Shout! Factory announce Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon!
Shout Factory has announced it’s teaming up with Mystery Science Theater 3000 to debut a Turkey Day marathon hosted by the fan-favorite robots Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot. This year’s marathon will feature six classic episodes of the long-running comedy series hand-picked by creator Joel Hodgson, which was announced with a teaser below!
Starting at 12 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 28, the holiday marathon will showcase six classic MST3K episodes, as well as new episode intros featuring Tom Servo and Crow, with further announcement surrounding where to watch the marathon and festivities during the holiday week coming later on the official website.
For those who can’t get enough helpings of cheesy cinema, Shout! Factory TV will whet your appetite with the launch of the dedicated Mystery Science Theater 3000 Twitch channel! Leading up to the start of the Turkey Day marathon, this new channel will launch with a full week of classic MST3K episodes live-streamed in chronological order, starting at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 20. Following the Turkey Day marathon, the channel will remain a dedicated home for classic MST3K episodes and related programming.
Beginning in 1988, the premise of the show has mostly followed a human test subject as they are imprisoned aboard the spacecraft Satellite of Love by mad scientists and their henchmen (collectively called “the Mads”) and is forced to watch a series of bad movies in order to find one that will drive the test subject insane. In order to keep his sanity, the first subject, Joel (Joel Hodgson), built a series of sentient robots from parts aboard the ship, including Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, Gypsy and Cambot, the silent recorder of the experiments.
Crow and Servo keep from going mad alongside the human subject by frequently commenting and wisecracking towards the movie, a process known as “riffing,” at regular intervals throughout the movie. The episodes have gained popularity in the years since its start, receiving theatrical releases and new specials across Comedy Central and Netflix.