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 / ... (143 episodes, 1988-1996)
Jim Mallon ...
 Gypsy / ... (142 episodes, 1989-1998)
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 Mike Nelson / ... (122 episodes, 1990-1999)
Mary Jo Pehl ...
 Magic Voice / ... (121 episodes, 1992-1999)
Frank Conniff ...
 TV's Frank / ... (108 episodes, 1990-1999)
Joel Hodgson ...
 Joel Robinson / ... (103 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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Trivia

Whenever the characters see the "movie sign", a blue-screen sequence shows the camera moving toward the theater through a series of doors. When the characters exit the theater, the "doors" footage is played backward to show the camera moving away from the theater. The props in the hallway (such as flames) also move in reverse. See more »

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Throughout the series, several references are made to the fact that the robots' arms don't work. Many times though, they're indicated as having completed projects requiring working arms or performing deeds where their arms are moving. See more »

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During the first two seasons, the characters of Dr. Forrester, Dr. Ehrhardt and TV's Frank are credited as "Special Guest Villains", a la the "Batman" TV series. See more »

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When I held Your Brain in my Arms
Written by Kevin Murphy and Michael J. Nelson
Performed by Kevin Murphy
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A consistently great show
14 November 2000 | by (Lowell MA) – See all my reviews

A lot of the movies on which I've commented on this website I've seen as episodes of "Mystery Science Theater 3000." However, I find it difficult to write about this show as a whole - not because I can't think of anything to say, but because there is so much to say that I don't know where to begin or end.

I guess I'll start by saying I approached this show prepared to be unimpressed. A show about a janitor and two robots goofing on bad movies in space? That's about the dumbest idea for a TV show I've ever heard! And in lesser hands this could have been an idiotic show, not worth bothering with. But in the hands of the troupe of writers and performers who call themselves Best Brains it is a show of rare intelligence and wit. The writing is first rate and the performances (especially in the host segments, in which skits are performed which are more or less inspired by the movie) are sharp and enthusiastic. So good was the writing that show was able to remain fresh and entertaining despite several major cast changes (by the time the series ended after ten seasons none of the original cast members remained).

Best of all, this show helped broaden my appreciation for cheesy movies. I've always loved horror and sci-fi movies (horror especially), and some of the movies shown here were familiar, but there were others I would never have seen were it not for this show. Some laughably bad, others cheesy and surreal, others pretty darned interesting. (Still others were just plain bad.)

In short, this was one of the best shows ever shown on television.


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