Top 50 MST3K Episodes

by Pile-On-Pete | last updated - 7 months ago | Public

Listed here are my top 50 favorite episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. This was a difficult list to make, as so many of the episodes are equally funny to me. Because of the difficulty in choosing what I feel are the best entries in the show, coupled with the fact that the revival series is now officially on Netflix, this list may change from time to time. Feel free to leave a comment!

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1. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: 'Manos' the Hands of Fate (1993)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

9.2
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The Mads present the satellite people a film so bad that apologies are sent, and Tom Servo goes off his nut from it.

Director: Joel Hodgson | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 1,028

One of the worst movies ever made happens to be, in my opinion, the all-time best episode of the show. Manos: The Hands of Fate and MST3K is a match made in heaven. A fan favorite for a reason!

2. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Mitchell (1993)

TV-14 | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.8
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The trio sit through a dreary Joe Don Baker disasterpiece as Gypsy tries to find a way to save Joel from being killed by the Mads.

Director: Kevin Murphy | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 607

Creator and original host Joel Hodgson's last outing as host (although he would make an appearance on Season 10's Soultaker). The guy couldn't have gone out on a better episode. Joel & the Bots do a perfect job riffing this movie starring Joe Don Baker as a slobby, unlikeable detective. Hilarious from beginning to end!

3. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: The Final Sacrifice (1998)

Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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It's "Canada Bashing Day" on the SOL in every respect between progressive world domination and bizarre looting.

Director: Kevin Murphy | Stars: Bill Corbett, Patrick Brantseg, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 699

Rowsdower! This name will forever be remembered among MST3K fans as one of the main characters featured in one of the funniest and most quoted entry in the series. A nerdy, scrawny kid named Troy joins forces with a dumpy, alcoholic, mullet haired guy named, Zap Rowsdower, to fight against an evil cult. Need I say more?

4. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Santa Claus (1993)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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Mike and the bots watch Santa Claus mess around with a devil while trying to deliver gifts and then sing politically correct holiday songs.

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 387

Mike & the Bots offer us some of the best riffing ever in this weird Mexican Christmas movie about Santa Claus, his sidekick Merlin, and a devil named Pitch who has set out to stop Santa from delivering gifts on Christmas Eve. The film features a very odd take on Christmas mythology and mixes it with Christian theology to create a very strange Christmas flick. So many great lines by the guys in this one!

5. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Laserblast (1996)

Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.0
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Doctor Forrester's funding has been cut off, and as he waits for the Satellite of Love to crash, he sends Mike and the Bots Laserblast (1978). Can our heroes escape to the edge of the ... See full summary »

Director: Trace Beaulieu | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 514

Dr. Forrester's last episode on the show happens to be a winner in my books.

6. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Pod People (1991)

TV-PG | 97 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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Alien eggs hatch on Earth after a meteor crash which spells trouble for a vacationing family, a singer on tour with his entourage, and a pair of poachers in "Pod People" (Extra Terrestrial ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 610

One of the most popular Joel episodes. The movie is a very bizarre attempt to roll a slasher flick and E.T. like film all into one. With that in mind, how could this entry not be a winner? Some of the best host segments ever featured on the show are found here.

7. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: The Creeping Terror (1994)

TV-14 | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.0
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Mike and the 'bots watch The Creeping Terror (1964), with its infamous walking-carpet monster, and parody Love, American Style (1969).

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 302

An extremely bad movie with one of the worst monsters ever put to film, happens to be an absolute hysterical entry in the series. I've always felt that these bottom of the barrel movies brought out some of the best riffing from the guys.

8. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1991)

TV-14 | 97 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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Joel and the Bots take on the infamous Christmas classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) in which a group of martians kidnap Santa Claus because they have no one on Mars to give ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 458

All three holiday movies featured on the MST3K are great. This episode is such a staple of the show, and it's not hard to see why.

9. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Space Mutiny (1997)

TV-14 | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.7
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Mike and the 'bots learn the 80s were worse than they thought as they endure the putrid sci-fi epic, Space Mutiny (1988).

Director: Kevin Murphy | Stars: Bill Corbett, Patrick Brantseg, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 742

Extremely bad and cheesy '80s sci-fi flick. Everyone knows and loves this one.

10. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1999)

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.5
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A smarmy professor and his dimwitted students camp out in an Arkansas swamp to search for Bigfoot in Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1984). Pearl makes up her own urban legend, ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Murphy | Stars: Bill Corbett, Patrick Brantseg, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 404

Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues feels like one of those movies that was tailor made for MST3K. The movie is about a college professor who enlists help from a few of his students to track down a bigfoot like creature. Needless to say, hilarity ensues.

11. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Night of the Blood Beast (1996)

Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.9
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A jingle writer's honeymoon is derailed when he is forced to write a tune overnight while his new bride fantasizes about redecorating their home with telephones in Once Upon a Honeymoon (... See full summary »

Director: Trace Beaulieu | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 295

One of many low budget Rodger Corman movies featured on the show. An alien impregnates a male astronaut who returns to earth with said alien and alien fetuses in his adnominal cavity. Perfect fodder for the show!

12. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Eegah (1993)

TV-PG | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.1
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A teenage girl, her dorky boyfriend, and her scientist father discover a caveman in the desert in Eegah (1962). Joel and the Bots discuss 60s sitcoms and the subtler forms of hell.

Director: Joel Hodgson | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 474

Eegah is a movie about a caveman in 1960s America who falls in love with a girl... and that's about it plot wise. A very funny episode starring Richard Kiel as the Caveman, Eegah.

13. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Werewolf (1998)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.2
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A guy turns people into werewolves for his own sick pleasure while Mike turns into a were-Crow.

Director: Kevin Murphy | Stars: Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett

Votes: 639

Features some of the most laugh-out-loud moments in MST3K history.

14. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Monster A-Go Go (1993)

TV-PG | 93 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.1
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The crew muses about a wacky short involving the Toronto Skating Club in Circus on Ice (1954). Then the guys watch Monster a-Go Go (1965) where a radiated astronaut has returned to Earth as... See full summary »

Director: Joel Hodgson | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 322

This may very well be the worst movie I have ever seen. Words cannot describe how terrible this film is. Still, it is one of my absolute favorite episodes of the show. It also happens to be the first MST3K episode I ever watched. However, I would not recommend this one as a good starting point for newbies, as the movie is so dull, it might turn them away. The first time I watched it, I couldn't quite fully grasp the ingeniousness of MST3K, but still, it did create that spark. A later viewing of this entry solidified it as a personal favorite.

15. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1999)

TV-14 | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.5
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A grandfather tells his grandson several horrifying stories involving the wizard Merlin and a stolen monkey doll in Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1996). Crow and Tom review each other,... See full summary »

Director: Michael J. Nelson | Stars: Bill Corbett, Patrick Brantseg, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 451

A children's movie (?) spliced together with footage from a horror movie made by the same director, equals a truly demented yet hilarious entry in the series.

16. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Bride of the Monster (1993)

TV-PG | 93 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.2
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The guys check out the first installment of the short Hired! (1940) where a Chevrolet sales manager tries to boost door-to-door sales. Later, the guys watch a mad scientist's experiments ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Murphy | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 258

Mystery Science Theater 3000 + Ed Wood = Classic

17. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Cave Dwellers (1991)

TV-PG | 96 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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Joel and the Bots endure Miles O'Keeffe as Ator while Doctor F. endures Frank's efforts to be Mike Douglas.

Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 408

A cheesy low-budget '80s sword & sorcery movie. What time period does this movie take place in anyway?

18. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: The Painted Hills (1993)

TV-14 | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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Joel and the Bots learn from Body Care and Grooming (1947) that they might as well be dead if they don't keep their socks tidy. Later, the guys take on The Painted Hills (1951) in which ... See full summary »

Director: Trace Beaulieu | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 251

Not even Lassie was safe from the wisecracks of the MST3K crew.

19. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Earth vs. the Spider (1991)

TV-14 | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.3
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Joel and the Bots get tips on public speaking from the short "Speech: Using Your Voice" and watch a spider devour a town in The Spider (1958). Crow forces the guy to read his screenplay "... See full summary »

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 266

A very underrated episode! Great riffs on the short and the movie.

20. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Attack of the Eye Creatures (1992)

TV-14 | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.8
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A pair of teens discover a band of multi-eyed aliens in Attack of the Eye Creatures (1965). Crow and Tom work through their "best friends" stage and the guys lament how much the filmmakers ... See full summary »

Director: Joel Hodgson | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 258

A crappy remake of a crappy film that somehow manages to be even crappier than the crappy original.

21. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Hobgoblins (1998)

TV-14 | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.2
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Intro: The crew of the SOL keeps turning each other on inadvertently. Segment One: The crew rough-houses on the couch Pearl sent them. Segment Two: Crow makes a film questioning the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael J. Nelson | Stars: Bill Corbett, Patrick Brantseg, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 497

Infamously bad movie made hilarious by Mike & the Bots. Interestingly enough, the movie itself was intended to be a comedy.

22. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Girl in Gold Boots (1999)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.6
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In order to impress the Bureau of Mad Scientists Pearl unleashes the mephitic "Girl in Gold Boots" a Poorly acted, and even worse edited tale of a girl who attempts to make it big in LA as ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Murphy | Stars: Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett

Votes: 375

Great Season 10 episode!

23. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Soultaker (1999)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.0
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Why is the Satellite of Love malfunctioning? Who is the hooded figure that wants Bobo's soul? What is the purpose of the mystery ship following the SOL? Find out in MST3K's eleventh season ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Murphy | Stars: Bill Corbett, Patrick Brantseg, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 505

Another great Season 10 episode. This episode ensured that I would be a fan for life. It also features appearances by Joel and Frank!

24. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (2017– )
Episode: Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (2017)

Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.9
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A boy magician, a boozy hero and a furry - something-or-other team up to save a kingdom from a nefarious sorcerer in this 1985 cheesefest.

Directors: Robert Cohen, Joel Hodgson | Stars: Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Jonah Ray, Baron Vaughn

Votes: 164

Out of all the new episodes in the return season of MST3K, this one is my favorite. An instant classic!

25. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Red Zone Cuba (1994)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.5
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Mike and the 'bots take on the Coleman Francis epic of craptitude, Night Train to Mundo Fine (1966).

Director: Trace Beaulieu | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 361

A very bleak and drab Coleman Francis movie. Mike & the Bots offer plenty of funny riffs here.

26. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: The Girl in Lovers Lane (1993)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.6
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Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank plan "evil event days" in order to ruin baseball, while Joel and the 'bots watch a hobo melodrama called The Girl in Lovers Lane (1960).

Director: Joel Hodgson | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 317

A depressing movie made extremely funny by Joel & the Bots. It takes real talent to do that.

27. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: The Touch of Satan (1998)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.7
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An overly obvious '70s wanderer hits on a witch while a babysitter watches over Castle Forrester.

Director: Kevin Murphy | Stars: Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett, Patrick Brantseg

Votes: 483

Another slightly underrated episode. One of the best from Season 9.

28. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Time Chasers (1997)

TV-14 | 91 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.0
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A schmuck has to correct changes to the future by fixing them in the past while Tom and Crow try to fix Mike's past into something more pleasant.

Director: Michael J. Nelson | Stars: Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett

Votes: 479

A very funny and popular Sci-Fi channel episode.

29. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (2017– )
Episode: Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II (2017)

Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.5
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The Mads turn up the heat with a sequel. This time, a has-been wizard and his gawky apprentice embark on their own mind-bending quest to quash evil.

Directors: Robert Cohen, Joel Hodgson | Stars: Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Jonah Ray, Baron Vaughn

Votes: 148

This sequel to Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (in name only, really) is another fantastic episode in the new MST3K series!

30. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (2017– )
Episode: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (2017)

Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.3
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The gang gets in the holiday spirit with the tale of a plucky lawyer who sets out to save Santa Claus from the clutches of a spoilsport zillionaire.

Directors: Robert Cohen, Joel Hodgson | Stars: Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Jonah Ray, Baron Vaughn

Votes: 129

Jonah and the bots do a great job of riffing this, the third Christmas movie featured on MST3K.

31. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (2017– )
Episode: The Beast of Hollow Mountain (2017)

86 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.5
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Saddle up for a trip to a Mexican ranch with a nasty secret in this part-Western, part-monster movie that's all torture for Jonah and the bots.

Directors: Robert Cohen, Joel Hodgson | Stars: Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Jonah Ray, Baron Vaughn

Votes: 210

Who doesn't want to watch a movie that combines dinosaurs and cowboys? To be fair, the movie isn't that entertaining, but the riffing sure is! A stellar entry to the series' return!

32. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

PG-13 | 73 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.4
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Mike Nelson and his robot companions watch and give their comments about This Island Earth (1955).

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 16,471 | Gross: $1.01M

Okay, so technically this is a movie and not an actual episode of the show, but the differences between this and a regular episode are pretty minuscule. A good starting point for those new to the show.

33. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: High School Big Shot (1994)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.5
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Mike and the Bots scratch their heads in confusion as an angel and a devil wage a bet about the morals of bread truck drivers in Out of This World (1954). Then the crew fights lapsing into ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 181

Another dark and depressing movie somehow made very funny by Mike and the Bots.

34. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: I Accuse My Parents (1993)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.8
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Joel and the Bots hear all about new-fangled farming techniques in the 50s short The Truck Farmer (1954). Afterward, a one-time overachiever blames his boozy, neglectful parents for his run... See full summary »

Director: Trace Beaulieu | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 489

A major fan favorite. This 1940s movie is about a down on his luck high school student who gets mixed up with the mob. This episode, like Mitchell, Eegah, and The Painted Hills, came at the end of Creator and original host Joel Hodgson's run on the show. Many fans consider this the era in which the show had fully peaked. After watching this and the aforementioned episodes, it would be hard for me to argue against that point.

35. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Gamera (1991)

TV-14 | 97 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.9
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A giant mutated turtle wakes from eons of slumber and attacks Japan in Daikaijû Gamera (1965). The Bots create their own beauty salon and are treated to a visit from Gamera himself on the Hexfield.

Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 314

The first Gamera movie featured on the show.

36. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1991)

TV-14 | 96 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.1
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The Mads force Joel and the 'bots to watch Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), the cheesy Japanese monster mash featuring Godzilla's infamous flying kick.

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 286

Godzilla paired with MST3K sounds almost too good to be true, right? Great riffing and outstanding host segments.

37. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: The Rebel Set (1992)

TV-PG | 93 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.8
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A little boy wanders around the Canadian National Exhibition after his oblivious parents lose track of him in Johnny at the Fair (1947). Then it's time for another 1950s beatnik movie with ... See full summary »

Director: Trace Beaulieu | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 221

A weird Beatnik crime caper movie starring Edward Platt from Get Smart fame.

38. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Outlaw of Gor (1993)

TV-14 | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.4
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A hero and his loser friend are transplanted to the planet of Gor and are soon caught up in an evil sorcerer's plot in Gor II (1988). Mike and the Bots are inspired to perform the song "... See full summary »

Director: Trace Beaulieu | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 271

This one seems to be a bit underrated and I'm not sure why. A strong early Mike episode.

39. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Prince of Space (1997)

TV-14 | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.9
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A wimpy space hero kicks tyrannical aliens off of Earth while the Widowmaker and the SOL are sucked through a wormhole.

Director: Kevin Murphy | Stars: Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett

Votes: 366

Cheesy 1950s Japanese sci-fi.

40. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Danger!! Death Ray (1995)

TV-14 | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.7
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Danger!! Death Ray (1967) features a slick secret agent investigating an evil organization that stole a top secret death ray. Tom makes his own death ray for peaceful use but caves in to ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Murphy | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 202

European spy film made during the James Bond craze of the 1960s. Features a death ray made for peaceful purposes only.

41. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1993)

TV-14 | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.3
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New guy Mike Nelson finishes his training and makes his way into the theater for the first time. His first outing is the movie The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) about a creepy doctor who ... See full summary »

Director: Trace Beaulieu | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 375

Mike's first episode as host is a standout.

42. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: The Horror of Party Beach (1997)

TV-14 | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.7
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Pearl and Observer are in Ancient Rome pretending to be gods as Mike and the 'bots watch The Horror of Party Beach (1964).

Director: Michael J. Nelson | Stars: Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett

Votes: 305

Goofy monster movie featuring some of the best riffing from the sci-fi channel era.

43. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell (1996)

TV-14 | 91 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.6
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A hero on a quest to gather magical stones battles an evil sorcerer and learns the benefits of a potato diet in Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell (1988). Tom and Crow put on a ... See full summary »

Director: Trace Beaulieu | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 286

Another cheesy low budget 1980s sword & sorcery film.

44. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Fugitive Alien (1991)

TV-14 | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.3
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Joel and the Bots watch as an alien named Ken joins an Earth spaceship to fight against his former masters in Fugitive Alien (1987). The Mads get a visit from Jack Perkins in Deep 13 while ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 233

A movie made from strung together episodes of a Japanese TV show. This one gets better on repeat viewings.

45. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1997)

TV-14 | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.0
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A weather tech's mind gets trapped in a computer and Pearl establishes her own public television pledge program.

Director: Kevin Murphy | Stars: Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett

Votes: 472

Super weird and confusing sci-fi movie starring Raul Julia. A major fan favorite from season 8.

46. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Gamera vs. Guiron (1991)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.8
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It's Gamera Movie #4, including the Gamera Theme Song and a reenactment of an old favorite magic trick.

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 297

Probably the goofiest of the five Gamera movies featured on MST3K. There is a lot to like about this one.

47. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Zombie Nightmare (1994)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.7
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Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank fool around with voodoo as Mike and the 'bots make Batman (1966) jokes in order to endure Zombie Nightmare (1987) with Adam West.

Director: Trace Beaulieu | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 361

Very funny and consistent riffing throughout.

48. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Master Ninja I (1992)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.6
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The crew watch a ninja and a drifter save an airport from thugs in "Master Ninja I" while building a model muscle car and experimenting with their ninja skills.

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 243

A "movie" made from stitched together episodes of a failed TV-show starring Lee Van Cleef (yes, that Lee Van Cleef) as the 'Master Ninja'.

49. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: King Dinosaur (1990)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.8
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Joel and the Bots watch X Marks the Spot (1942), a short in which a reckless driver finds himself on trial in heaven for his carelessness behind the wheel. In King Dinosaur (1955), the crew... See full summary »

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 231

A great Season 2 episode. A dinosaur movie that actually tries to pass off an Iguana as a T-Rex...

50. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: The Castle of Fu Manchu (1992)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.3
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In Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969), an evil mastermind plans to destroy the world but his arch-nemesis gets in the way. The movie is so terrible that the crew has a nervous ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 227

The movie itself is boring beyond belief, but the excellent riffing somehow manages to transform this pile of garbage (at least in my mind) into a winner.