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 / ... (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)
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)
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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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An early eighth season episode, The Mole People (1956), featured a cameo by Robert Smith, who was Running Back for the Minnesota Vikings at the time. Playing a mute caveman hunk, he was the show's first celebrity guest. Film critic Leonard Maltin, the show's only other celebrity guest, appeared in the ninth season episode Gorgo (1961) as himself. 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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Dr. Lawrence Erhardt: Is it working for you?
Dr. Forrester: Shh! Oh, we're on. Did you see the ratings from last week's show? They went up!
Dr. Lawrence Erhardt: Against the Super Bowl! I don't get it! The hot levels were out of this world, too. We've got to send him something really awful this week. What do you have?
Dr. Forrester: Well, I'd like to shake hands with the man who can think his way around this film. It's another Sandy Frank epic, this time from Chechylslovakia. Even Joelie's mother couldn't watch this thing.
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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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