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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.

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Joel Hodgson
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Top Rated TV #172 | 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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Making unwatchable movies essential viewing. See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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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

On KTMA, Joel and the robots' riffs were completely improvised. After the move to Comedy Central, all of the riffs were scripted. The writers would watch the movie together twice to write jokes. In the scripts, each joked is timed to the second. See more »

Goofs

During the theater sequences, Crow frequently talks without moving his mouth. Sometimes his mouth moves after he finishes talking. See more »

Quotes

Michael: See? You're feeling better already.
Joel: Rolling in the filthill do that for you
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Crazy Credits

Beth McKeever, usually credited as Beth "Beez" McKeever, was credited as Beth "Deadly Beez" McKeever at the end of the episode "The Deadly Bees". 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

Spoofed in Good Eats: The Egg Files II: Man with a Flan (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Love Theme from Mystery Science Theatre 3000
Lyrics by Joel Hodgson and J. Elvis Weinstein
Music by Charlie Erickson and Joel Hodgson
Performed by Joel and the Joels
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Should go down in history as one of the greatest shows ever written
10 December 2005 | by skillwithaquillSee all my reviews

Mystery Science Theater 3000 could quite possibly be one of the most inventive and hilarious shows of all time. In a nutshell, an average guy is rocketed into space by his evil boss and is forced to watch terrible, cheesy, poorly acted, poorly written, poorly shot, B-grade movies (sometimes even lower grade than that). The only way he keeps his sanity is by mocking and riffing on the movie-of-the-week with his robot friends, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot. He is also kept company by the robots Cambot and Gypsy, who do not watch the movie.

Each episode of MST3K delivers almost non-stop laughs and great one-liners that make watching these awful movies not only bearable, but also hilarious! There are fans (known as MSTies) of all ages, from adults who have been watching it from the first televised episode to teens just discovering it thanks to the release of the DVDs.

All in all, I am a huge fan of MST3K and have never been dissatisfied with it. I've never seen an episode that didn't make me laugh out loud.

It's difficult to describe it to those who haven't seen it before, so if you're not one of the legions of fans of MST3K yet, hurry out and rent or buy one of the DVD sets. You won't be disappointed! 10/10


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