Mad TV (season 5)

Mad TV (season 5)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Original network Fox
Original release September 25, 1999 (1999-09-25) – May 20, 2000 (2000-05-20)
Season chronology

The fifth season of Mad TV, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on the Fox Network between September 25, 1999, and May 20, 2000.


Season 5 of Mad TV 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 Mad TV 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 Mad TV 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 Mad TV."



No. in
TitleGuest(s)Original air date
925.1"Episode 1"Lisa LoebSeptember 25, 1999 (1999-09-25)
News anchors run for their lives in a parody of Kipper; babies get their own T-shirts stamped with insults; Lisa Loeb sings the theme song for Pretty White Kids with Problems; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) gets trapped in a well; Britney Spears (Sullivan) argues with the crew on the set of her new music video; Will Sasso and Alex Borstein conduct red-carpet interviews at the Emmys; Billy Blanks (Spears) stars in his own movie; a commercial parody for dish soap.
935.2"Episode 2"Busta RhymesOctober 2, 1999 (1999-10-02)
PBS tries to compete with The Sopranos with its own gritty drama; in a loose parody of The Sixth Sense, Hallie Kate Eisenberg (Borstein) realizes everyone in a Pepsi commercial is a ghost; Lida (Sullivan) and Melina (Wilson) get tickets to see Ricky Martin; celebrities appear on Hollywood Squares; Ms. Swan (Borstein) has a trainee (McDonald) tend her store while she's away in Swan: The Homecoming.
945.3"Episode 3"TBAOctober 9, 1999 (1999-10-09)
Rick (LaMarr) reads a quote from The Book of Rick; Chris Rock (LaMarr) and Gerald Levert (Spears) star in a music video parody of "No Sex in the Champagne Room"; on Politically Incorrect, Bill Maher (LaMarr) discusses sexuality; Spishak promotes a game where couples trade insults; the Stick Chicks confront a Russian mobster (Sasso); Jane Pauley (Borstein) interviews George Lucas (Sasso); a father (LaMarr) challenges his son (Spears) to some one-on-one basketball; Bunifa (Wilson) cuts in line to get some fly clothes.
955.4"Episode 4"TBAOctober 16, 1999 (1999-10-16)
Jesse Ventura (Sasso) dispels rumors about himself; Scared Straight program is used beyond prison walls; Alex Borstein introduces a new Scandinavian pop group; Rusty Miller (McDonald) is a peer counselor probing his patient (Sullivan); VH1 goes Behind the Music to reveal how "Party All the Time" became a success; Kenny Rogers (Sasso) hosts his own psychic show; at a press conference, Hillary Clinton (Sullivan) makes some personal observations; a handless masseur (Kilbane) prepares to massage a client (Collins).
965.5"Episode 5"TBAOctober 23, 1999 (1999-10-23)
Inspired by Eddie Murphy, Charlton Heston (Kilbane) plays every role in a movie; Lida (Sullivan) and Melina (Wilson) compete in a beauty pageant; Steven Seagal (Sasso) meets the Dalai Lama; Mickey (McDonald) annoys a fellow passenger (Sasso) on a plane; more drama ensues in Pretty White Kids with Problems; a job applicant (LaMarr) constantly whines during his job interview.
975.6"Episode 6"Illeana DouglasOctober 30, 1999 (1999-10-30)
Pandemonium erupts outside The Today Show; Illeana Douglas regrets appearing on Mad TV after studio executives embarrass her in the green room; the Vancome Lady (Sullivan) insults trick-or-treaters; Scandinavian supergroup Hoppy Potty performs a special Halloween song; Richard Simmons (Sasso) tries to make a hapless woman's dreams come true; Lenny Kravitz (LaMarr) reads stories and performs new songs.
985.7"Episode 7"Rebecca Gayheart, Martin Short, BushNovember 6, 1999 (1999-11-06)
On I Love Lucy, Lucy (Sullivan) and Ethel (Borstein) use the Internet with disastrous results; Swan: The Homecoming continues as Ms. Swan (Borstein) annoys another passenger (Sasso); on Entertainment Tonight, Mary Hart (Collins) interviews actors Rebecca Gayheart and Sean Connery (Kilbane) on the set of Blue Heat; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) befriends an ape at the zoo; MTV Fanatic invites Will Sasso to meet his idol Nicole Sullivan.
995.8"Episode 8"Artie Lange, Mitch PileggiNovember 13, 1999 (1999-11-13)
In a parody of Fight Club, men fight like girls; Lorraine Swanson (Collins) competes on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire; 2 comedians (Spears, Wilson) interview Martha Stewart (Collins); Reading Caboose recalls how JFK was killed; Mitch Pileggi is hounded by UBS deliveryman Jaq (LaMarr); a couple (McDonald, Sullivan) encounters troubles before sex; Andie MacDowell (Collins) appears on Inside the Actors Studio; Artie Lange talks to remaining original cast members Phil LaMarr, Nicole Sullivan, and Debra Wilson.
1005.9"Episode 9"TBANovember 20, 1999 (1999-11-20)
