In case the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot on Netflix wasn’t already reason enough to get pumped, Shout! Factory announced today that 20 classic, fan-favorite episodes of the series are returning to Netflix in the month before the new series premieres on April 15. The 20 classic episodes will hit the streaming service tomorrow, March 15.
If you’ve somehow never heard of MST3k, it’s the show that made “movie riffing” an art form. A hapless, good-hearted man named Joel gets shot into space by a pair of mad scientists, who conspire to drive him insane by forcing him to watch some of the worst movies ever made. In order to survive this obvious torture, Joel builds a few wisecracking robots to keep him company and mock the movies they’re forced to watch. The rest: Comic genius of the highest level. For much more MST3k information, check out Paste’s prodigious ranking of all 177 episodes of the classic series, which just went live.
The episodes coming to Netflix streaming are as follows. They include a mix of episodes from both hosts: Joel Hodgson and Michael J. Nelson.
The Giant Gila Monster
Hercules Against the Moon Men
Horrors of Spider Island
I Accuse My Parents
Manos: The Hands of Fate
Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Teenagers from Outer Space