Mystery Science Theater 3000

The WORST episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Every episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000!

In the not-too-distant future Joel Robinson is held captive by Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank, forced to watch B-Grade movies on the Satellite of Love with the help of his robot friends: Cambot, Gypsy, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot.

Last Updated: 11/25/2022Network:Gizmoplex
The Bubble
2 votes

#1 - The Bubble

Season 13 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/11/2022

The Million Eyes of Sumuru
3 votes

#2 - The Million Eyes of Sumuru

Season 13 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/2/2022

In the theater, Jonah's crew watches an evil woman bent on dominating the world with her all-woman army in THE MILLION EYES OF SUMURU (1967). Meanwhile, on the SOL, the bots realize Jonah is tall.

The Wild World of Batwoman
112 votes

#3 - The Wild World of Batwoman

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 11/13/1993

Movie Plot: A really bad movie about Batwoman going against a mad scientist. Also riffed was the short "Cheating." On the SOL: The crew plays blackjack / the 'bots write essays on cheating / the crew tries to decide how to deal with Crow's cheating problem. In Deep 13: Frank invents the Atomic Hair Dryer / Dr. Forrester's new hair causes Frank to run away screaming. Original film made in 1966.

Directors: Jerry Warren
Racket Girls
103 votes

#4 - Racket Girls

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 11/26/1994

Movie Plot: Essentially, a movie about women's wrestling. Also riffed was the short "Are You Ready for Marriage?" On the SOL: Lisa Loeb appears on the hexfield viewscreen and sings / Crow wants to marry Servo / Jan in the Pan is the stripper for Crow's bachelor party / Dr. Forrester performs the wedding of Servo and Crow, with Frank as the wedding singer. In Deep 13: A family starts poking around Deep 13, prompting the Mads to get a new security system, which Frank plays with / Frank falls in love with Lisa Loeb, until Dr. Forrester breaks the news to him that she is seeing Ethan Hawke. Original film made in 1951.

Writer: Mike Dodge
HG Wells' The Shape of Things to Come
3 votes

#5 - HG Wells' The Shape of Things to Come

Season 13 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/30/2022

In the theater, Emily's crew watches as three people and their robot friend try to put a stop to an evil plot to destroy the colonies living on the moon in H.G. Wells' THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME (1979). Meanwhile, on the SOL, the bots roast the robot from the movie.

Jungle Goddess
112 votes

#6 - Jungle Goddess

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/6/1990

Movie Plot: An expedition to Africa to recover a missing heiress leads to trouble when she is made queen of the jungle. Also riffed was the short: "The Phantom Creeps, part 1." Intro: Joel and the 'bots toy with the forces of the universe. Segment One: Joel invents a radio controlled saw. Dr. Forrester has had his head transplanted onto a saxophone. Segment Two: The SOL crew presents an infomercial selling some of Bela Lugosi's Phantom Creeps. Segment Three: Joel explains to the 'bots the movie binocular vision trick. Segment Four: Two aliens visit the SOL with a list of demands. Segment Five: Joel and the 'bots put on a fake TV show, which has Frank entertained. Original film made in 1948.

Mad Monster
100 votes

#7 - Mad Monster

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/12/1989

Movie Plot: A mad scientist turns his assistant into a monster to help get revenge. Also riffed was the short: "Commando Cody: Radar Men from the Moon, part 2." Segment One: Joel presents the Hell-in-a-Handbag anti-theft device. In Deep 13, Dr. Forrester shows off his fire=breathing thunder lizard. Segment Two: Tom falls in love with a blender, which Joel then drinks out of. Segment Three: Servo and Crow have some questions about Jedro the werewolf. Segment Four: Joel switches the bots heads. Segment Five: The 'bots each give a good thing and bad thing about the movie. Original film made in 1942.

Directors: Sam Newfield
The Castle of Fu Manchu
139 votes

#8 - The Castle of Fu Manchu

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired 1/18/1992

Movie Plot: Fu Manchu, an evil genius, tries to conquer the world by turning all water into ice. On the SOL: The Crew pretend to be Shriners / the movie causes the Crew to break down. In Deep 13: Dr. Forrester invents a stinky bomb / the mads try to riff the movie. Original film made in 1969.

Directors: Jesús Franco
The Indestructible Man
108 votes

#9 - The Indestructible Man

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/15/1992

Movie Plot: An executed man is brought back to life by a mad scientist. Also riffed was the short "The Undersea Kingdom, part 2." On the SOL: The 'bots switch covers / Joel and the 'bots put novels on the back of cereal boxes / the Crew discusses what they would do if they were indestructible. In Deep 13: The Mads put on a Playboy party / Deep 13 is visited by the cops to put a stop to cop and doughnut jokes. Original film made in 1956.

Being from Another Planet
110 votes

#10 - Being from Another Planet

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/4/1992

Movie Plot: A scientist steals a mummy that turns out to be alien. On the SOL: The crew plays 20 questions / Servo and Crow put on a haunted house / the crew tempts Frank by presenting the "TV's Frank Shopping Network" in an attempt to get him to bring the SOL back to earth. In Deep 13: The Mads invent tragic moments figures. Original film made in 1982.

