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Mystery Science Theater 3000 

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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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A grandfather tells his grandson several horrifying stories involving the wizard Merlin and a stolen monkey doll in Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1996). Crow and Tom review each ...

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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 / ... (111 episodes, 1990-2017)
Joel Hodgson ...
 Joel Robinson / ... (109 episodes, 1988-1999)
Mary Jo Pehl ...
 Pearl Forrester / ... (88 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 <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Making unwatchable movies essential viewing. See more »


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24 November 1988 (USA)  »

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MST 3000  »

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(199 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While in high school, Joel Hodgson bought Elton John's 1973 album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". The album had accompanying artwork for each song in the liner notes. The artwork for the song "I've Seen That Movie Too" showed a silhouetted couple watching a film in a dark theater. Hodgson thought a series about silhouetted people talking back to the film would make a great idea for a series. 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 »


Crow: Thrill as they listen really hard.
Tom Servo: Marvel as they listen even harder.
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Crazy Credits

Nearly all episodes since the "Rocket Attack U.S.A." episode end with a "stinger" after the credits. That is, a funny little clip from the movie just viewed. See more »


Referenced in Community: Romantic Expressionism (2010) See more »


A Danger to Ourselves and Others
Written by Michael J. Nelson
Performed by Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu and Kevin Murphy
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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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