is a parody of the typical sort of blog written by a confused teenage boy. It has been a regular feature of MAD
magazine since 2005 and in 2012 was released as a book by the same name. The book contains a years worth of entries, though not one for every day of the year. A number of the entries are content that previously appeared in MAD
. The series is written by Tim Carvell, head-writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
and the book release received an endorsement from Jon Stewart
himself, as well as Stephen Colbert
and Tom Angelberger, author of the Origami Yoda
Planet Tad features examples of:
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Sophie, To Tad
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Tad tries to shave his off and ends up shaving off his entire eyebrows.
- Bland Name Product: Plenty of real products are mentioned within the series, but there's also a sequence about Tad wanting a "GamePort XL."
- Child Prodigy: Sophie
- Comes Great Responsibility: Tad hopes that when his sister grows up, she uses her powers for good and not evil.
- Deadpan Snarker: Tad
- Dead Pet Sketch: Sophie gets a pet hamster named Mr. Squeakers, though Tad says that "He and I know his name is Thunderclaw." After Tad and his friend Chuck lose Thunderclaw, they replace him with another hamster. It works, but then the original Thunderclaw is found lifeless when Tad's mom pours herself some Rice Krispies.
- Egg Sitting: Tad has to do this with one his classmates for health class. Tad hardboils the egg.
- Forced Meme: Tad tries to make "gruntled" into a word, but it doesn't work.
- Let's Meet the Meat: In one sequence, Tad gets a summer job dressing up as a hot dog to promote a restaurant. As customers enter, Tad whispers "You're eating my babies."
- MST3K Mantra: Tad clearly doesn't believe in it and a large portion of his blog consists of pointing out things in media that he feels don't make sense.
- Nobody Poops: Tad rents a DVD set of season one 24 and asks the age-old question of fans: "When do the characters go to the bathroom?" He actually manages to come up with the correct answer as given by the producers, which is during the minutes between acts.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Mocked by Tad in regard to Hannah Montana, who can't believe there's a whole show about a group of people who can't realize that Hannah Montana is just Miley Cyrus in a wig
- Pirates: The Mascot of Tad's middle school, Lakeville
- Playing Sick: Tad is forced into becoming a slave to his sister's demands after she catches him at this. Tad finally caves in and admits the truth to his parents, who feel he's already been punished enough - they knew all along and let Sophie's torture be his punishment.
- School Play: Tad is forced to help his sister Sophie prepare for her role in the school play of Hansel & Gretel, then ends up playing Hansel because he knows all the lines when the kid who was supposed to play the role had the stomach flu, in exchange for a Lord of the Rings trilogy extended edition DVD boxset.
- Secret Santa: Tad's class participates in one of these, with Tad as a secret Santa to a girl that he likes. It bombs badly when he chooses chocolate as his gift and she thinks that her Santa is trying to make her fat.
- Seinfeldian Conversation: Not so much a conversation as Seinfeldian observations regularly offered up by Tad
- Straw Vegetarian: Sophie, until her family needles her about it so much that she starts eating meat again
- The Unfavorite: Tad and his Mom are unfavorites of Tad's Grandma Judy (the mother of Tad's father)
- Viewers Are Goldfish: Tad believes that goldfish have a seven-second memory and must spend their lives going "Oh my God, I'm drowning! No, wait, I have gills."