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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Complete series cast summary:
 Tom Servo / ... (185 episodes, 1988-1999)
 Crow T. Robot / ... (150 episodes, 1988-1996)
Jim Mallon ...
 Gypsy / ... (146 episodes, 1989-1998)
 Mike Nelson / ... (124 episodes, 1990-1999)
Frank Conniff ...
 TV's Frank / ... (110 episodes, 1990-1999)
Joel Hodgson ...
 Joel Robinson / ... (109 episodes, 1988-1999)
Mary Jo Pehl ...
 Pearl Forrester / ... (89 episodes, 1992-1999)


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 <>

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24 November 1988 (USA)  »

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(199 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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According to Barb Tebben (the second Info Club Poobah), the "classic" Satellite of Love set, used until the end of Season 7, was built for $200. Many of the same pieces were used when the set was remodeled for Season 8. See more »


For several seasons two torches appear in the "hallway" as the camera enters and exits the "theater". Their changing direction of flickering demonstrates the entries and exits are the same shot run forward and backward. See more »


Tom Servo: [watching ice skaters] Beauty, grace and rhythm... you won't find them here.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Hired! Original Broadway Cast
Written by Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy
Performed by Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy and Jim Mallon
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One of the Greatest Ideas ever come to TV
8 July 2003 | by (Mars) – See all my reviews

MSTK 3K was never meant to be a quality show. It's simply a cheesy skit to make fun of really, really bad movies. In a world, where everybody takes things too seriously, this show produces a much needed boost of comedy. Sitcoms tend to become the same, and humor anymore is few and far between. There is just a finite number of plot lines that a sitcom can have. And many sitcoms tend to outlast their usefullness (Friends and Fraiser). However, MST3k, the humor is always refreshing. Joel (or Mike) and the robots never run out of potshots during a movie. So many movies become untentionally funny, because they are so poorly made. The robots are very clever, when they can relate contemporary events with old movies. I'll never forget when Croww T. Robot, said when he saw a wrecked T-bird "Teddy Kennedy are you alright?"

The shorts are very clever too. They make fun of the stupid short films that you had to watch in elementary school. (Posture, grooming, what to do on a date).

The only thing that one must watch out for, is that sometimes people don't get the jokes that the robots are pitching. As long as one is up on current events, he would find this show hilarious.

I remember watching the movie when it came out to theaters in 1996. I have never been in an audience that laughed so much.

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