Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s 12th season is premiering on a very appropriate day on Netflix.
Autumn continues to be bountiful with great Netflix titles. Just in time for the 30th anniversary of Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s original premiere, Netflix announced six new episodes will arrive on Thanksgiving Day. The show originally appeared on KTMA in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 24, 1988.
“Thirty years ago on Thanksgiving Day 1988 is when we premiered Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the Minneapolis market,” said creator, original host, and executive producer Joel Hodgson. “We were competing with 60 Minutes for the same time slot, and I think history has shown which is the better show.”
After the show’s original run ended, it aired on Comedy Central for seven seasons until its cancellation in 1997. It was then picked up by The Sci-Fi Channel and aired for three seasons until another cancellation in August 1999. A sixty-episode syndication package titled The Mystery Science Theater Hour was produced in 1995. In 2015, creator Joel Hodgson led a crowdfunded revival of the series with 14 episodes for an eleventh season which was released on Netflix.
MST3K marathons are a Thanksgiving tradition. It’s a show with the host and two robot puppets riffing on incredibly bad movies. Over the years it has had three different hosts: Joel, Mike, and Jonah. The host is being held captive on a spaceship (the ‘Satellite Of Love’) and being forced to watch stinkers in the name of “science.”
The latest season that aired on Netflix had all new stars, all of whom are returning for the new season. Johan Ray is test subject and host Jonah Heston, Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day are his captors, and the robots are voiced by Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount.
New episodes will stream on Netflix starting on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018.