My absolute favorite television show of all time is Mystery Science Theater 3000. I started watching it when I was in the 4th grade and it’s remained a pretty consistent part of my TV diet ever since. I continue watching MST3k despite the fact that no new episodes have been produced in over a decade – an old episode I’ve seen 30 times will often yield just as many laughs as anything made in the 201o’s.
That’s one of the reasons I was so excited to hear about the MST3k Kickstarter campaign. Joel Hodgson, creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the original host, is bringing the show back with crowd funded support. The hope is to make a full season of 12 episodes of the new MST3k and I’ll be honest – I’ve already pledged my money to make that a reality. So far it seems the Kickstarter is a success, to the tune of over $3 million dollars. I’m hopeful the fundraising will get up to the required $5.5 million for that full season.
At any rate, MST3k and the Thanksgiving holiday have a long-running association thanks to Turkey Day, a somewhat annual marathon of episodes of the show. In my estimation, it’s the perfect show to leave on during your holiday festivities. You can watch whole episodes or you can drop in and out on them, picking up a spare joke here and there. In recent years, the Turkey Day marathon has moved online with a streaming component that has been curated by Joel himself. This year, with the big push for the Kickstarter campaign, Joel asked MSTies to send in fan art they could share.
I sent this drawing in I did a few years ago. I’ve been using it as my Facebook avatar for November:
You better believe that made my day… but I was also SUPER pleased to find that the folks in charge of the MST3k Kickstarter page used my artwork on the actual KS page!!!
It’s great. I feel like I’m, in a very small way, helping out a show that’s made me who I am today. Corny but true.
Hey! You should pledge some cash toward the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000 too! It’s a great show! Click on over at the very least to see my fan art emblazoning the lower left corner of the “Fan Mail is Back” banner!