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MADtv (season 5)

The fifth season of MADtv aired from September 25, 1999, to May 20, 2000, with 25 episodes.

Season summary

Season five of MADtv began with only a few changes to the cast: Nelson Ascencio and Brooke Totman joined the show as featured players. This was the last season for Pat Kilbane and Phil LaMarr, who was an original cast member. Brooke Totman would also not return for another season.

The previous year's newcomers, Michael McDonald and Mo Collins, reprised their wacky mother/son duo Stuart and Doreen Larkin; separately, Collins played Lorraine Swanson and McDonald played Marvin Tikvah and Rusty Miller. Alex Borstein's Ms. Swan starred in the multi-part sketch "Swan: The Homecoming," which featured special celebrity appearances in each episode by Garry Marshall, Mark Hamill, Dennis Hopper, Susan Sarandon, and Tony Shalhoub. After a notable weight loss, Will Sasso began to impersonate more celebrities such as James Gandolfini. Nicole Sullivan would be the first cast member to portray pop star Britney Spears. Aries Spears and Debra Wilson introduced a sketch called Reality Check, a fictitious talk show on BET.

Former MADtv alumus Artie Lange made a special appearance, as well as celebrities Carmen Electra, Catherine O'Hara, George Carlin, Regis Philbin, Tim Robbins, and Alex Borstein's Family Guy co-star Seth Green (as recurring character Mr. Brightling).

Opening montage

The MADtv logo appears and the theme song, which is performed by the hip-hop group Heavy D & the Boyz, begins. Cast members are introduced alphabetically. When the last cast member is introduced, the music stops and the title sequence ends with the phrase "You are now watching MADtv."


