Common Sense Media says

Rude, crude SNL wannabe. Proceed with caution.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

This ribald show is not in the business of promoting any values other than a good laugh. Celebrities and authority figures are mocked, stereotypes and disabilities are played for laughs, and so on.


Occasional fist-fights, played for comedy.


Rife with sexual innuendo and implied sexual situations.


Words like "ass," "nuts," "sucks," "bastard," "bitch," and "tard" are thrown around.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Hard-core drinking is depicted and cigarettes are used as props. Implied drug use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that many of the series' sketches explore sexual themes, include explicit terms, and imply drug use and excessive alcohol consumption. American institutions, from the presidency to Oprah, are all fair game for spoofs and satires, some of which may not make a lot of sense to younger viewers.

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What's the story?

MADTV, which airs new episodes on Fox on Saturday nights and is syndicated as part of Comedy Central's late-night rotation, takes a page from Saturday Night Live and In Living Color and entertains audiences with sketches that skewer celebrities, film, music, politics, and other pop culture fixtures. Over the years, the series has produced scores of offbeat characters, including Stuart (Michael McDonald), a dim-witted man-boy who lives with his crazy mother, and Jaq the UBS Guy (Phil LaMarr), an annoying, hyperactive mailman. It has also featured scores of guest stars, from Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, and Jackie Chan to Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, and Green Day.

Is it any good?


Like its namesake magazine, MADtv purposely pushes the limits of decency to the breaking point. It's more tasteless and less wry than SNL. In one episode, for example, a slimy male character says, "Give me a 68. That's where you give me a BJ and I owe you one." Another sketch portrays a buxom blonde doctor unable to carry on an intelligent conversation with her patient.

Still, there are moments of brilliance. In a scene in which a woman driving an SUV is pulled over for speeding, when asked the make of her car, she replies, "2003 Earth Destroyer."Since each episode's content is unpredictable and almost certainly in questionable taste, only mature teens should tune in.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's brand of humor. Why is satire funny? What makes it work, and when does it fail or fall flat? How do you know when a joke's gone too far? Also, how do you think the writers come up with their ideas? What would you pick as a topic if you were coming up with a sketch for the show?

TV details

Cast:Crista Flanagan, Frank Caeti, Ike Barinholtz
Genre:Variety Show
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Written byAnonymous January 31, 2013

Safe Harbor = Adult Content is on. So this show one of them.

MADtv is Not for Kids. Not for 9 Year Olds again. They took the show off in 2009. MAD Sex is bad for the network FOX. TV-14 is more like a TV-MA then a TV-14 Show. The content is BAD for the Under 18 Year Olds. This show was on the Safe Harbor at 11PM on Saturday on FOX and now it's not on anymore.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bylinglingrocks218 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

this show rox!!!!

this show is so funny! It's kind of like "All That". I think this should be for 11 and up.
Teen, 15 years old Written bymongolian April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Adult Written bydolphinlover9 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


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