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''[=MADtv=]'' is a SketchComedy show that aired on FOX on Saturday nights at 11:00 Eastern Standard Time [[note]]A full 30 minutes before ''SaturdayNightLive'', a fact that was lampshaded on a "[=MADtv=]" cold opening sketch where George W. Bush [played by Will Sasso] calls out ''SNL'''s Chris Kattan for his movie "Corky Romano"[[/note]]. It was on the air for 14 seasons, running from 1995 to 2009 on the FOX Network. The show was [[InspiredBy based on]] Magazine/{{MAD}} [[InNameOnly despite having next to nothing to do with it]] after the third season.

The show, after serving 14 years as ''SaturdayNightLive'''s rival, was canceled by FOX in 2009, due to low ratings, budget constraints, and the surge in popularity ''SNL'' experienced from the 2008 Presidential election.

There have been claims that the show will seek new life on cable TV, though, as of 2013, the only evidence of a ''[=MADtv=]'' revival on cable can be found on the Creator/CartoonNetwork animated sketch show ''WesternAnimation/{{MAD}}'', which, unlike its live-action predecessor, is a little more faithful to the source material and is set up as a 15-minute show [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids allegedly for children]] and on the ComedyCentral sketch show ''Series/KeyAndPeele'', featuring pretaped sketches with two of ''[=MADtv=]'''s former cast members, Keegen-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (along with appearances by former cast members Arden Myrin, Crista Flanagan, Nicole Parker, and Nicole Randall Johnson). However, as of 2014, Cartoon Network's ''MAD'' was canceled to make room for ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' while ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' is still on Creator/ComedyCentral.

''[=MADtv=]'' aired in reruns on Creator/ComedyCentral (as a replacement for the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' reruns that once aired on the channel) and the Canadian sister channel Comedy Network until 2010.

The show's first season was available on DVD under Warner Bros. label. Despite a preview for a season two DVD set, Warner Bros. stopped releasing the show due to poor sales [[note]]compare with ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', who stopped releasing the show on DVD because the episodes between 1980 and 1985 are considered an OldShame by NBC and [[FanonDiscontinuity a rocky period]] for ''SNL'' fans, though ''SNL'' has uploaded those episodes on such streaming programs as Netflix, Hulu, Comcast Cable's [=XFinity=] Streampix, and Yahoo! Videos with a lot of sketches and performances cut due to copyright issues[[/note]]. In 2012, Creator/ShoutFactory swooped in and agreed to release ''Series/{{MADtv}}'''s second and third seasons, with (hopefully) more seasons to come (and The [=iTunes=] Store has the last season available for anyone who wants it).

Unrelated to the [[VideoGame/MadTV simulation computer game]].
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* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: In "Mike Tyson Grill," a parody of the George Foreman Grill, "Mike Tyson" did this at times throughout the infomercial, such as pronouncing testimonials as if the "mon" rhymed with "con."
* AcmeProducts: All the useless or dangerous products provided by [[AwesomebutImpractical Spishak Industries]].
* AirGuitar: A shop sold those. A thief failed to steal one used by Music/JimiHendrix.
** There was also a reality show parody about wannabe rockers who practice air guitar
* {{Alternate Ending}}s:
** Parodied in a sketch which featured supposed "alternate endings" that were shot for ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''. It's introduced by one of the actors, "Slave Girl #8" (she's the only one who's still alive), who has to re-enact the racial stereotype of her previous role, which she eventually notes is kind of degrading. In the first ending, Rhett goes on a profanity-laden tirade after Scarlett begs him not to leave, and punches her in the stomach before walking off in disgust ("Audiences didn't like that ending at all"). In the second one, Rhett, Scarlett, and some of the soldiers and slaves [[SuddenMusicalEnding suddenly break into a dance number]]. In the third one, Rhett [[ShockingSwerve just gets on a broom and flies off]], and Scarlett follows him [[AnachronismStew on a jetpack]] on the advice of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and a talking penguin ("It's a mystery to me why they filmed this last ending at all").
