In the not-too-distant future, next Sunday A.D., there was a guy named Joel, not too different than you or me...
Originally airing for 11 seasons from 1988 to 1999, Mystery Science Theater 3000 immediately won over fans and became one of the most beloved cult TV shows of all time, making a human torture experiment more entertaining than anyone could have predicted.
When Joel Robinson (played by show creator Joel Hodgson) is shot into space and forced to watch bad movies while mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieau) and his crony, TV's Frank (Frank Conniff), monitor his mind, Joel builds a cast of lovable robot sidekicks to help keep his sanity: Crow, Tom Servo, Gypsy and Cambot. It's only through their wisecracks, quips and friendships that they make it through a barrage of increasingly terrible cinema--and the audience in turn gets a veritable treasure trove of gut-busting hilarity.
Later hosted by Mike Nelson and featuring a stellar cast of "Mads" and supporting characters, plus countless classic sketch segments highlighted by original songs, clever inventions, movie spoofs and more, MST3K skewered its way into the hearts of fans around the globe who recognized what making fun of cheesy movies looks like when elevated to high-art levels.
In 2015, fans of MST3K (known as "MSTies") united behind a record-breaking Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to revive the show for a brand new, 14-episode season that premiered on Netflix in 2017. The next generation cast is led by host Jonah Ray.
Whether you've seen every episode a hundred times or are one of the uninitiated, there are many ways to watch MST3K episodes, including Shout! Factory's DVD sets and online streaming services. And if you were hoping for some more information on the show that isn't included here, remember: it's just a website... you should really just relax!