The Best Episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000
Last Updated: Nov 22, 2018
Mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester and his assistant, TV's Frank, have trapped a hapless soul (Joel, later Mike) in the vacuum of outer space. With their guinea pig aboard the bone-shaped Satellite of Love, they force upon him experiment after evil experiment from their underground lair. The sinister goal: find a movie so bad that it will break a man's soul, driving him to insanity. Once found, this cinematic weapon would be unleashed upon the world, turning the populace to zombies, and opening the door for Dr. Forrester's omnipotency. With the company of his robot pals Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, the trio of deep space jesters makes the best of the situation and maintains just enough sanity through wisecracking commentary and an occasional song and dance.
#1 - Space Mutiny
Season 8 - Episode 20
Movie Plot: A group of spaceship passengers rebel against the ship's captain. On the SOL: Mike gets a new set of encyclopedias to replace the old one that the 'bots kept complaining about / Servo and Crow crash the last of the SOL's escape pods / Servo installs a bit too much safety gear on the SOL / Crow shows off his new muscles. In Ancient Rome: Pearl, Bobo, and Brain Guy are in the dungeon. Brain Guy attempts to bring Mike down to help, but the Romans have taken away his brain, leaving him powerless / Bobo throws up a possible means of escape / Mike distracts Flavia while Brain Guy busts Bobo and Pearl out. Bobo then sets the city on fire. Original film made in 1988.
#2 - Soultaker
Season 10 - Episode 1
Movie Plot: The souls of 4 teenagers are being hunted by a soultaker. Intro: The 'bots have a wet t-shirt contest. They don't seem to grasp the point, and leave Mike confused. Commercial sign doesn't come on when it's supposed to, leaving Mike to have to push the button. Segment One: Cambot picks up some odd interference. Gypsy informs Mike that the ship is having serious malfunctions. Meanwhile, in Castle Forrester, Pearl, Bobo, and Brain Guy are playing Monopoly. They couldn't care less about the SOL. Segment Two: Gypsy, and other parts of the ship, are seriously malfunctioning. Mike takes charge, but only succeeds in breaking the Hexfield Viewscreen. Segment Three: The SOL, still malfunctioning, is caught in another ship's tractor beam. In Castle Forrester, a soultaker comes for Bobo's soul. It turns out to be TV's Frank, who became a soultaker when he realized that second banana heaven wasn't all that great. Segment Four: The person from the other ship boards the SOL. Original film made in 1990.
#3 - Time Chasers
Season 8 - Episode 21
Movie Plot: a Vermont based film made in 1991 about a college professor who creates a time-traveling plane and sells it to an evil cooperation. He finds that the cooperation uses the plane as a weapon to destroy the future, and he has to go back in time several times to stop himself from selling his time machine in the first place. On the SOL: Crow goes back in time to the 1980s to talk Mike out of taking temp jobs, thus stopping him from getting the job in Deep 13 that got him trapped on the SOL / The 'bots are dismayed to find Mike replaced by Mike's alcoholic brother Eddie / Eddie tells the 'bots that Mike played in a band and died, prompting Crow to go back and undo his earlier mission. On the Widowmaker: Pearl has put Bobo and Brain Guy down for the night and invites Mike over for a chat / Pearl informs Mike that there is now an extra Crow roaming around 1985 Wisconsin. Original film made in 1994.
#4 - Mitchell
Season 5 - Episode 12
Movie Plot: Mitchell is a cop who doesn't follow proper policy. He messes up everything in the movie yet manages to come out the hero. Intro: Joel shows the 'bots his toothpick Monticello model. They, of course, plot its destruction. Segment One: The 'bots have destroyed Monticello. In Deep 13, the Mads are being audited, so they have hired a temp to help get things organized. Frank enjoys yelling at the temp, a guy named Mike Nelson. Segment Two: Joel and the bots go on an Outward Bound trip to the heart of the ship. Gypsy, meanwhile overhears the Mads' plans to kill Mike, but mishears and thinks they plan to kill Joel. Segment Three: Gypsy tries to find a way to get Joel off the ship and save him from the Mads. Despite her concern, Joel doesn't want to go. Segment Four: Gypsy asks Mike for help in getting Joel off the ship. He gets the keys to the SOL controls from Frank and informs Gypsy that there is an escape pod hidden on the ship. Segment Five: Gypsy uses the ship's only escape pod to send Joel home. Original film made in 1975.
