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Teen-Age Crime Wave 

The crew pokes fun as a group of twenty-something "teenagers" hold an elderly farm couple hostage on Thanksgiving in Teen-Age Crime Wave (1955). Mike and the Bots open the first deli in space and contemplate the "doughy guy".


Trace Beaulieu


Joel Hodgson (creator), Michael J. Nelson (head writer) | 9 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
Michael J. Nelson ... Mike Nelson
Jim Mallon Jim Mallon ... Gypsy
Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo
Frank Conniff ... TV's Frank


The crew pokes fun as a group of twenty-something "teenagers" hold an elderly farm couple hostage on Thanksgiving in Teen-Age Crime Wave (1955). Mike and the Bots open the first deli in space and contemplate the "doughy guy".

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Comedy | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

15 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

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Did You Know?


Crow T. Robot: [during teenage crime wave] Go ahead, let it out. Have a teenage cry wave
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Crazy Credits

Just as the writers' credits scroll up, Frank keeps accidentally hitting the button and returning the camera to Deep 13, upon which Dr. Forrester keeps macing him. See more »


References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »


James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
Hummed by Kevin Murphy
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Short Crime Wave
1 December 2018 | by hellraiser7See all my reviews

This isn't a favorite of mine but is a good episode to watch. The only bad thing is I felt a little of the riffs in the middle of the episode slowed up a bit, there still were funny ones just not enough. However, once the third half starts, things start up again and is funny business as usual.

This is another bad crime film they riff on, which just has propaganda written all over it as it is making all teen youth seem evil, let alone isn't even much of a crime wave at all as this film plays out like the Bruce Willis film "Hostage" only that film is good this one not so much. Two of the things that get me are the fact the two teen perpetrators act like 1920's gangsters even though this film is set in the 50's and the two crocks even innocent bystanders come of a bit stereotypically two dimensional most of the time. Though strangely the film is watchable there are some good moments and scenes, a crime story film on teenagers in the 50's isn't a bad idea, if you played your cards right and rounded out the crooks and the innocent bystanders, get a little more into their heads.

But besides all that, this episode was fun really like some of the riffs in the first half, when we see the first crime take place, women's prison, and some of the escape. Though my favorite riffs are in that third half with the chase which cracks me up, really like how the MST crew moved with the screen graphic that pans too fast to the right to create the illusion of the police car turning right. And even some of the action at the end with the final fight between the protagonist and crook at the observatory, not exactly sure what good the crook thought going into that observatory and activating the rotation and opening the hub door would do, like you're really going to get very far.

One of the highlights is the song they sing which is one of my honorable mention songs for the show, it was based on the pudgy guy in the film that was robbed. It just cracks me up they even go so far as to have a really blown up photograph of that no name guy.

This episode is a crime wave of fun.

Rating: 3 stars

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