** There was a similar one done with ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic''. In the first ending [[TheHeroDies the von Trapp family were shot and killed by the Nazis]] (which the audience was appaled by, [[InfantImmortality especially the children's deaths]]), in the second [[FaceHeelTurn the Von Trapps join the Nazis]] (this ending was popular only [[AllGermansAreNazis in Germany]], [[ArgentinaIsNaziland Argentina]], and parts of the US midwest), and in the last one the kids fight back with ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''-style superpowers.
* ArtifactTitle: The show never had much to do with Magazine/{{MAD}} to begin with, but at least they tried at first (the ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy'' animated sketches, Alfred E. Neuman prominently appearing in the opening titles). Before long, though, even these token references were dropped.
** Nicole Sullivan's [[BlandNameProduct Vancome]] Lady is one, too, referring to the place she worked for (not even all of) her initial sketch in the very first show.
* ATeamFiring: Parodied in a skit in which a veteran cop gets a new partner who's a rookie. The veteran cop is captured by a thug wielding a blade and the rookie tries to shoot the thug, only to hit his partner... repeatedly. The veteran suggests aiming for him instead of the thug and just ends up getting shot in the nut-sack. He declares that he'd rather take his chances with the blade, which is kind of dull, but the rookie cop insists he's not letting the thug get away. The thug eventually decides to leave the scene and he walks way. The rookie "pursues," but no matter how close he gets, he can't achieve the shot and the ricochet bounces to the veteran. The thug picks up a penny off the ground and leaves. The rookie cop calls for medical aid for the veteran, but reaches Domino's Pizza instead.
* BalancingDeathsBooks: In one sketch.
* BigFun: One episode had a cold open where Will Sasso announces that he lost weight -- and as a result, he's not funny anymore. The solution: go on a feeding frenzy throughout the studio by eating from the craft tables, stealing from Girl Scouts, and (allegedly) microwaving a dog (he actually microwaves some ribs and tells the dog that he can't have any).
* BlackComedy / GallowsHumor: Had it sparingly in the first couple seasons, but was packed with it from season 3 to the end. While ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' does have its moments of morbid and politically incorrect humor, ''[=MADtv=]'' was more in-your-face with it and often went to places that not even ''SNL'' would (which is why some fans do prefer this show over ''SNL'').
* BlaxploitationParody: Every single one of the "Dolemite" and "Son of Dolemite" sketches, loaded to the brim with BadBadActing.
* BloodyHilarious: The recurring trope in sketches involving Paul Timberman.
* TheBoardGame:
** Parodied in the sketch ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto: The Boardgame''. MisaimedMarketing at its finest: The game pieces are criminals such as drug kingpins and pimps, you can snort fake cocaine and get makeshift tattoos, and the game includes guns, drugs, and real cash for the family to fight over. Coincidentally, there was a real life board game based on ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'' that was sort of like this: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghettopoly Ghettopoly]]", set in an inner-city criminal neighborhood. For obvious reasons, there was a public backlash and the game was discontinued.
** There was also a ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'' parody they had called ''Welfare'', in which rich people can experience what it's like to be lower-middle class.
* BuddyCopShow: Parodied with the "Seven Buddy Cops" sketch, which is a massive crossover starring Nick Nolte, Creator/EddieMurphy, Chris Tucker, Creator/JackieChan, Owen Wilson, Tommy Lee Jones, and Creator/WillSmith giving shout outs to all the buddy cop movies they starred in while trying to solve the case of the dead prostitutes on the orders of DaChief. Even Creator/MelGibson and Danny Glover (aka ''Film/LethalWeapon'''s Murtaugh and Riggs) make a cameo.
* ButtMonkey:
** Bobby Lee's Yamanashi (in the Coach Hines sketches), the models in the QVC Fashion show sketches (though they do fight back against the commentators who insult them), and any character played by Crista Flanagan.
