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An animated parody show created by Warner Bros. Animation, based on the iconic humor 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 Spy vs. Spy and Don Martin shorts. Basically, it's either a less line-crossing version of Robot Chicken with a little bit of KaBlam! or 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 rip-off of Saturday Night Live and In Living Color!.It premiered on Cartoon Network on September 6, 2010, right after the premiere of Regular Show. It came back for what was intended to be a second season, according to The Other Wiki, 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 Steven Universe, though Cartoon Network never officially declared it was canceled.This show is not to be confused with the FOX sketch show MADtv, though, according to The Other Wiki, MAD is actually the revived and revamped version of MADtv promised to show following its 2009 cancellation.Visit the show's website here.
"2 Broke Powerpuff Girls" gives us a twofer, reprising their roles are Tara Strong as Bubbles and Tom Kane as Professor Utonium (presumably, he's the narrator of the sketch) and Him.
Tara Strong also appeared quite prominently in "My LittleWar Horse", 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.
Art Shift: Various animation styles are used, just like its magazine counterpart.
Spy vs. Spy 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.
At Least I Admit It: 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.
Awesome but Impractical: Nearly every non-existant product this show has advertised (which isn't surprising considering that this show is the revamped version of MADtv).
One example of such is "B.O.B.s Monster Hold Gel", which is just a living blob monster that is used as hair gel.
Another example is the "Underwaker", which is an impersonator of The Undertaker who wakes you up by hitting you with a chair.
Yet another example is "Hulked on Phonics", which teaches your child to talk & act like The Incredible Hulk, 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 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.
Black Comedy: There is a rather depressing short skit depicting 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.
Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: "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).
Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In Thomas The Unstoppable Tank Engine, Thomas's cargo includes pillows, soft cheeses and a nuclear bomb.
Captain Ersatz: 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 PunnyNames.
One Scooby-Doo segment averts this with the characters in their correct colors and outfits. This is because Warner Bros. owns the rights to it. Same goes for DC Comics characters.
In The X-Men Games, Professor Xavier is seen watching 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.
Couch Gag: 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 Couch Gag.
Season 3 replaces this with a "MADvent Calender", which makes references to news in Pop Culture during the week of premiere.
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Christmas Episode: Season 1 had "The Da Grinchy Code", Season 2 had "FROSTnote a parody of Lost, Toy Story 2, and the Rankin-Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Undercover Claus" and Season 3 had "Fantastic 4 Christmas/Red and White Collar"
I Like My X Like I Like My Y: 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".
Incredibly Lame Pun: Pretty much every title of ever short (whether it's a mash-up or a Take That 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.
Kangaroo Court: In "Law and Ogre", Shrek considered Grumpy Bear as the suspect, in his trial, Fiona is the prosecutor and the judge is Puss in Boots. The one who really did it was Yogi Bear.
The "Hip-Hop Hobbit/The Monday Project" episode references Mad being bumped to Thursday in place of The Annoying Orange. Ironic because this was the week that Mad moved back to Monday and Annoying Orange went to Thursday.
Level Grinding: "Final Brantasy", 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.
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.
Nose Nuggets: 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.
Seinfeld Is Unfunny: In-universe; in the Cloverfield parody, Cliffordfield, 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 Spongebob Squarepants 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.
Self-Deprecation: 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" ï¿½ it turns out every present but a stack of MAD magazines were taken.
Scuttle the seagull brings 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.
Johnny Bravo: I dreamed I was in a show that made pop culture references but didn't really make jokes about them.
The final sketch of the final episode is a music video about a boy band trapped in a hotel room with a TV that only has previous episodes of the show.
Shaped Like Itself: "Sports Drink Drink". The sports drink designed to replenish worn-out sports drinks.
Shout-Out: Someone on the staff is probably a big Pixar fan. "Trans-Bore-Mores" contained cameos from Remy, WALL•E and Mater. "2012 Dalmatians" featured a cameo from Carl (Up) — andUp was parodied as S'Up (in which Carl has to deal with the cast of Jersey Shore 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 Toy Story toys.
And it's not just Pixar, either; the main characters from Ice Age make a cameo in "Star Blecch", and Scrat shows up near the end of episode five. Also, Flint from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has appeared three times. "Trans-Bore-Mores" also had a brief mention of The Iron Giant.
On another occasion, Danny Phantom appeared once, albeit with green hair.
The ThunderLOLCats sketch is filled to the brim with references to "stupid overused memes". In addition, the cats' firewall is breached by a horde of Creepers, and one of the figures on the engraving at the start seems to bear a resemblance to one of the wizards from Magicka.
Shown Their Work: 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 Shallow Parody) 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 original show.
S-M-A / Double L-V / I-L-L spells Smallville if you add an E.
Spiritual Successor: To KaBlam!!, Robot Chicken, to the unaired 1970s pilot/special, and also the FOX sketch show 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.
The Stinger: 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).
Another bash on Ke$ha: On "Pirates of the Neverland: At Wit's End," Captain Hook tells Captain Jack Sparrow that the crocodile who always chases him makes the most horrible noise — "tick tock." Not the clock noise; "that annoying Ke$ha song" ("TiK ToK"), followed by the crocodile opening his mouth and a screwed-up, sound-alike version of "TiK ToK" starts playing.
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 "AvengerTime". Which then leads into yet another case of Self-Deprecation:
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 Star Trek stole a whole bunch of ideas from Star Wars.
uGlee was pretty much a whole Musical Episode 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.
The show also has a lot of potshots at the Marmaduke movie.
They seem to really hate Kristen Stewart, 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 Bee Movie.
"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 have the '80s, no one will!" Later, one of the children refers to Madonna as the person Lady Gaga spent her career copying (then added that Russell Brand stole his act of being a comic weirdo from Weird Al Yankovic.). Also, an interviewee who looks like Michael Ian Black on 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 Steven Spielberg's house, because his career would die without such retro figures as Indiana Jones.
In "Smallville: Turn Off the Clark", there's a huge amount of take that (against Smallville, Julie Taymor) and Shown Their Work (the references to the show like Dr. Fate's future seeing, Clark's dad coming back to life, Brainiac having the model of 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.
Jersey Shore takes quite a few beatings itself. They all get tricked into falling to their deaths in an 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 King Kong'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.
They must really have it in for 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 Total Recall (2012) remake.
Transformation Is a Free Action: 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 Peter Jackson's King Kong.
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: