Some ‘MST3K’ Facts and Secrets From the Not-Too-Distant Past
You know Mystery Science Theater 3000 from ten seasons on Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel. (They used to spell their name right.) But did you know that MST3K started on a local station in Minnesota named KTMA? The original version of the show ran for 21 episodes before KTMA filed for bankruptcy and the series was sold to the Comedy Channel, which later became Comedy Central. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of the ScreenCrush series You Think You Know TV?
The original budget for the series was low, just $35,000 per episode. But the deal ensured creator Joel Hodgson and his company kept the rights to MST3K, enabling them to take it to the Sci-Fi Channel after it was cancelled the first time, and now to Netflix for its upcoming revival. The famous silhouettes of Joel and his robots watching movies is achieved by using versions of Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot that are painted black.
‘You Think You Know TV?’ is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the worlds of your favorite TV series and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known, as with our other installments for The Wire, 1966’s Batman, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and many more. Our companion series ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ has already tackled everything from Star Wars to Suicide Squad, but now we’re headed to the Satellite of Love for some MST facts. Watch more TV installments of ‘You Think You Know’ down below, and let us know what shows we should cover next!