->''"When it comes to quality entertainment, it takes a little personality, a lot of popularity, and a touch of class.\\
[[SelfDeprecation ...and when you don't have that, you can always make fun of the ones that do!]]"''
-->-- '''Creator/CartoonNetwork promo'''

An animated parody show created by WarnerBros Animation, based on the iconic humor magazine ''Magazine/{{MAD}}''. Much like the magazine, ''Mad'' the TV series presents parodies on anything and everything. Each parody is rendered in a different style of animation, and few of the sketches last for more than a minute. Also, you get animated ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy'' and Don Martin shorts. Basically, it's either a less [[CrossesTheLineTwice line-crossing]] version of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' with a little bit of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' or ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' if it stuck to the source material for longer than three seasons, was 15 minutes long, had more animated sketches than live-action sketches, and didn't feel like a [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent rip-off]] of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and ''InLivingColor''.

It premiered on Creator/CartoonNetwork on September 6, 2010, right after the premiere of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''. It came back for what was intended to be a second season, according to TheOtherWiki, premiering on February 8, 2011. However, it was later re-categorized into Season 1, and the actual second season premiered on August 22, 2011. After four seasons and 103 episodes, ''MAD'' was canceled to make room for ''StevenUniverse''.

This show is not to be confused with the FOX sketch show ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', though, according to TheOtherWiki, ''MAD'' is actually the revived and revamped version of ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' promised to the show following its 2009 cancellation.

Visit the show's website [[http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/mad/index.html here]].

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!!Tropes present:
* AdamWesting: The show is starting to take a page from ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' and casting characters with the actor that plays them in other shows, such as DiedrichBader in many of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' skits, Music/AndrewWK as himself, Matthew Lillard as [[ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated Shaggy]] and Creator/WillFriedle as Lion-LOL in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} ThunderLOLcats]]''.
** "2 Broke [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Powerpuff Girls]]" gives us a twofer, reprising their roles are TaraStrong as Bubbles and Creator/TomKane as Professor Utonium (presumably, he's the narrator of the sketch) and Him.
** Tara Strong also appeared quite prominently in "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little]] Literature/WarHorse", going so far as to advertise her appearance ahead of time on Twitter. The pony she played as had a striking resemblance to Twilight Sparkle.
*** In that same episode, Tara also voiced Raven in the ''Teen Titanic'' sketch.
** Creator/FrankWelker even reprised his role as [[TheGarfieldShow Garfield]] in "ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} [[FieldOfDreams of Dreams]]", as well as "The Garfield No Monday Calendar".
** More recently, MichaelSinterniklaas voiced [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Leonardo]] and Billy Dee Williams voiced [[StarWars Lando Calrissian]].
** The Brazilian dub basically lives off this trope.
* AffectionateParody: This is how most of the skits are.
* AndYouWereThere: Used in "[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 The Buzz]] [[Literature/TheBourneSeries Identity]]" as a parody of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
-->'''Buzz:''' And Julia Stiles, you were there too! ...And then you really weren't in anything after that, which is weird, because you were great in ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou''...
* AnimatedAdaptation: In a sense; some of the jokes are culled from the magazine itself.
** Not to mention a lot of features are brought over from the magazine, like ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy, [[AskAStupidQuestion Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions]], Creator/SergioAragones's "Drawn Out Dramas", and sketches in the style of Don Martin.
* ArtShift: Various animation styles are used, just like its magazine counterpart.
** ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy has it: the animation ranges from ink scribble style, clean Flash animation, and in the most 2nd season: claymation.
*** Sometimes the style even resembles shows like KaBlam and El Tigre.
* AtLeastIAdmitIt: During ''The Lone Rango'' sketch, the characters admit that the animators had made the sketch before the film version had premiered. So they weren't sure if most of what they were doing was accurate, just to let the audience know before they continued.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Nearly every non-existant product this show has advertised (which isn't surprising considering that this show is the revamped version of Series/{{MADtv}}).
** One example of such is "B.O.B.s Monster Hold Gel", which is just [[spoiler: a living blob monster that is used as hair gel]].
** Another example is the "Underwaker", which is [[spoiler: an impersonator of Wrestling/TheUndertaker who wakes you up by hitting you with a chair]].
** Yet ''another'' example is "Hulked on Phonics", [[spoiler: which teaches your child to talk & act like The IncredibleHulk, without giving them Hulk-like powers]].
** & it isn't just limited to the commercials. One skit shows that you can kill a spider by cutting down a tree so that it lands in the spider's general direction...''if'' you want to do more damage to your house than to the spider, that is!
