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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return 

TV-14 | | Comedy, Drama, Horror | TV Series (2017– )
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Set in the not-too-distant future, a Gizmonic Institute employee is lured to the dark side of the moon by third-generation mad scientist Kinga Forrester and her flunky, Max. He is sat in ... See full summary »


Joel Hodgson
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Series cast summary:
Felicia Day ...  Kinga Forrester 20 episodes, 2017-2018
Patton Oswalt ...  Max (TV's Son of TV's Frank) 20 episodes, 2017-2018
Jonah Ray ...  Jonah Heston 20 episodes, 2017-2018
Baron Vaughn ...  Tom Servo 20 episodes, 2017-2018
Hampton Yount ...  Crow T. Robot 20 episodes, 2017-2018
Joel Hodgson Joel Hodgson ...  Ardy / ... 20 episodes, 2017-2018
Tim Ryder ...  Bonehead #1 20 episodes, 2017-2018
Zach Thompson Zach Thompson ...  Bonehead #2 20 episodes, 2017-2018
Rebecca Hanson Rebecca Hanson ...  Gypsy / ... 20 episodes, 2017-2018
Har Mar Superstar ...  Skeleton Crew Bandleader 20 episodes, 2017-2018


Set in the not-too-distant future, a Gizmonic Institute employee is lured to the dark side of the moon by third-generation mad scientist Kinga Forrester and her flunky, Max. He is sat in front of cheesy movies with his robot buddies and forced to tortuously watch bad movies in their entirety as these mad scientists study the effects on his mind.

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Release Date:

14 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet See more »


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$5,764,229 (estimated)
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The Skeleton Crew on the moon are the same design as the henchman on Inframan. See more »


Follows MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (1995) See more »

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Definitely a good start -- needs some refining.
24 April 2017 | by eva-varnjuSee all my reviews

Expectations for MST3K's return were definitely high, and while I am pleasantly surprised, there is room to grow. The sets are fun, the casting good, but the chemistry simply hasn't had time to grow yet.

Strengths: Solid joke writing, and some amusing guest appearances for the host segments (I particularly enjoyed Mark Hamill as a carnival barker). Plus, the cast really has a lot of potential.

Weaknesses: Pacing! The riffers tend to race through their lines and it is painfully obvious at times that it is scripted. The old MST was scripted as well, but there was natural flow to it that made it feel like the bots and host were providing spontaneous commentary. While a lot of the jokes are really funny, the rushed delivery of almost every line can really detract from it. I am hopeful, however, that as the performers get more comfortable with their characters and what they're doing, things will improve. We saw a similar growth curve with the original MST, too.

All-in-all it's definitely worth watching and quite funny. I'm also appreciative of the fact that the season is light on the SUPER BORING old black and white sci-fi movies (more like walk-a-thons!). There's plenty of cheesy fantasy crap and monster movies that are genuinely fun to watch and ripe for riffing.

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