** John Madden is one in the "Quick Pop Popcorn Popper" sketch. Nothing goes right for him and he ends up getting electrocuted and burned.
* CannotTellAJoke: The entire premise of Crista Flanagan's Luann Lockhart, the amateur stand-up comedian who has no idea how to tell a joke.
* CasanovaWannabe: Bobby Lee’s character, Tank, whose many attempts at scoring with women end in failure.
* CastingGag: One episode had [[LawAndOrderSVU Christopher Meloni]] play a resident of a gated community at a community meeting... who also happened to be a serial groper harassing one of the female residents.
* ClipShow: Much like ''SNL'', this show had episodes highlighting the best moments of the series. Unlike ''SNL'', there weren't many of them and they seemed to come on during the show's final two seasons (except for ''[=MADtv=]'''s "Best of Seasons 8, 9, and 10," which was a DVD-exclusive release). The ClipShow episodes were:
** ''[=MADtv=] Ruined My Life: The Sketches That Shocked A Nation'': A highlight of the show's raunchiest and most outrageous sketches (set up like an episode of ''The Jerry Springer Show''). Also includes information on a deleted sketch from season one called ''[[SchindlersList Schindler's Lost]]'' that was TooHotForTV and can now be seen on the Internet.
** ''Survivor MAD'': A highlight of the show's best TV show parodies
** ''I Want My [=MADtv=]'': A highlight of the show's best celebrity- and pop culture-based sketches.
** ''[=MADtv=]'s Most Wanted'': A highlight of the show's best recurring character sketches.
** ''Dirty, Sexy Politics'': A highlight of the show's political and history-based sketches
** ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment MADtv's Best of Holiday Sketches Spectacularly Special Spectacular]]'': A highlight of Christmas-themed sketches
** ''[=MADtv=]'s The Best of Michael [=McDonald=]'': A highlight of Michael [=McDonald=]'s most popular recurring characters and celebrity impressions.
* ComicBookTime: Eleven years of Stuart sketches, and yet his father always left the family "last Tuesday".
* DeadpanSnarker: Nicole Sullivan as the Vancome Lady and Michael [=McDonald=] as Marvin Tikvah
* DeadPetSketch: Michael [=McDonald=] [[http://youtu.be/iuuywzyDIjg runs afoul of this]], leading to a LeaveNoWitnesses situation.
* TheDeadRiseToAdvertise: In "Mike Tyson Grill," a parody of the George Foreman Grill, Abraham Lincoln advertises the grill, though it's actually the same guy who is playing Mike Tyson dressed up as Lincoln.
* DeniedParody: Alex Borstein has flatly denied that Ms. Swan, a character she did, is an old Asian woman, and claims she's based on her grandmother. [[SarcasmMode Uh huh. Sure.]] (The Vancome Lady thinks she's Icelandic.)
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: Parodied in a sketch spoofing ''Series/{{Alias}}'', along with the show's hyperkinetic style (read the dialogue about two times as fast as you normally would, and you'll get the idea).
-->'''Sydney:''' Dad!
-->'''Dad:''' There's no time. I'm a spy for [=SD6=].
-->'''Sydney:''' But [=SD6=] is a rogue faction for the CIA.
-->'''Dad:''' But I'm a double agent for the CIA.
-->'''Sydney:''' How do I know you're not a triple agent pretending to be a double agent who's pretending to be an agent for [=SD6=] when you're really not an agent at all?
-->'''Dad:''' ...Now I'm confused.
* DullSurprise: The entire point of "One True Impact", a spoof trailer uniting Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme and Creator/StevenSeagal in a dramatic film about two brothers reuniting to cope with the impending death of their terminally ill father. Considering these two action stars' limited dramatic range, you can probably guess how this turns out. The trailer's narrator describes it as "a sensitive story about feelings and emotions never before captured on film". And he was ''right''.
-->'''Steven Seagal:''' [bored monotone] I'm your brother. Why don't you believe me?