** The "Rejected Superheroes" skit shows 2 superheroes that aren't awesomely practical: Sketch, who can mimic anyone's likeness [[spoiler: but only in caricature form]] & Altidude, who is subject to commercial airline regulations despite his ability to fly at supersonic speeds. The "Amazing Growing Boy" is not exactly a superhero, he only shows us our own growing patterns.
* BlackComedy: There is a rather depressing short skit depicting [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Lightning McQueen]] being crushed in a car crusher because his transmission was ruined. They didn't care about the fact that he could talk, he was still junk.
** One sketch involved ''[[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin]]'' looking for Simon and Theodore, meanwhile a snake with ''[[FridgeHorror two lumps in him]]'' ''[[DudeNotFunny is nearby.]]''
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: "2012 Dalmatians" has the president inform that the dalmatians are landing "on the ocean, on land, and at ocean land". As he says the last part the scene cuts to a dalmatian landing on Sea World and switching patterns with a performing orca (presumably Shamu or one of her children).
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: In ''Thomas The Unstoppable Tank Engine'', Thomas's cargo includes pillows, soft cheeses and a nuclear bomb.
* CaptainErsatz: Normally used for obvious reasons, even with their own network's shows. An interesting version though, while all of the characters have different designs and/or colors, they still keep their names. This is the opposite of many of the magazine's parodies, where the characters appear the same but have their names replaced with {{PunnyName}}s.
** One ''ScoobyDoo'' segment averts this with the characters in their correct colors and outfits. This is because WarnerBros owns the rights to it. Same goes for DCComics characters.
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive: Parodied with a commercial for Villain Hand Sanitizer.
* ClipArtAnimation: Many of the sketches that parody movies and TV shows use this kind of animation.
* ContinuityNod: One of the poster's on the werewolf's wall in the ''Club Moon'' skit is of ''Grey's In Anime''.
** In "Batman Family Feud," the dead guy from ''CSI-Carly'' appears as a member of the Berkel family.
** In "Pirates of the Neverland: At Wit's End," the two aliens from the second episode can be seen in the background when Captain Jack Sparrow realizes he's lost.
** ''[[{{Limitless}} Ribbitless]]'' gives us the story behind Kermit's audition tape for ''Series/AmericanIdol'' from ''Cliffordfield''. [[LampshadeHanging Even Fozzie didn't think the skit would head in this direction]].
** In ''The ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Games'', Professor Xavier is seen watching ''[[Series/ICarly Ay Carly]]'' before his TV loses signal.
** Episode ''Potions 11; Moves Like Jabba'' had a skit on the Easter bunny hiding eggs, which resulted the Johnson family not being able to find them. The news intro for episode ''Addition Impossible; New Gill'' had the same family trying to find the eggs, this time gagging from the rotting smell because the bunny sill won't reveal their locations.
* CouchGag: The "Breaking News" segment, which actually contains not one, but TWO gags. First is the news story itself, and in season two:
--> '''Anchor''': We return you to MAD, already in... the middle of a CouchGag.
** Season 3 replaces this with a "[=MADvent=] Calender", which makes references to news in Pop Culture during the week of premiere.
-->Been editing TV Tropes for a week? Here are some MAD moments you may have missed!
* CutawayGag: On "Two and a Half Man," with a special appearance by a parody of [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin.]]
* ChristmasEpisode: Season 1 had "The Da Grinchy Code", Season 2 had "FROST[[note]]a parody of ''Lost'', ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', and the Rankin-Bass ''Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer''[[/note]]/Undercover Claus" and Season 3 had "Fantastic 4 Christmas/Red and White Collar"
* DeadpanSnarker: Sassie, a parody of Lassie takes this trope UpToEleven.
* DisneyAcidSequence: "MAD Looks Inside [Celebrity]'s [Body Part]"
* {{Duck}}: Given that the premise of "Duck" was a ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' parody with a duck as the title character, the use of this trope was inevitable.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Parodied in a short skit where [[WonderPets Ming-Ming]], who is in a spelling bee, spells 'serious' 'S-E-W-I-O-U-S', to which [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmuh Fudd]], who is the judge, tells her she's cowwect.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: When monkeys take over for the writers of the show, you get an ''entire episode'' dedicated to monkeys and apes.
* EvolvingCredits: The opening changes every season by changing the color of the background, the top of the cover in the pile MAD books and using characters from previous sketches.
* FaceStealer: According to the "[[WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox Fantastic]] MeganFox" sketch, Megan got her looks by stealing Creator/KristenStewart's hair, Creator/ScarlettJohansson's eyes, and Creator/AngelinaJolie's lips. Before this, she was an [[{{IncrediblyLamePun}} actual fox]].
* FreezeFrameBonus: The [[ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy spies]] sometimes make cameos that are a few seconds long.
