History Trivia / MadTV

18th Sep '17 5:37:03 AM jormis29
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen - Creator/SethMacFarlane (the man behind ''Family Guy'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'') was originally contracted to do cartoon shorts for this show, but backed out in favor of creating his own TV series for FOX. Had [=MacFarlane=] taken the offer, he would have created ''Family Guy'' for ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' before spinning it off into its own show, much like Matt Groening did with ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' on ''The Tracy Ullman Show''.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen - Creator/SethMacFarlane (the man behind ''Family Guy'', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'') was originally contracted to do cartoon shorts for this show, but backed out in favor of creating his own TV series for FOX. Had [=MacFarlane=] taken the offer, he would have created ''Family Guy'' for ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' before spinning it off into its own show, much like Matt Groening did with ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' on ''The Tracy Ullman Show''.''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow''.
10th Sep '17 1:37:37 PM nombretomado
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* NoExportForYou: Narrowly averted with the first run. {{FOX}} didn't plan to air the show in UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} because the ''local'' SketchComedy show ''Series/AlmostLive'' (the show that made ''BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' popular before he had his own educational series on PBS) was well-established and wildly popular at the time.

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* NoExportForYou: Narrowly averted with the first run. {{FOX}} didn't plan to air the show in UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} because the ''local'' SketchComedy show ''Series/AlmostLive'' (the show that made ''BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' popular before he had his own educational series on PBS) was well-established and wildly popular at the time.
24th Jul '17 7:47:29 PM NWolfman
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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/PhilLamarr makes no secret of his disappointment in the show abandoning it's "alternative ''SNL''" idea as early as it's second season.

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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/PhilLamarr makes no secret of his disappointment in the show abandoning it's "alternative ''SNL''" idea as early as it's second season.season to just become "diet ''SNL''."
24th Jul '17 7:45:26 PM NWolfman
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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/PhilLamarr makes no secret of his disappointment in the show abandoning it's "alternative ''SNL''" idea as early as it's second season.
24th Jun '17 2:10:44 AM Piterpicher
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* NoExportForYou: Narrowly averted with the first run. {{FOX}} didn't plan to air the show in {{Seattle}} because the ''local'' SketchComedy show ''Series/AlmostLive'' (the show that made ''BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' popular before he had his own educational series on PBS) was well-established and wildly popular at the time.

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* NoExportForYou: Narrowly averted with the first run. {{FOX}} didn't plan to air the show in {{Seattle}} UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} because the ''local'' SketchComedy show ''Series/AlmostLive'' (the show that made ''BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' popular before he had his own educational series on PBS) was well-established and wildly popular at the time.
21st May '17 10:01:11 AM nombretomado
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: For a time, the only [=DVD=]s ''Series/MADtv'' had out were the complete season one set and a compilation special called ''The Best of Seasons 8, 9, and 10''. Despite a preview for the second season DVD, Warner Bros. decided not to release any more [=DVD=]s for the show due to low sales. Creator/ShoutFactory picked up the slack and released seasons two, three, and four on DVD, but then stopped for the same reason Warner Bros. did. And don't bother looking for it on television, since Creator/ComedyCentral stopped airing the show in 2010 (it didn't even air the last couple of seasons [12 to 14], though Canada's Comedy Network aired season 12 before pulling the show) and no other channel has aired it since [[note]]in contrast, ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' is now airing on Logo, VH1, and is back airing on Comedy Central, along with some hour-long reruns of past season episodes on NBC, a collection of memorable sketches on NBC's webpage, Hulu, and on Yahoo Screen, and a memorable stint on Netflix and [=Xfinity=] On-Demand's Streampix[[/note]]. YouTube seems to be the only place anyone can find ''MADtv'' sketches (albeit ones with Comedy Central station identification bugs or Dutch subtitles), and iTunes store only has full episodes of the last two seasons available.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: For a time, the only [=DVD=]s ''Series/MADtv'' had out were the complete season one set and a compilation special called ''The Best of Seasons 8, 9, and 10''. Despite a preview for the second season DVD, Warner Bros. decided not to release any more [=DVD=]s for the show due to low sales. Creator/ShoutFactory picked up the slack and released seasons two, three, and four on DVD, but then stopped for the same reason Warner Bros. did. And don't bother looking for it on television, since Creator/ComedyCentral stopped airing the show in 2010 (it didn't even air the last couple of seasons [12 to 14], though Canada's Comedy Network aired season 12 before pulling the show) and no other channel has aired it since [[note]]in contrast, ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' is now airing on Logo, VH1, Creator/VH1, and is back airing on Comedy Central, along with some hour-long reruns of past season episodes on NBC, a collection of memorable sketches on NBC's webpage, Hulu, and on Yahoo Screen, and a memorable stint on Netflix and [=Xfinity=] On-Demand's Streampix[[/note]]. YouTube seems to be the only place anyone can find ''MADtv'' sketches (albeit ones with Comedy Central station identification bugs or Dutch subtitles), and iTunes store only has full episodes of the last two seasons available.
3rd May '17 11:01:53 AM DesertDragon
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: An early recurring sketch was "Lowered Expectations", a video matchmaking service for ''extremely'' maladjusted individuals. While hilarious, the sketch was a bit...dated in the late 90's due to the rise of the internet and online dating making video services obsolete, and the sketch was quietly retired by the end of the decade.
3rd May '17 10:56:39 AM DesertDragon
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: One of the regular skits in the show's early seasons was "Lowered Expectations", a video dating service for..."troubled" individuals. But even in the mid-90's, video dating was becoming...dated what with online dating sites on the rise, and the skit was retired by the end of the decade.
24th Feb '17 12:44:08 AM jormis29
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** Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele were originally hired with the intention of FOX picking only one of them to be in the next season's cast, but the two had such great chemistry both separately and together that FOX decided to pick them both.

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** Keegan-Michael Key Creator/KeeganMichaelKey and Jordan Peele Creator/JordanPeele were originally hired with the intention of FOX picking only one of them to be in the next season's cast, but the two had such great chemistry both separately and together that FOX decided to pick them both.
6th Sep '16 9:19:11 PM DesertDragon
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: One of the regular skits in the show's early seasons was "Lowered Expectations", a video dating service for..."troubled" individuals. But even in the mid-90's, the concept was starting to feel dated what with online dating on the rise, and the skit was retired by the end of the decade.

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* TechnologyMarchesOn: One of the regular skits in the show's early seasons was "Lowered Expectations", a video dating service for..."troubled" individuals. But even in the mid-90's, the concept video dating was starting to feel becoming...dated what with online dating sites on the rise, and the skit was retired by the end of the decade.
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