#5 - Final Justice
Season 10 - Episode 8
Movie Plot: A Texas sheriff runs amok in Malta after a mobster who killed his partner. Intro: Servo ponders if the owner of a lonely heart is really better than the owner of a broken heart. Segment One: In Castle Forrester, Pearl, Brain Guy, and Bobo demonstrate how to put humor into the workplace. Segment Two: The crew tries to complain to Pearl about the repetition in the movie by making Mike trip multiple times. Segment Three: Goosio visits the SOL as a goodwill ambassador, but the 'bots kill it. Segment Four: Crow delivers a speech about Maltese men. Segment Five: Since Joel escaped after a Joe Don Baker movie, Mike assumes its his turn. He's really just sitting in the water heater. The 'bots comfort him. In Castle Forrester, Pearl and Bobo are demonstrating "funny dress-up day" to improve workplace morale. Pearl is dressed up in wacky colors, Bobo dresses as Joe Don Baker from the movie. Brain Guy appears in leather biker gear, but informs them that it isn't for dress-up. Original film made in 1985.
#6 - The Final Sacrifice
Season 9 - Episode 10
Movie Plot: The story of a Canadian cult and a lost city. Intro: The bots loot the SOL during a power outage. Segment One: Pearl plans to take over the world one person at a time, starting with Todd Gunderson. Segment Two: Servo does a tribute to Canada. Segment Three: Everyone but Mike gets bad hockey hair Segment Four: As a result of being immune to Hockey Hair, Mike comes down with Grizzly Old Prospector Syndrome. Segment Five: The 'bots start a non-threatening, muffin based cult. Pearl's plan has moved onto victim #2. Stinger: Troy asks for Rowsdower. Original film made in 1990.
#7 - Riding with Death
Season 8 - Episode 14
Movie Plot: A 1970s movie about a secret government agent. On the SOL: Mike tries cooking / Servo does a tribute to the seventies. Thats the 70s AD, not the 1970s / Servo becomes a trucker / the Crew tries to inject characters into a movie. On the Camping Planet: Evil robots attack Pearl, Bobo, and Brain Guy. They ask the SOL for help, and Mike responds by blowing up the planet / once again, Pearl, Bobo, and Brain Guy have escaped destruction by taking off in the Widowmaker. Pearl demands medals for bravery. Stinger: Jim Stafford is happy. Original film made in 1976.
#8 - Hobgoblins
Season 9 - Episode 7
Movie Plot: Goblins wreak havoc when they escape from a movie studio. Intro: The crew of the SOL keeps turning each other on. Segment One: The crew rough-houses on the couch Pearl sent them. Segment Two: Crow makes a film questioning the existence of women. Segment Three: Crow starts a hotline for people who have suffered trauma from watching this movie. Only Bobo calls in to talk about his love life. Segment Four: The crew uses cardboard cutouts to distract Pearl while they try to escape. Segment Five: Servo goes back in time to punish Rick Sloane for making this movie. In the Castle, Pearl lectures Mike and the 'bots on how she can no longer trust them with furniture. Original film made in 1988.
#9 - Manos: The Hands of Fate
Season 4 - Episode 24
Movie Plot: A family on a long car trip end up lost and at the house of the evil "Master". Also riffed was: The second part of the Chevy training film "Hired!" Intro: Joel installs a program in the 'bots so that they think he is a genius. Segment One: Joel invents a machine to make unfunny comic strips funny by combining them. In Deep 13, The Mads invent a guillotine for chocolate bunnies. Segment Two: The crew go on a fake car trip, when redneck cop Gypsy pulls them over, they end up breaking down in tears about how bad the movie is. Frank calls to apologize for the movie. Segment Three The crew discusses what makes a monster so monstrous. Segment Four: Joel dresses up as "The Master" with Crow as tag-along Hellbeast. Dr. Forrester calls to apologize for the movie. Segment Five: Crow and Servo wrestle like the brides of Manos in the movie. In Deep 13, the Mads' pizza is delivered by Torgo. It takes a long time to get there. Original film made in 1966.
#10 - Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
Season 8 - Episode 22
Movie Plot: A man's mind gets sucked into a massive computer system. Intro: Crow creates a catch phrase for himself. Segment One: Pearl asks the 'bots to make a catch phrase for Mike. Pearl decides to make money by having her own PBS station, and hosting a pledge drive. Segment Two: The 'bots order a pet monkey over the internet. Segment Three: The bots' monkey does not like Mike. As an example of other Pearl-based programming, Pearl and Brain guy sing a duet. Segment Four: Servo is beat up by some rough Nanites. Segment Five: Bobo comes up to the SOL to help with the monkey, but ends up turning against Mike and the 'bots. Meanwhile, Pearl counts the money her pledge drive made. Original film made in 1983.
#11 - The Pumaman
Season 9 - Episode 3
Movie Plot: A man discovers that he is an Aztec god-like creature that has the power of a Puma. Intro: Servo comes down with "Short Man's Disease." Segment One: Pearl is holding a fancy dress ball at the same time that Brain Guy is throwing a normal party. Servo gets into mingling for Pearl's ball. Segment Two: Mike enlists the help of Shelli the Nanite to give his hair the "dry look." Segment Three: The 'bots force Mike to dress as Cotamundi Man. Segment Four: Crow and Servo create a voodoo head of Roger Whittaker. Segment Five: Crow resigns, then accepts a lower pay to do the same job. In Castle Forrester, Brain Guy's party is more popular than Pearl's ball. Roger Whittaker stops by for a visit. Stinger: Puma Man is befuddled. Original film made in 1980.