* DumbassHasAPoint: Arguably the sole reason for the existence of Mrs. Campbell, an elderly woman who has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKrGZi9MV08 a habit of asking inane]] yet [[ArmorPiercingQuestion very good questions]].
* EverythingIsRacist: The attitude Bunifa takes whenever something doesn't go her way.
* ForYourPeopleByYourPeople: Parodied in a sketch. It spoofed ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', and at one point Dr. Gregory House from ''Series/{{House}}'' shows up to provide a new pair of eyes on the medical case they are struggling with. He argues with Dr. Grey, and she calls him a sexist pig as she says that ''Grey's Anatomy'' is "a show written for women by women". House counters with saying that he finds her hot and points out that he has an erection, and says that ''House'' is a "a show written by men for [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys women who like abusive men]]".
* FunWithAcronyms: The '''K'''appa '''K'''appa '''K'''appa Sorority. Doesn't help that one of their members (played by Debra Wilson) is black and doesn't see what's wrong with having a sorority house with those letters (in white, no less).
* {{Gayngster}}:
** The topic of a sketch in which two gangsters are trying to drive each other out of town, but one of them is freaked out when the other makes repeated sexual advances at him during their fight. At the end it's revealed that both of them are gay. The first gangster was just concerned that the other was still involved with another guy.
** In another, a trio of mafia men are introduced to a new capo, who has a reputation for being scary and ruthless. He repeatedly berates the three of them for certain transgressions, but each time he gradually starts speaking like an effeminate gay man, and when he's finished, leaves the room for a little while. This eventually causes the gangsters to notice that their new boss is certainly scary, but gets a little "elegant" in his tirades. Finally, when the boss threatens to kill one of them they are suddenly interrupted by two policemen, but these also turn out to be camp gay.
* GoingPostal: Parodied in the "Postal Workers Gone Postal" sketch. Two postal workers decide to have their murderous rampage on the same day, but of course they don't want to share. They argue about who gets to go on a killing spree, which has the more [[FreudianExcuse traumatic past]], and which person each of them gets to kill. Then a third guy who was planning the same thing walks in. When a fourth guy walks in, they ask him why he hates being a postman, but he turns out to be a robber. They use their guns to arrest him and are hailed as heroes, and the government makes firearms mandatory for all postal workers.
* HairTriggerTemper: Keegan-Michael Key's Coach Hines (the psycho Catholic school gym teacher [[spoiler:who's actually the heir to the Heinz ketchup company, but gave up that life so he can help out delinquent students]]).
* HughMann: Played to the hilt with the "Smith Comma John - Human Being for President" skits. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Sooooo not an alien!]]
* HustlingTheMark: In one sketch, a pool hustler and his accomplice try to con someone, but fail because it is very obvious that they’re hustlers. (Actually, they fail more because they waited too long to stop playing badly. The mark for some reason is happy enough with his million dollars and doesn't want to try for five.)
* IAmNotSpock: Parodied in-universe in a HalloweenEpisode featuring Creator/RobertEnglund, where everyone, much to his growing frustration, keeps referring to him as "that guy who played Willie in ''Series/{{V}}''" instead of [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]].
* IntercourseWithYou: There's a DeconstructiveParody of Music/NellyFurtado's "Promiscuous [Girl]" called "Syphillis Girl" that deals with the aftermath. Timbaland discovers he got an STD from having had unprotected sex with Furtado, and they end up concluding it's their own fault. It actually has a good point to make about the likely consequences of holding promiscuity up as a virtue.
* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat: [[BiggusDickus Rusty Miller]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch : Raging Rudolph have Rudolph and Hermie hire a hitman to murder Santa after he refuses to let them be part of his gang.
* KillThePoor: One sketch had the mayor of a town addressing the press to reveal his new plan for dealing with the poor. He would give them all virtual reality helmets that would show them everything they ever wanted, allowing them to live out their lives in peace. The test subject they put one on sees a beautiful woman in the distance, holding a steak dinner and a bottle of booze. He runs towards her, which leads him into traffic where he is killed by an oncoming truck. It concludes with the mayor declaring "And that's how we'll eliminate the homeless ... problem."
