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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ returns April Fools Day

Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000

If you love sci-fi and/or enjoy mocking at its best, you might want to check out ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ when it returns on April 1. This special event will air on National Geographic’s channel. The show originally aired in 1988. It ran for six seasons on Comedy Central until 1997 and was then picked up by the Sci-Fi channel and aired for an additional three seasons until 1999. The series was nominated for two Emmys in the category of “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Variety or Music Program” in 1994 and 1995. It was also listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time.”

The critically acclaimed series featured a host and his robots that were trapped on a space station and forced to watch bad cheesy movies which they made fun for the viewing audience to watch. The host and his bots practically invented sarcasm in its funniest and purest form and the show became an instant cult classic.

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ was created by Joel Hodgson who played “captive” host from 1988 until 1993 when Michael Nelson came in to fill his shoes. The host and robots, Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo and Gypsy sat before a large screen poked fun at some of the silliest B- minus movies you will ever see. Their running commentary would make you laughed until you cried at times.

On Tuesday, April 1, NatGeo will air ‘Total Riff Off,” featuring three hours of clips from their shows. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will return to provide the wisecracks for clips of National Geographic’s own programming. This should be fun. And if you want to wet your appetite to see if you'd like to sample the main course on Tuesday, click here.