Stranded in Space
143 votes

#11 - Stranded in Space

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/29/1991

Movie Plot: An astronaut lands on the planet Terra where he must fight the "Perfect Order." On the SOL: Tom makes some cookies and Crow has bad nightmares / Joel turns Servo into an arcade game / Joel becomes an evil overlord. In Deep 13: Dr. Forrester tries to promote Frank, but Frank couldn't care less. Original film made in 1973.

Directors: Lee H. Katzin
The Corpse Vanishes
91 votes

#12 - The Corpse Vanishes

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/19/1989

Movie Plot: Bela Lugosi plays a mad scientist who steals bodies for evil experiments. Also riffed was the short: "Commando Cody: Radar Men from the Moon, part 3." Segment One: Dr. Forrester has a flower boutineer that shoots flame instead of water. He, of course, uses it on Dr. Erhardt. On the SOL, Joel has invented the "chiro-gyro". Segment Two: Servo reads 'Tiger Bot' magazine. Segment Three: The SOL crew plays tag. Segment Four: The 'bots give Joel a haircut. Segment Five: The 'bots give a good thing/bad thing about the movie. Original film made in 1942.

Directors: Wallace Fox
The Unearthly
137 votes

#13 - The Unearthly

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 12/14/1991

Movie Plot: A mad scientist creates havoc when an experiment to stop the aging process goes awry. Also riffed were the shorts "Posture Pals" and "Appreciating Your Parents." On the SOL: Joel invents celebrity appliances / the 'bots film an action packed home movie / Servo and Crow create "The Unearthly" board game. In Deep 13: The Mads create odd shaped pills including one with a fish hook / Frank eats potatoes. Original film made in 1957.

Directors: Boris Petroff
Horrors of Spider Island
84 votes

#14 - Horrors of Spider Island

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired 7/25/1999

Movie Plot: A group of exotic dancers are stranded on an island where a radioactive spider threatens to kill them. Intro: Crow writes a newspaper column. Segment One: Pearl has moved the castle to suburbia to save money on Bobo's monkey license. Segment Two: Mike gets stuck in a giant spider web. Segment Three: Mike auditions Pearl, Bobo, and Brain Guy for a dance show, like the guy in the movie. Segment Four: Mike and the 'bots keep crashing the SOL, testing the theory that in a crash women instantly become helpless, murmuring idiots. Segment Five: Mike pretends to be a man-spider. Meanwhile, Pearl has decided to move the castle back because in the suburbs, you cant throw your garbage out the window. On the way back, they have stopped at a "Pump & Munch" to diesel up the flatbed. Bobo is delighted at the balloon dispenser in the bathroom. Brain Guy keeps the "balloons" for his lady friends. Original film made in 1960.

Directors: Fritz Bottger
It Lives by Night
76 votes

#15 - It Lives by Night

Season 10 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/18/1999

Movie Plot: A man on a spelunking trip becomes a man-bat. Intro:The crew does some painting. Mike tests to see what different colors do to the 'bots emotions. Segment One: Pearl distracts the SOL crew while Bobo sprays them with poison. The poison causes Crow to grow extra arms, for Servo's hands to become huge, and for a small Servo to grow on Mike's back. She gives in to their complaints and finally sends them the antidote. Segment Two: The crew dresses as the cast of the Mary Tyler Moore show, with Crow as Mary, Mike as Ted, and Servo as Lou. Segment Three: The 'bots think Mike is rabid and give him injections. It turns out he just fell asleep while eating pastry and has frosting on his face. The 'bots are mad that the won't need the rest of the injections. Segment Four: Mike grows a mustache and asks Pearl what she thinks of it. Segment Five: On the SOL, Servo opens a franchise of the Buddy Epsen Hat Destress Original film made in 1974.

Directors: Jerry Jameson
Space Travelers
165 votes

#16 - Space Travelers

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/6/1992

Movie Plot: 3 astronauts become stranded when their ship fails. On the SOL: Crow becomes an escape artist / Joel invents a machine that puts your face on cash / the crew discusses the side effects of the space program. In Deep 13: The Mads invent tissues with famous people's faces printed on it. Original film made in 1969.

Directors: John Sturges
Invasion USA
138 votes

#17 - Invasion USA

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/23/1994

Movie Plot: The USSR completes a nuclear attack on the USA. Also riffed was the short "A Date with Your Family." On the SOL: Mike builds a new, psycho robot / the crew has a calm dinner / the bomb from the movie visits the SOL / Servo becomes convinced that reality is a dream. In Deep 13: Dr. Forrester tries an experiment on Crow by making him choose between a wire mother and a Dr. Forrester plush doll. / Frank is held at gunpoint by Dr. Forrester. Original film made in 1952.

