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MADtv - The Complete First Season (2004)

Bryan Callen , David Herman  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bryan Callen, David Herman, Phil LaMarr, Artie Lange, Mary Scheer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 806 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KPHVU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,028 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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MADtv: The Complete First Season (DVD)

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A fan and critical favorite for 10 seasons, the sketch comedy series MadTV makes its long-awaited DVD debut in a three-disc set that compiles its first season, along with choice skits and outtakes culled from its entire network run. Like its magazine namesake, MadTV earned its stripes on the strength of its parodies of pop culture, which included clever potshots at Hollywood ("Gump Fiction"), rock & roll, children's animation ("Gumboy and Pokey") and politics. The irreverence of the skits was well served by its versatile cast, which included future breakout performers Orlando Jones, Nicole Sullivan, and Artie Lange in the first season (1995-96) lineup. Though MadTV rarely landed celebrity guests on par with its main competition, Saturday Night Live (first-season highlights are ex-Kids in the Hall Dave Foley and Bruce McCullough), the quality of the writing and performances really didn't require added star power to earn its laughs. In addition to all 19 episodes of the first season, the set includes a number of unaired skits and bloopers, the series' 200th episode (from season 9), which features the return of several first-season players, and a collection of parodies from all 10 seasons. --Paul Gaita

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
19 hour long episodes, one three double-sided/dual-layer discs, at a reasonable price that's not out to fleece the customers, unlike so many other season sets of hour-long shows (or, indeed, the multitude of half-hour shows where they stuff 8, 9, or 10 half-hour episodes on a single-sided/single-layer disc and look like crap and have the unmitigated audacity to sell for the same ~$33 price.)

Not just that, the bloopers and 200th episode extras were a great joy to watch, as were the 'best of' clips and unreleased skits. Not to forget knowing that Warner Bros (the distributer) has enough faith to announce on disc 3 that season 2 will be coming!!

These episodes look and sound great as well (how could they not?)

No other TV show has been given this excellent level of treatment on DVD, and MadTV itself is a worthy enough of a show (at least to me).

Big kudos to Warner Bros on the quality of this release! Now if only they would release their 'Doctor Who' titles in dual-layer. :-)

While I tend to look more at disc quality, I should say something about the show's quality. MadTV was FOX's latest attempt (1995) to create an edgy show, after In Living Color was put to sleep and The Edge not meeting expectations. Many skits are brash and envelope pushing, but only in a good way. (okay, some are distasteful, as is typical for the genre, but most will leave you with a smile on your face.)

The show also has a modern day feel to Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (1968). Naturally, as Laugh-In paved the way for all subsequent skit shows, including Saturday Night Live. (Indeed, Lorne Michaels of SNL fame started with Laugh-In as well.)

Standout actors are Orlando Jones, Debra Wilson, and Nicole Sullivan, but there's not a bad actor of the bunch.

Am looking forward to seeing more seasons released, hopefully with the same amount of quality and extras put into them!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning January 8, 2005
Format:DVD
When Mad TV premiered on Fox in 1995, it provided a great alternative to a then duller than usual Saturday Night Live. While there are a number of skits that are as equally dull on this first season set, Mad TV made a name for itself with it's scathing and irreverant sense of humor and parodies of commercials and general pop culture. While the first season's cast didn't feature many of the familiar and hilarious faces that fans of the show would come to love (Michael MacDonald, Alex Borstein, Mo Colins, Aries Spears, and Stephanie Weir would come in later seasons), it did feature some breakout talent like comedians Orlando Jones and Phil LaMar, Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange, fan favorites Nicole Sullivan and Debra Wilson, and Office Space's David Herman. Dull moments aside, the cast mostly does some great work, and the claymation and animation shorts are laugh out loud hilarious. All in all, longtime fans of the series will want to check this out for a nostalgia trip down memory lane, and new viewers will want to give this a look as well to see where it all began.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You are now watching Mad T...V... MAD! December 10, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's rude, it's crude, it's utterly insane and hilarious! Like others, I saw this when it first aired and laughed my hindquarters off... However, I worried that the DVD treatment would be poor or that it wouldn't stack up as well as I'd remembered it.

Mercifully, I was not disappointed at all. Even from the first episode, I was laughing myself silly, and feeling guilty about it the whole time (it's a very guilty pleasure). Some of the sketches were a bit off-color, or off-kilter (I've only gotten through a couple so far, since it just got here last week), but for the most part it was on par with the best of Saturday Night Live. It's a great pop-culture send-up. Some of the material is dated, but that happens with any semi-topical show dealing with then-current events.

Still, the picture and music is good, it's got all the original lead-ins and lead outs (going from/to commercial and back), and music, and some special features to boot.

Fan-freakin'-tastic! And the price is right (appx $9 on sale over the holidays; can't beat that for a full season release)!

Now, if they'll just start releasing the other seasons! Perhaps, in the meanwhile, I'll hop over to In Living Color for a while, and catch up on my vintage comedy...

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Addendum:
Forgot to mention packaging, so heere goes. It's pretty attractively packaged. However, I'll add the caveat that they used double-sided discs, which I'm NOT a fan of. An extra side to try keeping fingerprints off of, and to keep from scratching. I'd rather see subsequent releases utilize single-sided discs with print on one side and data on the other. It's generally more attractive, and less problematic, even if it costs a fe extra pennies to mass-produce.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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By the late 1990's, SNL had become too overconfident in it's capabilities. Because that show assumed people would tune in regardless, the sketches became mundane.

Enter MAD TV.

Inspired by the long-running humor magazine of the same name, this show does sketch comedy better than the forerunner. The cast of fresh faces look genuinely happy to be working on the show, resulting in excellent sketches for the studio and home viewing audience.

By far and away, Nicole Sullivan delievers awesome performances in her sketches. Her characters are so hillarious you are honestly not sure how much of it was based on real people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
MAD TV!! YEA finally :)
Published 1 month ago by Christine Dazley
4.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE Many of the skits - and others - I ...
I LOVE Many of the skits - and others - I could do without. I both recomend this and explain Why I did not give it 5 Stars. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scott M
4.0 out of 5 stars gave four stars because. .
This is so hilarious! Its damn near stepping into a time machine and going back to the land of when tv was really good and funny. I want to buy more seasons. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rob Morris Jr
3.0 out of 5 stars Now I remember why it's not on the air anymore
It's not as funny as I remembered it. Maybe it was because I was stoned back then. Don't bother, it's not worth it.
Published 6 months ago by LA Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars MADtv: Season 1
I missed the 1st season of MADtv as an 11-12 year old kid. I remember In Living Color during the early 90's. It's very fun to watch. It has a bunch of extras. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Benjamin Cucueco
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start for the best sketch show, but sometimes falls flat
The first season of MADtv saw the cast members and the writers still finding their rhythm and groove. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wesley T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD
Very comocal and entertaining, I loved th Mad cast. A good collectible. I like to share it with family and friends at a party setting.
Published 7 months ago by etcsvcs
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon rules!
This is why Amazon is the best. We looked everywhere for Mad TV. So glad we found it so we can enjoy this great and hilariously funny show!
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars WILL SASSO
love these shows so much . My goal is to have all the seasons . love will sasso and all his work
Published 9 months ago by mini trucker
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