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View Poll Results: What was your favorite sketch of #1204?
Show Open: Back on Track 1 6.25%
Project Runway #1-3 6 37.50%
Terrorist Darbie 0 0%
Inside Looking Back 2 12.50%
First Light Yoga 0 0%
Sesame Street: Internet Pedophile #1-2 4 25.00%
John Kerry Apologises #1-3 0 0%
Eugene Struthers goes to a Ho Nuba Lebol with Nelly Furtado 0 0%
Weekly News with Toby: Michael J. Fox 0 0%
Condi Comes to Harlem 0 0%
Fake Band: Fluffy Jump Spoon 3 18.75%
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Old 11/05/2006, 8:28 PM
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I think Frank was in the HNL skit...he was the one Nelly said "Can you call my manager to?". I THINK. I'm not sure.
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Old 11/05/2006, 8:33 PM
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If this episode pops up anywhere on the internet, let me know. I kill to have and watch these suckers anytime.
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Old 11/05/2006, 8:34 PM
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If this episode pops up anywhere on the internet, let me know. I kill to have and watch these suckers anytime.
Same here. I hope the sketches wind up on youtube soon.
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Old 11/05/2006, 8:40 PM
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Ok....y'all know what time it is...!

Opening: Back on Track - In this, the entire cast is upset about all of the strife within the world, and decide to bring everyone together with a song. However, it all goes awry when someone grabs Arden's breast (hehez...who didn't see that one coming? ), and it continues to degenerate further when all of the castmembers start fighting with the audience, until Jordan pulls out a gun and threatens to shoot. After that event, the cast decides to let bygons be bygons and just finish the song. This was a VERY creative opening, I thought. Definitely one of the better ones they've ever done, and very comparable to the S5 Opening Extravaganza, albeit not as good.

Project Runway - In this parody of Project Runway, the three designers (Nicole P, Bobby, Jordan) all design clothes for a leprechaun. Of course, Laila Moonsomny (Nicole P) is scared to death of leprechauns because of a traumatizing experience she had with on, Fausto Bonadventure (Jordan) seems to have a...*ahem*...thing for babies, and Hong Patwell (Bobby) is damn proud of his Asian-Irishness. Overall, this was an excellent parody, with one exception...Crista's Heidi Klum impression was absolutely terrible IMO. Sorry Crista, but that seriously made my ears bleed...nor did she sound like remotely like Heidi Klum (and if you're going to do a caricature of an impression, then look to some of Will Sasso's impressions for a reference). I really hate to rag on Crista this much, but honestly she was pretty bad here. Nonetheless, excellent performances from Bobby, Arden, Michael, and especially Nicole, Frank, and Jordan, redeem this otherwise impressive sketch. .5

Darbie - Bah, I don't really remember much about this sketch, other than the fact that it was pretty cute, but not really all that funny.

Inside Looking Out: Inside Looking Back - In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Dontelle LaMontrose (Jordan Peele) and Pat Beth LaMontrose (Nicole Parker) ruminate back on the occassion when they met each other, at a roller rink in 1984. It was a little different than the other ILO sketches, but I still didn't like it at all. It just dragged and dragged. The only part I found funny was Nicole almost mis-pronouncing the country "Niger". Otherwise... .5

First Light Yoga with Dick Yee - Dick Yee (Bobby Lee) films a yoda video, but is continually bombarded with interruptions. This was funny at first, but then quickly became...unfunny. Oh well, it was better than I envisioned it would be, which is a plus, I suppose. .5

Sesame Street: Internet Predators - Billy (Bobby) meets a friend on the internet, more precisely the popular site MyPlace. He then goes to meet his new friend, until he's confronted by Chris Hanson (Michael) of NightLine. Then, it's found that that Billy's friend is really a child molester, and he's Bert! I saw this on YouTube, and I thought it was REALLY good. Not quite as awesome as the Bird Flu one, but much better than the Donald Trump one.

Weekly News With Toby: Michael J. Fox - Toby explains how Michael J Fox's Parkinson's Disease is progressively getting worse, and explains how the major news companies don't do a good job of covering it, and then talks about how stem cell research would help him out. IMO, I actually thought this was the best one yet. It did a good job of hitting the nail on the head about the situation on the usage of stem-cell research. Thumbs up.

