Mystery Science Theater 3000/Season Three

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Season Three
Mystery Science Theater 3000
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Season Premiere June 1, 1991
Season Finale January 25, 1992
Episode Count 24
Notable Episodes 3x21 - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
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Season Three of Mystery Science Theater 3000 premiered on June 1, 1991. This season reused nine movies that had been shown during Season Zero. During this season the first issue of The Satellite News, a newsletter for members of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Fan Club, was sent out. The show was also nominated for a Cable Ace award for best comedy, but lost to Dream On.

Best Brains Inc. and Comedy Central reached an agreement during this season to not reair Season One episodes. The crew felt that these older episodes were of a lesser quality and were somewhat embarrassed by them. These episodes also included characters that were no longer in the show and might confuse new viewers. During this season Comedy Central aired a 30-hour marathon of Mystery Science Theater 3000 during the Thanksgiving holiday. Best Brains produced numerous segments that aired in-between the episodes and chronicled the story of Dr. Forrester trying to take over the world while TV's Frank entertained dinner guests. The marathon would go on to become a Comedy Central tradition.

Many episodes in this season featured movies that were produced by Sandy Frank. Frank specialized in producing imported Japanese films like the Gamera series. Frank was so upset over the mocking of these films on Mystery Science Theater 3000 that he refused to renew the rights on the movies and allow Comedy Central to keep running them. Once the rights expired, Comedy Central would never air these episodes again.

Episodes

# # Title Airdate
48 1 Cave Dwellers June 1, 1991
49 2 Gamera June 8, 1991
50 3 Pod People June 15, 1991
51 4 Gamera vs. Barugon June 22, 1991
52 5 Standed in Space June 29, 1991
53 6 Time of the Apes July 13, 1991
54 7 Daddy-O July 20, 1991
55 8 Gamera vs. Gaos July 27, 1991
56 9 The Amazing Colossal Man August 3, 1991
57 10 Fugitive Alien August 17, 1991
58 11 It Conquered the World August 24, 1991
59 12 Gamera vs. Guiron September 7, 1991
60 13 Earth vs. the Spider September 14, 1991
61 14 Mighty Jack September 21, 1991
62 15 Teenage Caveman November 9, 1991
63 16 Gamera vs. Zigra October 19, 1991
64 17 Viking Women vs. the Sea Serpent October 26, 1991
65 18 Star Force: Fugitive Alien II November 16, 1991
66 19 War of the Colossal Beast November 30, 1991
67 20 The Unearthly December 14, 1991
68 21 Santa Claus Conquers the Martians December 21, 1991
69 22 Master Ninja I January 11, 1992
70 23 The Castle of Fu-Manchu January 18, 1992
71 24 Master Ninja II January 25, 1992


Mystery Science Theater 3000 Seasons
Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6 | Season 7 | Season 8 | Season 9 | Season 10 | Season Zero