Mad TV (season 8)

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Mad TV
Season 8
Best of MadTV Seasons 8, 9 & 10.png
The Best of MadTV Seasons 8, 9 & 10 DVD cover, which partially features this season
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes25
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 14, 2002 (2002-09-14) –
May 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)
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The eighth season of Mad TV, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on the Fox Network between September 14, 2002, and May 17, 2003.


With fan-favorite cast members Alex Borstein, Will Sasso, and Andrew Daly gone, MADtv scrambled to find new talent to fill the void. Jill-Michele Meleán and Bobby Lee were upgraded to repertory status (though Meleán left in the middle of the season for undisclosed reasons). New faces in the cast for this season include: Ike Barinholtz, Simon Helberg (who only lasted a short time on this show, but is now more popular in his role on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory), Josh Meyers (younger brother of SNL cast member, Seth Meyers, making this the only time a Saturday Night Live cast member has had a family member be hired as a cast member on a competing sketch show), Christina Moore, Ron Pederson (the show's only Canadian cast member), and Paul Vogt (MADtv's only male homosexual cast member and the second cast member after season six's Nelson Ascencio to have an identical twin brother).

With Sasso gone, Frank Caliendo became the latest cast member to play George W. Bush. Newcomer Ron Pederson played Dick Clark, Woody Allen, Saddam Hussein, and Entertainment Tonight anchor Mark Steines. Vogt replaced Will Sasso James Lipton and impersonated classic sitcom stars, such as Edward Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Jackie Gleason (The Honeymooners), and Charlotte Rae (Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts Of Life). Like their counterparts Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz on Saturday Night Live, long-time pals Ike Barinholtz and Josh Meyers would frequently appear in sketches together and play off each other's chemistry. Separately, Barinholtz performed celebrity impersonations such as Joe Millionaire's Evan Marriott and Nick Nolte, while Meyers offered offbeat impersonations of Eminem, Matthew McConaughey, Owen Wilson, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel, and some *NSYNC members. In her short time on the show, Jill-Michele Meleán was known for her Drew Barrymore impression and her recurring turn as one of the Glamazon Huntresses.

Guests this season included: former In Living Color cast members Tommy Davidson and David Alan Grier; comic actor Fred Willard, That '70s Show cast members Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, and Wilmer Valderrama; and former MADtv cast member, Nicole Sullivan.

Opening montage[edit]

The title sequence begins with the Mad TV logo appearing across a black screen. The theme song, which is performed by the hip-hop group Heavy D & the Boyz, begins and each repertory cast member is introduced alphabetically, followed by the featured cast. Several split-screens appear showing live-action clips of cast members performing recurring characters. When the last cast member is introduced, the music stops and the title sequence ends with the phrase "You are now watching Mad TV."



No. in
TitleGuest(s)Original air date
1721"Episode 1"Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Ryan Seacrest, Brian DunklemanSeptember 14, 2002 (2002-09-14)

"Without Me" parody has Eminem (Meyers) rapping about the lackluster fall TV line-up; Daniel Smith (Meyers) and Howard K. Stern (McDonald) put up with Anna Nicole Smith (Weir) on an episode of her reality show; in new XXX sequel, Vin Diesel (Barinholtz) repairs cars for the AAA; Jenny Jones (Collins) interviews a white trash mother (Weir) who accuses her infant son of being a slacker; Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson appear in an all-star American Idol sketch; Kelly Clarkson is interviewed by Ted Koppel (Caliendo), then performs a duet with Whitney Houston (Wilson); as part of his community service, Allen Iverson (Spears) runs a camp for underprivileged kids; a doctor's attempt to remove his patient's infected toenail turns violent and disgusting.

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers
1732"Episode 2"Jay MohrSeptember 21, 2002 (2002-09-21)

The Koppel family star in their own Osbournes style reality show; Angela (Weir) records a documentary about racism; Jay Mohr stars as Chris Penn in a parody of buddy action comedies; policemen chase gay criminals in new police reality show World's Queeniest Criminals; Catherine Zeta-Jones (Collins) fears she's selling out her A-list celebrity image; Dr. Kylie Johnson (Weir) prepares to deliver a baby; Oprah (Wilson) turns into a vampire; Martha Stewart's (Collins) prison sentence is turned into a new season of HBO's Oz.

