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

MADtv Premiere Recap

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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