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Classic Episodes Coming to Netflix

The Shout! Factory Tumblr blog posted this:

FAN-FAVORITE CLASSIC EPISODES OF MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 COMING TO @netflix MARCH 15, 2017!

We’ve got movie sign! Classic episodes of the cult-hit comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) are coming to @netflix on March 15, 2017!

Ahead of the much anticipated new season’s release exclusively on Netflix on April 14, 2017, twenty fan-favorite episodes of MST3K will be available to stream, including beloved episodes Manos: The Hands of Fate, Space Mutiny, I Accuse My Parents and Pod People.

Beloved by a legion of fans worldwide and ranked by top media culture critics as one of the best cult television shows of all time, MST3K follows the motley crew of a human host and his two robot sidekicks aboard the Satellite of Love. The hapless host, trapped by mad scientists on a satellite in space, is forced to watch some of the most outrageously unfortunate B-movies ever created. To keep sane, he’s built two robot sidekicks, and together they do a running commentary on the films, affectionately mocking their flaws with inspired wisecracks and acting as a demented movie theater peanut gallery.

Created by Joel Hodgson, MST3K’s first season aired on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis. Its national broadcast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons. The show’s final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. Series creator Hodgson originally played stranded host, Joel Robinson. When he left in 1993, series head writer Mike Nelson replaced him as the new B-movie victim, and continued in the role for the rest of the show’s run. The format proved to be popular, and during its eleven years and 198 episodes (including one feature film), MST3K attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim. The series won a Peabody Award in 1993, and was nominated for writing Emmys in 1994 and 1995.

The highly successful Mystery Science Theater Kickstarter campaign to #BringBackMST3K surpassed the goal of fully funding the production of 14 new episodes and set the world record as the highest-funded Film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history. New episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, a Netflix original series, will debut on April 14, 2017.

The complete list of classic MST3K episodes coming to Netflix includes:
· Catalina Caper
· Eegah!
· Future War
· The Giant Gila Monster
· Hercules Against the Moon Men
· Horrors of Spider Island
· I Accuse My Parents
· Jack Frost
· Laserblast
· Manos: The Hands of Fate
· Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders
· Pod People
· Puma Man
· Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
· Sidehackers
· Space Mutiny
· Teenagers from Outer Space
· Time Chasers
· Werewolf
· Zombie Nightmare

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.

16 Replies to “Classic Episodes Coming to Netflix”

  1. trickymutha says:

    “Thanks to Paul for the heads up.”….PAUL IS NOT PAUL- HE IS SUPER PAUL!

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  2. Ready Steady Yeti says:

    We’ll decide if it’s an MST3K classic, a’right?

       6 likes

  3. goalieboy82 says:

    but there wasn’t any MST3K Classic episodes on Netflix…

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  4. Jay says:

    This brings up the subject of terminology. Will the shows be referred to by their season numbers with the new show continuing that tradition? Will the original show be referred to as “Classic” and the new show as …? Will we use a confusing series of Roman numerals out of numerical sequence? Will the new Spock live up to the old Spock? Let’s hash it out, Folks!

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  5. Keith Palmer says:

    I kind of like the thought of being invited to go straight from the “old” episodes to the “new” ones; to me it does just a bit to reduce the thought of separating them. One odd thought I’ve had about this list, though, is whether they’ll be listed on Netflix in this alphabetical order, such that a certain number of people may start “cold” with “Catalina Caper”… (If they’re in “production order,” though, “Sidehackers” would be first, which is another thing to think about. Then, of course, there are those comments I’ve heard that it’s better to get to “Manos,” mentioned first in this press release, after getting familiar with the series…)

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  6. Rob says:

    Joel calls it Season 11 so that’s good enough for me.

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  7. EricJ says:

    It’s sort of like when Netflix ran the complete classic 80’s Danger Mouse to try and name-recognition hype us for the crappy obnoxious 21st-cty. remake that was coming the next season, only to hook new fans of the Classic series, when viewers went running back there instead.

    I’m open-minded about “S11”, and the handful of Shout-approved episodes have already been playing HuluPlus forever, but if this gets some new-generation completism-fanatics to watch Eegah, Pod People or Catalina Caper for the first time, it’s as good a public service for Netflix to do as getting them to watch the old DM episodes.

    goalieboy82:
    but there wasn’t any MST3K Classic episodes on Netflix…

    Okay, I know I might have triggered the “Corn, tomatoes…” posting ritual, but WHO THE HECK triggered the Monster-a-Go-Go ritual (but there was no ritual!)? I know it wasn’t me, my hands are clean.

