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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.

10 Seasons, 177 Episodes
November 19, 1989
Science Fiction, Comedy
Cast: Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Jim Mallon, Michael J. Nelson
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Full Episode Guide

  • Movie Plot: An old man tells his grandson a story about the magician Merlin.Intro: The Crew pulls old-school college pranks. Segment One: Pearl makes Servo the SOL's supreme dictator, to see if that makes the experiment more evil. Segment Two: Servo and Crow review each other. Neither likes the other. Segment Three: Servo turns Mike into a baby. Segment Four: Mike shows off his Ernest Borgnine kids books. Segment Five: Pearl sends Bobo to the SOL to torture Mike and the 'bots. They send him back.

  • Movie Plot: A super spy tries to steal a large chunk of gold.Intro: Servo finds the SOL employee handbook, which is written in typical Forrester dictator style. Segment One: Pearl has hooked the SOL up to a joystick and starts to mess with the crew. The joystick breaks and initiates the SOL's re-entry system. Brain Guy and Pearl are helpless to stop the SOL's return, which has Pearl quite upset. Segment Two: Servo disposes of the many Servo clones on the ship. Segment Three: The residents of the castle are moving on with life: Pearl becomes dictator for life of Qatar, Bobo gets a "job" at the zoo, and Brain Guy becomes the oracle of a planet. Segment Four: Crow is nervous about going to Earth, so Mike writes a song to make him feel better. Crow feels better, but the song makes Servo afraid. Segment Five: The residents of the Castle do a Mary Tyler Moore style good bye. The SOL violently crashlands on Earth. Gypsy starts a successfull Fortune 500 company called ConGypsCo. Mike, Servo and Crow settle into their small apartment to watch the strangely familiar "The Crawling Eye"

  • Movie Plot: Worms overrun a southern town. Also riffed was the short: "A Case of Spring Fever."Intro: It's the annual SOL safety check, revealing that the SOL is a death trap. Segment One: Pearl is having a fair in the castle. The 'bots enter a 5000 pound pig in the Forrester Fair. Segment Two: The 'bots discuss the plausibility of Coily, the sprite from the short, and summon a sprite to get rid of Mike. Segment Three: Servo becomes a southern belle. Segment Four: Mike fails to create giant worms, creating a tasty snack instead. Segment Five: Brain Guy demonstrates the Forrester Fair's 4 foot bungee jump. Crow gets some huuuuge platform shoes, which he can't balance on.

  • A group of showgirls and their manager wash up on a deserted island after their plane crashes in the ocean. Soon after, they discover that the island they've found is host to a large, radioactive spider.

  • Movie Plot: A man on a spelunking trip becomes a man-bat.Intro:The crew does some painting. Mike tests to see what different colors do to the 'bots emotions. Segment One: Pearl distracts the SOL crew while Bobo sprays them with poison. The poison causes Crow to grow extra arms, for Servo's hands to become huge, and for a small Servo to grow on Mike's back. She gives in to their complaints and finally sends them the antidote. Segment Two: The crew dresses as the cast of the Mary Tyler Moore show, with Crow as Mary, Mike as Ted, and Servo as Lou. Segment Three: The 'bots think Mike is rabid and give him injections. It turns out he just fell asleep while eating pastry and has frosting on his face. The 'bots are mad that the won't need the rest of the injections. Segment Four: Mike grows a mustache and asks Pearl what she thinks of it. She says it's ok, but is them wooed by Crow's bushier mustache. Segment Five: On the SOL, Servo opens a franchise of the Buddy Epsen Hat Destress

  • Bad movies are never safe from the reach of this hit series, even when they're a product of the Bard himself. This time, a German-made version of Shakespeare's classic about the vengeful Prince of Denmark goes under the microscope. Using dubbing work from Ricardo Montalban, Hamlet features a painfully overwrought main character and cheesy production values, which, of course, only serve to inspire the hilarious "Mystery Science Theater 3000" team.

  • Texas sheriff Thomas Jefferson Geronimo (Joe Don Baker) tries to fight corruption in his hometown and ends up following a group of mobsters back to their home base in Malta in an overwrought action flick that's perfect for the MST3K treatment. While Geronimo delivers American justice to Italy, the wisecracking gang on the space station play host to a very special Maltese guest and analyze the pop song "Owner of a Lonely Heart."

