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Genre  Variety show
Original language(s)  English
First episode date  14 October 1995
Networks  FOX, The CW
7.2/10 IMDb


Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons  15
Final episode date  16 May 2009
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Created by  William Gaines (original concept)Fax BahrAdam Small
Directed by  Bruce LeddyDavid GrossmanAmanda Bearse
Cast  Bobby Lee, Nicole Sullivan, Jordan Peele, Michael McDonald, Will Sasso
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Mad TV is an American comedy sketch 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 in earlier seasons, 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.

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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 distributed by 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.

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On November 12, 2008, Fox announced that Mad TV's 14th season would be its last. 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. The show was nominated for 35 Emmy awards, winning five, and was succeeded by an unrelated animated sketch comedy series, MAD, that aired on Cartoon Network from 2010 to 2013.

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On December 11, 2015, it was reported that the series would be returning for a one-hour special on The CW to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary; the special aired on January 12, 2016. A large portion of the original cast returned.

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On April 11, 2016, The CW announced that it was reviving the show for an 8-episode season to air in primetime. On June 15, 2016, the season was confirmed by The CW to begin airing July 26 at 9 p.m.

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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 culture humor.

Home media

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. They subsequently announced that they would release the second season on DVD on March 22, 2013. The third season was released on June 25, 2013 and the fourth season was released on November 12, 2013.

Syndication

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 2015, Mad TV no longer airs on Comedy Central. In 2005, Canadian channel BiteTV began airing re-runs every weekday at 4pm.

Revival

On December 11, 2015, it was reported that the series would be returning for a one-hour special on The CW to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary; the special aired on January 12, 2016. A large portion of the original cast returned.

On April 11, 2016, The CW announced that it was reviving the show for an 8-episode season to air in primetime, featuring a new cast. Original cast members including Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso, Bobby Lee, and Ike Barinholtz are reportedly returning as hosts and appearing as their signature characters.

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References

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