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Release Date:
24 November 1988 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
We've got movie sign! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 12 nominations See more »
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(360 articles)
'Mystery Science Theater 3000' is now on Vimeo (partially)
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A consistently great show See more (210 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 25)

Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo / ... (184 episodes, 1988-1999)

Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / ... (143 episodes, 1988-1996)
Jim Mallon ... Gypsy / ... (142 episodes, 1989-1998)

Michael J. Nelson ... Mike Nelson / ... (122 episodes, 1990-1999)
Mary Jo Pehl ... Magic Voice / ... (121 episodes, 1992-1999)
Frank Conniff ... TV's Frank / ... (108 episodes, 1990-1999)
Joel Hodgson ... Joel Robinson / ... (103 episodes, 1988-1999)
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Series Directed by
Kevin Murphy (52 episodes, 1992-1999)
Jim Mallon (35 episodes, 1991-1997)
Trace Beaulieu (21 episodes, 1992-1996)
Michael J. Nelson (18 episodes, 1992-1999)
Vince Rodriguez (9 episodes, 1988-1989)
Joel Hodgson (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Todd Ziegler (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Writing credits
Kevin Murphy (169 episodes, 1988-1999)
Joel Hodgson (158 episodes, 1988-1999)
Michael J. Nelson (154 episodes, 1989-1999)
Bridget Jones (139 episodes, 1991-1999)
Paul Chaplin (136 episodes, 1991-1999)
Jim Mallon (121 episodes, 1988-1997)
Trace Beaulieu (121 episodes, 1988-1996)
Mary Jo Pehl (121 episodes, 1992-1999)
Frank Conniff (91 episodes, 1990-1995)
Colleen Henjum (84 episodes, 1991-1995)
Bill Corbett (51 episodes, 1995-1999)
J. Elvis Weinstein (26 episodes, 1988-1990)
Mike Dodge (24 episodes, 1994-1995)
David Sussman (19 episodes, 1992-1994)
Timothy Scott (6 episodes, 1993-1994)
Faye Burkholder (2 episodes, 1989)
Brian Funk (2 episodes, 1989)
Lynn-Anne Friese (2 episodes, 1991)
Lisa Sheretz (2 episodes, 1991)
Craig Tollifson (2 episodes, 1991)
Tom Wedor (2 episodes, 1991)
John Carney (2 episodes, 1992)
Drew Jansen (2 episodes, 1995)

Mike Gandolfi (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Kevin Murphy .... associate producer / producer (145 episodes, 1988-1999)
Jim Mallon .... executive producer / producer (127 episodes, 1988-1999)
Joel Hodgson .... executive producer (43 episodes, 1991-1993)
Vince Rodriguez .... associate producer (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ken Fournelle (108 episodes, 1990-1995)
Jeff Stonehouse (54 episodes, 1996-1999)
Kevin Murphy (35 episodes, 1988-1990)
 
Series Film Editing by
Bradley J. Keely (110 episodes, 1992-1999)
Timothy Scott (48 episodes, 1992-1994)
Tim Paulson (15 episodes, 1991-1995)
Charles Zimmerman (14 episodes, 1993-1994)
Karen Lindsay (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bill Gibb (4 episodes, 1999)
Randy Davis (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
 
Series Production Design by
Joel Hodgson (3 episodes, 1988-1993)
Trace Beaulieu (2 episodes, 1989-1993)

Jef Maynard (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Trace Beaulieu (89 episodes, 1989-1996)
Jef Maynard (72 episodes, 1992-1995)
Joel Hodgson (66 episodes, 1988-1993)
Patrick Brantseg (48 episodes, 1997-1999)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Joel Hodgson (9 episodes, 1995-1996)
Jef Maynard (9 episodes, 1995-1996)
Trace Beaulieu (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Wendell Jon Andersson (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Makeup Department
Andrea Jackson DuCane .... hair stylist / makeup artist / ... (88 episodes, 1992-1999)
Clayton James .... hair stylist / makeup artist (38 episodes, 1989-1993)
Faye Burkholder .... makeup artist / hair stylist (19 episodes, 1988-1991)
Crist Ballas .... makeup artist / special makeup effects artist (10 episodes, 1992-1996)
Jennifer Turner .... hair stylist / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1997)

Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Jann Johnson .... production manager (53 episodes, 1992-1997)
Peter Rudrud .... production manager (35 episodes, 1997-1999)
Alexandra Carr .... production manager (28 episodes, 1989-1992)
Jill Roozenboom .... production manager (12 episodes, 1997)
Wendell Jon Andersson .... production manager (6 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Art Department
Joel Hodgson .... set design / gizmonic devices (128 episodes, 1989-1996)
Beth McKeever .... props / props assistant / ... (54 episodes, 1996-1999)
Patrick Brantseg .... designs / prop assistant / ... (34 episodes, 1992-1999)
Ed Miarecki .... props (24 episodes, 1994-1995)
Trace Beaulieu .... set designer / set design (6 episodes, 1989-1994)
Helena Espinosa .... props (6 episodes, 1996)
Jef Maynard .... toolmaster / set design / ... (3 episodes, 1991-1994)
Barb Oswald .... prop assistant (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Dean Trisko .... prop assistant / props assistant (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Sound Department
Timothy Scott .... sound / sound editor / ... (38 episodes, 1991-1994)
John Sims .... boom operator / foley artist (36 episodes, 1997-1999)
Bradley J. Keely .... sound (31 episodes, 1993-1995)
Todd Ziegler .... audio / unconfirmed (18 episodes, 1988-1989)
Brian Wright .... sound (18 episodes, 1991-1992)
Fred Street .... sound post-production / sound / ... (8 episodes, 1991-1997)
Alexandra Carr .... audio (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Special Effects by
Trace Beaulieu .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Fournelle .... lighting technician / lighting (61 episodes, 1991-1994)
Michael Parker .... grip (45 episodes, 1997-1999)
Timothy Scott .... lighting technician / lighting (39 episodes, 1992-1994)
Jeff Stonehouse .... lighting technician (26 episodes, 1994-1996)
Kevin Murphy .... lighting / camera operator / ... (22 episodes, 1988-1992)
Dan Breyer .... grip (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Bradley J. Keely .... lighting technician (5 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Editorial Department
Lisa Erickson .... color consultant (11 episodes, 1988-1989)
Jim Erickson .... post-production assistant / post-production staff (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ken Fournelle .... post-production staff (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jim Fuller .... post-production staff (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Karen Lindsay .... on-line editor (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Ellen McDonough Thomas .... post-production coordinator (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Music Department
Charlie Erickson .... composer: theme music / composer: love theme (20 episodes, 1988-1999)
Joel Hodgson .... composer: theme music / lyrics: theme music / ... (20 episodes, 1988-1999)
J. Elvis Weinstein .... lyrics: theme music / composer: theme music / ... (15 episodes, 1988-1999)
Michael J. Nelson .... composer: additional music / composer: theme music (9 episodes, 1994-1999)
Kevin Murphy .... composer: additional music / lyrics: Air on a Delta Knight / ... (2 episodes, 1996-1998)
 
