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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return 

TV-14 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 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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2018   2017  
2 nominations. See more awards »





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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Comedy | Sci-Fi



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Release Date:

14 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet See more »


Box Office


$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 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) See more »

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I was surprised at how much I didn't like this
18 July 2017 | by ericjcant-1See all my reviews

I went into this reboot totally ready for a new take, and then... by the end of episode 3 it was clear to me that "the return" was not enjoyable, to the extent that I found it odd that nobody in the relatively large creative team came forward to say, "hey,this isn't working."

I think maybe the biggest problem with this reboot is that it tries too hard in every respect. The jokes are too many, the script too deliberate, and the editing just rams it all together. There is very little, if anything, about this reboot that has an off-the-cuff feel, and this self-awareness is actually annoying. This might sound strange, but it's like a Broadway play where the actors aren't actually funny, they are ACTING at being funny. The same goes for the scripts... it all lacks a sense of authenticity in the humor and feels contrived, even when the jokes work.

The next problem is the dynamics of the group. It's often hard to tell who is saying what. And where the jokes are often piled on top of each other, there is no sense of unique characterization, let alone chemistry.

The writing isn't terrible, but it seems to be written by people who might be funny in other situations, yet are not cut out for this type of observational snarky-ness.

I was truly ready for a new MST3k adventure, but this felt like a misfire. In hindsight, I think the best option would have been to either use a different creative team altogether, with people who have been shown to thrive at impromptu observations, or just bring back the original cast and crew. All in all, I really think this turned out to be an inorganic and unmemorable recipe.

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