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Mystery Science Theater 3000 

TV-14 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | TV Series (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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Complete series cast summary:
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Joel Hodgson ...
Mary Jo Pehl ...


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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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?


Joel and Dr. Forrester were originally employees of Gizmonic Institute. When Joel Hodgson left the show, he wanted to use "gizmonic," which he had trademarked, for his own projects, so it was never mentioned again. However, Gizmonic Institute was rarely mentioned before that. The first episode on Comedy Central began with the revelation that Forrester and Erhart were conducting the experiment without their employers' knowledge. See more »


The show mentions many times that the robots' arms don't work. Sometimes they have completed projects that require working arms, or they perform deeds with their arms moving. See more »


Tom Servo: This is something Hitchcock would be proud of... his pet chimpanzee directing!
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In some episodes, Cambot was credited as "himself". 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 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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