Mystery Science Theater 3000

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  • TV-14
  • 1989
  • 12 Seasons
  • 8.5  (23,792)

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is an American comic puppetry show that pokes fun at the worst bad movies that have ever been made. The premise of the program follows two mad scientists that trap a janitor and four of his robot assistants aboard a spaceship floating around space. The scientists' goal is to force those stuck on board the ship to watch terrible B movies in order to determine how to best take over the world. Each show begins with the same doorway sequence in which a dozen low-quality doors are shut until the janitor is completely locked in. The janitor, Joel, has no control over whether or not he watches a movie or even when he watches them. The scientists use harsh tactics, such as sucking the air out of the spaceship, to force Joel to watch the movies that they want played. Joel and his robot companions constantly make wisecracks during the movie, usually at every scene, to entertain them and keep them from losing their minds. Skits pertaining to the movies are performed throughout the show. The actors and directors are targeted in the jokes, mostly mocking their appearance, acting ability or how they are of similar quality to the bad film that they made. Mystery Science Theater 3000 largely attempted to recreate the cheap, cheesy and low-budget settings of the movies in its own production, with the set being made entirely from inexpensive and easily found household items. Many of the jokes and gags are continuations of past sketches that were drawn from movies featured in previous episodes, though it is not necessary for viewers to have seen the past film or episode in order to understand the joke. Following the showing of each film, the scientists become frustrated that their techniques have had little effect on Joel.

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Ator, the Fighting Eagle
6. Ator, the Fighting Eagle
November 22, 2018
The son of Torren learns of his heritage, goes to avenge the deaths of his fellow villagers, and rescue his sister/love interest from the evil Dakkar and his spider cult. Ator battles giant spiders, swordsmen cloaked in shadow, re-animated dead warriors, and horribly hideous witches.
Killer Fish
5. Killer Fish
November 22, 2018
Jewel thieves attempt to recover treasure from piranha infested waters. Mistrust and betrayals happen amongst the gang in the quest for gold.
The Day Time Ended
4. The Day Time Ended
November 22, 2018
Aliens visit the solar-powered house of a middle-class family, and the house is suddenly sucked into a time warp that transports it back to prehistoric times.
Lords of the Deep
3. Lords of the Deep
November 22, 2018
Man has finally conquered the ocean. America's first self-contained undersea laboratory is the pride of the nation, and expectations are high for an elaborate undersea mining operation. What wasn't expected was the inhabitants of an undiscovered world.
Atlantic Rim
2. Atlantic Rim
November 22, 2017
When giant monsters crawl out of the Atlantic Ocean and attack the Eastern Seaboard the US Government is forced to trust a trio of mischievous soldiers, specialized in piloting gigantic robots, to defend America.
Mac and Me
1. Mac and Me
November 22, 2018
An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy.
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Mst3k: Turkey Day 2014: Crow And Tom Servo's Stop Motion Dinosaur Fight

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Description

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is an American comic puppetry show that pokes fun at the worst bad movies that have ever been made. The premise of the program follows two mad scientists that trap a janitor and four of his robot assistants aboard a spaceship floating around space. The scientists' goal is to force those stuck on board the ship to watch terrible B movies in order to determine how to best take over the world. Each show begins with the same doorway sequence in which a dozen low-quality doors are shut until the janitor is completely locked in.

The janitor, Joel, has no control over whether or not he watches a movie or even when he watches them. The scientists use harsh tactics, such as sucking the air out of the spaceship, to force Joel to watch the movies that they want played. Joel and his robot companions constantly make wisecracks during the movie, usually at every scene, to entertain them and keep them from losing their minds. Skits pertaining to the movies are performed throughout the show. The actors and directors are targeted in the jokes, mostly mocking their appearance, acting ability or how they are of similar quality to the bad film that they made.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 largely attempted to recreate the cheap, cheesy and low-budget settings of the movies in its own production, with the set being made entirely from inexpensive and easily found household items. Many of the jokes and gags are continuations of past sketches that were drawn from movies featured in previous episodes, though it is not necessary for viewers to have seen the past film or episode in order to understand the joke. Following the showing of each film, the scientists become frustrated that their techniques have had little effect on Joel.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a series that is currently running and has 12 seasons (197 episodes). The series first aired on November 19, 1989.

Where to Watch Mystery Science Theater 3000

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is available for streaming on the Syfy website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Netflix, Amazon, , Vudu, AMC, FuboTV, Sling and IFC.

  • Premiere Date
    November 19, 1989
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (23,792)