Mystery Science Theater 3000 bots take on Netflix in 4 new videos
Last month, Netflix dropped a brand-new, 14-episode season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 which earned raves from fans and an impressive 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Now the 3000 bots Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn) and Crow T. Robot (Hampton Yount) are taking on their own network as they wander around the Netflix offices poking fun at fan mail, make-up, the company’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, and even the Netflix service itself! Check out all four MST3K Netflix skits below!
Created and co-directed by Joel Hodgson, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival stars Jonah Ray (The Nerdist Podcast, Maron) as Jonah Heston, along with his robot sidekicks Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn, Grace and Frankie) and Crow T. Robot (Hampton Yount, The Eric Andre Show), who are forced by Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day, The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) to watch (and hilariously mock) terrible movies onboard the Satellite of Love. Comedian Patton Oswalt (Young Adult) will appear as TV’s Son of TV’s Frank, Kinga’s henchman. Star Wars star Mark Hamill is slated to be one of many guest stars throughout the season.
In late 2015, Hodgson started a highly-successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the new season, which through voracious fan contributions netted $5.7 million, a Kickstarter record. While they have yet to reveal the B-movie titles that will be riffed on by Jonah and the bots, Hodgson has previously stated that many of the titles were licensed through Shout Factory, the label that also distributes the classic episodes of MST3K on DVD/Blu-ray.
The original Mystery Science Theater 3000 was created and hosted by comedian Joel Hodgson and produced out of Minnesota from 1988 to 1999 for 197 episodes, each cracking jokes over a different piece of trash cinema from badly-dubbed Japanese Gamera movies to the obscure sleaze masterpiece Manos: The Hands of Fate. Halfway through the show’s run, Hodgson left the show over creative differences and was replaced as host by head writer Michael J. Nelson, who also starred in 1996’s Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.