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers
1743"Episode 3"Jackie ChanSeptember 28, 2002 (2002-09-28)

Parody of Nelly's "Hot in Herre" has priests (McDonald, Meyers, Barinholtz, and Lee) lusting after little boys at a Christian camp; Jackie Chan stars in his own reality show a la The Anna Nicole Show with Owen Wilson (Meyers); Stuart Larkin (McDonald) receives piano lessons; Michael McDonald and Debra Wilson interview celebrities at the 2002 Emmys; four friends go to a 1950s diner that takes historical authenticity a bit too far when the staff openly discriminates against black patrons; the Glamazon Huntresses must face off against acid rain; a jock named Steve Wellington (Barinholtz) makes friends with a nerd (Meyers) while in detention; Al Pacino (Caliendo) and Robin Williams (Caliendo) discuss their experience filming Insomnia.

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers
1754"Episode 4"Tony Hawk, WC, XzibitNovember 2, 2002 (2002-11-02)

A parody of "Gangsta Lovin'" shows the downside of having a thug lover; a woman (Weir) goes over her wedding story with her husband; an urban parody of Charlie Brown called Chocolate-Covered Peanuts; an angry coach (Barinholtz) yells at his basketball team for doing poorly, only to learn a horrible secret behind his team's lack of talent; two similar-sounding senators (McDonald, Pederson) have a heated debate; Anna Nicole Smith (Weir) meets Tony Hawk; Real Mother****ing Talk. Xzibit performs "Multiply".

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Ron Pederson

Absent: Jill-Michele Melean
1765"Episode 5"Bryan Cranston, Ja Rule, ShaggyNovember 9, 2002 (2002-11-09)

Bryan Cranston plays a guy whose wife (Weir) hires a lesbian (Collins) to join them in a threesome; John Madden (Caliendo) struggles with a popcorn maker that he is promoting; during a press conference about an upcoming civil case, Leona Campbell (Weir) wonders if the defendant (Caliendo) of a class-action suit against a fast food restaurant was aware of what he was eating; Wayne Brady (Spears) interviews Ja Rule on The Wayne Brady Show; commercial parody for WalMart; Shakira (Collins) sings about her incoherent speech; Earl Scheib (Barinholtz) offers his services to fix up squad cars that have been dented due to police brutality. Shaggy performs "Strength of a Woman".

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers
1776"Episode 6"David Alan Grier, Jim Rome, The StrokesNovember 16, 2002 (2002-11-16)

A parody of Eminem's "Cleanin' Out My Closet" has George W. Bush (Caliendo) running scared from his mom, Barbara (Collins) and Barbara rapping about having an incompetent son; Lorraine Swanson (Collins) checks out a college for her son; Dr. Phil (McDonald) insults guests; the remaining members of *NSYNC unveil their new music video; employees are curious to a growth spurt of one of their employees; David Alan Grier plays 60 Minutes reporter Ed Bradley who assaults and insults Eminem (Meyers); in a special Spears on Sports episode, Jim Rome interviews Shaq; Evander Holyfield (Spears) talks nonsense; John Madden (Caliendo) talks about what he had for breakfast. The Strokes perform "Is This It?" and "New York City Cops".

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Simon Helberg, Josh Meyers, Ron Pederson

Absent: Jill-Michele Melean
1787"Episode 7"Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, Jack Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Wilmer ValderramaNovember 23, 2002 (2002-11-23)

Marvin Tikvah (McDonald) trashes Mad TV after finding out his son (Barinholtz) loves the show; a promo for Indiana University highlights the school's wild partying image; Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama return for another CHiPs parody; Jack and Kelly Osbourne appear in an episode of 7th Heaven; Mo Collins and Debra Wilson interview celebrities at the premiere for Die Another Day; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) has a chaotic day at the park; animal owners (Weir, Collins, McDonald) insult each other in the waiting room of a veterinarian's office. Kelly Osbourne performs "Shut Up".

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Simon Helberg, Josh Meyers, Ron Pederson

Absent: Jill-Michele Melean
1798"Episode 8"Sum 41December 7, 2002 (2002-12-07)

On The Price is Right, all the products have sexually suggestive names; a parody of The Bachelor; Tovah (Wilson) and Belma (Spears) host a special episode of Reality Check; talk show host Phil Donahue (Pederson) looks back at his recently cancelled show; an HBO First Look for a remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with miscast voice actors; commercial parody for a salon specializing in lesbian hairdos; Cloret (Wilson) doesn't do so well at the juice bar; game show parody where geeky contestants lose to dim-witted public school students thanks to social promotion; average Asian Hideki (Lee) is assumed he's the best at musical instruments because of his heritage; Jesse Jackson (Spears) and Rosa Parks (Wilson) discuss the controversy of their actions mentioned in the movie Barbershop. Sum 41 performs "Still Waiting".