** In the "S'up" episode, in a gag where a shoe store owner tries to convince an alligator that he's not giving her alligator shoes, a pair of pots can be briefly seen behind a sign saying "[[StealthPun Crocks]]".
** Rossi's Facebook page in "Criminal Minecraft" includes Garcia's status saying she "can't wait until 1.9".
* GagSeries
* GainaxEnding: Parodied in "[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 The Buzz]] [[Film/TheBourneSeries Identity]]", which quickly devolves into an ''{{Inception}}'' parody.
** Also ''Not-a-Fan-a-Montana''. [[spoiler: Music/ElvisPresley is behind everything, and to avoid being found out, they blow up the Earth.]] Yep.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Taken to the extreme with ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} [[Creator/BenjaminFranklin Franklin]]''.
* HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas: Played with in "Da Grinchy Code". It turns out that the characters investigating the crime, [[TheDaVinciCode Tom Hanks]], IndianaJones, and [[NationalTreasure Nicholas Cage]], actually stole the presents.
* HulkSpeak: "Hulked on Phonics" is a reading-improvement system based on the principles of this.
* IdiosyncraticWipes: Mostly involving the word ''Mad'' or Alfred E. Neuman.
* ILikeMyXLikeILikeMyY: The "Optimus Prime Suspect" sketch had Optimus Prime as a detective who kept making 'like my coffee analogies that didn't work; e.g. "I like my perps like I like my coffee: in a coffee cup".
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Lampshaded in "StarWars earned Stripes"
* IncrediblyLamePun: Pretty much every title of ever short (whether it's a mash-up or a TakeThat against how lame the show/movie is). Examples include Yu-Gi-Bear, Ko-Bee Movie, and examples listed on this page. Even gets lampshaded in the title sequence for Law & Ogre, where the narrator admits they just did it for the title.
* KangarooCourt: In "Law and [[Film/{{Shrek}} Ogre]]", Shrek considered Grumpy Bear as the suspect, in his trial, Fiona is the prosecutor and the judge is Puss in Boots. [[spoiler: The one who really did it was YogiBear.]]
* KentBrockmanNews: The news anchor who [[TheTeaser opens every episode]] since the 9th one.
* KillAllHumans: Apparently [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Megan Fox's]] goal if she malfunctions.
* LampshadeHanging: Constantly to the source material they're parodying in most sketches.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Practically ''all'' of the characters.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Take away the StopMotion visuals of "Flammable", and it sounds like Katy Putty is just singing some low self-esteem metaphors that make as much sense as those Music/KatyPerry used in "Firework":
-->Do you ever feel like you're not really real, just a puppet doll dealt a lousy deal?
** ''[[TheSocialNetwork The Social Netjerk]]'' has the LawyerFriendlyCameo of [[RegularShow Mordecai and Rigby]] telling Sean to speed up the sketch as they're on next. At the time, their show was indeed right after Mad.
** The "Hip-Hop [[Literature/TheHobbit Hobbit]]/[[Series/TheMindyProject The Monday Project]]" episode references Mad being bumped to Thursday in place of ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange''. Ironic because this was the week that ''Mad'' moved back to Monday and ''Annoying Orange'' went to Thursday.
* LevelGrinding: "Final ''Bran''tasy", the cereal that tastes better the more you level up by eating it. It starts off tasting like burnt rubber at level 1, then unburnt rubber at level 2, then makes its way to tasting like sand at level 45.
* MediumBlending
* MemeticMutation: In-universe, the dogs use internet memes to wage war on the [[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} Thundercats]] in [='ThunderLOLcats.'=]
* MilestoneCelebration: Reached it's 100th episode on Nov 11, 2013
* MoonLogicPuzzle: An entire bit based on this and rebus equations put together.
* MyLittlePanzer: All the toys in the "Toys 4 Brats" fake commercial (and you thought [[Creator/DanAykroyd Irwin Mainway's]] toys from ''SaturdayNightLive'' were dangerous).
* MyLittlePhony: Several:
** My Little War Horse: Pinkie Pie in a crossover with ''Literature/WarHorse''.
** Thunder-LOL-Cats: [[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats2011}} Lion-O]] verses memes, Ponies included.
** Cowboys and Alien Force: an Applejack ersatz in a {{Mind Screw}}y crossover that also involves ''WesternAniamtion/Ben10AlienForce'', Stretchy bands and multiple title cards.
** Rainbow Dash and Bernstein: Rainbow Dash replaces the titular puppet of ''Series/CrashAndBernstein''.
** My Little Pwny: The most direct parody. A ParodyCommercial of ponies causing nothing but trouble (especially of the "painful to humans" variety).
** The Adjustment Burro: Twilight Sparkle starts dating Eeyore, in a mashup of ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' and ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau''.
