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 / ... (186 episodes, 1988-1999)
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 Crow T. Robot / ... (148 episodes, 1988-1996)
Jim Mallon ...
 Gypsy / ... (142 episodes, 1989-1998)
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 Mike Nelson / ... (122 episodes, 1990-1999)
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 Joel Robinson / ... (108 episodes, 1988-1999)
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 TV's Frank / ... (108 episodes, 1990-1999)
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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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The original name suggested by Joel Hodgson was Mystery Science Theater 2000. It was changed to 3000 to sound more futuristic. See more »

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Joel and Mike's head mics are often visible when they turn their heads during theater sequences. See more »

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[Ten minutes into the movie]
Crow: Oh, it's over, did that movie seem really long to you?
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Throughout his tenure on the series, prop & production designer Jef Maynard is billed under the job title "Toolmaster". See more »


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The Bouncy Upbeat Song
Written by Michael J. Nelson and Frank Conniff
Performed by Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu and Kevin Murphy and Jim Mallon
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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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