Mystery Science Theater 3000

Mystery Science Theater 3000 (often abbreviated as MST3K) is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc., that ran from 1988 to 1999.

The series features a man and his robot sidekicks who are trapped on a space station by an evil scientist and forced to watch a selection of bad movies, often (but not limited to) science fiction B-movies. To keep sane, the man and his robots provide a running commentary on each film, making fun of its flaws and wisecracking (or "riffing") their way through each reel in the style of a movie-theater peanut gallery. Each film is presented with a superimposition of the man and robots' silhouettes along the bottom of the screen.

Series creator Hodgson originally played the stranded man, Joel Robinson, for five and a half seasons. When Hodgson left in 1993, series head writer Michael J. Nelson replaced him as new victim Mike Nelson, and continued in the role for the rest of the show's run.

During its eleven years, 198 episodes and one feature film, MST3K attained critical acclaim. The series won a Peabody Award in 1993, was nominated for two Emmy Awards (in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Variety or Music Program) in 1994 and 1995, and was nominated for a CableACE Award.

In 2007, James Poniewozik listed Mystery Science Theater 3000 as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME."

MST3K - Diabolik

The final episode

MST3K - Squirm

Mutant worms in the south

MST3K - Track of the Moon Beast

Featuring "Johnny Longbow" & "The Band that Played California Lady."

MST3K - Gorgo

Foiled by Maltin!

MST3K - Puma Man

Star Donald Pleasence once cited this as the worst film he had ever been in.

MST3K - Horror of Party Beach

Mike and the Bots go to town...

MST3K - Prince of Space

one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME"

MST3K - The Thing That Couldn't Die

A water witch decides that she'd rather go out with a bodyless head from the 16th century than with any one of a number of hunks of varying mental capacity from the family farm.

MST3K - The Incredible Melting Man

This movie terrified us as kids...

MST3K - The Creeping Terror

A huge walking carpet-- er, alien from an advanced civilization - comes to Earth where people commit suicide by climbing into its mouth-- er, it eats people. Yeah.

MST3K - The Atomic Brain

A modern-day parable of the rich wishing to live forever in young, nubile bodies...

MST3K - Monster A Go-Go

"The line between science fiction and science fact is microscopically thin! You have witnessed the line being shaved even thinner!"

MST3K - Attack of the (The) Eye Creatures

Multi-eyed aliens try to frame a pair of smoochin’ teens.

MST3K: "The Beatniks" (Episode 0415)

The crew takes in some Beat-sploitation in this Season 4 classic.

Jan. 1, 1993
MST3K - The Magic Sword

Fantasy adventure from the king of forced-perspective process shots, Bert I. Gordon

MST3K - Master Ninja

Featuring Lee Van Cleef, Timothy Van Patten, and the funk-fusion "Master Ninja Theme Song!"

MST3K - Fugitive Alien II

The muddled saga of Fugitive Alien continues.

MST3K - Viking Women and the Sea Serpent

Roger Corman's epically-titled viking escapade riffed on by Joel and the Bots.

MST3K - Mighty Jack

"Slow down the plot!"

MST3K - It Conquered the World

"He learned too late that a man is a feeling creature..."

MST3K - Fugitive Alien

"He tried to kill me with a forkliiiift..."

MST3K - Time of the Apes

Another Sandy Frank "classic."

MST3K - Pod People

"Idiot control now"

MST3K - Cave Dwellers

Must be seen to be believed

MST3K - Robot Monster (Tucker, 1953)

MST3K skewers Robot Monster in Season 1

Jan. 2, 1990
MST3K - Gamera vs Guiron

From the early, local TV days -- their first bout with the Gamera series

MST3K - Gamera vs Zigra

Joel and the bots in the very early days -- before they went to cable!

MST3K - Escape 2000

The Bronx is a wasteland! Must find the rebel alliance of street gangs!

MST3K - Hobgoblins

"Hobgoblins, hobgoblins, what do you do with those hobgoblins? They're over here, they're over there, those darn hobgoblins are everywhere!"

MST3K - I Was a Teenage Werewolf

Michael Landon goes wolf for the MST3K crew!

MST3K - Jack Frost

Based on a real Russian folktale, with Jack Frost, Baba Yaga, and Father Mushroom! Winter wild!

MST3K - Laserblast

Doomed, ostracized teen finds laser gun from aliens, goes mad with power, blows up a lot of stuff, and then the aliens return for some reason...

MST3K - Parts: The Clonus Horror

Peter Graves, Keenan Wynn, and Dick Sargent make the screen talkatively creep with scientific clone horrors!

MST3K - Pod People

"Pod People isn't that Nia Peeples brother?"

MST3K - Samson vs. The Vampire Women

El Santo, as "Samson," fights off a clutch of vampire women (it's a clutch, right?)

MST3K - Santa Claus

It's Santa vs. Satan in this delightful, trippy romp deep into Mexican fantasy

MST3K - Shorts

MST3K presents: "Chicken of Tomorrow," "The Selling Wizard" and "What About Juvenile Delinquency?" with others.

MST3K - Soultaker (1999)


MST3K - The Brain That Wouldn't Die

The first full episode with Mike Nelson.

MST3K - The Day The Earth Froze

Weird Finnish fantasy about a witch & a "sampo," with a short "Here Comes the Circus!"

MST3K - The Human Duplicators

George MacCready, Hugh Beaumont and a guy who looks like Dick Clark fight Richard Kiel's ceramic android army!

MST3K - The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent

Roger Corman directed this film about vikings and, eventually, an OK sea serpent. (Also, "The Home Economics Story" short)

MST3K - Warrior of the Lost World

It's Mad Max meets Knight Rider! with the Paper Chase guy and the chick from the 1st Star Trek movie!

MST3K - Werewolf


MST3K - Outlaw of Gor

Jack Palance and a parade of buffalo shots for the Sat of Love crew!

Dec. 11, 1993