* {{Ninja}}: According to the fourth episode, they sometimes infest your apartment like roaches.
** They also shoot spitwads and throwing stars at the chalkboard while the teacher's back is turned, and disappear when he turns around to get one student in trouble. Batman does this later on, and the kid just accepts that he can't get out of it.
* {{Nosebleed}}: The bully in "Naru210" gets one from Naruto's Sexy no Jutsu.
* NoseNuggets: In one skit, a man tied up at a bank uses his snot to douse a stick of dynamite. This was adapted from an Al Jaffee gag that appeared in the mag.
* ParentalBonus: If this show is even meant for kids at all, a lot of the references go over their heads (like the ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Film/{{District 9}}'', ''TwoAndAHalfMen'', or ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Identity]]'' parodies).
** One really clever bonus was in The Monday Project, which opens with [[{{Garfield}} Jon Arbuckle saying that since Odie's original owner Lyman]] was missing for so long, he was declared legally dead. While Garfield has a show on Creator/CartoonNetwork, Lyman hasn't been seen or mentioned in the comic strips since 1983.
* ParodyAssistance: The voice actors from the original would sometimes voice their parodic counterparts.
* PimpedOutDress: Gaming's Next Top Princess
* PinPullingTeeth: Mickey Mouse does this while wiping out other cartoon mice in the "Mickey Mouse Rodent Control" ad
* RapidFireComedy
* RecycledINSPACE: It's essentially ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' for kids (or ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' if they didn't make the show InNameOnly).
* RunningGag: At any moment someone is going to turn into a werewolf, or already is a werewolf.
** "RAAAH! HULK NEED MORE SCREEN TIME!" (Cue him ''actually invading other sketches for that episode''.)
* SadistShow
* {{Satire}}
* ScrewYourself: In "{{Naru|to}}[[BeverlyHills90210 210]]", Naruto gets voted to be Prom King (from his shadow clones, natch). Prom Queen? [[GenderBender His female self.]]
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: In-universe; in the ''Cloverfield'' parody, ''Cliffordfield'', [[Series/SesameStreet Big Bird]] screams, "Don't let him get me! I'm a one-of-a-kind children's character!" When Clifford crushes him, Big Bird turns into WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants and groans, "Okay, I see your point," implying that the children of today would probably look at Big Bird as a SpongeBob knock-off, when really it's the other way around.
* SelfDeprecation: ''MAD Magazine'' regularly makes jokes about how lame, childish, moronic, and unfunny their magazine is, so the writers of the cartoon continue the apparent tradition.
** The Wall-E-Nator considers MAD the biggest producers of garbage.
** Occurs again in the Stinger at the end of "Da Grinchy Code" ďż˝ it turns out every present but a stack of ''MAD'' magazines were taken.
** TheWatcher gives an awkward pause when CaptainAmerica asks if ''MAD'' will win an Emmy.
*** Ironically they did get nominated for one in 2012.
** The ending of the "Cowboys & Alien Force" sketch. "It's a mash-up of two genres; they do it on MAD all the time!"
** Hell, the news anchorman, [[WildMassGuessing Richard]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Succar]], does this all the time.
** Scuttle the seagull brings [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]] some trash when she moves into a new apartment. One of them is a fork, and the other is a copy of MAD Magazine, which he thinks might be used for cleaning the toilet.
** in "Once Upon a Toon", MAD is the horrible thing they were trying to prevent, as it is replacing old CN programs.
--->'''JohnnyBravo''': I dreamed I was in a show that made pop culture references but didn't really make jokes about them
* ShapedLikeItself: "Sports Drink Drink". The sports drink designed to replenish worn-out sports drinks.
* ShoutOut: Someone on the staff is probably a big Pixar fan. "Trans-Bore-Mores" contained cameos from WesternAnimation/{{R|atatouille}}emy, WesternAnimation/WallE and [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Mater]]. "2012 Dalmatians" featured a cameo from Carl (''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'') -- ''and'' ''Up'' was parodied as ''S'Up'' (in which Carl has to deal with the cast of ''JerseyShore'' flying with him instead of an earnest yet irritating Boy Scout and his dog), and "Wall-E-Nator" (obviously) turns WALL•E into a feelingless robot on the hunt for trash. There was also a skit on rejected ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' toys.
** And it's not just Pixar, either; the main characters from ''IceAge'' make a cameo in "Star Blecch", and Scrat shows up near the end of episode five. Also, Flint from ''CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' has appeared three times. "Trans-Bore-Mores" also had a brief mention of ''TheIronGiant''.
** On another occasion, WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom appeared once, albeit with green hair.
** [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Finn and Jake]] appear in ''Malcolm in the Middle Earth''.
*** WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} did too, as one of the people falling out of the overturned wardrobe.