* LongRunners: At 14 seasons, this show is considered ''Saturday Night Live'''s longest-running rival sketch show and the longest-running sketch show ever aired on the FOX network (beating out ''InLivingColor'' as longest-running FOX sketch show, which ran for five seasons [[note]]and, according to most fans, was only funny for three or four[[/note]]).
* MajorMinorInconvenience, TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket - Parodied extensively with the Spishak ads, especially the ones that had Josh Meyers as a spokesman (not so much the ones that had Bryan Callen or Pat Kilbane as the spokesman).
* MisaimedMarketing: [[invoked]] There's a sketch about an incredibly violent ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' board game marketed to a nuclear family, and the parents and kids all enjoyed themselves playing murderous criminals shooting each other up in gang wars, snorting fake cocaine, and getting makeshift prison tattoos.
* ModernMinstrelsy:
** Ms. Swan
** Some of the sketches featuring the black cast members do fall under this (like "Real Motherf***ing Talk" and BET's "Reality Check").
** Ms. Swan [[SubvertedTrope subverts this]] in one sketch, where her InnerMonologue reveals that she's actually ''very'' [[EloquentInHisNativeTongue articulate, running over a detailed description of the man the person's after in her head]]... before spouting out the CatchPhrase "He look like a man!", and berates herself internally for it.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The new Omnibowl from Spishak! It can function as a cereal bowl, ''AND'' a small pasta bowl!
* MurderousMannequin: A subversion in the recurring sketch featuring a psychotic murderer who everyone (except the OnlySaneMan) thought was just a mannequin because he would stand really still whenever anyone was looking directly at him. Anyone else who eventually noticed the mannequin kept changing positions would come to the conclusion the OnlySaneMan must have been the one to move it and kill all those people for whatever reason.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Stan the Coffee Man. He drinks coffee so much that he keeps a thermos flask on him, in case something happens to his coffee cup. Though most of the sketches has him trying to kick the habit. It doesn't take long for him to fall of the wagon though. Scientists studying Stan found that he actually ''pees coffee.'' And apparently [[OrSoIHeard it's delicious]].
-->'''Man:''' You ''tasted it''?!?\\
'''Scientist:''' [[NoExceptYes Not at first, no.]]
* MyLittlePanzer: Pretty much all the [[ParodyCommercial Spishak]] toys, and some that aren't, like the ''Grand Theft Auto'' board game or the ''Tickle Me Emo'' doll.
* OverlyLongName: Bunifa Latifah Halifah Sharifa Jackson. [[note]]Spelling varies: there are no final Hs in the Lowered Expectations caption, but she insists on this particular spelling personally later in the season.[[/note]]
* ParallelPornTitles: There was a sketch about a fake ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' porno spoof called ''Saving Ryan's Privates''. [[FanDisservice Hitler is one of the stars]]. The coke-addicted director spouted off a list of similar films he'd done:
-->'''Director:''' Many of my films have been inspired by [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Spielberg]]. When he did ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', I did ''Panty Raiders of the Lost Ark''. When he did ''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]]'', I did ''Eat Me''. When he did ''Film/{{Jaws}}''... I did ''Jaws''. I just couldn't think of nothing better.
* {{Pixellation}} and MediumAwareness: There's a sketch where a man visits the doctor, complaining that his genitals are blurred. The doctor tells him that it's normal for network TV characters to experience pixellation on their breasts, genitals, rear ends, and middle fingers. Moreover, the doctor knows that he is not a real doctor but just a character, and that both him and his patient exist only so long as the sketch lasts.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: There's a skit about words being removed from the dictionary and Detroit is one of those words.
