For syndication, the show was aired as "The Mystery Science Theater Hour." Eleven episodes from seasons 2-4 were broken up into two-parters, and released as 22 hour-long episodes into what was effectively first-run syndication for the 1995-96 season. Although the original host segments were retained, new introductions were also filmed featuring Michael J. Nelson as the balding "Host" (a parody of A&E announcer Jack Perkins).
Some non-US versions of the Sci-Fi Channel episodes have been edited for content or time. The episode, 909-Gorgo, was edited from 97 minutes to about 50 minutes.
For the Turkey day marathons new introductions to the episodes were filmed.
Episode 701 (Night of the Bloodbeast), has two different host segments. One was to be aired once on Thanksgiving day of 1995 that went with some earlier bumpers from the marathon. Another was taped for regular rotation. The "Turkey Day Version", ended up being aired a few more times.