*** The other people that fell out of the wardrobe? [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]] and [[Disney/AliceInWonderland Alice]].
** LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya appears in ''Yo Gaga Gaga'', but with pink hair.
*** And seconds after that, she's [[TakeThat stepped on]] by a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant]] LadyGaga.
*** ''Anime/AstroBoy'' was there too!
** Considering the creators, Jessie having blue hair and James having green hair in "Pokémon Park" [[KaBlam may have not been coincidental.]]
** In ''The Buzz Identity'', after being told that his life is actually a lie, Buzz then asks Wheezy if [[Videogame/{{Portal}} the cake was a lie too]].
-->''Wheezy:'' "No, the cake is real, and also incredibly rich!"
** [[RegularShow Mordecai and Rigby]] show up and beat the crap out of Sean Parker in ''[[TheSocialNetwork The Social Netjerk]]'', telling him [[TakeThat he makes them seem funny.]]
*** They also show up in Rio-A, where Mordecai is among the birds that get a Green Lantern ring.
** The ''Gaming's Next Top Princess'' segment had a brief cameo of [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]] of all people.
*** Felicia? Try a brief cameo of [[SonicTheHedgehog Amy Rose]]!
** In the ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' crossover sketch, the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Applejack]] CaptainErsatz sports a faded version of her G3 incarnation's colors.
** The ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} Thunder]][[MemeticMutation LOLCats]]'' sketch is filled to the brim with references to "[[DiscreditedMeme stupid overused memes]]". In addition, the cats' firewall is breached by a horde of [[{{Minecraft}} Creepers]], and one of the figures on the engraving at the start seems to bear a resemblance to one of the wizards from ''{{Magicka}}''.
*** The maker of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0dj-xdg_FY that is a Youtuber.]]
** ''[[GreysAnatomy "Grey's In Anime"]]'' not only pokes fun at Franchise/YuGiOh, Manga/DragonBall Z (WHAT!? 9000!?), {{Panty Shot}}s, and Pokemon, but also sneaks in two generic anime characters parodying the [[CaramelldansenVid Caramelldansen]] dance and Pedobear.
** In ''[[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda Kung Fu Blander]]'', when trying to find something black and white that can stop Lord Shen and his AngryBirds, Po picks up [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Reshiram and Zekrom.]]
** One sketch has two people dressed like two characters from El Tigre appear as bystanders.
** To '''''MyCage''''' of all things: The title "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little]] Literature/WarHorse'' is most likely a reference to [[http://www.gocomics.com/mycage/2011/02/28 this strip]].
** [=ThunderLOLcats=] not only references the LOLCats meme, but also {{Minecraft}} ("That's a niccccccce wall you've got there..."), "I'M FIRIN' MAH LAZER!", WeeblAndBob ("I'm a Narwhal! The Jedi of the sea!"), ''MyLittlePony'', Bunchies, a spectacular replication of the Internet Trollface, AngryBirds, [[MarioIsMissing 'Weegee]], [[{{YTMND}} the Not Even Doom Music cat]], Nyan Cat, and numerous other internet memes with a striking degree of accuracy.
** In ''TheIronGiant [[TheIronLady Lady]]'', [[MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Jenny]] gets crowned "Homecoming Robot" by [[ShipTease Sheldon]], [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm Bunnie Rabbot is knocking out]] ChuckNorris, WALL-E and EVE appear again, and you can see [[TheJetsons Rosie in the crowd at the end]], with a robot from Film/IRobot and {{Robots}}.
** Even [[PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt]] gets a reference when a snippet of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsYNcQsSZ7A&t=0m31s the Demon Sister's Theme]] plays in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOZpGy1VYbI&t=0m31s short that otherwise has no other references to Panty and Stocking]].
* ShownTheirWork: Admittedly it's for pop culture, but the amount of detail they put into most of the parodies is pleasantly surprising. They do miss the mark now and then (see ShallowParody) but the majority of the sketches show that they do look into what they're parodying.
** "Grey's in Anime" and "[=ThunderLOLcats=]" are good examples of this.
** "Randy Savage: 9th Grade Wrestler" is pretty accurate to the [[WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja original show]].
* [[AskAStupidQuestion Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions]]: There is a recurring segment ''named'' this (which is based on the actual article in ''MAD'' Magazine).
* SpellingSong: From "{{Smallville}}: [[Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark Turn off the Clark]]":
--> ''S-M-A / Double L-V / I-L-L spells Smallville if you add an E.''
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''KaBlam!'', ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', to the unaired 1970s pilot/special, and also the FOX sketch show ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', whose producer promised that the show would be revived and revamped on cable when news hit that the FOX incarnation of the show would be canceled in 2009.
