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Mad (seasons 1b-3)

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Mad (seasons 1b-3)
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It's MAD funny.
Genre: Satire
Running Time: 11 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 6th, 2010 - December 2nd, 2013
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Created by: Kevin Shinick
Distributed by: Warner Bros Animation
Starring: Various Actors
Seasons: 4
Episodes: 103


Mad (stylised in all caps) is a TV show that first aired on Cartoon Network on September 6, 2010. Based on the comic book series of the same name, it parodies many popular shows or products, usually using a lot of popular stuff in two major sketches per episode.

Why These Seasons Are Indeed MAD Funny

  1. Hilarious moments in almost every episode.
  2. Like South Park, it makes fun of pop culture in movies, TV shows, video games and more in the right way. Except unlike South Park, this one is for kids despite the TV-PG rating.
  3. Spy vs. Spy are the best parts on this show, mostly due to how funny they are in slapstick. While the 2d ones (aside from the first few episodes) range from okay to great, the best animation from that skits are the stop motion ones.
  4. While the animation is hideous, some of the skits have good animation.
  5. The voice acting can be good at times.
  6. It spawned many hilarious skits such as:
    1. "Diary of a Winpy Kid Icarus"
    2. "Outtagascar"
    3. "TransBOREmores 3: Dark of the Blue Moon"
    4. "Kung Fu Blander"
    5. "ThunderLOLCats"
    6. "My Little War Horse"
    7. "Life of Rhyme"
    8. "Rio-A"
    9. "Cowboys and Alien Force"
    10. "The Iron Giant Lady"
    11. "Adjustment Burro"
    12. "Taking Nemo"
    13. "Once Upon a Toon"
    14. "Super 80's"
    15. "Pirates of the Pair of Tweens"
    16. "Cookie Blue"
    17. "Criminal Minecraft"
  7. Good use of self-depreciation jokes.
  8. Sometimes they portray the parodies very well.
  9. The parody crossovers are very creative and very fitting such as Thomas the UNSTOPPABLE Tank Engine, Destroy, Bob The Builder, Destroy and Outtagascar.
  10. The commercials this series makes are also very hilarious.

Bad Qualities

  1. The animation is intentionally bad and absolutely hideous in some of these are repetitive, especially the Mark Marek skits, and those weird and ugly computers animation skits (the RioA and Kung Fu Blander ones), the color palette can sometimes be oddly unpleasant and kinda grotesque to look at. Though to be fair, the intentionally bad animation is supposed to be bad, and that it doesn't make the skit/sketch entirely bad as it could still be enjoyable.
    • The Spy Vs. Spy animations (the 2d ones) in the first few episodes in season 1 looked really rushed, but some of the other 2d ones range from okay to great, and the stop-motion ones are top-notch.
  2. Most skits are basically hit or miss. Those that tend to miss can be cringeworthy and disgusting to look at, especially the pimple skit.
  3. Too much gross-out humor. But thankfully that died in the last few episodes of the first season.
    • Adult references that might not be fitting for a children's show. "Grey's in Anime" managed to get away with a panty shot, and "Rejected Toy Story 3 Characters" actually had the F-bomb (albeit bleeped).
  4. While these three seasons are good, the show didn't start off well and/or end off well:
    • Season 1a was not a good first half of that season because that season was loaded with so much gross-out material, a good majority of the sketches weren't funny at all (even though they were good ones like Pokémon Park, Grey's in Anime, Gaming's Next Top Model, Flammable, Mouse M.D, etc). Luckily season 1b improves it with more memorable sketches and less gross-out humor.
    • Season 4 was also not good compared to the first three seasons due to it having pretty tame and sometimes boring skits and sketches, Spy vs. Spy shorts got weaker in the season, and the list goes on.
  5. Kevin Shinick & Rachel Ramaras almost voice every character in this show which can be really annoying.
    • In addition, some of their impressions of the characters can be mediocre.
    • The Latin American dubbing is even worse, as some voices are terrible and there was no director in most episodes, fortunately it improved in the fourth season.
  6. Some of the pop culture references and celebrity parodies become dated upon future viewings.

Reception

Despite having mixed reviews from critics, thanks to Cartoon Network themselves and some viewers, it has been getting a cult following in recent years as more people talk about it nowadays, or at least know about its existence and it has been doing well with ratings when it was airing because it was making 1 or 2 million viewers from boys and kids ages 2-11, 6-11, and 9-14 per episode.

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