Stars: Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Kerry Kenney-Silver, Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Showalter, David Wain, Kevin Allison, Todd Holoubek
Recognize some of those faces above? Chances are you're familiar with at least Thomas Lennon (Reno 911! and dozens of successful films), Ken Marino (Party Down), and Joe Lo Truglio (Superbad), but the rest of the then-20-something NYC comedians collectively known as The State have also gone on to bigger things in Hollywood. Which is why MTV's short-lived but cult favorite sketch comedy series The State is looked back upon as an important breeding ground of talent, one that's been utilized by Judd Apatow, Ben Stiller, and countless others.
Less powerful viewers should still appreciate the group's left-of-center sensibilities. Our personal favorites: "Louie," the happy guy who loves dipping his "balls" in things; "Barry and Levon," the sexually ambiguous playboys obsessed with pudding; and "Doug," the teenage slacker who rebels against his cool, unrestrictive parents for no logical reasons whatsoever.