#12 - Jack Frost
Season 8 - Episode 13
Movie Plot: A really weird Scandinavian movie about a woman whose ugly sister throws her out and she goes to Jack Frost for help to find her dream husband. On the SOL: Mike is the "Lord of the Dance" / Yakov Smirnoff comes to talk about the film / Earl Torgeson of Sanford, Maine visits and tries to explain the movie. On the Camping Planet: Pearl is still gone, and Bobo and Brain Guy argue over who is in charge / Brain Guy and Bobo grow closer / Mike, Bobo, Brain Guy, and Pearl debate what is the best ape movie ever made. Stinger: "Bring on my fiancé!" Original film made in 1964.
#13 - Prince of Space
Season 8 - Episode 16
Movie Plot: Only the hero Prince Of Space can save Japan from an evil alien attack. On the SOL: The SOL is sucked into a wormhole causing all sorts of things to happen, including Mike turning into a puppet and the entire crew ending up the woods of Minnesota / Mike marries Krankor, the villain of the movie. On the Widowmaker: While outside going to the bathroom, Bobo pulls the Widowmaker into a wormhole, taking the SOL with it / Pearl and Brain Guy land the Widowmaker in what seems to be ancient Rome. Original film made in 1959.
#14 - Operation Double 007
Season 5 - Episode 8
Movie Plot: The evil "Mr. Thayer" attempts to take over the world by freezing all machinery. Stars Sean Connery's brother, Neil. On the SOL: Joel shows some old home movies / Crow invents a variation on the bird that dips and drinks from a glass of water / Joel, mocking the cheesy visuals of the movie, wants a back rub / the crew compares the careers of the Connery brothers / Dr. Forrester's magnetizer causes the 'bots to stick to the walls. An old Russian satellite, complete with dog, also gets stuck to the SOL. In Deep 13: Frank is in a very Bavarian mood, inventing ""Lederhosen-hosen"", pants with a hose through them. He gets depressed when he realizes how lame it is / Torgo stops by to deliver some "Mr. Pibb"s the the Mads ordered / Dr. Forrester magnetizes the SOL, and Frank tries to speak German. Original film made in 1967.
#15 - Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders
Season 10 - Episode 3
Movie Plot: An old man tells his grandson a story about the magician Merlin. Intro: The Crew pulls old-school college pranks. Segment One: Pearl makes Servo the SOL's supreme dictator, to see if that makes the experiment more evil. Segment Two: Servo and Crow review each other. Neither likes the other. Segment Three: Servo turns Mike into a baby. Segment Four: Mike shows off his Ernest Borgnine kids books. Segment Five: Pearl sends Bobo to the SOL to torture Mike and the 'bots. They send him back. Original film made in 1996.
#16 - Samson vs. the Vampire Women
Season 6 - Episode 24
Movie Plot: A wrestler is hired to save a young woman from a group of vampires. On the SOL: the Crew does a tribute to the 3 Stooges / Crow receives a bizarre message / the 'bots read tribute letters to the departed Frank. In Deep 13: The Mads get a strange message in a fortune cookie / the angel Torgo the White comes to take Frank to "Second Banana Heaven" / Dr. Forrester, upset by Frank's departure, sings a tribute / the ghost of Frank visits Dr. Forrester and pushes the button for the last time. Original film made in 1962.
#17 - Werewolf
Season 9 - Episode 4
Movie Plot: A man on a archaeological dig becomes a werewolf. Intro: Mike pretends to be James Lipton. Segment One: With the SOL in geosynchronous orbit, he uses a ladder to climb down to Earth. Mike's ladder escape is ruined when he ends up in the castle. Segment Two: Mike and Servo play "Who do you want in your werewolf movie?" Segment Three: Mike and the 'bots sing a song about the movie. Segment Four: Mike becomes a werecrow. Segment Five: Servo becomes a weremike. Pearl wants to make a werewolf, but can only find a cocker spaniel to use. Original film made in 1996.
