Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K for short) showed the world how often forgotten films could be hidden treasures with the ‘so bad, it’s good’ hypothesis. While the show riffed on movies that ran the gamut between pure camp and the ridiculous, its own plot was equally absurd. A pair of mad scientists devised a scheme for future world domination, whereupon they planned to unleash the world’s worst film on the masses, turning the public into mindless slaves. In order to determine which film is indeed the worst of the worst, they capture and isolate one man inside the Satellite of Love, forcing him to endure dreadful B-movies until his spirit cracks.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 was born on KTMA, a local public access station in Minneapolis, and after a year on KTMA had its national debut on The Comedy Channel/Comedy Central on November 28, 1989. After 7 seasons, the show was moved to the Sci-Fi Channel, where it ran for another 3. The show’s final episode ran on August 8, 1999, leaving many devoted fans yearning for more. MST3K cast members Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy have since gone on to create The Film Crew, a series committed to similar B-movie antics.
Watch Mystery Science Theater 3000, Fridays at 7pm on RSU TV