Series Other crew
Jef Maynard .... toolmaster (77 episodes, 1991-1995)
Bradley J. Keely .... technical supervisor / production coordinator (76 episodes, 1994-1999)
Tim Johnson .... controller (69 episodes, 1994-1999)
Barb Tebben .... info club Poobah / assistant: Poobah / ... (56 episodes, 1995-1999)
Heide LeClerc .... manager: business affairs / manager of business affairs (54 episodes, 1991-1994)
Timothy Scott .... technical supervisor (33 episodes, 1991-1994)
Patrick Brantseg .... intern / technical puppetry / ... (26 episodes, 1992-1999)
Julie Walker .... info club Poobah / info club coordinator (24 episodes, 1993-1996)
Pete Keffer .... intern (24 episodes, 1993-1994)
Michael J. Sheehan .... intern (24 episodes, 1993-1994)
E. Jane Short .... intern (24 episodes, 1993-1994)
Rob Burkhardt .... engineer (22 episodes, 1992-1993)
Stephanie Hynes .... intern (17 episodes, 1993)
Wendell Jon Andersson .... intern / production coordinator (13 episodes, 1994-1996)
Alexandra Carr .... production assistant / fan club coordinator (12 episodes, 1989)
Nathan Devery .... intern (12 episodes, 1992)
Sara Swanson .... intern (12 episodes, 1994-1995)
Dave Bellmont .... intern (12 episodes, 1994)
Shannon McNeely .... intern (12 episodes, 1994)
Peter Nicolai .... intern (12 episodes, 1994)
Curtis Anderson .... intern (11 episodes, 1992-1993)
Dan Breyer .... intern (11 episodes, 1997-1998)
Suzette Jamison .... intern (9 episodes, 1992)
Michael Parker .... intern (9 episodes, 1994-1995)
Cyn Eells .... intern (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Christopher Wurst .... intern (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Joel Hodgson .... gizmonic devices designer (7 episodes, 1991-1992)
Scott Bowman .... intern (7 episodes, 1997-1998)
Elliot Cobb .... intern (7 episodes, 1997)
Mytch Parks .... intern (7 episodes, 1997)
Nick Prueher .... intern (7 episodes, 1998-1999)
Erin Erskine .... intern (7 episodes, 1999)
Josh Huschke .... intern (7 episodes, 1999)
Jann Johnson .... production assistant / production coordinator / ... (6 episodes, 1989-1994)
Danica King .... intern (6 episodes, 1996)
Kelly Schrandt .... intern (6 episodes, 1996)
Meshach Weber .... intern (6 episodes, 1997)
Ed Dykhuizen .... intern (6 episodes, 1999)
Sarah Lemanczyk .... intern (6 episodes, 1999)
Kelly Nathe .... intern (5 episodes, 1992-1993)
Barb Oswald .... junior toolmaster (5 episodes, 1992-1993)
Steven Sande .... intern (5 episodes, 1992)
Ellen McDonough Thomas .... production coordinator / post-production coordination (5 episodes, 1993-1995)
Todd Severson .... intern (5 episodes, 1997-1998)
Dan Tanz .... intern (5 episodes, 1998)
Julie Van Goethem .... intern (4 episodes, 1994)
Ben Mooers .... intern (4 episodes, 1996)
Tammara Melloy .... intern (4 episodes, 1997)
Joseph Olson .... intern (4 episodes, 1997)
Randall Smith .... intern (4 episodes, 1997)
Ken Fournelle .... production staff (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jim Fuller .... production staff (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Steve Rosenberer .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Sara J. Sandborn .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Brendan Glynn .... intern (3 episodes, 1992)
Cindy Hansen .... intern (2 episodes, 1991)
Sarah E. Wisner .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
Kirsten Lind .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1993)
Jeffrey P. Young .... director of operations (2 episodes, 1994)
Beth McKeever .... intern (2 episodes, 1996)
Lane Stiller .... intern (2 episodes, 1997)
Steve Zocklein .... intern (2 episodes, 1997)

Frank Conniff .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Mark Gilbertson .... special thanks (35 episodes, 1992-1993)
Bryan Beaulieu .... special thanks (11 episodes, 1989-1992)
Bill W. .... special thanks (7 episodes, 1991-1992)
David Campbell .... special thanks (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Randy Herget .... special thanks (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Rick Leed .... special thanks (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"MST 3000" - USA (short title)
"MST3K" - USA (short title)
"Mystery Science Theater Hour" - USA (rerun title)
"The Mystery Science Theater Hour" - USA (syndication title)
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Runtime:
97 min (199 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Episodes frequently featured characters from the films parodied, such as Torgo from Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Throughout the series, several references are made to the fact that the robots' arms don't work. Many times though, they're indicated as having completed projects requiring working arms or performing deeds where their arms are moving.See more »
Quotes:
Mike Nelson:You know, I'm a little vague on what you are talking about.See more »
Soundtrack:
Forrester's Theme SongSee more »

FAQ

I always read there were ten seasons; why does IMDb list eleven?
What are those "other science facts"?
Why did Joel leave the show?
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64 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
A consistently great show, 14 November 2000

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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