#18 - Danger: Diabolik
Season 10 - Episode 13
Movie Plot: A super spy tries to steal a large chunk of gold. Intro: Servo finds the SOL employee handbook, which is written in typical Forrester dictator style. Segment One: Pearl has hooked the SOL up to a joystick and starts to mess with the crew. The joystick breaks and initiates the SOL's re-entry system. Brain Guy and Pearl are helpless to stop the SOL's return, which has Pearl quite upset. Segment Two: Servo disposes of the many Servo clones on the ship. Segment Three: The residents of the castle are moving on with life: Pearl becomes dictator for life of Qatar, Bobo gets a "job" at the zoo, and Brain Guy becomes the oracle of a planet. Segment Four: Crow is nervous about going to Earth, so Mike writes a song to make him feel better. Crow feels better, but the song makes Servo afraid. Segment Five: The residents of the Castle do a Mary Tyler Moore style good bye. The SOL violently crashlands on Earth. Gypsy starts a successfull Fortune 500 company called ConGypsCo. Mike, Servo and Crow settle into their small apartment to watch the strangely familiar "The Crawling Eye" Original film made in 1968.
#19 - Danger!! Death Ray
Season 6 - Episode 20
Movie Plot: A secret agent is hired to find a kidnapped scientist and his latest invention: the death ray. On the SOL: Crow doesn't like his new contacts / Servo uses a death ray to destroy Crow / Crow has a line of sunglasses / Cambot cries over how bad the movie is. In Deep 13: Frank is Servo's talent agent, and gets him a gig endorsing sneakers / Frank gives Dr. Forrester an autographed picture of himself. Original film made in 1967.
#20 - Bride of the Monster
Season 4 - Episode 23
Movie Plot: An Ed Wood movie about a mad scientist who fails to take over the world by creating a superior race. Also riffed was the first part of "Hired!", a training film for Chevy salesmen. On the SOL: Joel reads into Crow's dreams / the crew discusses how the movie's monster had it easy / Servo wishes that there was no such thing as advertising / Cambot redoes the movie's ending with the rest of the crew acting like Bela Lugosi. In Deep 13: Dr. Forrester invents the "tough love seat": a couch with metal spikes / the Mads act like the movie's antagonists. Original film made in 1956.
#21 - Santa Claus
Season 5 - Episode 21
Movie Plot: Satan sends Pitch, one of his demons, to harass Santa by making the world's children evil. On the SOL: The Crew tries caroling, but it soon breaks down / The crew exchanges Christmas gifts / the 'bots try to get Mike in touch with his family, but get a wrong number / the 'bots sing a politically correct Christmas carol. In Deep 13: The Mads exchange gifts / both Santa and Pitch stop by for a visit and end up wrestling each other. Original film made in 1959.
#22 - The Space Children
Season 9 - Episode 6
Movie Plot: An alien blob forces children to sabotage a military project. Also riffed was the short: "Century 21 Calling." Intro: Servo opens a very expensive kissing booth. Segment One: Pearl installs a new phone system in the castle and on the SOL. Segment Two: Mike pretends to be the young star of the short. Segment Three: While launching a model rocket Mike gets blown up. Pearl plans to launch Bobo into space in a rocket, but the training doesn't go well. Segment Four: Crow present s a not-so-sexy fashion line. Segment Five: The blob from the movie takes control of Servo. Bobo misses the rocket launch, which causes the castle to be destroyed when it crashes. Original film made in 1958.
#23 - I Accuse My Parents
Season 5 - Episode 7
Movie Plot: A teenager's dysfunctional family life leads him into trouble with a night club dancer and the mob. Also riffed was the short: "The Truck Farmer." Intro: Crow paints Servo flesh toned because he has "Pinocchio Syndrome". Segment One: Joel invents an organizer for your junk drawer that holds some really odd stuff. In Deep 13, the Mads invent a cake mix that includes an exotic dancer, who is accidentally baked into the cake by Frank. Segment Two: The crew re-enacts the night club scene from the movie. Segment Three: Joel analyzes the 'bots hopes for their families. Segment Four: The crew tries to find the cause of Jimmy's (the kid in the movie) social illness. Segment Five: The 'bots try to rob Joel of hamburgers. They get out the heavy artillery to do so. In Deep 13, the exotic dancer from the cake tries to seduce Dr. Forrester. Original film made in 1944.
#24 - Agent for H.A.R.M.
Season 8 - Episode 15
Movie Plot: A 1960s secret agent is charged to protect a scientist who has created a really dumb biological weapon. On the SOL: Servo and Crow are into some Extreme Hobbies / Servo tries to find a legal way to help Mike / the 'bots make sure Mike does his community service. In the Intergalactic Courtroom: Mike is charged for his recent planet destructions. Pearl is the prosecutor, Bobo is the defense attorney / Bobo is not defending Mike very well / Servo and Crow's testimony does not seem to help Mike either / Bobo traps Brain Guy in a lie on the stand / Mike is convicted, but his death sentence is negotiated down to community service. Stinger: Spaz chop. Original film made in 1966.
#25 - Pod People
Season 3 - Episode 3
Movie Plot: Alien beings hatch on earth after a meteor crash. On the SOL: The SOL hosts an art festival / The crew sings a nonsense song. In Deep 13: The Mads have a very lame Karaoke machine. Original film made in 1983.