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I was pretty happy with how people reacted to it. The newest incarnation of the show picks up right where Hodgson's creation originally left off but with a bigger budget and some more familiar faces in some of the show's key roles, like Ray, Felicia Day, who plays the evil scientist, Kinga Forrester, who's the granddaughter of the evil Dr.

The first season also featured familiar characters from the show's original run, like Professor Bobo played by Kevin Murphy and the evil Pearl Forrester played by writer Mary Jo Pehl, as well as some hilarious celebrity cameos, such as Mark Hamill, Neil Patrick Harris and Jerry Seinfeld. So there's a certain amount of risk, but now that we're on the other side, it's totally worth it.

The live version of MST3K works pretty much the same as the TV version, except Jonah and the bots are reunited with Joel as they mock movies including the cheesy Canadian cult horror flick The Brain, about a giant brain-like alien creature that uses television to brainwash Earthlings, and the Argentine-American fantasy film Deathstalker. You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter s - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!

It's like we're editing on the fly and we can't stop the movie. Hodgson says whether he and his crew are working on the show's next season or putting on a live experience for the fans, he's excited to be just another face in a red jumpsuit again. All rights reserved. We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements.

By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy. Remember Me. Already registered? Mystery Science Theater star and creator Joel Hodgson, second from right, is taking his groundbreaking TV comedy creation on the road with the show's new host Jonah Ray, second from left, and the bots Crow T.

Robot, left, and Tom Servo, right, for the show's 30th anniversary. Danny Gallagher October 24, am. Sort Of. If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters. All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town. No Thanks Sign Up. Professor Bobo: Hey, I can sing, too! Fingal: If I'm in charge of what happens to me in here. I'm not going to go on being a zombie like all those zombies at work. Apollonia: If this one-handed exercise is all you can think of to do with your life Fingal: It's a good thing we don't have to like each other, isn't it? Because you're definitely not my kind of woman!

Apollonia: Fingal I want to do the right thing I'm just not sure what that is Fingal: I don't know. But I've got to get the hell out of here. NoviCorp isn't helping! So I guess I'm going to have to push my own buttons for a change.

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Crow: Where do you want to go today? All over this movie, that's where I want to go. Crow: So this is public television, huh? Suddenly I feel like beating the crap out of Fred Rogers. Mike, Crow, Servo: [singing to the background music] You can't always get what you want Mike: Well, they're all getting credits where credits are due.

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Apollonia practically lies on him in a serious lip-lock. Appalonia suggests "doppling" him into Daisy, the baboon Fingal was originally "doppled" as. TV Shows. Mystery Science Theater is an American TV show that mocks bad movies by riffing on their strange characters, absurd settings, and silly plot twists, interspersing erudite cultural quips with schoolboy jokes and general zaniness.

There are episodes movies , 60 shorts, and 4 specials in the MST3K canon. See Notes below for help on using this page. Mike [as George Taylor]: You did it! You finally did it! Professor Bobo: [apathetic] " Damn us all to Hell". Yes, yes. Mike [as George Taylor]: It's a madhouse! Professor Bobo I know! The Charlton Heston Fish Locator. Servo: Boy, Esther Williams didn't age well.

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This is his first and last movie. Servo [as Miss Abbott]: And Mike: I see a lot of spilled ink congealing in random patterns. Servo: That means you're a sexual predator. I withdraw the question. Teri: Oh, Neil - I can't. Servo [as Teri]: Starfleet forbids it. Mike: This is like a murderous episode of Lucy. It's a fiction, it's a fable. Mike: It's a fabulous funny freak-out. Crow: You'll feel dirty.

Baxter: You'll realize that this is something more than just a story told. Servo: It's a story botched. Mike: Peanut nostrils happy clams. Bentley and his crew find a suitable camping site on the summit of Mt. Kuitara] Bentley: We'll make camp here! Crow T. Robot: Then we'll dig our graves over there! Narrator: For every action Mike [as Narrator]: There is a Jackson. Servo [as Narrator]: Canada, our mortal enemy. Screw you Greenland! Jackson] Mike: Uh, you don't need to salute the paleontologist. Crow [as Ford]: I'm not gay! Crow [as Col. Parkman]: But I've got a mantis in my pantis.

Servo: Are we in the Southern portion of the Galaxy? Mike: Couldn't die or wouldn't die? Crow: Shouldn't? Servo: A trade rat? Jessica: Look at the base of oak tree beside Linda's cabin. Servo [as Jessica]: …in Maine. Mike: You know, the country needs skilled trade rats. Linda: It still runs.

