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Mystery Science Theater 3000 

TV-14 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | TV Series (1988–1999)
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In the not-too-distant future Joel Robinson is held captive by Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank, forced to watch B-Grade movies on the Satellite of Love with the help of his robot friends: Cambot, Gypsy, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot.

Creator:

Joel Hodgson
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1999   1998   1997   1996   … See all »
Top Rated TV #154 | Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Kevin Murphy ...  Tom Servo / ... 185 episodes, 1988-1999
Trace Beaulieu ...  Crow T. Robot / ... 150 episodes, 1988-1996
Jim Mallon Jim Mallon ...  Gypsy / ... 142 episodes, 1989-1998
Michael J. Nelson ...  Mike Nelson / ... 124 episodes, 1990-1999
Frank Conniff ...  TV's Frank / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1999
Joel Hodgson Joel Hodgson ...  Joel Robinson / ... 109 episodes, 1988-1999
Mary Jo Pehl Mary Jo Pehl ...  Pearl Forrester / ... 88 episodes, 1992-1999
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Storyline

When zany mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester and his loopy assistant Frank get bored with their work at the Deep Thirteen research center, they kidnap Joel the janitor and shoot him into orbit on the Satellite of Love. While in space Joel builds wacky robot sidekicks Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot to help him withstand an onslaught of grade 'Z' movies that the mad scientists force him to watch. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Taglines:

Making unwatchable movies essential viewing. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site | Satellite News

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

MST 3000 See more »

Filming Locations:

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(199 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

After the end credits, a five-second clip from the movie is shown, highlighting a particularly stupid moment. The cast and crew called them "stingers." The first, aired with Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990), featured a blind man saying, "Help me." The stingers appeared until season 8. Three episodes replaced the stingers with a repeating clip of the Observers holding their brains up to the camera. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The She-Creature (1997) shows a clip of Professor Bobo lying on an asteroid in pain after falling out of Pearl Forrester's space-traveling van. The four "stingers" followed Sci-Fi's strict new story arc guidelines for the show. See more »

Goofs

The show mentions many times that the robots' arms don't work. Sometimes they have completed projects that require working arms, or they perform deeds with their arms moving. See more »

Quotes

Crow: My breasts led me here.
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Crazy Credits

In some episodes, Cambot was credited as "himself". See more »

Alternate Versions

For syndication, the show was aired as "The Mystery Science Theater Hour." Eleven episodes from seasons 2-4 were broken up into two-parters, and released as 22 hour-long episodes into what was effectively first-run syndication for the 1995-96 season. Although the original host segments were retained, new introductions were also filmed featuring Michael J. Nelson as the balding "Host" (a parody of A&E announcer Jack Perkins). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part One (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Opus 4, Number 23, Plate Spinning Song
Written by Michael J. Nelson
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One of the funniest shows around
18 February 2000 | by XophianicSee all my reviews

I found MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 to be one of the most creative, original, funniest and greatest shows I've ever seen. It's very unique and has never been done before. It also has some very talented and very funny people, like Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy and Trace Beaulieu. I didn't know there were so many bad b-rated movies until these guys found them and made fun of them. Then turn watching a crappy movie into a funny and enjoyable experience. It's a shame that this terrific show is over, because this is one show that never gets old.


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