The Slime People
85 votes

#18 - The Slime People

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/9/1990

Movie Plot: Subterranean monsters invade Los Angeles. Also riffed was the short: "Commando Cody: Radar Men from the Moon, part 6." Intro:: Crow turns out to ba a chipper, morning person. Segment One: In Deep 13, the Mads invent cotton candy that screams as you eat it. Joel invents cartoon-style eyeglasses. Segment Two: The 'bots put Commando Cody on trial for crimes against reality. Segment Three: the 'bots try to understand the movie and pitch a script about a guy stranded on an island with robots. Segment Four: The 'bots fill the SOL with smoke to imitate the movie. Segment Five: Gypsy eats half of Joel's diode pie. Original film made in 1962.

The Batwoman
3 votes

#19 - The Batwoman

Season 13 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/19/2022

In the theater, Emily's crew watches a Mexican film about a scantily-clad superhero going up against a mad scientist trying to create a fish-man in THE BATWOMAN (1968). Meanwhile, on the moon, Kinga and Pearl take a trip through time, leaving Max and the clones in charge of the experiment.

The Black Scorpion
81 votes

#20 - The Black Scorpion

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/13/1990

Movie Plot: Giant scorpions who emerged from a volcano attack Mexico. Intro: The 'bots throw a party for Joel. Segment One: The Mads have mutated themselves in a lab accident: Dr. Erhardt now has a giant cranium and Dr. Forrester is a skeleton. Segment Two: The 'bots do a tribute to Mexico. Segment Three: Gypsy, dressed in a scorpion costume, eats Servo. Segment Four: The 'bots create a puppet show. Segment Five: Joel reads letters from viewers. Original film made in 1957.

Directors: Edward Ludwig
Monster a Go-Go
173 votes

#21 - Monster a Go-Go

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 1/9/1993

Movie Plot: The search for an astronaut on an alien planet. Also riffed was the short "Circus on Ice." On the SOL: The 'bots start a micro-cheese factory / Gypsy doesn't "get" Crow / Joel and Crow play keep-away from Servo / The 'bots discuss the plausibility of the ""Pina Colada Song."" In Deep 13: Dr. Forrester decides to have and Action hero competition: The Mads' "Johnny Longtorso" doll is presented in many separate pieces. Original film made in 1965.

Quest of the Delta Knights
81 votes

#22 - Quest of the Delta Knights

Season 9 - Episode 13 - Aired 9/26/1998

Movie Plot: The Delta Knights search for the lost cave of Archimedes. Intro: Gypsy is repairing Crow, leaving Servo and Mike with a loaner. Servo and Mike are happy, because the temp Crow has a radio. Segment One: Pearl switches places with Mike to test how miserable the movie watching really is. Segment Two: Despite the 'bots pleas for her to stay, Pearl switches back with Mike, who was enjoying a boys night out with Bobo and Brain Guy in the Castle. Segment Three: The Tom Servo choir performs the classic ""Air on a Delta Knight"" song Segment Four: Leonardo DaVinci visits on the hexfield. Segment Five: The Delta Knights are holding their annual pancake breakfast in Castle Forrester. Stinger: It's the "I'm Coming!" guy. Original film made in 1993.

It Conquered the World
140 votes

#23 - It Conquered the World

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 8/24/1991

Movie Plot: A cheesy alien-attack 1950s movie. Also riffed was the short "Snow Thrills." On the SOL: Joel is getting ready to be on Star Search / Servo hosts a winter-sports broadcast / the crew complains about their dinner. In Deep 13: Frank and Dr. Forrester dress up as dead people. Original film made in 1956.

Directors: Roger Corman
The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy
132 votes

#24 - The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/5/1989

Movie Plot: A psychiatrist unleashes a curse. The mummy released by this turns out to be an ally, however, in a battle against an evil robot. Also riffed was the short: "Commando Cody: Radar Men from the Moon, part 1." Segment One: Joel invents an airbag helmet for motorcyclists. In Deep 13, the Mads have a new security system. Segment Two: The ship is attacked by demon dogs. Segment Three: The SOL crew try to negotiate with the King of the Demon Dogs. Segment Four: Crow tries to impersonate the Demon Dog's King. Segment Five: Joel manages to fool the Demon Dogs. Original film made in 1957, released in US in 1964.

Women of the Prehistoric Planet
158 votes

#25 - Women of the Prehistoric Planet

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/20/1990

Movie Plot: The survivors of a space ship crash run into prehistoric amazons on a desert planet. Intro: Joel and the 'bots redecorate the SOL to look like a talk show set. Segment One: Joel invents toilet paper in a bottle. In Deep 13, the Mads open a fast food place: "Clay and Lar's Flesh Barn." Segment Two: Joel brings a strange spacecraft inside the SOL. Segment Three: The strange object is discovered to be Isaac Asimov's Literary Doomsday Device. Segment Four: While the crew tries to disarm it, the doomsday device explodes, turning the entire crew into Isaac Asimov. Segment Five: Fan letters are read. The winners of the "Name the Plant Guy Contest" are announced. Original film made in 1966.

Directors: Arthur C. Pierce

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