Cult TV show “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will be returning soon, it has recently been announced. A campaign to relaunch the hugely popular series was started by creator Joel Hodgson on global crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, and in a matter of just 6 days it managed to meet its $2 million target.
Approximately 20,300 people have supported the project, and it is expected that the money that has been raised will be employed towards filming 3 brand new episodes, as part of a much-anticipated continuation of the old series.
The ultimate goal is to produce an entire season, made up of 12 episodes, provided that the campaign can achieve $5.5 million worth of funding, in the following 23 days.
The original Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) series was unveiled on Thanksgiving Day 1988, on KTMA, a local television station from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The concept was simple: 2 mad scientists, Dr. Laurence Erhardt and Dr. Clayton Forrester, leave janitor Joel Robinson stranded on the Satellite of Love, a giant spacecraft orbiting Earth.
They force Robinson to watch low-budget, poor-quality motion pictures, in order to see which of these B-movies could be used as a weapon to drive humanity insane and therefore achieve world domination.
Every episode, the captive watches one such cheesy film, in the company of his sentient robot-puppet buddies, which he designed himself: Tom Servo, Cow T.Robot, Gympsy and Gambot.
Throughout every movie they are obliged to see, the wise-cracking, snarky pals constantly mock scenes, parts of dialogue, plot holes and other incongruities.
Basically, it was MST3K that made it so hilarious to riff on other shows, proving to the world that sometimes sarcastic commentaries can actually be funnier and more engaging than the actual movies.
Given its growing popularity, the show was moved on Comedy Central (known as The Comedy Channel at the time), where it ran for 6 seasons, until it got cancelled in 1997.
It was given a new lease on life by the Sci-Fi channel (Syfy), which broadcast it for 3 more seasons, until the show officially ended in August 1999.
In total, the long-standing TV show thrilled and entertained audiences for 11 years, corresponding to 197 episodes and one feature film.
In 1993, it was awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, and back in 1994 and 1995, it was nominated for the Emmy Award, in the category “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Variety or Music Program”.
Even more remarkably, in September 2007 it was deemed one of “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time”, by Time magazine, and in 2004 it was ranked 11th in TV Guide’s “25 Top Cult Shows Ever”.
Nowadays, there’s a whole slew of silly, cheesy movies worth making fun of, and that is why creators felt compelled to bring this series back on TV screens.
Apparently, the public felt the same nostalgia, given that so many people have pledged money to #BringBackMST3K, as the campaign urges.
For now, it’s unclear exactly when viewers will get to enjoy the first episode of the new installment. According to a statement released by Hogson on November 16, one of the hosts of the recently resurrected show will be Jonah Ray, famous for his Nerdist podcast and television show.
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