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


Season 1
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 28


Audience Score

User Ratings: 554
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Air date: Apr 14, 2017
Air date: Apr 14, 2017
Air date: Apr 14, 2017
Air date: Apr 14, 2017
Air date: Apr 14, 2017
Air date: Apr 14, 2017
Air date: Apr 14, 2017
Air date: Apr 14, 2017
Air date: Apr 14, 2017
Air date: Apr 14, 2017
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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…

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…

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

Apr 11, 2017 | Full Review…

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

  • 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.
  • Oct 03, 2017
    What made the old show great was it allowed you to actually be able to listen and follow the bad movies. If the new guys did some proofing and left out the 80% of their so-so and bad jokes, I could make it past 15 minutes into the movies. As of now, I can not.
  • Sep 14, 2017
    If you are not watching this, you should start immediately
  • Aug 19, 2017
    Terrific continuation from the original series. Please keep making more!
  • Jul 30, 2017
    So happy it's back. The faces and voices have changed, but it's still as irreverent and nerdy as ever. We missed you MST3K.
  • Jul 30, 2017
    An excellent continuation of the series

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