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)
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 TV's Frank / ... (108 episodes, 1990-1999)
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 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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Making unwatchable movies essential viewing. See more »

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Kevin Murphy has stated that for every film used, about ten to twenty were screened and rejected. This means from just over 200 episodes, nearly 2,000 films were watched by the writing staff to find "suitable" films for use in the show. See more »

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During the theater sequences, Crow frequently talks without moving his mouth. Sometimes his mouth moves after he finishes talking. See more »

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During the series' first season on Comedy Central, the robots, in addition to their individual listings, were collectively credited as "Joel Hodgson's Puppet Bots". See more »

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Ode to Pants
Written by Michael J. Nelson and Frank Conniff
Performed by Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu and Kevin Murphy
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Excellent! Ranks right up there with "The Simpsons" and "The Daily Show" !
19 July 2003 | by (The Mitten State, USA) – See all my reviews

For those unfortunate few who have never seen an episode of Joel Hodgson's MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 (referred to by fans as 'MST3K'), here is a brief rundown on all the fun you've missed out on. Dr. Forrester is your typical mad scientist. He sports big glasses, an oversized lab coat, crazy hair, and an insatiable urge to take over the world. In an effort to kick off his latest foolproof world-domination scheme, Dr. Forrester abducts a dry-witted janitor named Joel Robinson from the research center they both work at. Joel is blasted into space in an apparently escape-proof ship called the Satellite of Love, forever doomed to orbit the planet Earth. Forrester keeps contact with Joel via satellite transmission, and each week sends hims an unbearably awful b-movie which he is forced to watch. The mad doctor's idea is to keep sending movies that are so mind-numbingly terrible that it will eventually drive Joel and his viewers to insanity, thus giving him an easy outlet for conquering the world. To help preserve his sanity, Joel uses parts from the ship to build four wise-cracking robot friends that keep him company and help us to avoid cinema-induced lunacy by mercilessly heckling the films.

The show aired weekly, and re-introduced old 1950s-70s era drive-in swill to a world that has long forgotten about it. The movies they chose--The Brain That Wouldn't Die, Time of the Apes, and (most notorious) Manos: The Hands of Fate, for example--were truly some of the most awful abominations in cinema history, and how they were able to find clear, working prints of these (mostly) obscure films is beyond me. Not only was it great to be able to witness some of these "masterpieces" first-hand, but the non-stop commentary by Joel, Tom, and Crow was absolutely hysterical. There was never a dull moment when those boys hit the SOL's onboard movie theater. On occasion, there would be a break from the movie to show a humorous sketch that would further the basic plot of the show. While many of these segments were admittedly not all that funny, they didn't last long, and Forrester would call for "MOVIE SIGN!" again in no time. Come to think of it, it may not even be that these primitive skits weren't funny, but that they simply paled in comparison to the sheer hilarity that took place in the ship's movie theater.

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 is one of the few television programs that seems to be loved by virtually everybody. Seriously--I know of not a single person who didn't like this show, nor have I ever read a single negative comment or review of it. That being said, why on Earth was such a brilliant show like MST3K canceled? It couldn't have been because of poor ratings, since the show had a huge cult following and a substantial amount of regular viewers. If anyone has any information regarding why this series was taken off the air, please contact me!


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