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Mystery Science Theater: The Musical

Updated on March 13, 2013

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!

Throughout ten seasons of cult classic Mystery Science Theater 3000, evil scientists forced a human and two robots to watch an endless stream of poorly made B movies. Along the way, there were invention exchanges, philosophical discussions, Crow's screenplays, and other ways to pass the time.

And then there were also the musical sequences ...

Below you'll find but a sampling of the many times the folks on MST3K would burst into song.

MST3K Season One Intro - Intro for Mystery Science Theater 3000's first season on national TV

Theme Song Lyrics

For episodes 101 through 512

Lyrics: Joel Hodgson and Josh Weinstein

In the not-too-distant future / Next Sunday A.D.

There was a guy named Joel / Not too different from you or me

He worked at Gizmonic Institute / Just another face in a red jumpsuit

He did a good job cleaning up the place

But his bosses didn't like him so they shot him into space

We'll send him cheesy movies / The worst we can find (la-la-la)

He'll have to sit and watch them all / And we'll monitor his mind (la-la-la)

Now keep in mind Joel can't control / Where the movies begin or end (la-la-la)

Because he used those special parts / To make his robot friends.

Robot Roll Call: (All right, let's go!)

Cambot! (Pan left!)

Gypsy! (Hi, girl!)

Tom Servo! (What a cool guy!)

Croooow! (He's a wisecracker)

If you're wondering how he eats and breathes / and other science facts (la la la)

Then repeat to yourself, "It's just a show / I should really just relax

For Mystery Science Theater 3000!"

20 Years of Riffing Goodness - Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition

Go behind-the-scenes and find the origins of the series with this four-DVD box set that marked the 20th anniversary of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The set includes four classic episodes, plus a cavalcade of bonus materials including a documentary exploring the history of the series, and a live recording of a massive cast reunion.

"If Chauffeurs Ruled the World" - from RING OF TERROR (Episode 206)

TV's Frank offers his take on a better world.

"Tibby, Oh Tibby" - from GAMERA (Episode 302)

Tom Servo sings a haunting ballad to a pet turtle.

MST3K vs Gamera - Giant turtle, ho!

Over the years, the titanic terrapin Gamera made five -- five! -- appearances on the Satellite of Love, as Joel and the 'bots riffed the Japanese giant monster movies "Gamera", "Gamera Vs. Barugon", "Gamera Vs. Gaos", "Gamera Vs. Guiron", and "Gamera Vs. Zigra". But, along with Gamera -- the giant, radioactive, fire-breathing turtle -- you also get several musical numbers from Joel, Tom Servo, Crow , and the rest!

"Master Ninja Theme Song" - from MASTER NINJA 1 (Episode 322)

Joel and the 'bots give failed television series-turned-"movie" Master Ninja 1 its own funky action theme song. And read viewer mail.

"Tribute to Pants" - from HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN (Episode 410)

A tribute to apparel.

"Gypsy Rose Me" - from THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE (Episode 422)

Gypsy presents her one-woman show, "Gypsy!"

"Hired! The Musical" - from BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (Episode 423)

A musical inspired by a short corporate film.

"Secret Agent Super Dragon" - from SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON (Episode 504)

Joel and Crow agree to help Tom Servo test out his jazzy new song. With mixed results.

"Nummy Muffin Coocol Butter" - from COLOSSUS AND THE HEADHUNTERS (Episode 605)

TV's Frank sings a mournful ode to his lost pet dog, invented by Dr. Forrester to be the "world's most adorable pet."

"Dance Hall Twist" - from THE CREEPING TERROR (Episode 606)

Mike shows off his new stereo setup ... with the dance music from "The Creeping Terror."

"Where oh Werewolf" - from WEREWOLF (Episode 904)

A lovesick ode to a boyfriend who was a werewolf. Or something.

Put another quarter in the jukebox, baby! - Mystery Science Songs in Convenient Jukebox Format

A nifty bonus feature on these three particular DVD box sets is a "jukebox" that assembles many of the finest -- and funnest -- songs from across its history in easy-to-watch 30-minute blocks.

Bonus: MST3K Opening Theme Song - by Neil Norman & his Cosmic Orchestra

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

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      CoeGurl 6 years ago from USA

      MST3000 was hilarious. Love the cheesy effects in the opening intro!

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