Saturday Night Live vs. Mad TV: Which is better?

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Difference between Saturday Night Live and Mad TV

Television entertainment has gone a long way from where it was the first time networks aired entertainment programs. The categories with which these programs are in have also evolved. From normal television series, specials, movies to documentaries. A popular category that draws lots of viewers today is comedy, especially sketch comedy as they convert things or events that occur in our everyday life to something more amusing and fun. Seeing how something so serious is turned into a laughing matter can ease the tension or stress everyday life presents you.

Saturday Night Live
Mad TV

What is Sketch Comedy?

Sketch comedy is presented much differently from other comedy series’. With a normal comedy series, you have a specific cast that act out an episode for about thirty minutes to a maximum of an hour depending on how their producers want the story to be run. With sketch comedy, you have a bunch of people reenacting various events or situations you see on the news, movies and tv shows today in a manner that is amusing or funny. Each skit will be run for about three to a maximum of ten minutes. The main purpose of dramatizing recognizable events is to ease up the pressure that viewers experiences on a day to day basis plus being able to produce a couple of laughs here and there. After all, laughter is the best medicine.


When you want to be entertained by watching a good scene of sketch comedy, two shows usually come up to mind: NBC's Saturday Night Live, better known as SNL and Fox's MADtv. These are two shows that attract a huge amount of viewers due to their incredibly funny sketch comedy scenes and other performances aired during the shows. Both have received positive praise from the public but when it comes down to who wins the most awards, history says that MADtv wins hands down as they have a huge list of awards compared to Saturday Night Live. However, even with such a list, MADtv has halted production whereas Saturday Night Live is still being aired with new shows today.

Very Brief History of SNL and MADtv

It's always good to know a little more about shows that have had we enjoy and have seen success. SNL is slotted as a late night show and the first show aired on NBC on October 11th, 1975. It ran under the title NBC's Saturday Night Live and this was their first time to run parodies of events or situations in a common person's life. They have run for a total of 35 seasons and are still running till today.

MADtv is also a late night show that is very similar to SNL. They first aired on Fox on October 14th,1995. MADtv has a good run as compared to SNL but the last show aired May 16th, 2009.


  • Sketch comedy is around three to ten minutes long and it shows are about parodies pertaining to events or situations that occur in an average person's life.
  • Saturday Night Live and Madtv are two of the most popular shows that do sketch comedy.
  • Saturday Night Live started on October 11, 1975 and is still running till today.
  • Madtv started on March 14, 1995 and stopped airing new episodes on May 16, 2009.

Which TV show makes you laugh harder?
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Mad TV

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