  • Movie Plot: A man turns into a lizard monster after being hit by a meteorite.Intro: The 'bots use their new onion blossomer to blossom everything, including Servo's head. Segment One: In Castle Forrester, Pearl has exposed Bobo's brain as a way to control him with a remote control. Mike tries it and almost escapes, but fouls up the plan. Segment Two: The Crew show how pathetic the "practical joke" at the beginning of the movie is. Segment Three: Mike presents a "Behind the Music"-style documentary about the folk-rock band in the movie. Segment Four: Crow and Servo send a camera, taped to a remote-control truck, to spy on Mike. Segment Five: Servo hits a satellite with his bow and arrow. In Castle Forrester, Brain Guy is showing Bobo how to take care of his new exterior brain.

  • Movie Plot: A crew searches for a monster in an Arkansas swamp.Intro: The SOL has a cub scout meeting. Servo shows up in a Brownie uniform. Segment One: Pear is going to take over the world by knocking out power to all the major cities and buying all the world's potatoes. She will then make millions of those little potato batteries and control the world's electricity. Unfortunately, Bobo forgets to get the potatoes. Segment Two: The crew has flashbacks to remember why Mike came up to the bridge. Mike's flashback is so blurry he can't remember anything about it. Until he remembers that he came to get his contact lenses. Segment Three: Pearl decides to make money off of the tourist trade by cooking up a monster lengend. Brain Guy sings a country song of "The Legend of Forrester Swamp." Segment Four: Servo starts a corporate whittling business. Segment Five: Crow starts some fires on the SOL. Down at Castle Forrester, Bobo drives away customers at the Legend of Forrester Swamp Girl

  • There's plenty of foolish fodder for the MST3K gang in this sci-fi fantasy about a mad scientist and his fishy experiment. Angry at mankind, especially those who wronged him, Dr. Kurt Leopold (Marshall Grauer) transforms into a fish-like monster and vows revenge. But even a man-fish needs love, and the aquatic killer hunts for a mate. On the MST3K satellite, Crow uses soda cans as spittoons--much to an unwitting Servo's dismay.

  • Evil cyborgs and their dinosaur sidekicks leave the future to chase a runaway human slave (Daniel Bernhardt) to late-1990s Los Angeles, where the fugitive finds help in the form of prostitute-turned-nun Sister Ann (Travis Brooks Stewart). Cheap sets, ludicrous plotting and endless kickboxing get a thorough pummeling from the MST3K crew in this beloved episode. On-ship antics include the formation of acid-rock band Narcotic Casserole.

  • A horrible car crash leaves four teens comatose, separating their souls from their still-living bodies. When the mysterious Soultaker (Joe Estevez) comes to claim them, the teens try to rejoin their spirits with their flesh, while the MST3K gang looks for laughs. Meanwhile, chaos erupts on the space station after a series of malfunctions leave Gypsy out of order and Mike attempts to assume command, but Joel arrives to repair the damage.

  • Movie Plot: The Delta Knights search for the lost cave of Archimedes.Intro: Gypsy is repairing Crow, leaving Servo and Mike with a loaner. Servo and Mike are happy, because the temp Crow has a radio. Segment One: Pearl switches places with Mike to test how miserable the movie watching really is. Segment Two: Despite the 'bots pleas for her to stay, Pearl switches back with Mike, who was enjoying a boys night out with Bobo and Brain Guy in the Castle. Segment Three: The Tom Servo choir performs the classic "Air on a Delta Knight" song Segment Four: Leonardo DaVinci visits on the hexfield. Segment Five: The Delta Knights are holding their annual pancake breakfast in Castle Forrester.Stinger: It's the "I'm Coming!" guy.

  • Movie Plot: The skull of a man's ex-wife comes back to haunt him. Also riffed: the Gumby short "Robot Rumpus."Intro: Servo becomes a butterfly. Segment One: Pearl, Bobo, and Brain Guy dress as penguins as a prank on Mike. Mike isn't amused. Segment Two: The 'bots deal with the concept of Gumby killing robots. Segment Three: Servo tries to get a free coffin. Segment Four: Crow becomes a screaming skull. Segment Five: Servo uses Mike's credit card to pay for the coffin. Brain Guy shrinks Bobo to tiny size.Stinger: Our hero flings his stool.