We found it in the trade rat's nest. Mike [as Gordon]: He had a little tool and die shop down there. Servo [as Gordon]: I think I got most of the rat droppings off it. Crow: Eh, it's just those trade rats working the night shift. Mike [as Announcer]: Brought to you by the Breast Council. Servo [as Announcer]: Buy breasts where you work or bank! Guess we can't watch the movie! Mike: This guy was never in heaven, he was cast out of community theater! A bust of Benjamin Franklin looks over his shoulder.

We are one. No, no, no, wait. Quintus: …we will be one. Servo [as Quintus]: We'll be me, for convenience' sake. Mike: [cringing] Ohh. Damn you, Servo! Mike [as Satan]: …to sleeping audience. Mike: I've never known more about what isn't going on in a movie. Crow: Now there's an interesting line read!

Scientist 1: What is it? Scientist 2: Don't know yet. Claire: I thought scientists were great explorers of the unknown. Hedges: I'll do my exploring in the laboratory, if you don't mind. Servo [as Hedges]: I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine! Servo: All these random scenes simply abut each other to form a movie. Servo [as Hedges]: Who's that other guy? Crow [as Hedges]: Where are we going?

Mike [as Hedges]: What is this fluid under my feet? Servo [as Hedges]: What happened to the day-ball? Crow: Let's chip in and buy this movie a life. They whacked Toonces! Crow: Well, he killed a made canary, so they had to do 'im. Crow [as Hedges]: Genocide? Mike [as Hedges]: Slavery? Servo [as Hedges]: Diseased blanket spreading? Crow: Heh heh heh! Mike: Please! That's a hideous thought. Crow: Or was it Sense and Sensibility? Mike: I think it was Barfly. Crow: Yeah, that's it.

Servo: So she's a carnival preceder. Erickson chats with Andrea, who noticeably fills out her tight-fitting top. Andrea: I'd like that. Servo [as Erickson]: Would you like a C cup or a D cup of coffee? Erickson: What year is it, Andrea? Mike [as Elizabeth]: [singing] The year of the cat. Erickson: Who is the reigning monarch? Erickson: No. Lombardi: He did what I told him without a single word.

Mike: That's because he's a dog! Crow: Frodo goes snorkling! Servo: I was a Teenage Werewolf Snack. Tony: I'm sorry, Arlene. I don't know why I act like this. Crow [as Arlene]: Because you're a jerk?

Mike: I thought the night belonged to love. Servo: Yeah, it did, but it was bought out by Michelob. Sheriff [Played by Alan Hale, Jr. Servo: I don't know how, but I think I just became sterile! Crow: [cheering] Go spiders! Go spiders! Go go spiders! Dan: What the [expletive deleted] hell was that?

Mike [as Dan]: Why, it's befuddlin' mah dumb cracker mind! Servo, Mike, or Crow[As various people in the mob]: Packers! Crow: This movie hates us, doesn't it? Crow: Yeah, they're supposed to, but they're too damn lazy! Dan: [walks toward window] Servo: Too bad all their windows are made of plastic wrap and duct tape! Dan: [excited] Will you look at that!? Mike [as Dan]: [excited] I made a [sic] "R"! Servo [as Ev]: And a shower, and a job.

Dan: I found another body Mike [as Ev]: Well, good, 'cause yours is gettin' kinda gross. Wash us! Crow: Giant Puppet Invasion! Servo [as a mob member]: Free Mumia! Mike [as a mob member]: Free beer! Crow: Shaun Cassidy for President! Servo: We want Billy Beer! Didn't he play Dick York on Bewitched? It gives me time to write. Richard: Write? Lena: Yeah, I write my thoughts and my ideas. Crow [as Lena]: I've already filled a Post-it note. Jake: This place you keep talking about, Clonus Servo [as Jake]: Is there a bar?

Jake: Professor, you know that tape will blow the lid off of everything? Crow [as Jake]: Speaking of, where's the bathroom? Jeff: Yeah. You saw the tape? Rick: Yeah, and it's scary. Crow [as Rick]: Adam Sandler's in it. Servo: Face is the result of slash and burn shaving. Mike [as zombie]: You'd tell me if my face was disintergrating, right?

Servo: He's turning into a brisket. Crow: It's a portrait of Bob Dole's inner child.

Crow: He's turning into a seed sculpture from the state fair. Crow: Tom Petty in the morning. Crow: You know, seaweed makes a perfectly acceptible toupee. Mike: The music's gonna break into "Chest Fever" any minute. Mike: Goofus and Gallant, the movie. Jerry: How's college? Madison: Fine. You should try it some time. Jerry: No thanks. The world's my college. Crow: He's taking it pass-fail. They're like the Blue Angels of dancing. Servo: Yeah, one wrong move and they all crash.