* RaceFetish: There is a recurring skit about an interracial couple (played by Jordan Peele and Nicole Parker) who host a call-in show called ''Inside Looking Out'', where they give tips on interracial relationships. The white wife is an unabashed bigot who makes derogatory remarks about her black husband, while the husband ignores the degradation since he's only with her because [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt he wants to sleep with a white woman]].
* RapeAsComedy: The Marcus [=McCloud=] sketches. Falls under DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale and NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization.
** After Bert (or as he refers to himself when being an online predator, Dr. Fuzzyballs) gets arrested for pedophilia, Gordon tells him that his felt ass is going to be ridden every single day.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: On "Reality Check" the hostesses (played by Debra Wilson and Aries Spears) always dish these out to their guests.
* RunningGag: Several. Most notably, the Spishak guy usually enters with the phrases "But now you can!" or "But now there is!", when neither of those statements would make much sense.
* SadistShow: The later episodes, where everyone (usually Bobby Lee, Christa Flanagan, and some old cast members who came back to cameo) was, in some way, treated like crap.
* SassyBlackWoman:
** The majority of the comedic black female characters: Bunifa, Belma Button and Tovah [=McQueen=] from ''Reality Check'', Ka-Son, etc.
** Outright parodied with "That's My White Mamma!", which is touted in-universe as "the most offensive show ever televised". A fat black mother gets run over by an equally fat white guy (played by Creator/ArtieLange), upon which her soul exits her body and takes over his. She still fulfills the role in her family of an extremely stereotypical Sassy Black Woman, but in a white guy's body. She still dresses the same, berates her daughter and scares of her daughter's boyfriends, frequently accuses her faithful husband of cheating, and can't do without a tuna and cheese sandwich.
-->'''White mamma:''' Don't make me break my foot off in yo' ass!
* {{Satire}}
* SaveOurStudents: Parodied in the sketch "Nice White Lady", which features Nice White Lady teaching in an inner city school where everybody hates her because she's white.
* ShallowParody:
** Around the TurnOfTheMillennium, ''[=MADtv=]'' started making ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' parodies. By this time, Bob Barker had been hosting the show for over 30 years, so they decided to parody what the show would have been like in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7To54TBBlE the 1970s]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL_sIKL22I0 the 1980s]], if it were [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece filled to the brim with topical references]] and invoked [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Funny Aneurysm Moments]] (particularly seen in the 1980s version, with Josh Meyers as a yet-unknown Jeffrey Dahmer, Stephnie Weir as Martha Stewart dropping hints that she would later get in trouble for harboring inside information, and Nicole Parker as Tonya Harding before she got into figure skating). In reality, of course, ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' changed so little during Barker's lengthy tenure that the most visible change in 35+ years was his hair colour (from brown to white).
** In the last season, there was a sketch where Batman (played by Matt Braunger) tries to fight crime with gadgets, but because how bad the U.S. economy has become, Batman's gadgets have become crude and homemade. While it ''is'' funny, any ''Batman'' fan can (and will) tell you that Batman hasn't been a gadget-heavy superhero since the campy 1960s series with Creator/AdamWest.
* ShownTheirWork: In contrast to the above, the "Son of Dolemite" sketches show that the writers ''really'' studied the films to get the jokes, tone and impressions correct.
* SketchComedy
* SpoofedTheIronicFilmSeriously: There's a parody of Music/{{Jewel}}'s ''Intuition'' music video and ''0304'' pop album, labeling her a pop sellout... except that video and album were satire of the then current teen pop trend. The [[http://youtu.be/8Ilh1ewceco Intuition original video]] featured such mockery as texts reading "Jewel's voice sounds much better now that she's dancing" and a pyrotechnics performance that ended with the fire department's arrival.
* StylisticSuck: [[BadBadActing Every]] [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue single]] [[MyLittlePanzer Spishak]] [[UpToEleven product]] [[KitschyLocalCommercial ad.]]