Repertory players


Episode Airing Date Host/Guest(s) Sketches Other notes
#501 September 25, 1999 Lisa Loeb The cast of MADtv celebrates five years with a musical number. News anchors Ted Koppel (Pat Kilbane), Diane Sawyer (Mo Collins), and Bernard Shaw (Phil LaMarr) run for their lives in a parody of The Blair Witch Project. Babies get their own T-shirts stamped with scathing insults. Pop singer Lisa Loeb sings the theme song for a cliche-ridden WB teen drama called Pretty White Kids with Problems. Stuart Larkin (Michael McDonald) gets trapped in a well and gives his rescuers a hard time. Britney Spears (Nicole Sullivan) argues with the crew on the set of her new music video. Will Sasso and Alex Borstein conduct red-carpet celebrity interviews at the Emmys. Tae-bo trainer Billy Blanks (Aries Spears) stars in his own movie. In a commercial parody for dish soap, a couple (Aries Spears, Debra Wilson) struggles to tell each other good news, but a misunderstanding leads to violence. Season premiere
#502 October 2, 1999 Busta Rhymes (musical guest) Mo Collins' opening monologue is interrupted by promos for FOX TV shows. PBS tries to compete with The Sopranos with its own gritty drama about The Three Tenors. In a loose parody of The Sixth Sense, Hallie Kate Eisenberg (Alex Borstein) realizes everyone in a Pepsi commercial is a ghost. Lida (Nicole Sullivan) and Melina (Debra Wilson) get tickets to see Ricky Martin, but have an encounter with skanky slut Rosa (Mo Collins). Meg Ryan (Nicole Sullivan), Whoopi Goldberg (Debra Wilson), LL Cool J (Aries Spears), Michael Winslow (Phil LaMarr), and John (Michael McDonald) and Patsy Ramsey (Alex Borstein) appear on Hollywood Squares. Ms. Swan (Alex Borstein) has a trainee (Michael McDonald) tend her store while she's away in the first part of Swan: The Homecoming.
#503 October 9, 1999 Ladies' man Rick (Phil LaMarr) reads a quote from The Book of Rick. Chris Rock (Phil LaMarr) and Gerald Levert (Aries Spears) star in a music video parody of "No Sex in the Champagne Room". On Politically Incorrect, Bill Maher (Phil LaMarr) discusses sexuality with Britney Spears (Nicole Sullivan), Bill Clinton (Will Sasso), Chris Burke (Michael McDonald), and Janeane Garofalo (Alex Borstein). Spishak promotes a game where couples trade insults and slap each other silly. The Stick Chicks confront a Russian mobster (Will Sasso) disguised as an Orange Julius employee. Jane Pauley (Alex Borstein) interviews Star Wars director George Lucas (Will Sasso). A father (Phil LaMarr) challenges his son (Aries Spears) to some one-on-one basketball. Bunifa (Debra Wilson) cuts in line to get some fly clothes.
#504 October 16. 1999 Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura (Will Sasso) dispels rumors about himself and introduces his saucy running mate. Scared Straight program is used beyond prison walls. Alex Borstein introduces a new Scandinavian pop group. Rusty Miller (Michael McDonald) is a peer counselor probing his patient (Nicole Sullivan). VH1 goes Behind the Music to reveal how Eddie Murphy's (Aries Spears) hit song "Party All the Time" became a success. Kenny Rogers (Will Sasso) hosts his own psychic show. At a press conference, Hillary Clinton (Nicole Sullivan) makes some personal observations in her head. A handless masseur (Pat Kilbane) prepares to massage a client (Mo Collins).
#505 October 23, 1999 Will Sasso and Aries Spears are fired from the performing cast, but stay on the show as DJs. Inspired by Eddie Murphy, Charlton Heston (Pat Kilbane) plays every role in the movie, The Stolen Ruby. Lida (Nicole Sullivan) and Melina (Debra Wilson) compete in a beauty pageant. While hosting the documentary Buddha or Bust, Steven Seagal (Will Sasso) meets the Dalai Lama. Laughing scaredy-cat Mickey (Michael McDonald) annoys a fellow passenger (Will Sasso) on a plane. More drama ensues in Pretty White Kids with Problems. A job applicant (Phil LaMarr) constantly whines during his job interview.
#506 October 30, 1999 Illeana Douglas Pandemonium erupts outside The Today Show studio as Katie Couric (Nicole Sullivan) interviews Debra Wilson. Guest Illeana Douglas regrets appearing on MADtv after studio executives and cast members embarrass her in the green room. The Vancome Lady (Nicole Sullivan) insults trick-or-treaters. Scandinavian supergroup Hoppy Potty performs a special Halloween song. Richard Simmons (Will Sasso) tries to make a hapless woman's (Nicole Sullivan) dreams come true. Lenny Kravitz (Phil LaMarr) reads stories and performs new songs. Special Halloween episode
