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.
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.
It'll be interesting to see how the reboot plays out, if only because part of the show's original charm stemmed from its low-budget appeal -- MST3K fully embraced the scale model "space" shots in its intro, along with main character robots made from common household items. And at its core, the show poked fun at cheap B-movies and newsreels. But the reboot stars a few well-known names, including Jonah Ray as the host on the Satellite of Love, Felicia Day, and Patton Oswalt.
No matter how it plays out (it'll be funny), MST3K's on its way back. You'll have Crow, Tom Servo, and crappy movies back in your life. And that's something to be happy about.
For measure, here's my favorite clip (start around 2:45, with the punchline at 3:21). I saw this when I was 12, and the joke stayed with me until about two years ago when I found it again on the Internet. It hasn't aged a bit -- and neither has my sense of humor.
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Ryan Craggs is Thrillist's Senior News Editor. He credits watching Monty Python, SNL, Benny Hill, and MST3K after school for his career trajectory -- namely, dad jokes. Follow him @ryanrcraggs.
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