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Seasons:
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Release Date:
24 November 1988 (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 & 11 nominations See more »
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11 years of bad movies=11 years of wonderful comedy 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 (168 episodes, 1988-1999)
Joel Hodgson (156 episodes, 1988-1999)
Michael J. Nelson (153 episodes, 1989-1999)
Bridget Jones (139 episodes, 1991-1999)
Paul Chaplin (136 episodes, 1991-1999)
Jim Mallon (121 episodes, 1988-1997)
Mary Jo Pehl (121 episodes, 1992-1999)
Trace Beaulieu (120 episodes, 1988-1996)
Frank Conniff (90 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 (126 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 Stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer (1 episode, 1996)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1996)
 
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)
Dan Breyer .... grip (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Kevin Murphy .... lighting / camera operator / ... (21 episodes, 1988-1992)
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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Trivia:
Charles Band was executive producer of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988) {Robot Holocaust(#1.10)}_ and "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988){Laserblast(#7.6)}_. Both movies also used the same theme music, composed by Richard Band. Despite several jokes made during "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988){Laserblast(#7.6)}_, about the music's similarity to 1980s hard rock bands, the recycled theme music went unnoticed.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The rod used to control Tom Servo is visible several times when he is carried into or out of the theater.See more »
Quotes:
TV's Frank:Don't worry, doctor, I knew when we brought him on that we'd have to eliminate him; that's half the fun.
Dr. Forrester:Yes, Frank, but how? These things must be done delicately.
TV's Frank:After all, he knew going in that this was only a "temporary" situation.
Dr. Forrester:Yes, and now I want this "temporary" situation taken care of... permanently!
TV's Frank:Are we talking about the same thing?
Dr. Forrester:He's been a canker sore in my gumline for too long!
TV's Frank:The way he struts around like he owns the place. Pah!
Dr. Forrester:Let's use method number fifty-three, hmm?
Dr. Forrester:Yes, elegant... painful.
Dr. Forrester:And it leaves nothing behind but the great smell of Brut! Ha ha ha ha ha!
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The TV Wheel (1995) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Baby MusicSee more »

FAQ

I always read there were ten seasons; why does IMDb list eleven?
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36 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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