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MST3K - The Five Best Mystery Science Theater Episodes

Updated on December 1, 2010

Top 5 Best MST3K Episodes

Mystery Science Theater 3000, or MST3K to fans, was one of the strangest, funniest and best shows on TV. Over eleven years, 198 episodes aired before the Satellite of Love finally crashed to earth in 1999, ending the series.

I've seen them all. That's right -- I've watched every episode of Mystery Science Theater -- most of them more than once. Here are the five episodes that made me laugh the hardest, the ones I keep coming back to over and over.

Each episodes last about 100 minutes. They're split into 9-10 minute segments on Youtube. Take an hour and watch one or two of these. If you've never watched MST3K before, leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Hobgoblins (season 9, episode 7) - One of the most popular MST3k episodes of all time

A group of Gremlin clones lands their flying saucer on a film set and, because their secret power to make people's fantasies come true threaten the world, a security guard locks them in a film vault. Thirty years later, the gremlins break out...

For genuine zaniness and outright bizarre scenes, this episode ranks among the best ever. The Club Scum scenes are memorable.

Prince of Space (season 8, episode 16) - "I like it very much."

A smoking starship full of beaked spacemen from the planet Krankhor land in Japan and threaten to take over the world. Only Prince of Space (who spends his days shining shoes with a group of plucky orphans) and his cardboard mask can stop the aliens.

Sheer Japanese insanity at a breakneck pace. It'll have you saying, "I like it very much."

Santa Claus (season 5, episode 21) - "... whether he is in a cave or behind a million mountains."

Santa Claus, Merlin the magician and a pack of children live at the north pole in an airborne compound full of surveillance equipment. On Christmas Eve, while Santa tries to deliver his gifts, a demon named Pitch tries to foil him.

Mixing theology with Christmas myth in a confusing blend, this episode offers some of the most strange and intriguing moments ever. Especially the dream sequence featuring the giant doll.

The Deadly Mantis (season 8, episode 4)

A giant insect terrorizes the world. Yep, that's pretty much the premise of the film. A classic 50s B monster movie so bad that it truly achieves awesomeness -- with the help of Mike and the robots.

Daddy-o (season 3, episode 7) - Fast cars, fast women, high pants

A greasy-haired part-time truck driver who wears his pants very high races a blonde through the park, sings at a road house, and somehow gets involved in a drug smuggling plot. Oh yeah, and his pants are VERY high.

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This top 5 reflects my own MST3K worship. Please choose your favorite of the five -- or tell me if I'm way off base by voting for OTHER below and leaving a comment. Thanks!

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I'm always excited to hear about other people's favorite episodes. Leave a comment and let me know which are your favorite moments and favorite episodes.

MST3K Fans Sound Off! - What are your favorite episodes?

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      georgevtucker 3 years ago

      @grifftrain: Couldn't agree more! Girl in the golden boots is a fairly recent find for

      me...

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      grifftrain 3 years ago

      It's tough to pick a favorite, but I could watch, and I have, "Girl in the gold boots" and "the incredibly strange creatures...." Over and over again. The beauty of mst3k is no matter how many time you watch, you can always find something funny that you missed during previous viewings.

      "Hey!, I teleported over here! It's impressive"!

      PS... I liked your top 5 list

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      georgevtucker 3 years ago

      @ctuagentdown: You should re-watch the one where Joe Don goes to Malta. Final Justice: in

      which we discover that we haven't yet invented the camera angle that

      flatters Mr. Baker...

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      ctuagentdown 3 years ago

      Mitchell was a masterpiece. joe don should have received 2 oscars

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      georgevtucker 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You've inspired me to rewatch Squirm tonight!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think my favorites are Squirm and Devil Fish. There are many and I haven't seen all of them. I can say these two I watch often for guaranteed laughter!

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      georgevtucker 5 years ago

      @dukethepcdr: I miss the invention exchanges a lot. I agree -- I miss them in both Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic.

      Maybe both those two groups could set up some kind of invention exchange?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One the greatest ever? The Touch of Satan!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dude, I'm not sure it's a good idea to encourage people to watch Santa Claus.

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      georgevtucker 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Red Zone Cuba is simply amazing. Way darker than most of the MST3K films and a lot weirder, too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What about the atomic brain?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Overdrawn at the Memory Bank has always been one of my favorites. Fat jokes aimed at a character known as "Fat Man" abound!

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      christopherwell 5 years ago

      Hello! I (also) featured this lens on MST3K vs. Giant Monsters.

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      georgevtucker 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Space Mutiny is a perennial favorite... Maybe I should make a new lens for the OFFICIAL top 5 episodes?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The MST3K forum at forrestcrows.proboards.com had a round-robin voting tournament for the best episode ever, categorized first by season and then by lead character (mike vs joel). The top 3 Joel episodes were Mitchell (25 votes), Pod People (26 votes) and Manos: Hands of Fate (33 votes). The top 4 Mike episodes were Space Mutiny (30 votes), Red Zone Cuba (19 votes) Time Chasers and Final Sacrifice (tied at 13 votes).

      Between the two of them, Space Mutiny edged out Manos, 57 votes to 49.

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      georgevtucker 6 years ago

      @anonymous: My favorite part of "Riding With Death" is the host segment where they set up a cardboard cut-out of the actress from the movie...

      Wow, just thinking about it makes me want to watch it again!

      Link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-143885161...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I can't believe no one liked "Riding With Death". It's never on anyone's list. I thought it was hilarious. Definitely in my top ten, if not five.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Top 5 ep's of MST3K - Final Sacrifice, Space Mutiny, Cave Dwellers, Mitchell and the all time best.... RED ZONE CUBA.

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      georgevtucker 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Here's a link to a Youtube video of just those names...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzLuQJY_rK4

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      dukethepcdr 6 years ago

      While I love the riffs of the movies a lot, I think my favorite part of the TV show was the invention exchange. Some of the inventions they came up with were hilarious! Some might actually work too. I think my favorite is "The Squaremaster"! It's a simple but wonderfully funny parody of those annoying exercise equipment commercials! The inventions and the skits with the robots are the parts of the show I miss the most. Too bad they didn't find a way to work them into Rifftrax nor into Cinematic Titanic! One or both shows should at least have Crow and Tom on as guests on an episode.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      While I agree with most of your choices, the one glaring omission, the episode I continue to return to again and again, would be Space Mutiny. The names they have for Reb Brown's character alone make it worth the time to watch.