Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 5, Episode 24

'Manos' the Hands of Fate (30 Jan. 1993)

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This cult classic episode starts off with Joel experiencing what it would be like if the bots actually looked up to him and immediately realizing just how hollow it leaves him inside. The ... See full summary »



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This cult classic episode starts off with Joel experiencing what it would be like if the bots actually looked up to him and immediately realizing just how hollow it leaves him inside. The Mads' Chocolate Bunny Guillatine goes up against Joel's Cartooner in the invention exchange. Joel and the bots endure the movie in any way they possibly can, ranging from debating whether or not Torgo is actually a monster to pantomiming a car drive through Texas (which only backfires on them). While Joel pretends to be the Master and the bots beat each other up in diaphanous robes, Torgo delivers a pizza to the Mads, who refuse to take the Crazy Bread for a very good reason. It gets worse when they realize how Torgo has kept the pizza warm. Written by Titus Yorick

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Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) is generally considered to be the worst film ever featured on the series. According to the writers of the show they found the film so ridiculously terrible that they were stunned into watching the film several times before finally writing the riffs for the episode. Every film featured on the series since would be compared to Manos. See more »


(at around 1 min) Joel can be seen turning to Crow, revealing that he's wearing glasses. See more »


Crow T. Robot: [the master leans over and touches a stone] Stephanie bring me in some coffee and a pop tart.
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References Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) See more »


Jim Dandy
(uncredited) (as "Jam Handy")
Written by Lincoln Chase
Portion sung by Joel Hodgson
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Might be responsible for a few documented cases of 'death by laughter'...
29 October 2014 | by (Sequim, WA) – See all my reviews

For some unfathomable reason, the IMDb summary includes Joel, instead of Mike in this Season 5, Episode 24 offering. As every loyal follower of this cult television show well knows, Mike enters into the picture permanently after the 13th episode of Season 5!

The movie itself (manos is Spanish for hands, btw, making the actual title translate to "Hands, the Hands of Fate") is indescribably awful in every imaginable way. To comment any further about this fact is pointless. But what MST3K does to it, is comedic genius to the nth degree. At one point, Torgo's stammering speech is mimicked to near-perfection by Crow, Servo, and Mike interchangeably, so everything spoken appears to actually be in the film. This effect had me literally holding my sides from the paroxysms of laughter I simply could not control. I even had to grab my computer desk at one point, to keep from falling out of my chair...true story! I cannot remember a better feeling after viewing this send-up of all send-ups. Bodily secretions released by laughter have been measured and identified. They truly benefit and heal the body and soul; however, watch at your own risk. You've been warned!

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