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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11
Release Date:
13 July 1993 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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Excellent! Ranks right up there with "The Simpsons" and "The Daily Show" ! 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 / ... (104 episodes, 1992-1999)
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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 (148 episodes, 1991-1999)
Paul Chaplin (143 episodes, 1991-1999)
Mary Jo Pehl (121 episodes, 1992-1999)
Frank Conniff (103 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 (19 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 (92 episodes, 1992-1999)
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 (104 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 / ... (89 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 / special makeup effects artist / ... (11 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 (60 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 (70 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 / toolmaster (25 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 .... sound / audio editor / ... (51 episodes, 1991-1994)
John Sims .... boom operator / foley artist (36 episodes, 1997-1999)
Bradley J. Keely .... sound (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 (90 episodes, 1990-1994)
Kevin Murphy .... lighting / camera operator / ... (72 episodes, 1988-1992)
Timothy Scott .... lighting technician / lighting (47 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 (41 episodes, 1991-1993)
Alexandra Carr .... post-production coordinator (36 episodes, 1991-1992)
Lisa Erickson .... color consultant (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Bradley J. Keely .... associate editor (18 episodes, 1992)
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)
Ellen McDonough Thomas .... post-production coordinator (7 episodes, 1992-1994)
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 / ... (37 episodes, 1990-1999)
Kevin Murphy .... composer: additional music / arranger: additional music / ... (9 episodes, 1990-1998)
 
Series Other crew
Jef Maynard .... toolmaster / tool master (107 episodes, 1990-1995)
Bradley J. Keely .... technical supervisor / production coordinator (76 episodes, 1994-1999)
Heide LeClerc .... manager of business affairs / manager: business affairs (70 episodes, 1991-1994)
Tim Johnson .... controller (69 episodes, 1994-1999)
Timothy Scott .... technical supervisor (66 episodes, 1991-1994)
Jann Johnson .... production coordinator / production assistant / ... (65 episodes, 1989-1994)
Barb Tebben .... info club Poobah / assistant: Poobah / ... (56 episodes, 1995-1999)
Patrick Brantseg .... intern / technical puppetry / ... (26 episodes, 1992-1999)
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)
Ellen McDonough Thomas .... production assistant / production coordinator (21 episodes, 1992-1995)
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)
Sarah E. Wisner .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1992-1994)
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)
Mark Gilbertson .... special thanks (36 episodes, 1992-1993)
Randy Herget .... special thanks (25 episodes, 1989-1991)
Bill W. .... special thanks (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
Fisher Ames .... special thanks (18 episodes, 1992)
James Madison .... special thanks (18 episodes, 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:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Writer/star Kevin Murphy said in an interview that creator Joel Hodgson seemed to have a number of different philosophies behind the show whenever he was questioned about it. Murphy said Hodgson often made them up on the spot during interviews.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In many episodes, you can hear the 'bots and the host turning the pages as they go through their scripts.See more »
Quotes:
Cook:They give you a thousand bucks to join, and a thousand bucks when it's over.
Tom Servo:That's at least a thousand bucks.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Klack Holiday SerenadeSee more »

FAQ

How come the DVDs aren't releasing the episodes in order?
I always read there were ten seasons; why does IMDb list eleven?
Why did Joel leave the show?
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86 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
Excellent! Ranks right up there with "The Simpsons" and "The Daily Show" !, 19 July 2003
Author: Cowman (cowman777@hotmail.com) from The Mitten State, USA

For those unfortunate few who have never seen an episode of Joel Hodgson's MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 (referred to by fans as 'MST3K'), here is a brief rundown on all the fun you've missed out on. Dr. Forrester is your typical mad scientist. He sports big glasses, an oversized lab coat, crazy hair, and an insatiable urge to take over the world. In an effort to kick off his latest foolproof world-domination scheme, Dr. Forrester abducts a dry-witted janitor named Joel Robinson from the research center they both work at. Joel is blasted into space in an apparently escape-proof ship called the Satellite of Love, forever doomed to orbit the planet Earth. Forrester keeps contact with Joel via satellite transmission, and each week sends hims an unbearably awful b-movie which he is forced to watch. The mad doctor's idea is to keep sending movies that are so mind-numbingly terrible that it will eventually drive Joel and his viewers to insanity, thus giving him an easy outlet for conquering the world. To help preserve his sanity, Joel uses parts from the ship to build four wise-cracking robot friends that keep him company and help us to avoid cinema-induced lunacy by mercilessly heckling the films.

The show aired weekly, and re-introduced old 1950s-70s era drive-in swill to a world that has long forgotten about it. The movies they chose--The Brain That Wouldn't Die, Time of the Apes, and (most notorious) Manos: The Hands of Fate, for example--were truly some of the most awful abominations in cinema history, and how they were able to find clear, working prints of these (mostly) obscure films is beyond me. Not only was it great to be able to witness some of these "masterpieces" first-hand, but the non-stop commentary by Joel, Tom, and Crow was absolutely hysterical. There was never a dull moment when those boys hit the SOL's onboard movie theater. On occasion, there would be a break from the movie to show a humorous sketch that would further the basic plot of the show. While many of these segments were admittedly not all that funny, they didn't last long, and Forrester would call for "MOVIE SIGN!" again in no time. Come to think of it, it may not even be that these primitive skits weren't funny, but that they simply paled in comparison to the sheer hilarity that took place in the ship's movie theater.

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 is one of the few television programs that seems to be loved by virtually everybody. Seriously--I know of not a single person who didn't like this show, nor have I ever read a single negative comment or review of it. That being said, why on Earth was such a brilliant show like MST3K canceled? It couldn't have been because of poor ratings, since the show had a huge cult following and a substantial amount of regular viewers. If anyone has any information regarding why this series was taken off the air, please contact me!

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