#507 November 6, 1999 Rebecca Gayheart, Martin Short, Bush (musical guest) As MADtv 's 100th episode begins with a musical number and clips from past shows, special guest Martin Short confuses the event with Saturday Night Live's 25th anniversary episode. On I Love Lucy, Lucy (Nicole Sullivan) and Ethel (Alex Borstein) use the Internet with disastrous results. Swan: The Homecoming continues as Ms. Swan (Alex Borstein) annoys another passenger (Will Sasso) and a stewardess (Nicole Sullivan) on an airplane. On Entertainment Tonight, Mary Hart (Mo Collins) interviews actors Rebecca Gayheart and Sean Connery (Pat Kilbane) on the set of Blue Heat. Stuart Larkin (Michael McDonald) befriends an ape at the zoo. MTV Fanatic invites Will Sasso to meet his idol Nicole Sullivan. Special 100th episode
#508 November 13, 1999 Artie Lange, Mitch Pileggi In a parody of Fight Club, men fight like girls. Lorraine Swanson (Mo Collins) competes on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Two sassy black comediennes (Aries Spears, Debra Wilson) host their own BET show and interview Martha Stewart (Mo Collins). A children's show called Reading Caboose recalls how John F. Kennedy was killed. The X-Files star Mitch Pileggi is hounded by UBS deliverman Jaq (Phil LaMarr). A virginal couple (Michael McDonald, Nicole Sullivan) encounters troubles before sex. Andie MacDowell (Mo Collins) appears on Inside the Actor's Studio. Former cast member Artie Lange talks to remaining original cast members Phil LaMarr, Nicole Sullivan, and Debra Wilson about life after MADtv.
#509 November 20, 1999 Lida (Nicole Sullivan) and Melina (Debra Wilson) force Michael McDonald to perform his Stuart Larkin character. The first gay rapper, Def Con 1 (Phil LaMarr), is introduced. The O'Malley parents (Mo Collins, Michael McDonald) embarrass their daughter Mimi (Nicole Sullivan) with their nudity at Thanksgiving. Will Sasso and Alex Borstein interview celebrities at the premiere of the James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough. The son of Dolemite (Aries Spears) matches wits with Blackbelt Jones (Phil LaMarr), who has stolen his pimp cane. Antonia (Nicole Sullivan) falls in love with her pottery teacher (Pat Kilbane). Special Thanksgiving episode
#510 November 27, 1999 Aries Spears invites an audience member to perform a sketch with him onstage. Melanie Griffith (Nicole Sullivan) and Antonio Banderas (Pat Kilbane) are interviewed. Lida (Nicole Sullivan) and Melina (Debra Wilson) accost Ricky Martin (Nelson Ascencio) in his apartment. Martial Law is spoofed. Dateline examines a new teen drama modeled on Dawson's Creek. The GAP troll (Alex Borstein) initiates a new trainee (Will Sasso). On Buenos Aries, San Diego, hosts and guests speak a mixture of Spanish and English. Actors are unable to keep a straight face while filming a serious medical drama.
#511 December 11, 1999 Blondie (musical guest) Ms. Swan (Alex Bornstein) opens the show by performing "Swandie." A youngster (Alex Borstein) visits Santa's third-world workshop. A parody of Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" is interrupted TRL-style by fans who think Carey has gone crazy. A woman (Nicole Sullivan) insults her husband (Pat Kilbane) while he tries to string Christmas lights. Darlene McBride (Nicole Sullivan) promotes her new Christmas album. William Shatner (Will Sasso) recalls cocaine-addled comedian Martin Lawrence's (Aries Spears) various brushes with death. Blondie lead singer Deborah Harry plays a mini-mart owner whose customers are Doreen and Stuart Larkin. A man (Phil LaMarr) sends his friend (Will Sasso) on a blind date with a girl (Alex Borstein) who uncontrollably sings her innermost thoughts. Special Christmas episode
#512 January 8, 2000 98 Degrees Steven Seagal "ushers" in the new millennium. FOX introduces a new show about a teenage president (Alex Borstein). Tovah (Debra Wilson) and Belma (Aries Spears) interview Donald Trump (Pat Kilbane) on Reality Check. Monica Lewinsky (Alex Borstein) gets hounded about her affair with Bill Clinton while promoting handbags. Will Sasso and Alex Borstein interview celebrities at the Billboard Music Awards. Lorraine (Mo Collins) goes to a second-hand gift shop. TRL premieres a new music video with pop group 98 Degrees and The Three Tenors. Judith (Nicole Sullivan) and Clyde (Michael McDonald) insult little league baseball players. The man yelling "MADtv!" during Borstein and Sasso's red-carpet interviews is Bornstein's husband Jackson Douglas; Phil LaMarr's last official episode
#513 January 15, 2000 David Crosby (Will Sasso) reveals he's the father of Julie Cypher (Alex Borstein) and Melissa Ethridge's (Mo Collins) baby. Bill Clinton (Will Sasso) sings about his many trysts in a parody of Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5". Spishak promotes a board game based on the movie Angela's Ashes. An alien (Pat Kilbane) disguised as a human runs for President. Marvin Tikvah (Michael McDonald) meets an old flame (Mo Collins) at a yoga class. Kenny Rogers (Will Sasso) and Dolly Parton (Alex Borstein) star in a Broadway version of Grease. Three teens (Pat Kilbane, Will Sasso, Aries Spears) have a wild night out. The background singers for the Time of Your Life theme song reveal that Jennifer Love Hewitt (Brooke Totman) made a bad career choice leaving Party of Five for the spin-off show. Two oddballs (Will Sasso, Aries Spears) are able to calm down a baby. Behind the scenes of her new show, Tactical Intelligence Team, Pamela Anderson (Mo Collins) acts like a prima donna and gets beaten by her husband Tommy Lee. Fictional band Friedo O'Keefe (Alex Borstein, Mo Collins) are forced by Will Sasso and the audience to sing one of their songs, "Cool, Mossy Grass."
