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 skewers Robot Monster in Season 1107
Jan. 2, 1990
Multi-eyed aliens try to frame a pair of smoochin’ teens.
Must be seen to be believed
The Bronx is a wasteland! Must find the rebel alliance of street gangs!
Joel and the bots; Gamera vs. a talking shark?
"Rex Dart -- Eskimo Spy!"
"Hobgoblins, hobgoblins, what do you do with those hobgoblins? They're over here, they're over there, those darn hobgoblins are everywhere!"
Mike and the Bots go to town...
Michael Landon goes wolf for the MST3K crew!
"He learned too late that a man is a feeling creature..."
Based on a real Russian folktale, with Jack Frost, Baba Yaga, and Father Mushroom! Winter wild!
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...
Featuring Lee Van Cleef, Timothy Van Patten, and the funk-fusion "Master Ninja Theme Song!"
Peter Graves, Keenan Wynn, and Dick Sargent make the screen talkatively creep with scientific clone horrors!
"Pod People isn't that Nia Peeples brother?"
"Idiot control now"
El Santo, as "Samson," fights off a clutch of vampire women (it's a clutch, right?)
It's Santa vs. Satan in this delightful, trippy romp deep into Mexican fantasy
MST3K presents: "Chicken of Tomorrow," "The Selling Wizard" and "What About Juvenile Delinquency?" with others.
A modern-day parable of the rich wishing to live forever in young, nubile bodies...
The first full episode with Mike Nelson.
Weird Finnish fantasy about a witch & a "sampo," with a short "Here Comes the Circus!"
The TV sequence toward the beginning features a performance by British pop group The Birds (not to be confused with The Byrds). The group's lead guitarist is Ronnie Wood, later of The Rolling Stones.
George MacCready, Hugh Beaumont and a guy who looks like Dick Clark fight Richard Kiel's ceramic android army!
This movie terrified us as kids...
Roger Corman directed this film about vikings and, eventually, an OK sea serpent. (Also, "The Home Economics Story" short)
Roger Corman's epically-titled viking escapade riffed on by Joel and the Bots.
It's Mad Max meets Knight Rider! with the Paper Chase guy and the chick from the 1st Star Trek movie!
Jack Palance and a parade of buffalo shots for the Sat of Love crew!Dec. 11, 1993
The final episode
"He tried to kill me with a forkliiiift..."
The muddled saga of Fugitive Alien continues.
"So we Hikeeba all over the place and talk of a thousand wonderful days"
Foiled by Maltin!
"Slow down the plot!"
one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME"
Star Donald Pleasence once cited this as the worst film he had ever been in.
Mutant worms in the south
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.
Another Sandy Frank "classic."
Featuring "Johnny Longbow" & "The Band that Played California Lady."
Rubber Monsters & Giant Heroes Weekend
More action and forced perspective camera work than you can shake a giant lizard at!
A spooky and chilling collection of the best and bloodiest punk and splatter! Wear a raincoat!
Collection: Night Trap (the Game)
Infamous because of its part in the 1990s Congressional hearings on offensive video game material.
The Network Awesome Show
The Network Awesome Show is a music variety show that captures the creativity of the musicians and artists that drive the scene.