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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11
Release Date:
13 July 1993 (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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 12 nominations See more »
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11 years of bad movies=11 years of wonderful comedy See more (211 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 26)

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

Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / ... (149 episodes, 1988-1996)
Jim Mallon ... Gypsy / ... (145 episodes, 1989-1998)

Michael J. Nelson ... Mike Nelson / ... (122 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 / ... (96 episodes, 1992-1999)
(more)

Series Directed by
Jim Mallon (62 episodes, 1990-1997)
Kevin Murphy (52 episodes, 1992-1999)
Trace Beaulieu (21 episodes, 1992-1996)
Vince Rodriguez (18 episodes, 1988-1989)
Michael J. Nelson (18 episodes, 1992-1999)
Joel Hodgson (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Todd Ziegler (3 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Writing credits
Kevin Murphy (197 episodes, 1988-1999)
Joel Hodgson (186 episodes, 1988-1999)
Michael J. Nelson (176 episodes, 1989-1999)
Jim Mallon (150 episodes, 1988-1997)
Trace Beaulieu (149 episodes, 1988-1996)
Bridget Jones (149 episodes, 1991-1999)
Paul Chaplin (143 episodes, 1991-1999)
Mary Jo Pehl (121 episodes, 1992-1999)
Frank Conniff (104 episodes, 1990-1995)
Colleen Henjum (93 episodes, 1991-1995)
Bill Corbett (51 episodes, 1995-1999)
J. Elvis Weinstein (34 episodes, 1988-1990)
Mike Dodge (24 episodes, 1994-1995)
David Sussman (18 episodes, 1992-1994)
Timothy Scott (7 episodes, 1991-1994)
Brian Funk (6 episodes, 1989)
Alexandra Carr (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jann Johnson (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lisa Sheretz (4 episodes, 1991)
Faye Burkholder (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
Lynn-Anne Friese (2 episodes, 1991)
Jef Maynard (2 episodes, 1991)
Craig Tollifson (2 episodes, 1991)
Tom Wedor (2 episodes, 1991)
John Carney (2 episodes, 1992)
Mike Gandolfi (2 episodes, 1992)
Drew Jansen (2 episodes, 1995)

Series Produced by
Jim Mallon .... producer / executive producer / ... (190 episodes, 1988-1999)
Kevin Murphy .... associate producer / producer (189 episodes, 1988-1999)
Joel Hodgson .... executive producer (69 episodes, 1990-1993)
Vince Rodriguez .... associate producer (17 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 (86 episodes, 1993-1999)
Timothy Scott (48 episodes, 1992-1994)
Tim Paulson (27 episodes, 1990-1995)
Randy Davis (14 episodes, 1989-1990)
Charles Zimmerman (14 episodes, 1993-1994)
Bill Gibb (4 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Production Design by
Joel Hodgson (3 episodes, 1989-1993)
Trace Beaulieu (2 episodes, 1989-1993)

Jef Maynard (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Trace Beaulieu (128 episodes, 1989-1996)
Joel Hodgson (106 episodes, 1988-1993)
Jef Maynard (72 episodes, 1992-1995)
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 (92 episodes, 1991-1999)
Clayton James .... makeup artist / hair stylist (57 episodes, 1989-1993)
Faye Burkholder .... makeup artist / hair stylist (45 episodes, 1988-1991)
Crist Ballas .... makeup artist / hair stylist / ... (10 episodes, 1991-1996)
Mary Flaa .... hair stylist / makeup artist / ... (3 episodes, 1991-1998)
Jennifer Turner .... hair stylist / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1997)

Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Alexandra Carr .... production manager / post-production supervisor (64 episodes, 1989-1992)
Jann Johnson .... production manager / post-production supervisor (64 episodes, 1990-1997)
Peter Rudrud .... production manager (35 episodes, 1997-1999)
Timothy Scott .... post-production supervisor (24 episodes, 1991-1992)
Kevin Murphy .... post-production supervisor (17 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jill Roozenboom .... production manager (12 episodes, 1997)
Wendell Jon Andersson .... production manager (6 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Art Department
Joel Hodgson .... set designer / puppet builder (129 episodes, 1989-1996)
Trace Beaulieu .... set designer (99 episodes, 1989-1994)
Beth McKeever .... props / props assistant / ... (54 episodes, 1996-1999)
Patrick Brantseg .... designs / prop assistant / ... (34 episodes, 1992-1999)
Jef Maynard .... set designer (24 episodes, 1991-1994)
Ed Miarecki .... props (24 episodes, 1994-1995)
Mark Gilbertson .... constructor: Hexfield Viewscreen / designer: Hexfield Viewscreen (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
Helena Espinosa .... props (6 episodes, 1996)
Barb Oswald .... prop assistant (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Dean Trisko .... prop assistant / props assistant (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Sound Department
Timothy Scott .... audio / audio editor (53 episodes, 1991-1994)
John Sims .... boom operator / foley artist (36 episodes, 1997-1999)
Bradley J. Keely .... audio (31 episodes, 1993-1995)
Brian Wright .... audio (30 episodes, 1991-1992)
Todd Ziegler .... audio (18 episodes, 1988-1989)
John Calder .... audio (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
Fred Street .... audio / sound post-production (10 episodes, 1990-1997)
Rich Cook .... post-production audio (3 episodes, 1989)
Alexandra Carr .... audio (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Special Effects by
Joel Hodgson .... gizmonic devices (86 episodes, 1989-1993)