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Ron Pederson
1809"Episode 9"Puddle of MuddDecember 14, 2002 (2002-12-14)

Justin Timberlake (Meyers) is revealed to be a copycat of Michael Jackson in newest video; Lord of the Bling saga continues; Trina (Collins) interviews for a job at IHOP; the Kappa Kappa Kappa sisters invite a college co-ed (Lee) to be a member for a day; on The O'Reilly Factor, a scroll goes by criticizing the wave of liberal celebrities speaking out against the Bush administration while Bill O'Reilly (McDonald) insults Janeane Garofalo (Caliendo); Bunifa (Wilson) auditions to be a Lakers girl; on a religious talk show, Dot (Weir) claims that she saw Jesus Christ in her school photo. Puddle of Mudd performs "She Hates Me".

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Simon Helberg, Josh Meyers, Ron Pederson
18110"Episode 10"Bon JoviDecember 21, 2002 (2002-12-21)

The Epstein Brothers (Vogt and Helburg) sell Christmas tree patches; Diane Sawyer discusses the holidays with Whitney Houston (Wilson) and Bobby Brown (Spears); a parody of How the Grinch Stole Christmas has Winona Ryder as the Grinch; a perky elf (Weir) frustrates a mall Santa (Vogt); Santa Claus (McDonald) threatens to kill a young girl (Weir) and makes the audience forget that Saturday Night Live exists; Lorraine Swanson (Collins) goes Christmas shopping; Matthew the Bible Dude (McDonald) has to deal with a kid (Caliendo) who didn't get his favorite shirt; an office worker (Vogt) plots to bring the holiday spirit to an overly politically-correct office. Bon Jovi performs "Bounce".

Featuring: Simon Helberg, Paul Vogt

Absent: Bobby Lee, Jill-Michele Melean
18211"Episode 11"Tommy Davidson, Queens of the Stone AgeJanuary 18, 2003 (2003-01-18)

A commercial for Scrabble has Aries Spears as Little Richard, Don King, Evander Holyfield, and Bill Cosby; celebrities announce their New Year's resolutions; Oprah (Wilson) gives out free money; Tommy Davidson guest stars as a news correspondent in Real Motherfucking Talk: News Edition; an intervention goes bad when a drunk (McDonald) goes sober without the help of his concerned friends; Jenny Jones (Collins) hosts a clip show episode of her talk show that spans back to the dawn of time. Queens of the Stone Age performs "No One Knows" and "Go with the Flow".

Featuring: Simon Helberg, Josh Meyers, Ron Pederson
18312"Episode 12"Anthony Anderson, Jillian Barberie, Jerry O'ConnellJanuary 25, 2003 (2003-01-25)

John Madden (Caliendo) previews the line-up of shows on FOX; a parody of The Love Boat has seasick cast members puking; Spishak promotes their latest product; a mother (Weir) shows off her adopted Korean baby (Lee) who's actually a farmer who has been abducted from his homeland; Jillian Barberie plays Glamazon Huntress Mikayla in an episode of Glamazon Huntresses; a woman (Weir) faces the consequences of leaving Las Vegas; a rich mother (Weir) demonstrates self-defense on her slacker son (McDonald); Evander Holyfield (Spears) shows off his latest clothing style; Jerry O'Connell and Anthony Anderson play employees who look to discover a cure for hiccups.

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Ron Pederson, Paul Vogt

Absent: Jill-Michele Melean
18413"Episode 13"Jamie Kennedy, St. LunaticsFebruary 1, 2003 (2003-02-01)

A new Hooked on Phonics video game only exacerbates a boy's violent tendencies; The Dating Game has dictators as potential suitors; LL Cool J (Spears) raps about his rumored steroid use; Bunifa (Wilson) switches places with an unlikely man (McDonald) on an episode of Trading Spaces; commercial parody for the video series Girls Gone Wild has boys flashing their chests and making out for the cameras; Connie Chung (Lee) interviews Evan Marriott (Barinholtz) and Trista Rehn (Moore); a man (Vogt) gets a colonoscopy from Dr. Kylie Johnson (Weir); the Baldacs (Collins, McDonald) have a dispute with one of their neighbors. St. Lunatics performs "Air Force Ones".