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  8. Gentle Ben says:

    The perfect cure for my insomnia now on Netflix! Very Good sir.

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  9. Kris says:

    Oooooh “Jack Frost”! that film is so memorable to me for some odd reason, the whole iciness of it, the weird Russian-Finnish culture to it all that make it so utterly strange. It is one of those MST3K things I don’t see online on the MST3K streaming sites. It isn’t one of the side-splittingly funny episodes, just one that stays with you forever.

    Glad the Sidehackers and LaserBlast are on the list, ooh those cheesy, crappy yet very easily riffed ones are just great for laughs.

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  10. Dihgdfj says:

    Kris:
    Oooooh “Jack Frost”! that film is so memorable to me for some odd reason, the whole iciness of it, the weird Russian-Finnish culture to it all that make it so utterly strange. It is one of those MST3K things I don’t see online on the MST3K streaming sites. It isn’t one of the side-splittingly funny episodes, just one that stays with you forever.

    Glad the Sidehackers and LaserBlast are on the list, ooh those cheesy, crappy yet very easily riffed ones are just great for laughs.

    The company that handles the Russian version hit the online copies a lot. Last I saw there was one on youtube but you couldn’t embed it, and the rough cut seems to stay safe.

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  11. Thad says:

    Jay:
    This brings up the subject of terminology.Will the shows be referred to by their season numbers with the new show continuing that tradition?Will the original show be referred to as “Classic” and the new show as …?Will we use a confusing series of Roman numerals out of numerical sequence?Will the new Spock live up to the old Spock?Let’s hash it out, Folks!

    I remember when Netflix had all its (original-series) Doctor Who serials split up by title.

    And then it merged them all into a single series and sorted them by season, which was a terrible idea and made it much, much harder to find the one you were looking for. (Before, if I wanted to watch Horror of Fang Rock, I could just search for Horror of Fang Rock; after, I had to either remember that Horror of Fang Rock was in season 15, or poke around across seasons until I found it.)

    I think classic MST3K would benefit from being split up, with each individual episode as its own entry on Netflix. That’s less friendly to binge-watching every episode one after the other (though you can still do that with the new ones, if that’s your thing), but it makes it a lot easier to find a specific episode you’re looking for, if, say, you don’t know off the top of your head that Hercules Against the Moon Men was season 4.

    I don’t think that’s what they’ll do, though. My guess is they’ll have Classic MST3K as a series, and new MST3K as a series. That way, when it debuts they can direct you straight to the new (Netflix Original) episodes from the homepage, and when you’re done with those it can give you a link to the old ones.

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  12. EricJ says:

    Thad: I remember when Netflix had all its (original-series) Doctor Who serials split up by title.

    And then it merged them all into a single series and sorted them by season, which was a terrible idea and made it much, much harder to find the one you were looking for.(Before, if I wanted to watch Horror of Fang Rock, I could just search for Horror of Fang Rock; after, I had to either remember that Horror of Fang Rock was in season 15, or poke around across seasons until I found it.)

    I think classic MST3K would benefit from being split up, with each individual episode as its own entry on Netflix.That’s less friendly to binge-watching every episode one after the other (though you can still do that with the new ones, if that’s your thing), but it makes it a lot easier to find a specific episode you’re looking for, if, say, you don’t know off the top of your head that Hercules Against the Moon Men was season 4.

    It is less friendly to binge-watching (not that I am a friend of binge-watching, being determined to expunge it in a holy war from this earth and cleanse its corrupt minions with fire…), and back when they were individual titles Amazon Prime-style, it was a good way to savor the movie as well as the episode, as its own unique experience.

    But instead, they’re following HuluPlus’s “incomplete series” lead and billing it as “MST3K Collection #1”.
    Which is what they have to call it when it isn’t a complete season and isn’t the complete series:
    http://instantwatcher.com/title/80173926

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  13. Ted says:

    Holy hell, they’re closed captioned! That’s kinda huge right there.

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  14. Ray Dunakin says:

    That’s a pretty nice selection of episodes.

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  15. Richard the Lion-Footed says:

    ALL of which are better than Jim’s top picks.

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  16. Thad says:

    Ted:
    Holy hell, they’re closed captioned! That’s kinda huge right there.

    Doesn’t Netflix mandate closed captioning? Or am I thinking of something else?

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