Mystery Science Theater 3000 Set to Premiere on Netflix in April
"The Satellite of Love has Returned!"
A remake of cult classic series Mystery Science Theater 3000
will premiere on Netflix on April 14th, the streaming service announced this week via its Facebook
page. The new series will feature 14 episodes and a holiday special.
Mystery Science Theater 3000
originally ran for 10 season and 197 episodes from 1988 through 1999 on both Comedy Central and SyFy. For those not familiar with the series, the original premise was that in the "near future" two mad scientists (a.k.a. The Mads) strand an innocent janitor at a science lab in space alone aboard a satellite. The mad scientists operate the satellite from an underground base and torture the janitor (originally show creator Joel Hodgson) by forcing him to watch cheesy B-movies in an attempt to find the perfect weapon for world domination.
To keep his sanity, the janitor builds several sentient robots to keep him company from the mechanical parts he could have used to start and stop the movies from playing. As the movies play, the janitor and his robot friends crack jokes and poke fun at each movie (a.k.a. riffing) to prevent themselves from going mad due to the poor quality of the films.
The movement for a new version of Mystery Science Theater 3000
began gaining serious traction after a crowdfunding campaign that began in November 2015 quickly raised $5.7 million dollars to produce new episodes. A new partnership with Netflix was announced at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con.
The new Mystery Science Theater 3000
will be hosted by Jonah Ray (Fantasy Hospital
) and have a featured cast of Felicia Day (The Guild
) and Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille
, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
, The Goldbergs
) as the mad scientists and voice actors Hampton Yount (Crow T. Robot) and Baron Vaughn (Tom Servo) on board as the crew of comedic space robots.
The list of movies to be "screened"for the new series have yet to be announced, and will likely be held as a surprise. All episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000
will premiere and be available for streaming on Netflix April 14th.