A sketch comedy show based on the seminal Mad Magazine.


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Series cast summary:
Michael McDonald ...  Various / ... 234 episodes, 1998-2009
Debra Wilson ...  Various / ... 194 episodes, 1995-2016
Aries Spears ...  Various / ... 193 episodes, 1997-2016
Bobby Lee ...  Various / ... 165 episodes, 2001-2016
Mo Collins ...  Various / ... 157 episodes, 1998-2016
Nicole Sullivan ...  Various / ... 147 episodes, 1995-2016
Will Sasso ...  Various / ... 129 episodes, 1997-2016
Alex Borstein ...  Various / ... 127 episodes, 1997-2009
Stephnie Weir ...  Various / ... 121 episodes, 2000-2006
Frank Caliendo ...  Various / ... 117 episodes, 2001-2006
Nicole Parker ...  Various / ... 116 episodes, 2003-2009
Phil LaMarr ...  Various / ... 115 episodes, 1995-2003
Ike Barinholtz ...  Various / ... 113 episodes, 2002-2016
Keegan-Michael Key ...  Various / ... 107 episodes, 2004-2009
Jordan Peele ...  Various 94 episodes, 2003-2008


Late night sketch-comedy show based on the humor of MAD magazine. Material includes impersonations, fake commercials, mock movie trailers, and even Spy vs. Spy segments. Competes against Saturday Night Live in it's time slot, but aimed at a younger adult audience. Written by Eric

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Release Date:

14 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.33 : 1
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Despite stumbling ratings and cancellation, this is one of the most widely-viewed sketch comedy shows through unauthorized online videos. See more »


Doreen Larkin: What do you want to eat?
Stuart Larkin: A Happy Meal!
Doreen Larkin: Stuart, this is a Chinese restaurant. They don't make the Happy Meal!
Stuart Larkin: [growling] Then I hate the Chinese!
Doreen Larkin: STUART! That kind of talk is racist! What does Momma say about little boys who are racist?
Stuart Larkin: Little boys who are racist learn to be racist from their mother!
Doreen Larkin: [nods] That's righ-
[stands up]
Doreen Larkin: Oh! Ohh! Stuart, I've never said anything racist in front of you!
Stuart Larkin: [nods] Hmm-hmm! You said that Canadians are wussies. And that black people are not scary if they keep ...
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Alternate Versions

The second airing of the sketch known as "Sex Toy Story" has an introduction by Michael Eisner added. See more »


Referenced in Tosh.0: Tonetta (CeWEBrity Profile) (2013) See more »


Mad Tv Theme
Written by Heavy D and Da Boyz
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Brilliant! This show really gets it!
6 June 2005 | by MMcDonaldFanSee all my reviews

I only started watching this show about six months ago on Comedy Central, and I have been hooked since. SNL doesn't even come close to this show's originality and creativity. One of the real main differences between this show and SNL is the way this show "lets loose" and isn't so political, pretentious, and self-conscious. It lets its actors breathe and get comfortable, making for some really hilarious skits and recurring characters. SNL is so tight-laced and "lets all make fun of the President again"...and "this constitutional bill just got passed," and now the musical guest is gonna be in the skits, and the celebrity host needs to make a huge entrance and make the skits about "them." With MadTV, you get to really know the actors more, and it makes things that much funnier. Plus the show is just plain hilarious!! My absolute favorite person on the show is Michael McDonald. My favorite sketches are Ms. Swan ("I tell you every-TING!")...Stuart ("I found it on the floor!")...Lorraine ("my husband Carl's got gas real bad")...the "Literally" couple...Debra Wilson as Oprah...and Reality Check (i just watched the one with "Richard Simmons," and I was crying it was so funny). The TV show parodies are a riot, like "The Queen of Queens," Will & Grace, I Love Lucy, and Laverne & Shirley. I can't believe these actors aren't getting their own sitcoms or becoming big movie stars like Will Ferrell, who--ya know what?--really isn't that funny. Literally.

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