John Kerry Stand-up - John Kerry (Michael) all of a sudden, realizes he's a comedian after he made a inappropriate comment about the troops in Iraq, and then decides to go on tour in both Vietnam AND Outer Space (now on tour in Zimbabwe, Finland, and Ganymede!), after making a crack on how Iraqi soldiers are all uneducated. The first one was okay, if not wonderful, but the second/third ones were OVERKILL. Just not funny in my mind. Eh, sorry Mike. .5

HNL: Nelly Furtado - Guess who's back! Eugene Struthers (Keegan) interviews Nelly Furtado, who not only mispronounces her name frequently, but also sings "Man Eater" with her, and even tapes it, threatening it to sell to companies. Looks like HNL is here to stay, unfortunately. It's getting pretty old, but at least this was still okay. Nothing mindblowing, but I didn't hate it. Just like all of the Ho Nuva Leva sketches. .5

Condi Goes to Harlem - Condolezza Rice (Nicole Randall Johnson) moonlights as a crimefighter, and combats Big Whitey (Frank Caeti) who's distributing grape-flavored liquor that's driving black people crazy. I don't know. This had really good performances from Frank and Nicole RJ (who's Condi was just about as good as Daniele's), but it felt sort of unfinished, like it was half-written, of sorts. Black people can't get enough of grape drinks and Condi is secretly ghetto? Ya don't say! Ah well. It could have been worse. .5

Fluffy Jump Spoon - Jordan introduces Fluffy Jump Spoon, a weirdass J-pop group consisting of Miko (Bobby), Etsuko (Crista), Naoko (Arden), and some guy in a panda suit (...some guy in a panda suit). They want to talk about the oppressive conditions of Japanese coal miners, by singing about how yummy choco-sticks are. Honestly, I was expecting a little bit more with this. Although it did an excellent job of parodying the outrageously crazy statements of J-pop lyrics...I don't know, they seemed a little funnier on their MySpace site. That's not to say that this was bad or even mediocre, but just a tad underwhelming. It was still good, though.

Hmm...this episode was a little shaky...some of it was good, but some it also fell flat. The way I see it so far, S12 is going to have the occasional glimmer of greatness amidst mostly mediocrity. Which still means that it will be a helluva lot better than S11. Oh, and as much as I enjoy both Jordan Peele and Nicole Parker, I would prefer for Inside Looking Out to not be recurred again, thankyouveryMUCH. Then again, I'm in the (admittedly small) minority here...

6/10

FYI, my rating system for each sketch is...

A-friggin-plus material. In most situations, one of the best MADtv sketches ever.
.5 An awesome sketch that's just about flawless.
Not perfect, but still a great sketch.
.5 A pretty good sketch, there are a few things wrong, but it's still good.
It's good but sorta forgettable.
.5 Eh, mediocre. Not great but not overly sucky.
Just...well...lame.
.5 All around crappy sketch.
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Overall, this was an excellent parody, with one exception...Crista's Heidi Klum impression was absolutely terrible IMO.
Thank you!
I still think a better Tim Gunn impression was much needed though.

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I still think a better Tim Gunn impression was much needed though.
Eh, Mike McD's impression sufficed. It wasn't great, but it sufficed.

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This was the first new episode of MADtv I have watched in quite some time. I really enjoyed it. I'm not going to rate each sketch one by one because I'm freggin tired. I figured that a lot of people here would hate the HNR sketches but I can't get enough of them for some reason. All I have to say though is when in the hell did Nelly Furtado get so hot?

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Opening: Back on Track - A simple message: Don't let celebrities tell you what to think, or who to vote for. I thought this went on too long, and lost steam as it did.

Project Runway - Crista's Heidi really did suck, and I didn't care for this sketch, either. Once again, a simple premise that went on waaaay too long.

Darbie - Just plain bad.

Inside Looking Out: Inside Looking Back - I always love Jordan and Nicole (Parker) in these, and this was no exception. What was that lyric?
Dontelle:"Some people will raise a fuss..."
Pat Beth: "Yes, we know that's true..."
Dontelle: "They'll come after us..."
Pat Beth: "But mostly after YOU..."

First Light Yoga with Dick Yee - I'll say one thing for Bobby; he sure isn't self-conscious. And that's quite a little Buddha belly he's starting to sprout. I like Bobby. So even though this wasn't that good, he makes it worth watching.

Sesame Street: Internet Predators - I loved this. Especially Bert's graphic porno photo of his furry balls, that he emailed to naive Billy.

Weekly News With Toby: Michael J. Fox - This was ok, but not much more.

John Kerry Stand-up - Beat it to death, why don't you? Michael really should've left by now.