You get your… Mike, Crow [as Chorus]: Schick out of shape! Servo: Now, everybody-shave! Especially me. Jerry: [shocked] Job? Servo [as Jerry]: I'm a respected neurosurgeon! Nastenka runs to address the horizon. Servo [as Sun]: And you are…? Your call is very important to us, but due to unusually high call volume… [The sun obligingly reverses itself and sinks below the horizon.

Nastenka: Thank you, rosy-fingered Dawn! Mike [as Mafia don]: Some day you'll return the favor Servo: Man, Peter must be walkin' around denyin' everybody this morning. Not a princess. Servo: She's got that healthy clown glow. Marfushka: Oh, no? Stepmother: You are a queen! Mike: In that you look like Freddie Mercury. Fairy: Are you afraid? Mike [as Ivan] Crow: Yeah, well maybe it should be stored a little more safely!

Servo: Thank you, Anonymous Voice! Servo: On Wilbur! On Gordy! On Babe! I'm a witch and I can't move without it!

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Retrieved 15 September Please verify that you are not a robot. Retrieved 4 March It might have run for years on Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel, spawned a feature film, and inspired thousands to trek to the frozen steppes of Minnesota for conventions and live shows, but Mystery Science Theater always just looked like something that a few underemployed comedians tossed together in their garage; thus its appeal. Librarian view Catkey: Anime list Comic book list Furry list Gaming list Horror Multigenre Professional wrestling Science fiction list by date of establishment.

Crow: Well, maybe you should have diversified more! Forrester is hit. Forrester: panting Just what I need!

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Bobo: Medic! Observer: [enter] Here I am! Forrester: Brain Guy? What the hell is Observer: Oh! Mustard gas! Forrester: Mustard Gas! Get the masks! Observer: Good god, ape Forrester: That's it, we're pulling out! Crow: I-is that too much baking soda, Mike, or- Mike: [ignoring Crow] Tom Servo: D-definitely too much baking soda, Mike. Crow: Just a little too much. Crow: Heh, Mike, Mike, honey Tom Servo: So! Bombs away, Mike! Crow: Okay, Mike!

Bombs away! Crow: Is that so? Mike: There you go, Mrs. Forrester, a little distraction Crow: A little distraction! Tom Servo: Think so Crow: You know, the Earth's thinks it's so great. Servo: Oh yeah. It thinks the world revolves around itself. Crow: And believe me, Death does not pony up for gas. Crow: Starring rejects from Harry-O. Servo: If Clu Gulager isn't in this, it'll be very wrong. Mike: Anthony Zerbe, come on! Please, please, please, please! Servo: Ah, that's who's playing John Hiller this time.

Crow: Ah, that gooey LA sky. Mike: Birds? All dead. Crow: "Coming up on your mudflaps. Mike [as Sam]: Ma' well-oiled chassis is comin' up on yer backside, now. Crow: You said I was bad. Mike: You inspired me. Get Twinkie the Kid and Fruitpie the Magician! Mike: The judo range? Servo [as Adam]: Meet me at the karate rink later. Mike [as Student]: Gotta get into my judo bikini. Crow: And hula hoops and dungarees? Mike [as Dr. Stefanik]: I'll just need an hour to figure out your metaphor.

Mike: Because Bobo is such Crow [as Adam]: Yes, and yes. Tom: He maintains an applicance. Or your propeller will grind me to hamburger! Tom: Stop!

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Or I'll Agent for H. Crow: Crank whore? Servo [as TV Advert. Crow [as Mickey]: That's a toy I wouldn't mind having! I like it very much! Crow: A rare Godzilla-free day. Mike: "Kill some diffren"? Servo: "Diffren"? Crow: You hear that, Jerry Seinfeld? Come in, please. Mike [as CO]: I understand you're stuffed with cheese. Mike: The upper half of a Hopper painting. Servo [as Citizen]: Oh! A giant roast chicken! Mike [as Citizen]: It is not fermented, pickled, or raw! Servo [as Citizen]: Ohhhhh! Crow [as Phantom]: Potatoes or stuffing?!

Wally: Mr. Hey, Mr. Mike [as Wally]: Get out of my wine! Crow: Yeah, the only horror at Party Beach is Cindy's cheese dip! Crow: Oh, things like "Hey you! Crow: Sturgis: a city on the move! Servo: So, radiation has a sense of humor! Chances are That I'll kick your scrawny ass Servo: Every male of any species has the biological urge to panty-raid.

