MAD

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Sometimes crude animated satire is sure to appeal to boys.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 33 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 221 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Anything that’s a hit with fans -- especially all of the big movies and TV shows -- is ripe for being taken down a notch with well-done parody, which simultaneously makes fun of something while also recognizing its pop-culture value. That’s the formula that MAD magazine has perfected over the years, and while it's not outright mean-spirited in most cases, there's no concretely positive take-away, either.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The artists behind MAD don’t take themselves too seriously, nor do they take anyone or anyone else too seriously.

Violence

Some parodies of popular films and TV shows feature over-the-top explosions and shootouts, but it’s all played for laughs.

Sex

Plenty of ribald references, but the humor is mostly based on bodily functions other than sex -- think poop and puke jokes.

Language

Mild swearing, such as “turd."

Consumerism

The show includes many spoofs of well-known movies and TV shows, such as Avaturd and Star Blech.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated series leaps straight from the pages of venerable satire classic MAD magazine and offers the same parodies of popular TV shows and movies and other sketches. The jokes come fast and furious and are both witty and juvenile – in other words, exactly the kind of thing that will appeal to tween and teen boys. Much of the humor is ribald and/or crude, but the focus is much more on bodily functions (i.e. farts, poop, and puke) than on sex. And though there's no real swearing or sex, some parents might still find the humor too vulgar.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bysebastiana April 8, 2019
Adult Written bydanny800 March 30, 2019

MAD was not for little kids

MAD was rated TVPG and is more for young teens it has swearing like crap and f*** it has some sexual innuondoes like theres a skit called spider baby where they... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byColeman2391 May 30, 2018

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in my opinion this show is very funny and is just what a kid would enjoy parents need to stop sheilding their kids behind walls psshhh have you seen what your p... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymanay_4511 October 27, 2010

Only for adults!!!

This show is completetly inappropriate, it has alot of swearing/curse words that kids are not allow to see or say it, its got lots of our good stuff that has be... Continue reading

What's the story?

For decades, MAD magazine has set itself as an arbiter of pop culture impact; a TV show or movie isn’t a certifiable hit if it hasn’t been spoofed in the venerable comic’s pages. The animated MAD series brings the magazine's classic send-ups from the pages to the screen, complete with crudely twisted titles (Avaturd), lowbrow potty humor, and nonstop quips. If there’s a cheap laugh to be had at someone’s expense, MAD will take it. The fast-and-furious comedy is clever, but it also aims low, with plenty of vulgar one-liners and a heavy focus on bodily functions.

Is it any good?

MAD magazine has perfected its unique form of satire over the years: The jokes come so quickly that you hardly have time to notice that they're both outrageously unsubtle and amazingly witty. Just because the target audience seems to be tween/teen boys, there’s no reason for the humor to be completely simplistic. The magazine, and the show, clearly have a finger on the pulse of the entertainment world, and, now, decades after its debut, MAD is still able to spot -- and tweak -- the "big moment" in popular culture.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about parody. Do you find the MAD-style spoofs funny? How do they compare to other satires?

  • Why do some people find bodily humor jokes funny while others think they're gross? How does humor "work"?

  • What does it indicate when a show or movie gets the MAD treatment?

TV details

  • Premiere date: September 6, 2010
  • Network: Cartoon Network
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: NR
  • Available on: DVD
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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