Mystery Science Theater 3000

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  • TV-14
  • 1989
  • 13 Seasons
  • 8.7  (24,464)

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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Demon Squad
9. Demon Squad
June 24, 2022
Joel Robinson makes his long-anticipated return to host MST3K with this movie about a paranormal investigator scrambling to keep an artefact of unthinkable power from falling into the wrong hands. Prepare yourself for ... Demon Squad. After the movie, join us LIVE after the premiere for a post-show discussion with Joel Hodgeson, J Elvis Weinstein, and special guests Deemon Squad director, Thomas Smith and screenwriter/star Erin Lilly Smith.
Doctor Mordrid
8. Doctor Mordrid
June 10, 2022
Summary is not available.
Munchie
7. Munchie
May 27, 2022
Summary is not available.
A Tribute to Hobgoblins
6. A Tribute to Hobgoblins
May 13, 2022
LIVE TRIBUTE EVENT // Join MST3K on Friday the 13th as our crew revisits this classic episode from Season 9, where the crew watches as a horde of murderous goblin-like creatures terrorize a group of teens in "Hobgoblins" (1988), and Crow presents his film "Let's Talk Women!" PLUS: We'll premiere SHORT RIFF #1303!
A Tribute to Future War
5. A Tribute to Future War
May 12, 2022
Join MST3K as we pay tribute to FUTURE WAR and revisit this classic episode from Season 10, where Mike's crew watched as cyborgs and tiny dinosaurs hunt down an escaped slave in a dystopian future, and Tom Servo challenged Gypsy to a kickboxing match. Plus, we'll premiere the SECOND NEW SHORT RIFF of Season 13!
Beyond Atlantis
4. Beyond Atlantis
April 29, 2022
In the theater, the crew watches as a team of jewel thieves discover a mysterious island and the bug-eyed civilization living there, in "Beyond Atlantis" (1973). Meanwhile, a new test subject is trapped in the Simulator of Love with an animatronic Tom and Crow.
Robot Wars
3. Robot Wars
April 1, 2022
Jonah and his crew find themselves caught in the middle of "Robot Wars," a 1993 sci-fi featuring Barbara Crampton and endless stop-motion robot battles.
A Tribute To Manos
2. A Tribute To Manos
March 18, 2022
A Tribute to Manos The Gizmoplex LIVESTREAM SPECIAL EVENT series kicks off with an MST3K watch-along and tribute to one of the most infamous experiments of all time... Manos: The Hands of Fate!
Santo in The Treasure of Dracula
1. Santo in The Treasure of Dracula
March 4, 2022
SEASON 13 BEGINS, as Jonah and his crew endure their newest experiment: "Santo in the Treasure of Dracula" (1969). Outside the theater, Kinga and Max unveil their newest diabolical plan for world domination... the Kingadome!
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 13 seasons (206 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
    8.7  (24,464)