Servo: "Look Polish"! Crow: Or maybe it's "Look!

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Gavin, daughter Elaine, and others are examining a severed monster arm when they hear a noise] Elaine: [whispering] I hear something. Servo [as Elaine]: [whispering] He's coming! Look Polish, everyone! Tom: What are we looking at and why are we looking at it? Servo: Modern architecture-efficient and beauty-free. Servo [as the Great Vorelli]: Then I'll be right back. The Great Vorelli: That he may die at any moment.

Wait 'til you see me like ham! Mike [as Mark]: Did he live? Mike: The "Roji-Panty Complex"? Crow: They're being defeated by a wispy bachelor. Mike: That's "Chief. Crow: Y'know, Space Chief should try going into space sometime! Servo: Yeah, he's more like Lower-Atmosphere Chief. Crow: All the Hitler rides and games! The Hitler salt and pepper shakers! Mike: The great restaurant "The Bunker"! It's gone! You sons of Crow: They blew it up! Crow: Say, Mike-was there a Hitler Building where you grew up? Mike: Not, uh Crow: Sure? The Mussolini Mall? Servo: Yeah!

Followed by the Pinochet Petting Zoo! Crow: Whoa! Crow: Yeah, yeah, right-one. Scientist: Seven, six Crow: One! Scientist: Five, four Crow: ONE!!! They're fine. Servo: Oh yeah? It mentions the lightbulb as a "charming theory. And Congress is spelled with an "f.

Crow: The periodic table has three elements in it, Mike! Servo: There's a volume for the letter epsilon. Crow: There's a mailing address for Macchu Pichu. Servo: It's got a picture of Stonehenge! Mike: So? Servo: Under construction?! Servo: Oh, anything that's not handwritten on papyrus will do. Devers: Whoever did this knew his way around spaceships. Jansen: I agree. Mike [as Jensen]: I don't know if this helps, but ho ho ho. Mike: I disagree! Chief Engineer: Then let him do so alone. Crow [as Parsons]: I just have to wet myself first. Chief Engineer: We'll not allow that! Servo: The easily led wise council.

Crow: Rip his band uniform, then he'll have to pay for it! Servo: Next, they're going to give him books so they can dump them. Crow: Death by snicker-snag! Mike: I'd like to confuse bok choi with cabbage, sir! MacPhearson: Report to the enforcers' bridge. Lea: Doctor! Ryder: Doctor. Crow: Doctor Lady!

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Ryder: I had to eject! I had no other choice! I understand how you feel. Servo: I just wish I had Jessie's Giiiiiiiiiiirl! Mike: Jeez, you could walk on your hands and catch up to the guy! Crow [as Ryder]: Put your helmet on, we'll be reaching speeds of three! Kalgan: [laughs evilly] Servo [as Ryder]: Hit the siren! Crow [as Kalgan]: We need both horsepowers on this thing! Devers enters the main control room] Servo [as Devers]: [singing] De do do do, de da da da, is all I want to say to you Lamont, who was just killed in the previous scene] Mike: Hey, wait, she's dead!

Servo: Yeah, she's dead! Mike: She died! Jansen] Capt. Devers: Commander Jansen? Devers: Helveca? Mike [as Devers]: Oh, I love that font! Servo [as Cmdr. My kingdom for a horse! Commander Jansen: Alright. Crow [as Jansen]: Fetch me my warrior muumuu. Jansen] Mike: We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese. These cars are made by Toro! Servo: Oh? Servo [as Kalgan]: You're too stupid to know anything about dentistry. Lea: You bastard! Mike [as Lea]: How dare you insult my knowledge of ancient dentistry! Servo: Fridge Largemeat!

Mike: Punt Speedchunk! Crow: Butch Deadlift! Crow: Bold Bigflank! Mike: Splint Chesthair! Mike: Flint Ironstag! Crow: Bolt Vanderhuge! Mike: Thick McRunfast! Mike: Blast Hardcheese! Crow: Buff Drinklots! Servo: Trunk Slamchest! Crow: Fist Rockbone! Mike: Stump Beefknob! Servo: Smash Lampjaw!

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Crow: Punch Rockgroin! Mike: Buck Plankchest! Crow: Stump Chunkmen! Servo: Dirk Hardpec! Mike: Rip Steakface! Crow: Slate Slabrock! Servo: Crud Bonemeal! Mike: Brick HardMeat! Crow: Rip Slagcheek! Servo: Punch Sideiron! Mike: Gristle McThornbody! Crow: Slate Fistcrunch! Mike: Buff Hardback!