer Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 3 63
Spears, AriesAries Spears Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 8 198
Sullivan, NicoleNicole Sullivan Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 6 141 6 (seasons 8, 9, 10)
Vogt, PaulPaul Vogt Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 3 63
Weir, StephnieStephnie Weir Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 6 121
Wilson, DebraDebra Wilson Template:Dts/out1 Template:Dts/out1 8 196 4 (seasons 10, 13, 14)

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.

On November 5, 2012, it was announced that Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to the series.[3] They subsequently announced that they will release the second season on DVD on March 22, 2013.[4] The third season was released on June 25, 2013 and the fourth season is to be released on November 12, 2013.[5]

Syndication

Originally, reruns of MADtv aired as 30-minute reruns on local TV stations, often under the banner "The Best of MADtv". 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" Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series Matthew Kasten for episode "402" Nominated
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

Nominated
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 Nominated
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

Nominated
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

Nominated
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

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

Adam Byrd (title designer)

Nominated
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" Nominated
Canadian Comedy Awards Television — Pretty Funny Male Performance Will Sasso Nominated
Art Directors Guild Awards Excellence in Production Design Award John Sabato (production designer)

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

Nominated
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"

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

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

Won
ALMA Awards Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series Anjelah Johnson Nominated
ALMA Awards Outstanding Male Performance in a Comedy Television Series Johnny A. Sanchez Nominated
2009 Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Alexei O'Brien, David Williams and Heather Mages for episode 1405 Won
Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special Matthew Kasten, Wendy Southard, Desiree Dizard and Desmond Miller for episode 1412 Nominated

See also

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
  • TheWB.com (Only for US viewers)
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