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 / ... (185 episodes, 1988-1999)
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 Crow T. Robot / ... (150 episodes, 1988-1996)
Jim Mallon ...
 Gypsy / ... (146 episodes, 1989-1998)
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 Mike Nelson / ... (124 episodes, 1990-1999)
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 TV's Frank / ... (110 episodes, 1990-1999)
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 Joel Robinson / ... (109 episodes, 1988-1999)
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 Pearl Forrester / ... (88 episodes, 1992-1999)
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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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Making unwatchable movies essential viewing. See more »

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Joel and Dr. Forrester were originally employees of Gizmonic Institute. When Joel Hodgson' left the show, he wanted to use "gizmonic," which he had trademarked, for his own projects, so it was never mentioned again. However, Gizmonic Institute was rarely mentioned before that. The first episode on Comedy Central began with the revelation that Forrester and Erhart were conducting the experiment without their employers' knowledge. See more »

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Ode on Estelle
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Performed by Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu and Kevin Murphy
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11 years of bad movies=11 years of wonderful comedy
19 October 2005 | by (Bristol, CT) – See all my reviews

Did you ever want to just knock a really bad movie, but you never could because not only did you pay $8-10 for it, but well, you paid $8-10 for it, you idiot! My God, there have been really, truly bad movie candidates since this show ended, that could have wound up on this wonderful comedy series.

I've always considered MST3K to be the best two hours of television each week, even though a large percentage of those two hours was horrible cinema. There aren't a whole lot of TV series that can be successful using that format. But MST3K did it for eleven straight seasons.

At first it was Joel Hodgson with two cute robots named Tom Servo and Crow stranded on a Satellite by two mad scientists. It was an experiment to see if the poor guy goes insane by watching the worst movies ever. It is strangely synonymous with what Hollywood often does to us.

In order for him to maintain sanity, he is helped by the robots to goof on scenes from the movies while they sit in the theater. The jokes are topical, self referential, nostalgic, spot-on and drop-dead hilarious. Just keep an ear open, remember you're listening to two tracks, but Joel and Co. are more crucial to the comedy. The movie is already bad.

Mike was good in the Satellite, and Joel even made a guest appearance during Mike's run. There are so many horrendous movies that these guys saw, but as every MSTy knows, the cream of the crap was "Manos, the Hands of Fate" AKA "Hands, the Hands of Fate." Bad is too simple an adjective for this film, and I felt very, very sorry for the residents of the Satellite of Love.

This show must come back, with the catchy theme song and everything. Every bad movie that comes out is a public cry for it to return to television.


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