A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional fist-fights, played for comedy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Rife with sexual innuendo and implied sexual situations.
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Words like "ass," "nuts," "sucks," "bastard," "bitch," and "tard" are thrown around.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Hard-core drinking is depicted and cigarettes are used as props. Implied drug use.
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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.
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.
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