#514 January 29, 2000 Tim Robbins Aries Spears appears as Jesse Jackson sans makeup and talks about minorities on MADtv. On Blind Date, host Roger Lodge (Pat Kilbane) sets up O.J. Simpson (Aries Spears) with a woman (Mo Collins) who is deathly afraid of him. Linda Ellerbee (Alex Borstein) presents an episode of the Rocket Revengers filmed in garish neon colors. The first African-American country singer (Phil LaMarr) appears on Crook & Chase. Another installment of Stick Chicks sees Echo (Alex Borstein) as the odd woman out. Martha Stewart (Mo Collins) appears as a guest on The Kirk and Spock Show. Tim Robbins appears on "Reading Caboose."
#515 February 5, 2000 Todd Bridges, Carmen Electra, Mark Hamill, Third Eye Blind (musical guest) In a parody of Being John Malkovich, a woman (Alex Borstein) goes inside the head of James Brown (Aries Spears). Skanky slut Rosa (Mo Collins) interferes with Lida's (Nicole Sullivan) marriage plans. Todd Bridges stars in one of three ads for a candy bar marketed to African-Americans. While Will (Will Sasso) makes a video letter to his girlfriend, his sister (Alex Borstein) makes embarrassing comments about him. Mark Hamill guest stars as the father of Ms. Swan (Alex Borstein) in the third part of Swan: The Homecoming. During her driving test, Bunifa (Debra Wilson) gets her teacher (Michael McDonald) in trouble with gangsters. Carmen Electra is a guest on Funky Walker, Dirty Talker (Phil LaMarr).
#516 February 12, 2000 David James Elliott, Regis Philbin, Q-Tip (musical guest) Regis Philbin hosts a political edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with presidential nominees Al Gore (Pat Kilbane), Alan Keyes (Aries Spears) and Jesse Ventura (Will Sasso). Clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger (Pat Kilbane) offers Tovah (Debra Wilson) and Belma (Aries Spears) plus-sized clothing on Reality Check. JAG star David James Elliott appears on Reading Caboose as the author of a children's book which discusses the death of Marilyn Monroe. Stuart Larkin (Michael McDonald) goes to a pet shop. A murderer (Michael McDonald) poses as a mannequin. A man (Nelson Ascencio) has a dinner date with himself.
#517 February 19, 2000 Tyra Banks, Seth Green, Earth, Wind & Fire (musical guest) Michael McDonald opens the show by letting special guest Seth Green do a scene from the Austin Powers movies. Two talk-show hosts (Alex Borstein, Debra Wilson) Talk about a foundation for unwed mothers (Fesserlipenchip/Chalkwitheringlicktaclethef Foundation) Two unwed mothers (Mo Collins, Brooke Totman) are unable to pronounce the title. Rusty Miller (Michael McDonald) plays arcade trivia with his soon-to-be girlfriend (Mo Collins). Seth Green plays a wheelchair-bound boss who terrorizes employees with the help of his mother (Alex Borstein). Victoria's Secret model Tyra Banks plays one of many club members who use the names of Disney characters as nicknames. While on an alien planet, the son of Dolemite (Aries Spears) calls upon legendary funk group Earth Wind & Fire to stop the forces of earth, wind, and fire.
#518 February 26, 2000 George Carlin, Tony Shalhoub, The Cure (musical guest) Malcolm X (Aries Spears) preaches about prejudice in a parody of Malcolm in the Middle. Woodworker Paul Timberman (Will Sasso) suffers mishaps while plugging his new product, the Wondertool 2000. Lorraine Swanson (Mo Collins) bothers an employee (Michael McDonald) at an all-you-can-eat bar. Michael McDonald and Nicole Sullivan audition for the crime drama Law & Order. A violent redneck (Michael McDonald) makes an ass of himself at a bar. Tony Shalhoub appears as a cab driver and performs a musical number with Ms. Swan (Alex Bornstein) in the fourth part of Swan: The Homecoming. George Carlin stars in a parody of Touched By An Angel.
#519 March 18, 2000 Marc Anthony (musical guest) Michael McCloud (Will Sasso) and Jasmine Wayne-Wayne (Alex Borstein) open the show with a medley of their most famous songs. Now you can enjoy the atmosphere of movie theaters in your own home courtesy of Spishak. Steven Seagal (Will Sasso) stars in a movie with an entire scene filmed in letterbox format. Charlton Heston (Pat Kilbane) is a guest on Reality Check. Ginger Spice's (Alex Borstein) decision to leave the Spice Girls is lampooned in a parody of Girl, Interrupted. Lost footage from The Wizard of Oz reveals that Dorothy (Mo Collins) had sex with a slave (Aries Spears). Elvis Presley (Will Sasso) stars in a musical version of Planet of the Apes. No Limit rappers Master P. (Aries Spears) and Mystikal (Debra Wilson) play the leads in a remake of Casablanca. Special Oscar edition
