40 Greatest Sketch-Comedy TV Shows of All Time

From Caesar to Schumer, 65 years of the Land Shark, the Chicken Lady and a bunch of Muppets

31. 'Mad TV' (1995-2009)

A more cultish weekend cousin to Saturday Night Live aimed squarely at teens, Mad TV's skewering of pop culture was a "steady diet of schadenfreude," according to former cast member Keegan-Michael Key. On Fox for nearly 15 years, the show created by two In Living Color writers was beholden to no one and often about as subtle as Artie Lange laughing at a fart. Michael McDonald played the bratty kid Stuart 38 times, and Nicole Sullivan's racist trainwreck Vancome Lady returned nearly as frequently. From one of several skits lampooning Abercrombie & Fitch's hyper-sexualized shopping experience, a shirtless male bimbo remarks, "Abercrombie's about doing laps at the old pool house with your bros from the swim team, and shaving each others' legs for speed, and each others' nads for fun." By the time the ceaseless roast ended its run with a telethon mocking American Idol's charity efforts, many cast members had graduated to movies and other TV projects: Key and Jordan Peele emerged to spin off more-nuanced comedy, Taran Killam's an SNL regular and Alex Borstein is still the voice of Lois Griffin on Family Guy.

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