MADtv's 20th Anniversary Reunion: What to Expect From the CW Special

It’s been more than two decades since the human Muppets of MADtv first graced our screens, and you’ll be happy to know they haven’t grown changed one bit.

The late sketch comedy’s best and brightest reassemble Tuesday (The CW, 8/7c) to celebrate its 20th anniversary, but their initial joy quickly transitions into awkward tension when it’s announced that one of their characters will be win a special “fan-favorite” award at the end of the night.

Truncated by scripted vignettes of the co-stars catching up, the special treats viewers to the best of MADtv‘s most memorable characters, including Alex Borstein‘s Ms. Swan, Mo Collins’ Lorraine, Nicole Sullivan’s Vancome Lady, Stephnie Weir’s Dot, Deborah Wilson’s Oprah — my favorite impression of the media queen on all of late-night TV, though you can watch the above clip to judge for yourself — and, of course, Michael McDonald’s oh-so-independent Stuart.

I’d normally complain about a straight-up clip show, but considering MADtv isn’t syndicated and is really only available to stream on The CW Seed, the old scenes are actually nice little treats for long-suffering fans. (This editor included.)

Will you check out the special on Tuesday? And which MADtv character deserves to win the fan-favorite award? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. Chris says:

    I actually liked Mad Tv but started to trail off when they lost almost everyone. I’m curious though why CW and not Fox (the channel it aired on)?

    • James says:

      The show was produced and distributed by Warner Brothers, and its name was licensed from a magazine under DC Comics.

      Plus, old episodes are said to be airing this month on CW Seed.

  2. Joey Padron says:

    Excited to see 20th Anniversary reunion special! Loved the show when it was on TV.

  3. I liked MadTV when it first started and was original, then they fell into the repeating character trap. One skit, the whole “He looks…like a man.” is funny. By the 10th skit, I really hated MadTV.

  4. Daya says:

    Looking forward to catching this online (no CW). I guess it doesn’t matter if it’s just an airing of old clips…half the fun of a reunion show is strolling down memory lane, I think.

  5. Stuart, Miss Swan, Coach, Cabana Lady, UPS guy on speed…and so many more. During a couple of years, this show was much better than SNL. Now I want to see a Best of “Friday” show, which had a young Larry David on it.

  6. Jack Burton says:

    Yeah I have no clue who the girl or character is they voted top choice

  7. Darleen castillo says:

    Bon Qui Qui!!

  8. JR says:

    I loved MadTV for most of its time, the last couple of seasons it lost its juice. That reunion was an embarrassment. It was one of the worst house of tv I’ve seen in a very long time. They should have let it rest in peace rather than disrespect it like that.