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Mystery Science Theater 3000

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Mystery Science Theater 3000
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Premiere November 19, 1989
Finale August 8, 1999
Creator Joel Hodgson
Network KTMA-TV (season 0)
Comedy Channel (seasons 1–2)
Comedy Central (seasons 3–7)
Sci Fi Channel (seasons 8–10)
Style 2-hour sci-fi comedy
Company Hair Brain Productions
(season 0)
Best Brains Productions
(seasons 1-10)
Seasons 10 + 1 unofficial
Episodes 197 + 8 specials + 1 pilot
Origin USA

Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999), known to fans as MST3K, is a program based around ridiculing ("riffing on") bad movies set in the far away time of "next Sunday A.D.". The show follows Joel Robinson (Seasons one through five) and Mike Nelson (Seasons five through ten) as they are forced to view these movies. The movies are part of an evil experiment created by the evil Dr. Clayton Forrester. He believes that if he can discover the worst movie in the world, he can air it on television around the globe and use it to break the will of humans everywhere. Joel and Mike are two blue collar workers who become his unwitting test experiments and are shot into space to live aboard the Satellite of Love.

Once Joel arrived on the satellite, he constructed robot friends to keep him company. Gypsy, the female robot, was designed to pilot the ship. Cambot was constructed in order to tape the experiments and allow Joel to entertain the people of Earth. Joel then created Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, two wisecracking robots to keep him company and help him retain his sanity while watching the bad movies. At some point Joel had control over when the movies started and stopped, but he used those parts of the machinery in the creation of his robot friends. The robots are the only cast members to remain throughout all ten seasons of the show.

Each episode begins with a cold opening and a short joke that has no relation to the movie about to be viewed. In the next segment, the evil villain in charge at the time introduces the bad movie that the robots will be forced to watch. In the seasons that Joel Robinson was the host, this segment was used as an invention exchange between him and Dr. Clayton Forrester.

When the villain activates the movie, an alarm goes off on the Satellite of Love and the crew members must hurry to the theater or be punished. The transition to the theater is accomplished by Cambot flying through numerous doors that open as he approaches. Once in the theater, the crew are represented by silhouettes at the bottom of the screen. The crew add one-liners and jokes to turn the bad movie they are watching into comedy. They leave the theater three times during each episode to host segments and skits.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Trace Beaulieu Crow T. Robot 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Dr. Clayton Forrester 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Joel Hodgson Joel Robinson 0 1 2 3 4 5 10
Josh Weinstein Gypsy 0
Tom Servo 0 1
Dr. Laurence Erhardt 0 1
Jim Mallon Gypsy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Kevin Murphy Tom Servo 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Professor Bobo 8 9 10
Frank Conniff TV's Frank 2 3 4 5 6 10
Michael J. Nelson Mike Nelson 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mary Jo Pehl Pearl Forrester 6 7 8 9 10
Bill Corbett Crow T. Robot 8 9 10
Brain Guy 8 9 10
Patrick Brantseg Gypsy 8 9 10
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
KTMA-TV
Season Zero November 24, 1988 May 28, 1989 21 + 1
The Comedy Channel
Season One November 19, 1989 February 13, 1990 13
Season Two September 22, 1990 February 2, 1991 13
Comedy Central
Season Three June 1, 1991 January 25, 1992 24
Season Four June 6, 1992 January 30, 1993 24 + 1
Season Five July 17, 1993 February 5, 1994 24
Season Six July 16, 1994 March 25, 1995 24 + 2
Season Seven November 23, 1995 March 18, 1996 6
Sci Fi Channel
Season Eight February 1, 1997 December 6, 1997 22 + 3
Season Nine March 14, 1998 September 26, 1998 13 + 2
Season Ten April 11, 1999 September 12, 1999 13
Feature Films
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie April 19, 1996

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Episode Collections
The Essentials August 31, 2004 2 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 1 November 12, 2002 4 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 2 February 11, 2003 4 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 3 April 8, 2003 4 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 4 November 18, 2003 4 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 5 March 9, 2004 4 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 6 October 26, 2004 4 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 7 April 19, 2005 4 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 8 November 8, 2005 4 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 9 May 16, 2006 4 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 10 August 29, 2006 4 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 10.2 February 5, 2008 4 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 11 June 26, 2007 4 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 12 October 30, 2007 4 purchase
20th Anniversary Edition October 28, 2008 4 purchase
Volume XIV February 3, 2009 4 purchase
Volume XV July 7, 2009 4 purchase
Volume XVI December 1, 2009 4 purchase
Volume XVII March 16, 2010 4 purchase
Volume XVIII July 13, 2010 4 purchase
Individual Episodes
The Brain That Wouldn't Die April 25, 2000 1 purchase
Eegah! April 25, 2000 1 purchase
The Beginning of the End January 30, 2001 1 purchase
The Wild Wild World of Batwoman January 30, 2001 1 purchase
Manos, the Hands of Fate November 20, 2001 1 purchase
Mitchell November 20, 2001 1 purchase
I Accuse My Parents March 26, 2002 1 purchase
Red Zone Cuba March 26, 2002 1 purchase
The Crawling Hand June 11, 2002 1 purchase
The Hellcats June 11, 2002 1 purchase
The Giant Gila Monster February 5, 2008 1§
Feature Film
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie May 27, 1998 1 purchase
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie May 6, 2008 1 purchase

§ only available through Rhino.com

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