Fans of cult classic comedies will be happy to hear that the famed Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been slotted for revival in early 2016. Longtime fans have striven to promote the Kickstarter that had been started in November 2015, and in just under a month, they raised over $5 million dollars, breaking the Most Funded Project in Film & Video Kickstarter record. The achievement was enough to allow the show fourteen new episodes.
Those unfamiliar with the show’s plot may find the idea a little quirky, but the classic series has a unique charm that makes it stand on its own. The story centers around a janitor who is abducted and sent into space by evil, mad scientists and forced to watch terrible B-movies in order to drive him insane. Making the best of the situation, the janitor, known as Joel Robinson, builds a few wisecracking robots to watch, and make fun of, the films with him. The robots, made of random objects around the space station, become regular characters, even gaining humorous names such as Tom Servo, Gypsy, and Crow T. Robot. Joel and the ‘bots provide hilarious entertainment through their sarcastic commentary, much to the evil scientists’ chagrin.
The show premiered in 1988, making it almost thirty years since the first air date. The updated episodes feature a new cast including comedian Jonah Ray, comedian Patton Oswalt, and actress Felicia Day. Production was scheduled to begin on Jan. 2016.