Down 238 this week

Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)

TV Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Sci-Fi
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.7/10 from 15,646 users  
Reviews: 212 user | 124 critic

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.


Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

on Amazon Video





11   10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   … See all »
1999   1998   1997   1996   … See all »
Top Rated TV #86 | Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 12 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Mike Nelson and his robot companions watch and give their comments about This Island Earth (1955).

Director: Jim Mallon
Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon
The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998–2006)
Comedy | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Improvisational comedy game show in which four players act out various comic games and sketches.

Stars: Drew Carey, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
The Kids in the Hall (1988–1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits.

Stars: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald
The Colbert Report (2005–2014)
Comedy | News | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger-than-life ego and overly-patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart
Chappelle's Show (2003–2006)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture.

Stars: Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama and comedy about people of different species committing murders, suicides, thefts and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations; perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams
The Daily Show (TV Series 1996)
Comedy | News | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

America's top fake news show.

Stars: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

This is a sketch-comedy show. The twist here is that all of the sketches (Even the monologue) are connected in some strange way.

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis
Action | Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes
The Wonder Years (1988–1993)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Kevin Arnold recalls growing up during the late 60s and early 70s; the turbulent social times make the transition from child to adult unusually interesting.

Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern


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 <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


We've got movie sign! See more »


Comedy | Sci-Fi


TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

24 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

MST 3000  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(199 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Episodes frequently featured characters from the films parodied, such as Torgo from Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966). 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 T. Robot: Well, a good thing about the movie was it wasn't any longer.
Joel: And a bad thing?
Crow T. Robot: It was this long.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Beth McKeever, usually credited as Beth "Beez" McKeever, was credited as Beth "Deadly Beez" McKeever at the end of the episode "The Deadly Bees". See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Who Shot Mr. Burns?: Part 1 (1995) See more »


Ode on Estelle
Written by Michael J. Nelson and Paul Chaplin
Performed by Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu and Kevin Murphy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

11 years of bad movies=11 years of wonderful comedy
19 October 2005 | by (Bristol, CT) – See all my reviews

Did you ever want to just knock a really bad movie, but you never could because not only did you pay $8-10 for it, but well, you paid $8-10 for it, you idiot! My God, there have been really, truly bad movie candidates since this show ended, that could have wound up on this wonderful comedy series.

I've always considered MST3K to be the best two hours of television each week, even though a large percentage of those two hours was horrible cinema. There aren't a whole lot of TV series that can be successful using that format. But MST3K did it for eleven straight seasons.

At first it was Joel Hodgson with two cute robots named Tom Servo and Crow stranded on a Satellite by two mad scientists. It was an experiment to see if the poor guy goes insane by watching the worst movies ever. It is strangely synonymous with what Hollywood often does to us.

In order for him to maintain sanity, he is helped by the robots to goof on scenes from the movies while they sit in the theater. The jokes are topical, self referential, nostalgic, spot-on and drop-dead hilarious. Just keep an ear open, remember you're listening to two tracks, but Joel and Co. are more crucial to the comedy. The movie is already bad.

Mike was good in the Satellite, and Joel even made a guest appearance during Mike's run. There are so many horrendous movies that these guys saw, but as every MSTy knows, the cream of the crap was "Manos, the Hands of Fate" AKA "Hands, the Hands of Fate." Bad is too simple an adjective for this film, and I felt very, very sorry for the residents of the Satellite of Love.

This show must come back, with the catchy theme song and everything. Every bad movie that comes out is a public cry for it to return to television.

38 of 46 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why doesn't Joel host with the original Crow and Tom ErnestHemingstein
Joel or Mike jerrytuten
Anyone here under 30? LondoMollari1
Best Mitchell Quote jerrytuten
Movies you saw before seeing them on MST3K? crockett_john
Your Top 5 episodes adam615
Discuss Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page