The Best of MADtv Seasons 8, 9 & 10 contains three hours of the most hilarious sketches from irreverent hit comedy show MADtv. MADtv is a late night sketch-comedy show based on the humor of the popular MAD magazine. Material includes celebrity impersonations, music video, commercial, movie, and TV show parodies, recurring characters, musical guests, and the occasional mock cartoons. The show competes against another popular sketch-comedy show, the long-running Saturday Night Live, but the show is aimed at a younger audience. With the show's revolving-door cast of talented, comedic actors and numerous Emmy Award nominations, MADtv is truly a success story.
Following the release of MadTV's complete first season, this generous three-hour single-disc collection of sketches, spoofs, and parodies from the long-running series' three most recent seasons seems a little slapdash. There is, for example, no opening-credit sequence, so a newcomer to the series might never know just who is doing the dead-on Ellen DeGeneres imitation in the season 9 sketch "Letters to Lincoln." This collection includes some of MadTV's most inspired cross-parodies, including "Oprah: Jackass" and a pitch-perfect reality TV collision between The Osbournes, The Anna Nichole Show, Cops, and even a "Jay Walking" Jay Leno. Also included is one of MadTV's most epic movie parodies, the "Lords of the Bling: The Two Ta-Tas" as well as "The Honeymooners 2003," still in black and white, but with much coarser language and a terror alert. Sketches featuring such singularly annoying characters as hyper-child Stuart (Michael McDonald), ditzy Dot (Stephnie Weir), and throat-clearing Lorraine are a matter of taste, although the wildly enthusiastic studio audience greets their entrances as if they were rock-star royalty). --Donald Liebenson