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."
The final episode1013
Mutant worms in the south1012
Featuring "Johnny Longbow" & "The Band that Played California Lady."1007
Foiled by Maltin!909
Star Donald Pleasence once cited this as the worst film he had ever been in.903
Mike and the Bots go to town...817
one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME"816
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.805
This movie terrified us as kids...704
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.606
A modern-day parable of the rich wishing to live forever in young, nubile bodies...518
"The line between science fiction and science fact is microscopically thin! You have witnessed the line being shaved even thinner!"421
Multi-eyed aliens try to frame a pair of smoochin’ teens.418
The crew takes in some Beat-sploitation in this Season 4 classic.0415
Jan. 1, 1993
Fantasy adventure from the king of forced-perspective process shots, Bert I. Gordon411
Featuring Lee Van Cleef, Timothy Van Patten, and the funk-fusion "Master Ninja Theme Song!"322
The muddled saga of Fugitive Alien continues.318
Roger Corman's epically-titled viking escapade riffed on by Joel and the Bots.317
"Slow down the plot!"314
"He learned too late that a man is a feeling creature..."311
"He tried to kill me with a forkliiiift..."310
Another Sandy Frank "classic."306
"Idiot control now"303
Must be seen to be believed301
MST3K skewers Robot Monster in Season 1107
Jan. 2, 1990
From the early, local TV days -- their first bout with the Gamera series008
Joel and the bots in the very early days -- before they went to cable!007
The Bronx is a wasteland! Must find the rebel alliance of street gangs!
"Hobgoblins, hobgoblins, what do you do with those hobgoblins? They're over here, they're over there, those darn hobgoblins are everywhere!"
Michael Landon goes wolf for the MST3K crew!
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...
Peter Graves, Keenan Wynn, and Dick Sargent make the screen talkatively creep with scientific clone horrors!
"Pod People isn't that Nia Peeples brother?"
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.
The first full episode with Mike Nelson.
Weird Finnish fantasy about a witch & a "sampo," with a short "Here Comes the Circus!"
George MacCready, Hugh Beaumont and a guy who looks like Dick Clark fight Richard Kiel's ceramic android army!
Roger Corman directed this film about vikings and, eventually, an OK sea serpent. (Also, "The Home Economics Story" short)
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