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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 #166 | 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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Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a list appearing Spectrum issue #22, dated April 2000 of the best TV series of the 1990s, John Thorne ranked this show as #2. See more »

Goofs

The show mentions many times that the robots' arms don't work. Sometimes they have completed projects that require working arms, or they perform deeds with their arms moving. See more »

Quotes

Tom Servo: Y'know, Mike, every year of my life, I grow more and more convinced that the wisest and the best is to fix our attention on the good and the beautiful. If you just take the time to look at it.
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Crazy Credits

Referring to the process allowing the characters to be silhouetted against the movies, earlier episodes include the credit "Filmed in Shadowrama". See more »

Alternate Versions

Episode 701 (Night of the Bloodbeast), has two different host segments. One was to be aired once on Thanksgiving day of 1995 that went with some earlier bumpers from the marathon. Another was taped for regular rotation. The "Turkey Day Version", ended up being aired a few more times. See more »

Connections

Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: NBComics #1 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Please Stay
Written by Michael J. Nelson
Performed by Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy
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User Reviews

One of the Greatest Ideas ever come to TV
8 July 2003 | by Rat ManSee all my reviews

MSTK 3K was never meant to be a quality show. It's simply a cheesy skit to make fun of really, really bad movies. In a world, where everybody takes things too seriously, this show produces a much needed boost of comedy. Sitcoms tend to become the same, and humor anymore is few and far between. There is just a finite number of plot lines that a sitcom can have. And many sitcoms tend to outlast their usefullness (Friends and Fraiser). However, MST3k, the humor is always refreshing. Joel (or Mike) and the robots never run out of potshots during a movie. So many movies become untentionally funny, because they are so poorly made. The robots are very clever, when they can relate contemporary events with old movies. I'll never forget when Croww T. Robot, said when he saw a wrecked T-bird "Teddy Kennedy are you alright?"

The shorts are very clever too. They make fun of the stupid short films that you had to watch in elementary school. (Posture, grooming, what to do on a date).

The only thing that one must watch out for, is that sometimes people don't get the jokes that the robots are pitching. As long as one is up on current events, he would find this show hilarious.

I remember watching the movie when it came out to theaters in 1996. I have never been in an audience that laughed so much.


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