Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Season 1 (2017)

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return picks up right where its predecessor left off, retaining all the cult classic's crucial ingredients and adding a handful of fresh twists.

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Critic Ratings: 28

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 14, 2017

Jonah Heston becomes friends with a trio of robots and faces a slime-spewing Danish monster flick. All this happens after falling into a trap on the dark side of the moon.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2017

Scary fits of laughter, stock footage, and a questionable Bigfoot costume all make this 1980's tale of beast, boy, and park ranger the perfect targets for wisecracks.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2017

A careless experiment hurls a group of scientists into a bleak future that includes mutants, catty humans, and androids in this 1964 sci-fi scenario.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2017

While Kinga connects with her long-distance lover, Jonah and the crew enter a ski-resort disaster flick, starring Mia Farrow and Rock Hudson.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2017

Get ready for a trip to a Mexican ranch with a surprising secret in this part-monster, part-Western movie that's all torture for Jonah and the bots.

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Cheap effects, perms, and skimpy battle outfits permeate this 1978 "Star Wars" knockoff with Christopher Plummer and David Hasselhoff.

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A motley group enters a German U-boat. In this blustery 1974 adventure, they find an island full of evolutionary mysteries and ancient beasts.

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The unreal fight scenes and twisted plot lines of a breathy Jayne Mansfield saga lead Jonah and his friends to the edge.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2017

Reptiles, rockets, and quakes become a surprise. Jonah and the bots enter a South Korean monster film that's short on sensible behavior and long on rampages.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2017

A boozy hero, a young male magician, and a furry come into the picture. From a nefarious sorcerer in a 1985 cheesefest, the team embarks on a quest to save the kingdom.

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Cast & Crew

Rebecca Hanson
Synthia/Gypsy
Felicia Day
Kinga Forrester
Hampton Yount
Crow T. Robot
Baron Vaughn
Tom Servo
Jonah Ray
Jonah Heston
Mary Jo Pehl
Pearl Forrester
Bill Corbett
Observer
Kevin Murphy
Professor Bobo
Grant Baciocco
Blue Punt Bunny
Paul Chaplin
Hive Mind Manager
Matt McGinnis
Matt Claude Van Damme
Erin Gray
Martha Masters
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News & Interviews for Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Season 1

Critic Reviews for Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

Technically, you could still watch this new season in a random order (as long as you began with the first episode and ended with the season finale), but the increase in serialization actually works nicely to tie the season together.

May 16, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The premise has been lightly updated with just the right amount of winking hustle.

Apr 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Have no fear, MSTies. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back and they haven't missed a beat.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The show's revival/ reboot - or return, as Netflix is calling it - maintains what the show beloved to its die-hard fans.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The funniest sci-fi show of all time (apologies to both Futurama and Red Dwarf), MST3K was as good as the movies it parodied were bad;meaning it was very, very good.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Amazingly, watching the fourteen new episodes of the revival's first season, it feels as if Mystery Science Theater 3000 was never gone.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm happy to say that Jonah Ray is a more than capable guy in a yellow jumpsuit whose delivery and presence feels more Mike than Joel. Since I prefer Mike, this immediately helped me to ease into the newness and familiarity of the reboot.

Dec 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Thankfully, our new trio is able to give it what for and it certainly won me over. There are a lot of great laughs to be had, including a certain MST3K recurring punchline from the old days.

Dec 29, 2017 | Full Review…

The new 'MST3K' achieves the original's tricky balance, and throws in another one besides: balancing nostalgia for the old show with innovations of the new.

Apr 14, 2017 | Full Review…

A highly enjoyable return to the Satellite of Love, with new hosts, new voices and the same wonderfully bad movies.

Apr 13, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Luckily, it feels as though the 2000s-era culture of bitter, snarky film criticism is abating somewhat, with formerly characteristic outlets ... aspiring to a new level of sophistication and discourse, so they don't stagnate as one-joke yuksters.

May 16, 2017 | Full Review…

It is exciting to hear what pop culture references the writers have chosen to mine for the new season.

May 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Season 1

  • Jun 11, 2020
    While it can't compare to the original seasons with the wonderfully dry Joel Hodgsen as host, at least the crux of the series - the movies themselves - are once again a hilariously riffed ride.
  • May 25, 2020
    How is this rated#3 on "The 154 Best Netflix Series and Shows to Watch Right Now". I tried watching 5 mins of it and its horrible.
  • Apr 09, 2020
    I was terrified the reboot would be awful. This is one you'd better do right, or not at all, it was too special to too many people. I gave new host Jonah the shifty eye at first, and though Joel is irreplaceable, after a few minutes and a couple solid jokes realized all is well. ly t
  • Jan 13, 2020
    This is not the MSK3K you're looking for. This reboot captured almost none of the fun of the original series.
  • Sep 20, 2019
    Terrible on all aspects.
  • Nov 24, 2018
    The bots are back and just as funny. Great collection of turkeys that deserve the hilarious riffs.
  • Nov 18, 2018
    Best its been thanks to Joel and a cast and crew of fans
  • Nov 18, 2018
    This series makes me so happy. Jonah and the new team continue the riffing tradition and I can’t get enough. Great guest stars too! When everyone from Mark Hamill to Jerry Seinfeld shows up, you know it has to be good.
  • Apr 09, 2018
    Joel and crew have done an amazing job of reviving this into an absolute masterpiece! Anyone who contributed and had faith in this revival ought to be proud!
  • Mar 23, 2018
    Marred by poor casting choices. Jonah Ray was a poor choice after Joel and Mike. His blandness is devoid of the same dry & twisted sense of humor that Joel and Mike brought. While Joel and Mike brought something to the character/part Ray just takes up space for Servo and Tom to riff around. Casting was a missed opportunity there. The same with Dr Forester's "daughter". FFS, if Ray is bland she's just uninteresting as ****. Her face is the signal to go to the bathroom or get a snack while you wait for the movie to continue. The bright spot in all this is the writing. The jokes are pretty good and the quality is consistent throughout. Pity the actors are secondary to the puppets now.

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