HNL: Nelly Furtado - Probably the worst one of these I've seen. Hey Nelly - you're no actress, and not much of a singer, either.

Condi Goes to Harlem - Thought this sucked. Nicole Randall Johnson just doesn't make me laugh. Daniele, I miss you. And Evil Criddle.

Fluffy Jump Spoon - I've had just about enough of the fake musical guests (fake rappers last season, now this).

The first three episodes this season were solid. This one felt like a misfire.

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Back on Track (Show Open) - This started off a little rocky and I was apprehensive, but it turned out OK. Not exactly hilarious, but passably funny.

1/2 Project Runway (#1, #2, and #3) - God bless you Mad TV!!! A parody of Project Runway! And if EVER there was a celebrity DYING to be mocked, it is Heidi Klum. Crista was PERFECT! PERFECT I tell you!!! Even the contestants were right on the money and the little touches like Tim annoying everyone with 10 second reminders were outstanding. I LOVED Jordan's contestant character. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Very very funny. This one could grow into a five star for me over time, but I have to let classic sketches ferment for a while before deciding.

Terrorist Darbie - Might have been a funny idea there, but it didn't quite come off. Subpar.

Inside Looking Out-Inside Looking Back. God jobs as usual for Nicole and Jordan, but I wasn't blow away by this sketch. All recurring characters, no matter how well done, can get a little stale after a while, but I understand they are the bread and butter of sketch comedy. I don't see myself going back to this particular sketch again and again, but there were definitely some good moments and some nice writing. It was deserving of a place on the show, especially considering some of the other duds.

1/2 First Light Yoga - Pure Bobby Lee. A great fit for his style of modern slapstick. I am probably a little biased because I almost always get a kick out of Bobby Lee.

1/2 Sesame Street-MyPlace + outakes - Dr. Fuzzy Balls!! What fraternity? I Felta Thigh. And the song lyrics!! Funny!! No wonder they had a hard time keeping a straight face. Unfortunately, satire like this is just a hair away from reality, but it's still funny.

John Kerry Stand-Up (#1, #2, and #3) - OK, Kerry set himself up for this and we all knew SOMETHING was coming, but these bits just seemed like a descent into obviousness. There just wasn't anything clever about them.

HNL-Nelly Furtado - Keegan was also good as usual, but this sketch didn't do anything for me. I don't think Keegan had a lot to work with here.

Weekly News with Toby-Michael J. Fox - What the hell was this?? Come on, Mad TV, you can do better than this. This bit had no business being on a top rate sketch comedy show like Mad TV.

Condi Comes to Harlem - Good performances by the cast, but the sketch itself was weak and unworthy.

Fake Band-Fluffy Jump Spoon - Huh?? The problem with using a formula (e.g., a musical parody at the end of every episode) is that sometimes you are going to end up crow barring a sketch that isn't worthy into the slot dictated by the formula. Maybe this is a formula that should be scrapped altogether. They really haven't had an outstanding musical bit yet and a couple of them have been downright awful (The week 2 Chingy bit was the absolute worst!)

Overall show rating? - And I feel that's being generous. The second half of the show was a minor disaster. Without the project Runway and Sesame Street bits, this show would have been a two star for me. So far, I have to say that I am not happy with the direction this season is taking overall. Improvements are needed and some of the recurring sketches need to get dumped.

Note: My rating system is something like this
- Classic Mad TV!
- Very funny and well above average. Worthy of the traditions on Mad TV
- Funny moments and deserving of a place on the show, but nothing particularly special.
- Below average overall. Basically filler. In a good week we shouldn't see any of these
- What the hell were they thinking? Where did it come from? Microsoft Visual Sketch? Ship it off to a lesser sketch comedy show ... PLEASE!
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I am not happy with the direction this season is taking overall.
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I think there are a lot of Johnny-Come-Lately Mad TV fans here that would post a good review if they put a picture of a tomato on the screen for an hour. Compared to other seasons, can you honestly say the overall quality of this season isn't in the bottom two or three? If you can answered yes, you probably still think SNL is a good show.

Based on what I have seen so far, I would personally rank this season as the lowest quality ever. There have been more unfunny bits this season than any season since the show has been on and, with the exception of one or two shows, I have seen every episode from season one on.

