MADtv Premiere Recap

MADtv Returns on The CW: How Does the Revival Compare to the Original?

Tuesday was a big TV night for Hillary Clinton. Across all major news networks, she accepted the Democratic nomination for President of the United States of America. And over on The CW, she berated her husband for “boinking interns.”

The latter, of course, was an impersonation — one Nicole Sullivan herself describes as “mediocre at best” — as part of MADtv‘s long-awaited return to television.

But was it worth the wait? As a fan of the original MADtv, which ran on Fox from 1995 to 2009, I say yes. Despite a few total misses, to which the franchise has never been immune, Tuesday’s premiere retained the original series’ juvenile spirit and no-one-is-safe attitude.

This time around, I’ve decided to leave the (potential) negativity for the comments section, opting instead to highlight my favorite moments from the episode:

* The cast’s pre-show prayer to Satan was the perfect (read: most twisted) way to introduce the new crew and set the tone for the evening.

* Props to Chelsea Davison for her freakishly spot-on impersonation of Lena Dunham the Cinderella sketch.

* Runner-up for Best Impersonation — and it was a close second — goes to Carlie Craig’s Kristen Stewart.

* Craig’s Elizabeth Warren stand-up routine also resonated with me in ways I was not expecting.

* And I’ll never say no to Will Sasso as Kenny Rogers, even when it’s outside of the traditional Jackass format.

Your thoughts on the new MADtv? Any favorite/least favorite sketches? Grade the premiere below, then drop a comment with you full review.

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  1. Ian says:

    No negativity! This cast, especially the women, were great. Loved Nicole and Will’s intro as the Clintons, and then the jokes just kept up. Dora, Elizabeth Warren, the Game of Thrones sketch, it was just all legitimately funny. It’s MadTv!

  2. AngelWasHere says:

    OMG I didn’t know this came on. The one time I don’t checked the guide here and I miss something. :(

  3. ThatBob says:

    Wasn’t very surprising or original. These bits might have had some edgeyness if done ten years ago on Kimmel or Fallon, but the edge has moved on. The best thing on the show was the vintage Key & Peele clip from the old show, which doesn’t say much for the new material.

  4. Jasie says:

    Really enjoyed it. More then I would have expected. They really needed to do more with Nicole Sullivan besides just Hillary Clinton. We needed the VanComme (?) lady.

  5. Ian says:

    Carlie Craig could be a breakout.

  6. CurlyGirly says:

    I LOVED LOVED LOVED the original MadTV. Glad they showed a classic skit (Man Up!!). It’s going to be hard to capture the original, but off to a great start!

  7. leighwphotography says:

    It’s funny how some of the reviews that were not as positive yielded not so positive comments. This one decides to stay positive and comments are following suit. Personally I LOVED it. Looking forward to the next one!!

  8. Lauren says:

    Carlie Craig was a gem. But is it bad that the Key & Peele throw back sketch was my absolute favorite?

  9. MJDJADP1998 says:

    The revival wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be. The highlights of the episode for me would be the pre-prayer to Satan, HBO First Look, the Dora sketch, and the vintage Key & Peele sketch.

  10. Catharine C. Carpenter says:

    The “prayer” to Satan was disgusting. I find it hard to believe that in the world we live in today, especially, homage would be paid to evil incarnate.

  11. Matthew says:

    I think the show was awful. As others have mentioned, the sketch right from the beginning started out the negativity with the negative prayer. Then, the rest of the show was recycled material mostly. Game of thrones and Trump were already parodied by SNL. Then to show an old sketch shows the lack of originality.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Not nearly as funny as the original. Actually not funny at all! I loved the original mad tv…The only somewhat funny skits have the original character’s in it. Without the original character’s making an appearance it would be a total flop in my opinion.