Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)

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In the not-too-distant future, a man and his robots are trapped aboard the Satellite of Love, where mad scientists force them to sit through the worst movies ever made.

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 Tom Servo / ... (184 episodes, 1988-1999)
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 Crow T. Robot / ... (149 episodes, 1988-1996)
Jim Mallon ...
 Gypsy / ... (145 episodes, 1989-1998)
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 Mike Nelson / ... (122 episodes, 1990-1999)
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 Joel Robinson / ... (109 episodes, 1988-1999)
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When zany mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester and his loopy assistant Frank get bored with their work at the Deep Thirteen research center, they kidnap Joel the janitor and shoot him into orbit on the Satellite of Love. While in space Joel builds wacky robot sidekicks Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot to help him withstand an onslaught of grade 'Z' movies that the mad scientists force him to watch. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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After the end credits, a five-second clip from the movie is shown, highlighting a particularly stupid moment in the movie. The cast and crew called them "stingers." The first, aired with "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988){Rocket Attack U.S.A.(#3.5)}_, featured a blind man saying, "Help me." The stingers remained a permanent fixture of the series until season 8. Three episodes replaced the stingers with a repeating clip of the Observers holding their brains up to the camera. "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988) {The She-Creature (#9.8)}_ shows a clip of Professor Bobo lying on an asteroid in pain after falling out of Pearl Forrester's space-traveling van. The four "stingers" followed Sci-Fi's strict new story arc guidelines for the show. See more »

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Joel: Ok Gypsy, what's one plus one?
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Should go down in history as one of the greatest shows ever written
10 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mystery Science Theater 3000 could quite possibly be one of the most inventive and hilarious shows of all time. In a nutshell, an average guy is rocketed into space by his evil boss and is forced to watch terrible, cheesy, poorly acted, poorly written, poorly shot, B-grade movies (sometimes even lower grade than that). The only way he keeps his sanity is by mocking and riffing on the movie-of-the-week with his robot friends, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot. He is also kept company by the robots Cambot and Gypsy, who do not watch the movie.

Each episode of MST3K delivers almost non-stop laughs and great one-liners that make watching these awful movies not only bearable, but also hilarious! There are fans (known as MSTies) of all ages, from adults who have been watching it from the first televised episode to teens just discovering it thanks to the release of the DVDs.

All in all, I am a huge fan of MST3K and have never been dissatisfied with it. I've never seen an episode that didn't make me laugh out loud.

It's difficult to describe it to those who haven't seen it before, so if you're not one of the legions of fans of MST3K yet, hurry out and rent or buy one of the DVD sets. You won't be disappointed! 10/10


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