Imagine this for a second. You're watching your favorite television show (say, Family Guy). In the episode you're watching, Family Guy seems to be a lot like South Park, trying its best to be as topical as possible. And I don't mean "popular two months ago" topical, I mean "specifically created to be accurate as soon as it aired" topical. Anyway, you're watching a segment when something occurs to you. As if the show was suddenly whitewashed, every bad word is censored. It's almost as if Seth Mac Farlane himself wanted to insert as many dirty words as possible, but he was whipped by Fox into putting censor bars and replacing jokes on his show. As a result, the jokes get duller, as if the maturity was the show's only sustinence. That's how Mad is. Simply put, it's like someone put Robot Chicken and South Park in a blender, but picked all the curse words and nudity out before serving it to their customer. Jokes that would've at least given you a chuckle are ruined to become PG rated. Even the Spy vs. Spy jokes, often the most original and humorous shorts on the show, are "defanged" to remove all violence. Essentially, Mad is really for one demographic: kids who somehow understand the rapid-fire jokes coming at them, most of them obscure references only adults would get, but who also have never experienced a better series, like Robot Chicken * . Unless you fall into this manchild-like category, you will ultimately never be satisfied with the end result.
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