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MST3K ranks up there with The Simpsons as one of the funniest and unique shows of all time (not to mention longest running), the main difference being (besides the fact that one is animated, one isn't) is that Simpsons has garnered heaps of critical praise and commercial rewards, while MST3K has been largely overlooked and thus relegated to barely more than cult status. Think about it. MST3K has its loyal following (apparently not enough to keep it on the air, though), but there are those who don't know it by name and can only identify it as `that guy and those two robots sitting in front of a movie screen'. That can only be because of poor promotional efforts by both Comedy Central and the SciFi Channel. Thus, after 10 years of relative obscurity and less than spectacular ratings, MST3K is no more. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted; in fact, I'm kind of surprised it stuck it out last long. But still, it deserved a better chance. Granted, MST3K wasn't perfect (how many times did a obscure reference just sail by your head?) but no show is and MST3K epitomized what we all love to do: make fun of bad movies. I haven't been able to see all the episodes of MST3K (not even close) but I'll make it a point to get all their videos and watch reruns for as long as they're on.
And we should be happy for that. However, I will miss getting a weekly fix of MST the way a diabetic will miss insulin. MST has spoiled me for other television programs. Can you name one episode of "Suddenly Susan" or "Jesse" or even "Frasier" that has such a wealth of intelligent writing? For me, only the also cancelled "NewsRadio" even came close. Now only "The Simpsons" and maybe "Futurama" keep television comedy from being non-stop mediocrity. Kudos to the Brains for putting out such a masterpiece for ten years with no reduction in quality. They kept getting better and better every year. I wish I had taped more of the episodes on comedy central when I had the chance. You never know what you have until it is gone. Time to start purchasing the videos!
Mystery Science Theater 3K is an interesting series. The plot is simple, a guy and two robot friends sit through horrible movies and plot out some amazing to funny remarks of the film. There's Mike, Crow, and Tom Servo, three guys that are brave enough to face the challenge. It's very simplistic in design and very natural in comedy. It's amazing... It even ranks up to personal favorites of mine such as Monty Python's Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers. I just wish it wouldn't be 2 hours long, it should be as long as what the movie has been. Of course, the episodes are all the length of movie and why would they have a film adaption to the Tv series. Otherwise, it's fun and wacky, just what people like to order.
Smart, witty, and laugh-'till-your-guts-hurt funny, the Peabody-winning show
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is truly a comic gem. Although recently
canceled by the Sci-Fi Channel, its legacy lives on in the millions of fans,
or MSTies, who followed the show through the infamous treatment the show and
its creators received from Comedy Central, its former home.
The premise is simple: Mike Nelson (Michael J. Nelson), Crow T. Robot (Bill Corbett, played on Comedy Central by Trace Beaulieu), and chick magnet Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy) are forced to watch bad movies at the hands of mad scientists. Mike and his robot companions fight back by talking over the movie, hurling vicious comments at the screen.
Be warned. Mystery Science Theater is not a show for intellectually challenged people. The comments ranging from Shakespeare's greatest hits to old '70s commercials, MST3K could confuse even the most learned people on the earth.
MST3K enters into television history as one of the longest running series on the boob tube. Its hilarity also places it amongst the ranks of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Charlie Chaplin, and Police Squad!. Its ten year run has broken down barriers of every kind, inspiring generations young and old to say what you think and forget being "politically correct."
This show is not to be missed.
If had not been for the heroic efforts of MST3K, lousy, low-budget films
would have been used a deadly weapons, and all of us would have been killed
as a result of watching them! Possibly, this is one of the most innovative,
intelligent, and downright funniest cable TV show ever broadcasted. MST3K is
a one of a kind thing, it will never be imitated or duplicated.
Mike Nelson and his two 'bot buddies, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot are stuck in some weird looking orbiting space station called the "Satellite of Love", and they're forced to watch b-budgeted movies by a scary witch named Pearl, along with her cohorts, Bobo and the brain guy, in hopes that they can unleash the turd flicks onto the earth! But only our heroes Nelson, Servo and Crow can save us by releasing their funny banter to resist the films!
Too bad for a show this popular that it had to cancel. MST3K has always been my favorite TV show ever, and I taped a lot of the episodes so I can watch it over and over! Whenever the 3 guys yell "Movie Sign!!!", I'm there!