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Christina Moore, Ron Pederson, Paul Vogt

Absent: Jill-Michele Melean
18514"Episode 14"TBAFebruary 8, 2003 (2003-02-08)

Fighting Ron (McDonald) testifies against Marvin Tikvah (McDonald) on an episode of The People's Court; the Kappa Kappa Kappa sisters face off against a rival sorority; a Looney Tunes parody featuring Osama and George W. Bush; obese men on CBS sitcoms get their own line-up; Belma (Spears) and Tovah (Wilson) give Senator Trent Lott (McDonald) a Reality Check; Spishak promotes a new machine to make excuses for you; Shaq (Spears) hosts his own TV show with sportscaster Marv Albert (Caliendo); Dorothy Lenier (Weir) reports a robbery.

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Ron Pederson, Paul Vogt

Absent: Bobby Lee
18615"Episode 15"Paul Hogan, Evan MarriottFebruary 15, 2003 (2003-02-15)

Christina Aguilera (Moore) abandons her sleazy pop image in a music video parody of "Beautiful"; Mofaz the Depressed Persian Tow Truck Man (McDonald) whines about his ugly wife; another installment of Chocolate Peanuts has Chucky Brown trying to have sex on Valentine's Day; a parody of Joe Millionaire has Mad TV recurring female characters Anna Nicole Smith (Weir), Bunifa (Wilson), and Lorraine (Collins); Bill O'Reilly (McDonald) has a debate with himself; Ike Barinholtz and Debra Wilson interview celebrities at the premiere for Daredevil; Connie Chung (Lee) interviews Tom Brokaw (Caliendo) and a stripper-turned-reporter (Collins); Dot (Weir) entertains the elderly at a nursing home.

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Christina Moore, Paul Vogt

Absent: Jill-Michele Melean
18716"Episode 16"Andy Dick, Ryan Seacrest, SupergrassFebruary 22, 2003 (2003-02-22)

Michael Jackson (Spears) abuses his children; Angela (Weir) uses her sister Natalie (Vogt) as a guinea pig for a video project about high school bullying; Ryan Seacrest counts down Mad TVs best music video parodies; the Larkins (Collins, McDonald) cause havoc at a Chinese restaurant; Andy Dick stars as Christina Aguilera's demented cousin Daphne Aguilera; a commercial promotes the drug ecstasy as a cure for depression; a suave piano player (Vogt) has a painfully effeminate singing voice. Supergrass performs "Rush Hour Soul".

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Simon Helberg, Josh Meyers, Christina Moore, Ron Pederson, Paul Vogt

Absent: Jill-Michele Melean
18817"Episode 17"t.A.T.u.March 8, 2003 (2003-03-08)

Kim Jong-Il (Lee) discusses his use of nuclear weapons; detectives Grissom (McDonald) and Willows (Collins) reopen a closed case in a parody of CSI; Angela (Weir) records a love message to her next-door neighbor (McDonald); Doug Hefferman (Vogt) goes from king to queen in a parody of King of Queens; James Brown (Spears) shows commercials and clips from around the world; Saddam Hussein (Pederson) throws a party with other world leaders; George W. Bush (Caliendo) and Barbara Bush (Collins) teach exercises; 2 friends (Barinholtz, Meyers) reunite. t.A.T.u. performs "All the Things She Said".

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Ron Pederson, Paul Vogt

Absent: Jill-Michele Melean
18918"Episode 18"Eric Idle, Trish StratusMarch 15, 2003 (2003-03-15)

Belma (Spears) and Tovah (Wilson) give Michael Jackson (Spears) and Deborah Rowe (Caliendo) a reality check; Trish Stratus plays one of the Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority sisters; on The Other Half, Danny Bonaduce (Caliendo) and Dick Clark (Pederson) interview a child psychologist (Collins); 2 bullies (Barinholtz, Meyers) host a talk show in a high school bathroom; contestants literally gun for the chance to win cash and prizes on a game show based on the Grand Theft Auto video games; on Entertainment Tonight, Just Married gets a glowing review and Mary Hart (Collins) quits after tolerating the shallow celebrity news for too long; Eric Idle plays a pianist who sings about sexually deviant animals.

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Christina Moore, Ron Pederson, Paul Vogt

Absent: Jill-Michele Melean
19019"Episode 19"Tommy Davidson, Fred WillardMarch 22, 2003 (2003-03-22)

Connie Chung (Lee) interviews Catherine Zeta-Jones (Collins) and Queen Latifah (Spears) about Chicago; Jack Nicholson (Caliendo) introduces a clip from The Hours where Nicole Kidman's (Moore) nose prosthetic won't stay on; Leona Campbell (Weir) has a chat with a girl (Moore) preparing to get breast implants; a movie trailer for a generic Hollywood romcom; Tommy Davidson and Fred Willard play guests on Real Mother****ing Talk; Rusty Miller (McDonald) pitches his movie to Hollywood; Al Pacino (Caliendo) hosts his version of The Jamie Kennedy Experiment; Woody Allen (Pederson) directs a new teen sex comedy.