Lida (Sullivan) and Melina (Wilson) force Michael McDonald to perform his Stuart Larkin character; the first gay rapper, Def Con 1 (LaMarr), is introduced; the O'Malley parents (Collins, McDonald) embarrass their daughter Mimi (Sullivan) with their nudity at Thanksgiving; Will Sasso and Alex Borstein interview celebrities at the premiere of The World Is Not Enough; the son of Dolemite (Spears) matches wits with Blackbelt Jones (LaMarr); Antonia (Sullivan) falls in love with her pottery teacher (Kilbane).
1015.10"Episode 10"TBANovember 27, 1999 (1999-11-27)
Aries Spears invites an audience member to perform a sketch with him onstage; Melanie Griffith (Sullivan) and Antonio Banderas (Kilbane) are interviewed; Lida (Sullivan) and Melina (Wilson) accost Ricky Martin (Ascencio) in his apartment; a parody of Martial Law; Dateline NBC examines a new black teen drama modeled on Dawson's Creek; the Gap troll (Borstein) initiates a new trainee (Sasso); on Buenos Dias, San Diego, hosts and guests speak a mixture of Spanish and English.
1025.11"Episode 11"BlondieDecember 11, 1999 (1999-12-11)
A youngster (Borstein) visits Santa's third-world workshop; a parody of "Heartbreaker"; a woman (Sullivan) insults her husband (Kilbane) while he tries to string Christmas lights; Darlene McBride (Sullivan) promotes her new Christmas album; William Shatner (Sasso) recalls Martin Lawrence's brushes with death; Debbie Harry plays a mini-mart owner whose customers are Doreen and Stuart Larkin; a man (LaMarr) sends his friend (Sasso) on a blind date with a girl (Borstein).
1035.12"Episode 12"98 DegreesJanuary 8, 2000 (2000-01-08)
Fox introduces a new show about a teenage president (Borstein); Tovah McQueen (Wilson) and Belma Buttons (Spears) interview Donald Trump (Kilbane) on Reality Check; Monica Lewinsky (Borstein) gets hounded about her affair with Bill Clinton; Will Sasso and Alex Borstein interview celebrities at the Billboard Music Awards; Lorraine (Collins) goes to a second-hand gift shop; TRL premieres a new music video with pop group 98 Degrees and The Three Tenors; Judith (Sullivan) and Clyde (McDonald) insult little league baseball players.
1045.13"Episode 13"TBAJanuary 15, 2000 (2000-01-15)
Bill Clinton (Sasso) sings about his many trysts; Spishak promotes a board game; an alien (Kilbane) runs for President; Marvin Tikvah (McDonald) meets an old flame (Collins); Kenny Rogers (Sasso) and Dolly Parton (Borstein) star in a Broadway version of Grease; the background singers for the Time of Your Life theme song reveal that Jennifer Love Hewitt (Totman) made a bad career choice leaving Party of Five; behind the scenes of her new show, Tactical Intelligence Team, Pamela Anderson (Collins) acts like a prima donna.
1055.14"Episode 14"Tim RobbinsJanuary 29, 2000 (2000-01-29)
Aries Spears appears as Jesse Jackson sans makeup; on Blind Date, host Roger Lodge (Kilbane) sets up O. J. Simpson (Spears) with a woman (Collins); Linda Ellerbee (Borstein) presents a color episode of the Rocket Revengers; the first African-American country singer (LaMarr) appears on Crook & Chase; another installment of Stick Chicks sees Echo (Borstein) as the odd woman out; Martha Stewart (Collins) appears as a guest on The Captain Kirk Show; Tim Robbins appears on Reading Caboose.
1065.15"Episode 15"Todd Bridges, Carmen Electra, Mark Hamill, Third Eye BlindFebruary 5, 2000 (2000-02-05)
A parody of Being John Malkovich; skanky slut Rosa (Collins) interferes with Lida's marriage plans; Todd Bridges stars in ads for a candy bar; while Will Sasso makes a video letter to his girlfriend, his sister (Borstein) makes embarrassing comments about him; Mark Hamill guest stars as the father of Ms. Swan (Borstein); during her driving test, Bunifa (Wilson) gets her teacher (McDonald) in trouble with gangsters; Carmen Electra is a guest on Funny Walker, Dirty Talker (LaMarr).
1075.16"Episode 16"David James Elliott, Regis Philbin, Q-TipFebruary 12, 2000 (2000-02-12)
Regis Philbin hosts a special political edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire; Tommy Hilfiger (Kilbane) offers Tovah (Wilson) and Belma (Spears) plus-sized clothing on Reality Check; David James Elliott appears on an episode of Reading Caboose; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) goes to the pet shop; a murderer (McDonald) poses as a mannequin; a man (Ascencio) has a dinner date with himself.
1085.17"Episode 17"Tyra Banks, Seth Green, Earth, Wind & FireFebruary 19, 2000 (2000-02-19)
Two talk-show hosts (Borstein, Wilson) talk about a foundation for single unwed mothers; Rusty Miller (McDonald) plays arcade trivia with his soon-to-be girlfriend (Collins); Seth Green plays a wheelchair-bound boss who terrorizes employees with the help of his mother (Borstein); 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 (Spears) calls upon legendary funk group Earth Wind & Fire to stop the forces of earth, wind, and fire.
