In the first national broadcast of MST3K, the Mads have moved into Deep 13, Joel has spruced up the Bots, and Forrest Tucker sleepwalks his way through this week's literally eye-popping film.


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Joel Hodgson ...
J. Elvis Weinstein ...
Tom Servo / Dr. Laurence Erhardt (as Josh Weinstein)
Jim Mallon ...


The Mads tell Joel that they have moved their operation into Deep 13 at the sub-basement of Gizmonic Institute where he used to work. Afterwards The Mads kick off the invention exchange with a canine antiperspirant while Joel introduces electric bagpipes. Then Joel and the 'bots are treated to a 1958 sci-fi trifle called "The Crawling Eye" (original title: The Crawling Eye (1958)) starring Forrest Tucker. In this story, a race of telepathic aliens inhabit a stationary cloud at the base of the Trollenberg Mountains and decapitate anyone who comes near. Written by Jerry Roberts

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18 November 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This was the first show to be fully scripted, previously the actors just ad-libbed. See more »


J. Elvis Weinstein's head is visible as he operates Tom Servo. See more »


Crow T. Robot: Joel, I think we've already spent more time examining this plot than the writers ever did.
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References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »


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The humble beginnings of MST3k as a cable show
25 June 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

The first "Mystery Science Theater 3000" episode to be broadcast on national cable as opposed to the local season that aired on KTMA in Minneapolis is alright, I guess, but mostly consists of Joel and the bots riffing on a stereotypically 'bad' movie (50's drive-in monster flick). There were the odd episodes where the MST3k crew chose movies that while far from great, were really relatively acceptable to riff, and this is one of them (two other notable ones are "Phase IV" from the KTMA season and "This Island Earth" which was disastrously chosen for the MST3k movie). Really, "The Crawling Eye" is far from abysmally bad, it's just a mediocre sci-fi offering with a ludicrous monster. Really, it's the last ten minutes of the movie that have the funniest riffs- the rest is fairly uninspired.

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