I may be in the minority, but that doesn't mean the show is getting better. If this trend continues, I will be soon in the majority ... people that don't watch the show any more.
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Lies I say! Calgona was awesome!!!1!111
The Calgona sketch was by far the best of the musical sketches, but to saw that this sketch was awesome is a pretty big stretch, IMHO.
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I think there are a lot of Johnny-Come-Lately Mad TV fans here that would post a good review if they put a picture of a tomato on the screen for an hour. Compared to other seasons, can you honestly say the overall quality of this season isn't in the bottom two or three? If you can answered yes, you probably still think SNL is a good show.

Based on what I have seen so far, I would personally rank this season as the lowest quality ever. There have been more unfunny bits this season than any season since the show has been on and, with the exception of one or two shows, I have seen every episode from season one on.

I may be in the minority, but that doesn't mean the show is getting better. If this trend continues, I will be soon in the majority ... people that don't watch the show any more.
Perosnally I think Season 7 was the worst season ever, there were really no memorbale sketches from that year besides some exceptions. After that would be the first half of Season 11 (The 2nd half, IMO, was on a completely different level then the 1st half), that was just terrible. And no, i think SNL is completely unfunny now.

I just think people's expectations are too high for MADtv now, they expect it to reach Season 5 levels.

Season 12, to me, looks like it's going to turn out to be another Season 8. Coming off of a generally hated season, the season could look better then it really is, but still will produce some great sketches and be, overall, a strong season.
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You could say that about ANY fandom, not just MADtv.

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Compared to other seasons, can you honestly say the overall quality of this season isn't in the bottom two or three?
I can, and I'm hardly a "Johnny-Come-Lately" fan (unless you consider season 3 "lately). First of all, it's been FOUR episodes. You can't really judge an entire season on FOUR episodes. Second, just basing on the episodes so far, I'd say this is actually one of TOP seasons, the best since Season 5. Many wouldn't think so drastically (hell, I actually LIKED S11, ), but there you go.

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If you can answered yes, you probably still think SNL is a good show.
I'm not really sure if that's an insult or not, as I've been paying only vague attention to SNL since Season 29.

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Like I said, it's been FOUR episodes. There have been, what, 40, 50 sketches tops so far? I hardly think that no other season has been this "bad," unless you're one of those fans who sh!ts on anything new, only living off some nostalgia high (see, I can generalize, too!).

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I may be in the minority, but that doesn't mean the show is getting better. If this trend continues, I will be soon in the majority ... people that don't watch the show any more.
How the hell can you honestly say that? That's the biggest generalization you've said. Hell, I could argue that the vast majority will be people loving the show. I have nothing to prove this; I'm just generalizing based on my own opinion. Just like you!

Now, the last thing I want you to do is think I'm trying to sh!t all over your opinion here. All I'm saying is, generalizing is bad.

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Perosnally I think Season 7 was the worst season ever, there were really no memorbale sketches from that year besides some exceptions.
I can't agree with you on season 7. While I wouldn't rank seaon 7 as one of the best ever, I certainly wouldn't rank it as the worst. I wouldn't even include it in my bottom 3. Yes, season 8 was a great one, but there were numerous classic and clever sketches from season 7. Here's just a few examples.

Some very creative bits from Season 7:
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Birdsitter (A classic!)
New Therapy with Bob Newhart (Another classic!)
The Score (very creative and clever)
Kenny Rogers' Jackass (The last few seasons of Mad hasn't had much approaching the humor of Kenny Roger's Jackass sketches)
Jeffrey's First Day With Mr Fendernegel (Hilarious. Will Sasso at his best!!)


Movie and TV show parodies:
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Lord of the Bling (How many parodies this funny have been on Mad this season or last?)
JAG (Extraordinarily clever and well executed)


Musical parodies:
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Shakira-Whatever, Don't Matter (Another classic! In my top 10 list)
R Kelly-The Greatest
Brittany Spears-I'm Not a Child

Fakes ads:
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Talcum X
Girls Gone Wild Barbie
Wayne Brady For Cotton

And that is just a short list. I could easily find another dozen or so sketches from Season 7 to include on an A list. I would really have to stretch to find much of anything from this season so far to include on any A-list of mine.

Yes, season 12 is only 4 episodes old, but I still say it's off to a very bad start and I see them trying to develop some formulas for content that aren't working and are therefore likely to get much worse. All IMHO, of course.
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You could say that about ANY fandom, not just MADtv.
Funny, but I thought we were talking about Mad TV. My bad.