* TheStinger: After the credits, they do a few more seconds of a sketch from earlier on (most of which are edited out in reruns to make room for the closing credits and to get to the next show as quickly as possible).
* StockNessMonster: The ''[[Series/{{Jessie}} Nessie]]'' sketch.
* StockSoundEffects: "[=ArThor=]" had one segment that referenced ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''. The sound effects used were, appropriately enough, the ones from the Atari2600 port of the game.
* SurrealThemeTune: Some random man and what sounds like a group of kids babbling "Hey yabba, boy yamma, Mad!" + a kazoo and Jew's harp = The ''MAD'' theme.
* TakeThat: Given that it's MAD...
** In "Trans-Bore-Mores":
-->'''Optimus Prime''': Sam, the Decepticons are after something really, REALLY important this time. They want the... Uh...
-->*Optimus sees a poster of [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]].*
-->'''Optimus Prime''': Rock of...
-->*Optimus sees a poster of {{Kesha}}.*
-->'''Optimus Prime''': No...Talent-tron...
** Another bash on {{Kesha}}: On "Pirates of the Neverland: At Wit's End," Captain Hook tells Captain Jack Sparrow that the crocodile who always chases him makes the most horrible noise -- "tick tock." Not the clock noise; "that annoying Ke$ha song" ("[=TiK ToK=]"), followed by the crocodile opening his mouth and a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong screwed-up, sound-alike version of "TiK ToK"]] starts playing.
** Even shows on Creator/CartoonNetwork aren't safe; case in point, ''Groan Wars'' which makes fun of ''StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
*** Whoever wrote ''The Social Netjerk'' threw in a TakeThat at ''RegularShow'':
-->'''Mordecai''': You know what I like about you, Sean? You make me seem funny.
** They don't seem to care for a lot of other Cartoon Network shows, particularly noticeable in The Watcher's speech to Captain America in "[[Franchise/TheAvengers Avenger]] [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Time]]". Which then leads into ''yet another case'' of SelfDeprecation:
-->'''Captain America''': [after The Watcher and Captain America say how the other cartoon shows aren't as funny as MAD] They'll be sorry, because MAD probably wins an Emmy in the future, right?
-->'''The Watcher''': ...You better get back to your friends.
** ''Star Blecch'' had several lines about how ''Film/StarTrek'' stole a whole bunch of ideas from ''StarWars''.
** ''uGlee'' was pretty much a whole MusicalEpisode about how ''Glee'''s premise of teens singing in high school is no different than the premises for ''High School Musical'', ''JONAS'', ''Hannah Montana'', ''Victorious'' and ''Fame''.
** One skit in the ''Wall-E-Nator'' episode involved a TakeThat to {{Nickelodeon}} awards shows; after the hostess gets CoveredInGunge, she turns into an EldritchAbomination.
*** Hell, during ''Wall-E-Nator'', the MAD producers [[SelfDeprecation poke fun at]] ''[[SelfDeprecation themselves]]'', [[SelfDeprecation just like they always do]].
** The show also has a lot of potshots at the ''{{Marmaduke}}'' movie.
** They seem to really hate KristenStewart, as they're always showing her as a ''really'' unhappy chick.
** Also, in Pokémon Park, the following lines: "[Yu-Gi-Oh Island] is the same, only more complicated and less fun." "Oh, like Digimon Island."
** In "Ko-Bee Movie" Kobe discovers he has a human counterpart and wants to take action. An Exbee of Jerry Seinfeld suggests taking him to court, however Kobee says it would be very boring for a movie. At the end, Jerry Seinfeld Bee comments on how Ko-Bee Movie was a much better movie than ''BeeMovie''.
** "Super '80s" has a scene of Seth Green trying to crash a truck into a train full of 1980s pop culture icons, exclaiming, "If I can't [[WesternAnimation/RobotChicken have the '80s]], no one will!" Later, one of the children refers to {{Madonna}} as the person LadyGaga spent her career copying (then added that RussellBrand stole his act of being a comic weirdo from Weird Al Yankovic.). Also, an interviewee who looks like Michael Ian Black on ''[[ILoveTheExties I Love The '80s]]'' sadly comments that shows like ''I Love The '80s'' count as television. Finally, when the '80s icons go back to where they belong, they fly to [[spoiler: Creator/StevenSpielberg's house, because his career would die without such retro figures as IndianaJones]].
** Kung Fu Blander is chock full of {{Take That}}s at things like WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda (outright said [[SelfDeprecation by the main character]] that the movies are getting worse), and Mr. Popper's Penguins (criticizes its moral and the alleged wrong turn in JimCarrey's career).
