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For those unaware, Mystery Science Theater 3000 was a high-concept, low budget, comedy TV series that ran for eleven seasons on various networks from 1988 to 1999. The show was the brain child of comedian Joel Hodgson.
The show is about a man who is shot into space by evil scientists. Marooned in space, he is forced to watch bad movies. To keep from going insane, Joel Robinson builds himself a pair of wise-cracking robot companions to keep him company. Every week the mad scientists (aka 'The Mads) fire off an excruciatingly bad movie for their orbiting lab rat and his robot pals, Servo and Crow, to endure.
But that is just the set-up. All of that is merely an excuse to get Joel and the 'bots in a darkened theater to make fun of some of the world's worst movies - all for our enjoyment! After some banter between Joel and the Mads at the top of the show, an alarm would sound and Joel would loudly exclaim "WE'VE GOT MOVIE SIGN!"
Some movies are so bad, they seem to be begging to be mocked. And that is what made Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K for short) so amazingly funny. It seems silly, really. We the viewers are watching other people watch a movie. Its almost surreal. The results, however, are hysterically funny. The image of Joel (or Mike) and his robot companions in silhouette against a giant screen as they roast the hell out of some terrible movie is forever ingrained in every fan's memory.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: Boadicea
Rifftrax - These guys are bringing back a lot of old MST3K episodes in addition to their standard Rifftrax stuff.
PS: I REALLY hope they do Birdemic on the new MST3K episodes. One of the best all time Rifftrax they made. It's like the Manos Hands of Fate of Rifftrax.