#520 April 8, 2000 Creed (musical guest) Celine Dion (Mo Collins) announces her replacement (Alex Bornstein) during a farewell tour. William Shatner (Will Sasso) promotes his own sperm bank. Elvis Presley (Will Sasso) reminisces with his bandmates (Pat Kilbane, Michael McDonald). The Stick Chicks confront a plutonium thief (Will Sasso). A Turkish man (Pat Kilbane) posts his own creepy website with a personal ad. A woman (Nicole Sullivan) interrupts a funeral with incessant phone calls. A crime drama focuses on two cops, one entirely covered in white (Alex Borstein) and another covered in black (Aries Spears).
#521 April 15, 2000 Judge Joe Brown Luke Perry (Pat Kilbane), Method Man (Aries Spears), Martha Stewart (Mo Collins), Dionne Warwick (Debra Wilson), and John (Michael McDonald) and Patsy Ramsey (Alex Borstein) list their favorite one-hit wonders. Jewel (Mo Collins) hosts her own show in an alley with homeless people. Jack Nicholson (Pat Kilbane), Prince (Phil LaMarr), and Steven Seagal (Will Sasso) won't let Eddie Murphy (Aries Spears) join their slumber party. A Scotsman (Will Sasso) reveals antiques' past uses at an Antiques Road Show in Cleveland. A handicapped nerd (Brooke Totman) is ecstatic to meet Shania Twain (Mo Collins) on MTV Fanatic. During a wedding reception, a woman (Brooke Totman) hounds her sister (Mo Collins) and makes out publicly with her own lover (Will Sasso). Allison (Alex Borstein) sings before being promoted to chairwoman. Bunifa (Debra Wilson) goes to trial before Judge Joe Brown as himself.
#522 April 29, 2000 David Arquette, Sting, Goo Goo Dolls (musical guest) David Arquette opens the show as El Asso Wipo; receives an appearance from WCW wrestler Sting; and stars in a sketch as the leader of a group of unorthodox Bible worshippers. The Sopranos are contestants on Family Feud, hosted by Paulie Walnuts (Michael McDonald). Scaredy-cat Mickey's (Michael McDonald) laugh causes another patient (Alex Borstein) to have a heart attack in a waiting room. Lida (Nicole Sullivan) and Melina (Debra Wilson) rollerskate into a gym with several buff members. Stuart Larkin (Michael McDonald) joins his mother Doreen (Mo Collins) at work and pesters one of her co-workers (Nicole Sullivan). The Ramseys (Alex Borstein, Michael McDonald) receive hostile comments from callers while hosting their own talk show.
#523 May 6, 2000 Dennis Hopper, Garry Marshall, Susan Sarandon MADtv executive prodcuer Andy Kessler (Pat Kilbane) hires Susan Sarandon as a cast member. Rusty Miller (Michael McDonald) loses his virginity to a hooker (Susan Sarandon) on his 18th birthday. Reporter Sam Donaldson (Pat Kilbane) shows footage of murder attempts of the Zapruder family. Ms. Swan (Alex Borstein) pitches Swan: The Homecoming to director Garry Marshall; the movie features Susan Sarandon as Ms. Swan and Dennis Hopper as a detective who interrogates her. James Brown (Aries Spears) listens to bedtime stories by his mother (Debra Wilson). Lorraine Swanson (Mo Collins) shops for a bed.
#524 May 13, 2000 George Carlin, Catherine O'Hara, Tony Shalhoub After Will Sasso's weight loss dampens his schtick, he goes on a feeding frenzy to regain weight. Blaxploitation actress Cocoa Latite (Debra Wilson) promotes a breakfast cereal comprised of afro hair. In a parody of Laverne & Shirley, the sitcom duo (Alex Borstein, Mo Collins) hope to get laid. Aries Spears hosts his own show where he questions Will Sasso and special guest Tony Shalhoub about their love lives. Britney Spears (Nicole Sullivan) shoots a video. Catherine O'Hara plays a divorcee on a blind date at a karaoke bar. George Carlin disputes the veracity of the Apollo 13 landing on The Reading Caboose. Judith (Nicole Sullivan) and Clyde (Michael McDonald) "literally" attend a diving meet and get into arguments with parents.
#525 May 20, 2000 Tyra Banks Clips of the season's past sketches appear during the show. An episode of Love Connection from 1983 profiles the relationship between a Betamax provider (Nicole Sullivan) and a Dolorean dealer (Will Sasso). An employee (Michael McDonald) reveals he has a crush on his boss (Nicole Sullivan). Tyra Banks plays a store manager who clashes with Bunifa (Debra Wilson), who tries to return worn-out shoes. Marvin Tikvah (Michael McDonald) runs on a treadmill and realizes that he can't direct a film. A woman (Alex Borstein) breaks her ankle, and wants her date (Michael McDonald]) to get rid of her. School nurse Miss Sylvia (Debra Wilson) embarrasses students by announcing their prescriptions aloud. Antonia (Nicole Sullivan) tries to get a British guard to laugh.

DVD releases

Season five of MADtv has not been released on DVD.

External links

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