** In "Smallville: Turn Off the Clark", there's a huge amount of take that (against Smallville, Julie Taymor) and ShownTheirWork (the references to the show like Dr. Fate's future seeing, Clark's dad coming back to life, Brainiac having the model of [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Cartoon Brainiac]] and the coloring of the main comic's Brainiac.
** The internet itself, in the ''[=ThunderLOLcats=]'' skit.
** The amnesiac protagonist of ''Cowboys & Alien Force'' says he ''wishes'' he could forget the last ''Indiana Jones'' movie.
** JerseyShore takes quite a few beatings itself. They all get tricked into falling to their deaths in an WesternAnimation/{{Up}} parody, but also in ''Jersey Thor'', where Thor confuses their hairstyles with elaborately styled horned helmets that his own family often wears back in Asgard. Also, in a "Celebrities Without Their Makeup" segment, When you remove Film/KingKong's makeup, you get Snooki.
** "Captain American't" has Colonel Philips ask Dr. Erskine to improve the movie's CGI after completing the Super Soldier project.
** "Destroy, WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder, Destroy" is a TakeThat at ''Destroy, Build, Destroy''.
*** Also one of ''Hole in the Wall'' called "Hole in the Great Wall".
** "Twilight: Staking Dawn" is a TakeThat against Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Whitney, and Two and a Half Men.
** [[DolphinTale Dol]]WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb [[DolphinTale Tale]] doesn't even run for thirty seconds before it delivers a potshot at NicolasCage.
--> '''Sawyer''': "Oh, you poor washed up thing!"
--> '''NicolasCage''' (wet and covered in barnacles): "Hi, I'm Nicolas Cage, I'll bounce back."
--> '''Sawyer''': "I wasn't talking about you, I was talking about that!"
** "{{Garfield}} of Dreams" has a take that against Hollywood, funny pages, funny pages-based movies, and SethMacFarlane.
** "Modern Family Circus" is one big shot at ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus. (Not so much Modern Family, though.)
** In a parody of Film/TheAvengers, ''Poki'' tries to make Bruce Banner angry by making him watch AnnoyingOrange.
-->'''Bruce:''' "Did he say angry? Or bored?"
** They must ''really'' have it in for ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', as most sketches that feature Lightning or Mater have them getting killed/destroyed.
*** Which came to a head in "Outtagascar"
--->'''Lightning''': Wait a minute, I shouldn't be here. I've only had two movies. The original, and the one where we have to go to Europe because there's a race. But then Mater gets confused for a spy because he sounds like... yeah okay, I guess I should be here.
*** And if that didn't do it. Shortly after there's this gem.
---> '''Buzz''': (After getting run over a few times) Once again, Pixar is ''ruined'' by cars.
** They have a whole song parody to the tune of "Call Me Maybe?" that bashes the ''Film/TotalRecall2012'' remake.
** In "Comicbook/GhostRider [[MissionImpossible Protocol]]", Comicbook/GhostRider [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext buys a]] NicolasCage mask from [[CaptainAmerica The Red Skull]].
-->'''Ghost Rider:''' *Puts the mask on and it immediately burns away* Waaaste of money...
** They made two Take Thats at ''TheLandBeforeTime'' and its numerous sequels.
** ''{{Twilight}}'' and ''KeepingUpWithTheKardashians'' are frequent targets of the show.
** {{Shazam}} and Cat ends with a TakeThat toward Creator/DanSchneider and his television shows.
* TaughtByTelevision: The antagonist in Naru210 claims he beat Naruto in their (unseen) fight because he watched WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda [[SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes 27 times]].
* TitleScream: Parodied with "[[LongTitle Spin the Wheel & Win the Cash Before Time Runs Out & Also Maybe Win Prizes!]]" The ''Series/WheelOfFortune''-esque screaming takes so long that there's no time left to actually play the game!
* ToiletHumor: Lots of it, just like the magazine.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: in ''"Money Ball Z"'', Goku takes an exceptionally long time to power up, and the pitcher decides to wait for him to finish. When Vegeta steps up to bat and powers up next, everyone, including the team coach, manager, sporting agents, and audience all take up some other activity to help pass the time, including watching the entirety of Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/KingKong''.
* TheUnReveal: Done to MindScrew levels in "Gaming's Next Top Princess".
* VisualPun: The show does a lot of this.
** In one episode, they advertised "The Adventures of Iron Man", then showed a laughing face on an iron a la TheAnnoyingOrange.
** They're even willing to pull off more obscure puns. In "Downton Shaggy", [[Series/DowntonAbbey Mr. Bates]] dressed up as Franchise/{{Batman}} to rescue his idol, "Foot Man". In his day, a "batman" was a [[BattleButler soldier who acted as a personal servant and bodyguard]], Mr. Bates himself being an example of one in his own show.
