Mad TV Episode One Review - AVClub

AVClub: When we think of MADtv, we tend to think of the great talents who came from the show rather than the program itself. Patton Oswalt was a writer the first two seasons! Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele were cast members! As for the show itself… eh. This isn’t to say it was horrible; there were certainly some memorable recurring characters (who didn’t love Michael McDonald’s Stuart?), but while it desperately wanted to be an edgier Saturday Night Live, MADtv often relied on excessively broad comedy and overdone stereotypes. When Fox canceled the show in 2009, it wasn’t exactly major news; seven years later, it’s been revived by The CW, though it’s not like anyone’s been clamoring for its return.

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