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I can, and I'm hardly a "Johnny-Come-Lately" fan (unless you consider season 3 "lately).
Didn't mean to imply you were, although I can see how you took it that way. What I DID mean to imply is that being in the minority, as you stated I was, is irrelevant. Minority or not, I believe the quality of this season so far has been below par and I have explained why. Finding 10,000 people that would rubber stamp Carrot Top as being the greatest comedian of all time doesn't make it true.

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First of all, it's been FOUR episodes. You can't really judge an entire season on FOUR episodes.
No I can't, but praising bad sketches isn't likely to improve the quality of upcoming episodes. I am a DIE HARD Mad TV fan and I don't won't to see this show die or fade into mediocrity because it's fans are willing to settle for whetever they are fed. I am loyal to the show, but only to a point. There is plenty to do and see out there and if these last 4 shows represent the Mad TV producer's idea of excellence in comedy, than I will definitely ramp up my search for alternative entertainment and close my book on this show.

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Second, just basing on the episodes so far, I'd say this is actually one of TOP seasons, the best since Season 5. Many wouldn't think so drastically (hell, I actually LIKED S11, ), but there you go.
The best season since season 5????? Tell me that was a joke. And YES, I CAN COMPARE the first four episodes of this season to the first four episodes of prior seasons especially since I have actually seen the first four episides of every season. Oh wait, that's an opinion ... er ... I mean generalization, isn't it? Sorry, let me run these episodes through my computer-based, Bayesian statistical comedy pattern analysis software and see what it says. Dang! You're right! This is the funniest season ever! That Chingy bit in #1202 came up as the funniest sketch in the history of television. Sid Ceasar is wishing he had thought of it first.

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I hardly think that no other season has been this "bad," unless you're one of those fans who sh!ts on anything new, only living off some nostalgia high
Nah. I'm one of those fans that blows smoke up my favorites show's butts no matter how bad they are. Besides, I haven't said a single nice thing about any sketch this season, right? I mean, as long as we are generalizing.

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(see, I can generalize, too!).
Yes, I'd say you are quite good at it.

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How the hell can you honestly say that?
Wait, let me think....uh...because it's my honest opinion? Am I dishonestly stating my opinion again? Dang, I hate when that happens.

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Hell, I could argue that the vast majority will be people loving the show.
You DID argue that! Didn't you say that I was in the minority in not liking the new season? Doesn't it therefore follow that the majority IS loving it? Is that a generalization or is it logic? Hmmmm. Maybe the word "vast" changes everything. I guess we will just have to settle for the fact that I am in the minitory which you knew categorically because you took a poll just before you posted, right?

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I'm just generalizing based on my own opinion. Just like you!
Phew! This comes as quite a relief, actually. I was beginning to think I wasn't entitled to have an opinion, me being in the minority and all. Doesn't the US constitution say that minorities are not allowed to have opinions? Did I read that somewhere or I am generalizing again? Or maybe I am making a joke. Then again, aren't jokes just humorous generalizations of personal events?

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All I'm saying is, generalizing is bad.
I guess, in general, I agree with that generalization. How could I not? I mean ALL generalizations ARE bad, right? Don't you just hate those schmucks that walk around making sweeping generalizations like "All men are created equal." What a bunch of generalizing aholes!

Let me recap here. If I say the show is bad and the season is shaping up to be one of the worst ever, even if I explain myself on a sketch by sketch basis, I am generalizing and this is bad. OK.

If you, on the other hand, make the sweeping statement that I am in the minority for not loving the show, it is NOT a generalization. Let's just call it a scientifically proven, statiscally verified conjecture. Got it.

Thanks for setting me straight and not crapping all over my overly generalized opinion. For a minute there, I could have sworn that was EXACTLY what you were doing.

PS. I am just having a little fun with you.
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I can't agree with you on season 7. While I wouldn't rank seaon 7 as one of the best ever, I certainly wouldn't rank it as the worst. I wouldn't even include it in my bottom 3. Yes, season 8 was a great one, but there were numerous classic and clever sketches from season 7. Here's just a few examples.

Some very creative bits from Season 7:
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Birdsitter (A classic!)
New Therapy with Bob Newhart (Another classic!)
The Score (very creative and clever)
Kenny Rogers' Jackass (The last few seasons of Mad hasn't had much approaching the humor of Kenny Roger's Jackass sketches)
Jeffrey's First Day With Mr Fendernegel (Hilarious. Will Sasso at his best!!)