* XMeetsY: This show in general can be described as ''KaBlam'' meets ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''. (The crew from both shows created the show)
** In-show, a lot of the parody titles (read: the parody titles that don't childishly make fun of what's being parodied, like ''Are You Karate Kidding Me'', ''Avaturd'', ''uGlee'', and ''The Social Netjerk'') are combos of two or more TV shows, movies, cartoon series, etc. Some examples:
*** ''[=CSiCarly=]'': ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and ''Series/ICarly''
*** ''I Love You, Iron Man'': ''ILoveYouMan'' and ''IronMan''
*** ''Ben 10 Franklin'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' and Creator/BenjaminFranklin
*** ''Cliffordfield'': ''CliffordTheBigRedDog'' and ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''
*** ''Pirates of the Neverland: At Wit's End'': ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' and ''Literature/PeterPan'' (the Neverland reference).
*** ''WALL-E-NATOR'': ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
*** ''2012 Dalmatians'': ''TwoThousandAndTwelve'' and ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''
*** ''Naru210'': ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and ''BeverlyHills90210''
*** ''Pooh Grit'': ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' and ''TrueGrit''
*** ''Soul Tron'': ''Series/SoulTrain'' and ''Film/{{Tron}}''
*** ''So You Think You Can Train Your Dragon to Dance'': ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' and ''SoYouThinkYouCanDance''
*** ''Pokémon Park'': ''{{Pokemon}}'' and ''Franchise/JurassicPark''.
*** ''Hops'': ''{{Hop}}'' and ''Series/{{COPS}}''
*** ''The Buzz Identity'': ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' and ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Identity]]'' (with some pieces of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and ''Film/{{Inception}}'')
*** ''Arthor'': ''Arthur'' and ''Film/{{Thor}}'', with the titular character of ''{{Rango}}'' thrown in as well (since ''Thor'', the RussellBrand remake of ''Arthur'', and ''Rango'' came out in theaters around the same time)
*** ''The Clawfice'': ''The ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' and ''Series/{{The Office|US}}''
*** ''Rio-A'': ''{{Rio}}'' and ''Film/GreenLantern'' ([[LateToThePunchline Oa is the home planet of The Green Lantern]])
*** ''Captain America's Got Talent'': ''CaptainAmerica'' and ''AmericasGotTalent''
*** ''Thomas the Unstoppable Tank Engine'': ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' and ''Film/{{Unstoppable}}''
*** ''The Fresh Prawn of Bel-Air'': ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' and ''Film/{{District 9}}'' (the prawn aliens were from the latter movie)
*** ''[=ThunderLOLcats=]'': ''[[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011 ThunderCats]]'' and '''[[MemeticMutation THE INTERNET. ALL OF IT.]]'''
*** ''Cowboys & Alien Force'' actually has a rather non-indicative title; while a crossover of ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' is indeed present, it quickly falls by the wayside in favor of a bizarre mash-up of references to ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', ''TheMrMenShow'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Jon Favreau's career, ''MAD'' itself...by skit's end, [[WhoWritesThisCrap even the characters are baffled]].
---> ''[[LampshadeHanging Its just a mash-up of two genres, MAD does it all the time!]]''
*** ''Criminal Minecraft'': ''Series/CriminalMinds'' and {{Minecraft}}.
*** ''Jersey Thor'': ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''JerseyShore''.
*** ''S'Up'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' and ''JerseyShore''.
*** ''Mouse'': MickeyMouse and ''Series/{{House}}''
*** ''Dances With Wolverines (A Footloose Parody)'': {{Wolverine}} and {{Footloose}}.
*** ''Money Ball Z'': ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' and ''MoneyBall''
*** ''Green Care Bear'': ''Film/GreenLantern'' and the ''CareBears''.
*** ''My Little War Horse'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' (again) and ''Literature/WarHorse''...and then ''Film/{{Tintin}}'' as well.
*** ''Teen Titanic'': ''Film/{{Titanic}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', with ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' to keep things current.
*** ''Everybody Loves Rayman'': ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' and ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}''.
*** ''The Iron Giant Lady'': TheIronGiant and TheIronLady... with a quick therapy scene that's a reference to TheKingsSpeech.
*** ''Conan the Kardashian'': ''KeepingUpWithTheKardashians'' and ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian''.
*** ''Optimus Prime Suspect'': ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and ''PrimeSuspect''.
*** ''I am Lorax'': Film/IAmLegend and Film/TheLorax
* XRaySparks: In one sketch based on StarWars, C-3PO shocked Chewbacca and Chewy's skeleton showed through his skin.
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