  • With heaps of side-splitting sarcasm, Mike, Servo and Crow skewer this ridiculous monster movie, which follows Dr. Stella Dickens (Valentine Monnier) as she strives to capture a genetically engineered shark-octopus hybrid that's terrorizing South Florida beaches. After carelessly criticizing dolphins' intelligence, the "MST3K" gang learns the hard that they should never offend neither these marine mammals nor their electrician allies.

  • After finding a map that belonged to his murdered father, Troy MacGreggor (Christian Malcolm) searches for the truth behind the crime and discovers that Zap Rowsdower (Bruce J. Mitchell), a man helping him escape members of an ancient cult, may be connected to the killing. MST3K's Mike Nelson (Michael J. Nelson) and his robots serve up clever quips as the cult's leader, Satoris (Shane Marceau), carries out his plans for world domination.

  • Movie Plot: A monster named Gorgo appears on an island off the coast of Ireland.Intro: Crow's head becomes the nest for a rare bird. Segment One: Brain Guy and Bobo armwrestle, until a transmission from Pearl, on a trip to LA interrupts. She has met Leonard Maltin, who recommends and introduces this week's movie. Segment Two: The Crew presents "Waiting for Gorgot". Segment Three: The Crew plays Trivial Pursuit, William Sylvester style. Segment Four: The Nanites have a circus, which ends in tragedy. Segment Five: Pearl and Leonard make plans for future bad films.

  • Movie Plot: Goblins wreak havoc when they escape from a movie studio.Intro: The crew of the SOL keeps turning each other on. Segment One: The crew rough-houses on the couch Pearl sent them. Segment Two: Crow makes a film questioning the existence of women. Segment Three: Crow starts a hotline for people who have suffered trauma from watching this movie. Only Bobo calls in to talk about his love life. Segment Four: The crew uses cardboard cutouts to distract Pearl while they try to escape. Segment Five: Servo goes back in time to punish Rick Sloane for making this movie. In the Castle, Pearl lectures Mike and the 'bots on how she can no longer trust them with furniture.

  • An informational short featuring two overly-enthusiastic celibate teens who witness the amazing phone of the future! Marvel at the ground-breaking, state-of-the-art features such as call waiting, call conferencing, and touch-tone dialing. Incredible!

  • Movie Plot: Bees start killing people on a bee farm.Intro: The crew does a series of "previously on..." skits. Segment One: The other Observers return to take back Brain Guy. Segment Two: Crow writes a poem to the cigarette smoking lady in the movie. Segment Three: Bobo and Pearl sing a song to convince Brain Guy to stay. Segment Four: Mike dresses as a bee and tries to communicate by movement. Segment Five: Brain Guy banishes the Observers to Wisconsin.

  • While digging in an Arizona quarry, archaeologist Tommy (Jules Desjarlais) gets scratched by a werewolf skeleton and soon begins exhibiting the telltale signs of lycanthropy. Later on, his colleague, Yuri (Jorge Rivero), seizes upon a revenge plan using Tommy's blood. The crew of the MST3K has a howling good time with this 1996 schlockfest. On-ship antics include a funny spoof of "Inside the Actors' Studio."

  • Movie Plot: A man discovers that he is an Aztec god-like creature that has the power of a Puma.Intro: Servo comes down with "Short Man's Disease." Segment One: Pearl is holding a fancy dress ball at the same time that Brain Guy is throwing a normal party. Servo gets into mingling for Pearl's ball. Segment Two: Mike enlists the help of Shelli the Nanite to give his hair the "dry look." Segment Three: The 'bots force Mike to dress as Cotamundi Man. Segment Four: Crow and Servo create a voodoo head of Roger Whittaker. Segment Five: Crow resigns, then accepts a lower pay to do the same job. In Castle Forrester, Brain Guy's party is more popular than Pearl's ball. Roger Whittaker stops by for a visit.Stinger: Puma Man is befuddled.

  • When US astronaut Captain Frank Chapman's military spaceship is damaged by asteroids, he lands safely on the giant asteroid Rheton. But soon the Solarite armada threatens the inhabitants' existence, and he must help save the beautiful Zetha!

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