* SubvertedKidsShow: ''CLOPS'' (where cartoon characters and childhood figures are arrested for various crimes), ''The Power-Slut Girls'' (a Powerpuff Girls parody featuring Tara Reid, Creator/BrittanyMurphy, and Creator/ParisHilton as crimefighting media whores -- now a FunnyAneurysmMoment due to Brittany Murphy's death), the parodies of the Rankin-Bass Christmas specials (''Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer'' and ''Santa Claus is Coming to Town'') that always seem to be crossed with violent Mafia films, like ''Film/TheGodfather'' and ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'' (the 1983 version with Al Pacino), ''Dennis The Menace To Society'', the one-shot sketch ''The Ring-A-Rounds'' (a ''Wiggles'' parody that put a happy spin on such topics as divorce, post-partum depression, living with alcoholic parents, foster care, and childhood obesity) and the ''Series/SesameStreet'' parodies they did during the last few years of the show that dealt with such kid-unfriendly topics as avian flu, childhood obesity, plastic surgery, America's economic decline, sexual predators on the Internet, and Donald Trump's greed (which was in fact targeted in ''Sesame'''s 25th anniversary special with parody character Ronald Grump).
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLSlGmVrmuM Smith Comma John]] is totally ''not'' an alien.
* TakeMeInstead: One sketch takes place at a funeral, with a woman mourning her husband, screaming "Take me, Jesus! Take me instead!" Sure enough, Jesus shows up, brings the woman's husband back to life, and then asks the woman to go with him. Naturally, the woman wasn't expecting her wish to be granted, and HilarityEnsues.
* TakeThat: The parody song "What's on TV" (a take-off on Music/{{Eminem}}'s "Without Me") is one long-winded "Take That!" against pretty much every television series of the late 90s and early 2000s. The targets are ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''Series/DawsonsCreek'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', ''Series/{{Becker}}'', ''Series/JustShootMe'', ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'', ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', ''Series/{{ED}}'', ''Series/YesDear'', ''Series/JudgingAmy'', ''Series/ThePractice'', ''Series/TheView'', ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', ''Series/{{JAG}}'', ''Series/BigBrother'', ''Series/AccordingToJim'', ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', ''Series/CrossingJordan'', and the channels that show them. It's capped off with "Em" declaring that ''[=MADtv=]'' is the best show on TV. [[GreenEyedMonster Wow]].
* TeacherStudentRomance: Parodied in "Pretty White Kids With Problems", of the Hot for Student variety with the French teacher.
* TeenDrama: Parodied in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH6OUmsPA0I Pretty White Kids With Problems]]".
* TriageTyrant: Nicole Sullivan, as the "Vancome lady", a nurse. She kept turning people away for stupid reasons. They'd describe their emergency and she'd explain, in chirpy tones, why they should head down the street. The only one I remember was a hemophiliac who was told that Sisters of Mercy didn't support [[MistakenForGay that lifestyle]]... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdyf3Ja1KaI Link to the episode]] (until it's removed)
* TroubledFetalPosition: Stuart retreats into his "dark place" whenever things didn't go his way. He usually has to be coaxed out by his mom.
* TypeCasting: Poked fun at in-universe. Creator/RobertEnglund played Freddy Krueger in all of the original ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' films and ''Film/FreddyVsJason''. Apart from all the makeup it requires, he does enjoy the role. The whole "typecasting" thing was lovingly mocked on ''[=MADtv=]'' early in that show's run, when Englund did a guest spot for a HalloweenEpisode. During his appearance, everyone kept describing Englund, as his big claim to fame, his other famous genre role of "Willie", the comic relief alien from the original ''Series/{{V}}'' mini-series. Englund responds quite angrily, pointing out to each cast member who calls him "Willie", that he played Freddy Krueger in the ''Nightmare on Elm Street'' films. But everyone keeps referring to him as "The guy who played Willie on ''V''" instead of "the ''Nightmare On Elm Street'' guy", much to his dismay and anger.
* WishfulProjection: "The Average Asian", in which a completely ordinary Asian guy is expected to act like an Asian stereotype.
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