MST3K is EASILY the greatest television show ever produced and witnessed
the human eye. LIke a modern Bible that mirrors its own timeframe, while
producing timeless lessons, MST3K is without a doubt the greatest thing to
come along since movies came aloong!
NOtihng ,and i mean NOTHING is safe from the wrath of Mike, Joel,
Servo, and CRooooooooooooooooow! Everyone and everything from Mark
to Shakespeare to fake religeons that phony hollywood people accept all
willingly, to so called "music" television, to my own personal hero,
Godzilla, take hits and heart felt and mindful cracks on the ass here.
With the best writing in movie, television, or book this side of the
simpsons and the godfater, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 will forever live
the faithful MSTies minds....
and especially in the minds of Joe Don baker and everyone else who's name was even mentioned here, celebrity or not. HAHA! take that you pompous airheads! FOR, WHILE YOUR MEMORIES WILL FADE AWAY, THE TIMES OF MST3K WILL LIVE FAR OFF INTO THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE....
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is wonderful, quite simply. My main reason for this would have be the fact that it takes something everyone wants to do (talk during a crappy movie) and gives you these three characters that can do it as much as they want without having to be harassed by an usher. I don't care if he's stranded on a satellite. I envy Mike Nelson. Also, it makes fun of the movies better than I ever could. I think everyone who watches this show has (at least once or twice) tried to imitate the show and watch a movie and try to make fun of it. Most people are usually disappointed in their efforts to do so. I know I was. So, anyway, MST3K is a great show to watch if you have a sense of humor, but if you're a block of wood you probably won't enjoy it. Mind you, that's the ONLY way you wouldn't enjoy it. That I can think of, anyway.
What can be said about Mystery Science Theater 3000? Well lots
actually, it's a very funny series where one guy and two puppets
comment on B movies from between the 50's and the 80's. The pitch
doesn't sound all that, but the comedic timing of these three is
unparallelled. I'm not sure how many times they subjected themselves to
the likes of Puma man or Space mutiny to notice every little continuity
and plot hole errors, but it really pays off.
The series ran for quite a while on the Sci Fi channel on Sky, but not anymore, unfortunately the videos of these great shows is extremely hard to come by too. As such there is probably a large amount of people out there that have not had a chance to watch some of these great episodes. Word to the wise, go see them, it will be the best thing you ever did.
When I first was told about this show I was skeptical about it. A bunch of guys talking through an entire movie? Not good. When I actually watched it I thought it was hilarious. I got hooked instantly. The fact that these characters are making fun of really bad movies (which we do anyway) was genius. Even so, I find myself making comments about it while they are doing their own. It's sad that they don't make them anymore, just because I've seen my share of bad movies recently. Ones that I make fun of all the time, and I would love to see them make fun of them also. All in all, I'm not done collecting the sets, as they come out with new ones. (One coming out I think on June 7th)I can't wait to have them all.
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This is definitely one of the most underrated shows in history. On a low budget, MST3K became a huge phenomenon. What a great concept to have 3 guys (2 robots and 1 human) watch some of the worst movies ever made and make funny comments throughout the films. I can't watch a single one without having to pause it because I was laughing so hard and didn't want to miss anything. The writers, led by Michael J. Nelson, are absolutely brilliant. Even with changes to the cast (Joel, Frank and Trace leaving, Bill Corbett taking over the role of Crow, Mike replacing Joel), the show did not lose a single ounce of comedic flavor. Anytime I need a good laugh, I can just pop in an MST3K episode and my mood is guaranteed to improve. This show tops any other sit-com including Seinfeld, Frasier, Friends, That 70's Show, Two and a Half Men, The Simpsons, etc. You name a sit-com, MST3K is funnier. I don't see how anyone could give this show anything less than 9 or 10 stars. I just don't. Even if you're not a Sci-Fi kind of person, you will love this show. Though I wish this show lasted longer than 10 seasons, that's a lot of episodes and a lot of bad movies. I don't envy the writers having to watch these films over and over. MST3K is a thrill-ride you will never forget. To the person who said she could see why it got cancelled, it lasted 10 seasons and I'm not sure it did get cancelled or if they just decided to call it quits. If a show can last 10 seasons, it's obviously not that bad.
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