Trace Beaulieu .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Trace Beaulieu .... special visual effects and other fancy stuff (12 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Fournelle .... lighting / lighting technician (91 episodes, 1990-1994)
Kevin Murphy .... lighting / camera operator / ... (72 episodes, 1988-1992)
Timothy Scott .... lighting / lighting technician (48 episodes, 1992-1994)
Michael Parker .... grip (45 episodes, 1997-1999)
Jeff Stonehouse .... lighting technician (26 episodes, 1994-1996)
Dan Breyer .... grip (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Bradley J. Keely .... lighting technician (5 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Editorial Department
Jann Johnson .... post-production coordinator (70 episodes, 1991-1994)
Alexandra Carr .... post-production coordinator (36 episodes, 1991-1992)
Ellen McDonough Thomas .... post-production coordinator (35 episodes, 1992-1994)
Bradley J. Keely .... associate editor (24 episodes, 1992-1993)
Lisa Erickson .... color consultant (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Tim Paulson .... on-line editor (12 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jim Erickson .... post-production staff / post-production assistant (10 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ken Fournelle .... post-production staff (10 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jim Fuller .... post-production staff (10 episodes, 1989-1990)
Karen Lindsay .... on-line editor (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Elisabet Sandberg .... post-production staff (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Music Department
Charlie Erickson .... composer: theme song / composer: theme music (197 episodes, 1988-1999)
Joel Hodgson .... composer: theme song / performer: theme song / ... (197 episodes, 1988-1999)
J. Elvis Weinstein .... lyricist: theme song / lyricist (107 episodes, 1988-1993)
Michael J. Nelson .... composer: additional music / arranger: additional music / ... (61 episodes, 1990-1999)
Kevin Murphy .... composer: additional music / arranger: additional music / ... (9 episodes, 1990-1998)
 
Series Other crew
Jef Maynard .... toolmaster / tool master (108 episodes, 1990-1995)
Bradley J. Keely .... technical supervisor / production coordinator (76 episodes, 1994-1999)
Patrick Brantseg .... utility infielder / intern / ... (73 episodes, 1992-1999)
Heide LeClerc .... manager of business affairs / manager: business affairs (70 episodes, 1991-1994)
Timothy Scott .... technical supervisor (70 episodes, 1991-1994)
Tim Johnson .... controller (69 episodes, 1994-1999)
Jann Johnson .... production coordinator / production assistant / ... (65 episodes, 1989-1994)
Barb Tebben .... info club Poobah / assistant: Poobah / ... (56 episodes, 1995-1999)
Ellen McDonough Thomas .... production coordinator / production assistant (50 episodes, 1992-1995)
Sarah E. Wisner .... production assistant (33 episodes, 1992-1994)
Cyn Eells .... intern (24 episodes, 1991-1992)
Christopher Wurst .... intern (24 episodes, 1991-1992)
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)
Alexandra Carr .... production assistant / fan club coordinator (21 episodes, 1988-1989)
Stephanie Hynes .... intern (17 episodes, 1993)
Steve Rosenberer .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1989-1990)
Sara J. Sandborn .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1989-1990)
Robert Czech .... intern (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
Amy Kane .... intern (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
Michelle Molhan .... intern (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
Nathan Molstead .... intern (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
Wendell Jon Andersson .... intern / production coordinator (13 episodes, 1994-1996)
Ken Fournelle .... production staff (12 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jim Fuller .... production staff (12 episodes, 1989-1990)
Tamra Lewis .... intern (12 episodes, 1990-1991)
Cindy Hansen .... intern (12 episodes, 1991-1992)
Thomas Alphonso .... intern (12 episodes, 1991)
Tom Henderson .... intern (12 episodes, 1991)
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)
Jim Erickson .... production staff (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
Melanie Hartley .... production assistant (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
Suzette Jamison .... intern (9 episodes, 1992)
Michael Parker .... intern (9 episodes, 1994-1995)
Jim Smith .... intern (8 episodes, 1990)
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)
Neil Brede .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1990)
Barb Oswald .... junior toolmaster (6 episodes, 1992-1993)
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)
Steven Sande .... intern (5 episodes, 1992)
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)
Joel Hodgson .... this week's creative pit boss (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Brendan Glynn .... intern (3 episodes, 1992)
Trace Beaulieu .... this week's creative pit boss / this week's creative pitt boss (2 episodes, 1990)
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
Bryan Beaulieu .... special thanks (48 episodes, 1989-1992)
Fisher Ames .... special thanks (48 episodes, 1992-1994)
James Madison .... special thanks (48 episodes, 1992-1994)
Mark Gilbertson .... special thanks (36 episodes, 1992-1993)
Randy Herget .... special thanks (25 episodes, 1989-1991)
Bill W. .... special thanks (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
David Campbell .... special thanks (12 episodes, 1989-1990)
Rick Leed .... special thanks (12 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:
Conceived as a a parody of Silent Running (1972). Joel was a captive on a satellite going nowhere, wearing a blue jumpsuit with patches all over it. The robots were companions to help him keep sane. The first episode was more of a direct parody.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Tom Servo:This is a story about a robot named Crow. Can you guess what Crow has been thinking? Crow has been thinking hard... or as hard as he can think anyway... on how the satellite has been so darn clean. It wasn't clean this morning, so think hard, Crow. Think really hard Crow - you poor dope. Scan that scrap heap you call a brain and...
Crow T. Robot:Hey, knock it off!
Tom Servo:[as different images of Gypsy are shown] Oh, sorry. Ah, yes. Who does these things when we're too lazy or too bloated on dinners of rich food and generous portions of our own gargantuan ego? Who debugs the massive computer control center because our own feeble brains can't add fractions? Who provides the water in which you could bathe your filthy oil-stained carcass...
[...]
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Soundtrack:
When I held Your Brain in my ArmsSee more »

FAQ

I always read there were ten seasons; why does IMDb list eleven?
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37 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
11 years of bad movies=11 years of wonderful comedy, 19 October 2005
Author: Spider-Lou from Bristol, CT

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.

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