If you're between the ages of 25 and 40 (and our internal metrics suggest you are!), there's a good chance you're familiar with the show Mystery Science Theater 3000, lovingly dubbed MST3K by its loyal followers. If that's the case, well, you might also know the show slowly faded away -- but it's coming back, and in a big way.
Originally a local cable-access show that spring-boarded to the big time in the early days of Comedy Central, MST3K last aired on Sci-Fi network in 1999, with 197 episodes,11 seasons, and one feature film to its credit before its final cancellation. But the show's cult following -- it's got an 8.7 rating on IMDB! -- has led to several campaigns to bring the movie-riffing series back. And thanks to the age of crowdfunding, well, that's about to happen. And the Kickstarter campaign led by the show's original creator, Joel Hodgson, crushed its goal.
Amazing--14 new MST3K episodes are coming thanks to YOU. More details soon, but for now a simple THANK YOU.
Posted by Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Saturday, December 12, 2015
At this point, you could probably call the show MST5M. Get it? Because they raised $5.7 million. Anyway, the original goal was $2 million, which would acquire full rights to the series (production company legalities you probably don't wanna read about) that would produce three new episodes. But because the Kickstarter obliterated that goal, a full 14 new episodes are on the way. Not only that -- as UPI reports, MST3K's campaign broke Veronica Mars' previous funding record of $5,702,153 in 2014 to raise $5,764,229, along with an additional $600,000 in merchandise, making it the most successful video Kickstarter in the site's history.