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Seasons:
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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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A consistently great 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 / ... (96 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 (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:
The mole people Gerry and Sylvia are named after Sylvia Anderson and Gerry Anderson, the creators of _"Thunderbirds" (1964)_. The show featured several of their films during the KTMA years.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:
[repeated line]
Joel:What do you think, sirs?
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Oh, I Am SadSee more »

FAQ

I always read there were ten seasons; why does IMDb list eleven?
What are those "other science facts"?
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65 out of 76 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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