Movie and TV show parodies:
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Lord of the Bling (How many parodies this funny have been on Mad this season or last?)
JAG (Extraordinarily clever and well executed)


Musical parodies:
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Shakira-Whatever, Don't Matter (Another classic! In my top 10 list)
R Kelly-The Greatest
Brittany Spears-I'm Not a Child

Fakes ads:
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Talcum X
Girls Gone Wild Barbie
Wayne Brady For Cotton

And that is just a short list. I could easily find another dozen or so sketches from Season 7 to include on an A list. I would really have to stretch to find much of anything from this season so far to include on any A-list of mine.

Yes, season 12 is only 4 episodes old, but I still say it's off to a very bad start and I see them trying to develop some formulas for content that aren't working and are therefore likely to get much worse. All IMHO, of course.
Well i dont know, of course Season 7 had some classic stuff...all seasons do, even the bad ones. But I think as a whole, although the good stuff that came out of Season 7 was very good, it was mostly scattered and surronded by sub-par material. You named some great stuff there, I'll admit, but like I said, the good stuff in Season 7 was packed in along with a season of mostly mediocracy (sp?).

I think Season 12 is good, but I respect your opinion
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I can't agree with you on season 7. While I wouldn't rank seaon 7 as one of the best ever, I certainly wouldn't rank it as the worst. I wouldn't even include it in my bottom 3. Yes, season 8 was a great one, but there were numerous classic and clever sketches from season 7. Here's just a few examples.

Some very creative bits from Season 7:
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Birdsitter (A classic!)
New Therapy with Bob Newhart (Another classic!)
The Score (very creative and clever)
Kenny Rogers' Jackass (The last few seasons of Mad hasn't had much approaching the humor of Kenny Roger's Jackass sketches)
Jeffrey's First Day With Mr Fendernegel (Hilarious. Will Sasso at his best!!)


Movie and TV show parodies:
----------------------
Lord of the Bling (How many parodies this funny have been on Mad this season or last?)
JAG (Extraordinarily clever and well executed)


Musical parodies:
------------------------
Shakira-Whatever, Don't Matter (Another classic! In my top 10 list)
R Kelly-The Greatest
Brittany Spears-I'm Not a Child

Fakes ads:
---------------------------
Talcum X
Girls Gone Wild Barbie
Wayne Brady For Cotton

And that is just a short list. I could easily find another dozen or so sketches from Season 7 to include on an A list. I would really have to stretch to find much of anything from this season so far to include on any A-list of mine.

Yes, season 12 is only 4 episodes old, but I still say it's off to a very bad start and I see them trying to develop some formulas for content that aren't working and are therefore likely to get much worse. All IMHO, of course.
Honestly, I hated a lot of the sketches you mentioned. However, others (Whatever, Dont Matter; Kenny Rogers Jackass 2; Lords of the Bling) were flat out brilliant IMO. My problem with Season 7 was that, aside from the horrific overload of Stuart and Swan, it was a bit TOO creative for its own good. I'm all for creativity, but know thy limits. That's what made Season 3 so great...it was just so original and unique, but (most of the time) didn't feel overdone, either. A lot of the S7 sketches felt 'experimental' in a way, which meant that they would either succeed with flying colors or fail miserably, and for the most part, a lot of S7 weren't all that good. Of course, S7 had a LOT of great stuff, including Lorraine at The Price is Right, Mrs. Campbell gets run over by an SUV, Lady MADtv, Bunifa on MTV Dismissed, Prehistoric Glamazon Huntress A.D., The Jenny Jones parodies, Whitney and Bobby for Generic Lemon-Lime Soda, and so on. Of course, for every Celebrity Fear Factor, there were two more 'DMX meets his Grandma' and 'Will Sasso as George W. Bush' sketches.

As for Season 12, IMO, there has been some very very good stuff as well, such as Coach Hines checks for Steroids, Kason at the Airport, the Dixie Chicks parody, Hooters, Sesame Street: Internet Pedafile, Weekly News with Toby, and (believe it or not) the K-Fed 'performance'. Even if this season isn't great so far, give it a little time. As Rurry said, the first third of S11 was god-awful, the second third was mediocre, and the final third was pretty good. So far in my mind, it's far better than S11 (the first four S11 eps at least), and to be honest, that's really the only thing I'm looking for right now. Screw being every bit as good as S5. MAD needs to improve with baby steps, not giant leaps.

For no reason, if I had to rank the seasons, it would be...

5
3
4
2
8
6
7
12 (so far)
1
9
10
11

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