Featuring: Josh Meyers, Christina Moore, Ron Pederson

Absent: Jill-Michele Melean
19120"Episode 20"OK GoApril 5, 2003 (2003-04-05)

Man vs. Beast; Mariah Carey's latest music video; Jenny Jones (Collins) works at Culver's with mothers and siblings on her show; Johnny Woo (Lee) promotes his own liquor store; Ted Koppel (Caliendo) interviews crime syndicate bosses; Bob Ross (McDonald) broods about his former family; a 21st-century revival of The Mary Tyler Moore Show; a bratty pre-teen (Meleán) fights with her mother (Weir) over prom dresses. OK Go performs "Get Over It".

Featuring: Paul Vogt
19221"Episode 21"Countess Vaughn, The FolksmenApril 12, 2003 (2003-04-12)

Dr. Phil (McDonald) runs into a disguised Oprah (Wilson); Anna Nicole Smith (Weir) ranks the best commercial parodies of Mad TV; Mickey (McDonald) is an eyewitness to a crime and brags about it on the news; psychic Vera Mangus (Weir) makes a return; Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer perform as The Folksmen; Happy Folger (McDonald) disgusts a poetry group with his poem about aging; Countess Vaughn has to put up with lazy clerk Cloret (Wilson) at the airport.

Featuring: Josh Meyers, Christina Moore, Paul Vogt

Absent: Mo Collins, Aries Spears
19322"Episode 22"Mandy Moore, GodsmackApril 26, 2003 (2003-04-26)

A closeted gay man (Pederson) hopes to use a pill to have an erection with a woman; one of Oprah's cameras makes her look thin; a wedding where the parents (Pederson, Weir) performed some dirty dancing; Rusty Miller (McDonald) interviews Mandy Moore; on Star Dates, two hopefuls (Meyers, Collins) date Charlotte Rae (Vogt) and Nick Nolte (Barinholtz); a 21st-century take on The Honeymooners. Godsmack performs "Straight Out of Line".

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Christina Moore, Ron Pederson, Paul Vogt

Absent: Frank Caliendo, Bobby Lee, Aries Spears
19423"Episode 23"Missy ElliottMay 3, 2003 (2003-05-03)

A commercial for a correspondence school; a father (McDonald) and daughter (Weir) fight while preparing for a garage sale; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) has a few reservations about visiting his estranged father; James Lipton (Vogt) interviews Matthew McConaughey (Meyers); a wall-hanging pest (McDonald) annoys his brother (Meyers) and his date (Weir). Missy Elliott performs "Work It".

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Paul Vogt

Absent: Frank Caliendo, Bobby Lee, Aries Spears
19524"Episode 24"Tom ArnoldMay 10, 2003 (2003-05-10)

A mime (Pederson) performs sexually suggestive acts; Mofaz (McDonald) compares his mother-in-law troubles with another traveler (Caliendo); the Seven Buddy Cops head out West to fight crime; a religious program extols the virtues of atheism; Patrick (McDonald) intervenes with a man (Barinholtz) trying to get a phone number; Tom Arnold interviews Oscar De La Hoya (Spears); Michael McDonald and Debra Wilson offer to give a needy family gifts, but the needy family thinks they're on Saturday Night Live; a rookie cop (Pederson) with bad aim shoots his veteran partner (McDonald).

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Christina Moore, Ron Pederson

Absent: Bobby Lee
19625"Episode 25"Steve-O, Nicole Sullivan, Jason AcuñaMay 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)

Johnny Woo (Lee) holds his own paralegal for African-Americans; Spishak Cars for Kids can be attached to real cars; Oprah invites the cast of Jackass to prank Steadman (Spears); Nicole Sullivan plays Marvin Tikvah's equally sleazy daughter Mindy; Lorraine (Collins) gets her teeth checked by a dentist (McDonald); a married couple (Barinholtz, Collins) do nothing but fight; Ted Koppel (Caliendo) goes from newscaster to Herbal Essence shampoo spokesperson.

Featuring: Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers

Home releases[edit]

There is no season 8 complete season DVD release. However, this season's best sketches and segments have been used in the compilation DVD Mad TV: The Best of Seasons 8, 9, and 10.

Season 8 is also available on HBO Max, with episodes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, and 23 missing.

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