1095.18"Episode 18"George Carlin, Tony Shalhoub, The CureFebruary 26, 2000 (2000-02-26)
Malcolm X (Spears) preaches about prejudice in a parody of Malcolm in the Middle; Paul Timberman (Sasso) suffers mishaps while plugging the Wondertool 2000; Lorraine Swanson (Collins) bothers an employee (McDonald) at an all-you-can-eat bar; Michael McDonald and Nicole Sullivan audition for the crime drama Law & Order; a redneck (McDonald) makes an ass of himself at a bar; Tony Shalhoub appears as a cab driver and performs a musical number with Ms. Swan (Bornstein); George Carlin appears in a parody of Touched by an Angel called Touched by an Atheist.
1105.19"Episode 19"Marc AnthonyMarch 18, 2000 (2000-03-18)
Now you can enjoy the atmosphere of movie theaters in your own home courtesy of Spishak Industries; Steven Seagal (Sasso) stars in a movie with an entire scene filmed in letterbox format; Charlton Heston (Kilbane) is a guest on Reality Check; a parody of Girl, Interrupted; lost footage from The Wizard of Oz; Elvis Presley (Sasso) stars in a musical version of Planet of the Apes; Master P (Spears) and Mystikal (Wilson) play the leads in a remake of Casablanca.
1115.20"Episode 20"CreedApril 8, 2000 (2000-04-08)
Celine Dion (Collins) announces her replacement (Borstein) during a farewell tour; William Shatner (Sasso) promotes his own sperm bank; Elvis Presley (Sasso) reminisces with his bandmates (Kilbane, McDonald); the Stick Chicks confront a plutonium thief (Sasso); a Turkish man (Kilbane) posts a personal ad; a woman (Sullivan) interrupts a funeral with incessant phone calls; a crime drama focuses on two cops, one entirely covered in white (Borstein) and another covered in black (Spears).
1125.21"Episode 21"Joe BrownApril 15, 2000 (2000-04-15)
Celebrities list their favorite one-hit wonders; Jewel (Collins) hosts her own show; Jack Nicholson (Kilbane), Prince (LaMarr), and Steven Seagal (Sasso) will not let Eddie Murphy (Spears) join their slumber party; a Scotsman (Sasso) reveals antiques' past uses at an Antiques Roadshow; a nerd (Totman) is ecstatic to meet Shania Twain (Collins); during a wedding reception, a woman (Totman) makes out publicly with her lover (Sasso); Allison (Borstein) sings before being promoted to chairwoman; Bunifa (Wilson) goes to trial before Paternity Court.
1135.22"Episode 22"David Arquette, Sting, Goo Goo DollsApril 29, 2000 (2000-04-29)
The Sopranos are contestants on Family Feud and frequently act impolite; scaredy-cat Mickey's laugh causes another patient (Borstein) to have a heart attack; Lida (Sullivan) and Melina (Wilson) rollerskate into a gym with several buff members; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) joins his mother Doreen (Collins) and her boss Linda (Sullivan) at work; Mrs. Frizzle and Phoebe (The Magic School Bus) receive hostile comments from callers while hosting their own talk show.
1145.23"Episode 23"Dennis Hopper, Garry Marshall, Susan SarandonMay 6, 2000 (2000-05-06)
Mad TV executive prodcuer Andy Kessler (Kilbane) hires Susan Sarandon as a cast member; Rusty Miller (McDonald) loses his virginity to a hooker (Sarandon); reporter Sam Donaldson (Kilbane) shows home movies and footage of murder attempts of the Zapruder family on This Week; Ms. Swan (Borstein) pitches Swan: The Homecoming to director Garry Marshall; James Brown (Spears) listens to bedtime stories by his mother (Wilson); Lorraine Swanson (Collins) shops for a bed.
1155.24"Episode 24"George Carlin, Catherine O'Hara, Tony ShalhoubMay 13, 2000 (2000-05-13)
Cocoa Latite (Wilson) promotes a breakfast cereal made of afro hair; a modern-day parody of Laverne & Shirley; Aries Spears hosts his own show where he questions Will Sasso and Tony Shalhoub about their love lives; Britney Spears (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; Judith (Sullivan) and Clyde (McDonald) attend a diving meet and get into arguments with parents.
1165.25"Episode 25"Tyra BanksMay 20, 2000 (2000-05-20)
An episode of Love Connection set in the 1980s profiles the relationship between a Betamax provider (Sullivan) and a DeLorean dealer (Sasso); an employee (McDonald) reveals he has a crush on his boss (Sullivan); Tyra Banks plays a store manager who clashes with Bunifa (Wilson); Marvin Tikvah (McDonald) realizes that he cannot direct a film; a woman (Borstein) breaks her ankle and wants her date (McDonald) to get rid of her; Miss Sylvia (Wilson) embarrasses students by announcing their prescriptions aloud; Antonia (Sullivan) tries to get a British guard to laugh.

DVD releases

Season 5 of Mad TV has not been released on DVD.

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