“Mystery Science Theater 3000” is one of the most bizarre and beloved cult series ever to hit television. Now, the current incarnation of the show, RiffTrax, is returning to TV with new episodes on National Geographic.
During the show’s run from 1988 to 1999 (with a few interruptions and on four separate networks), “MST3K” fans tuned in to watch a hapless man and two robots watch bad movies while making jokes at those films’ expense. The show left TV, seemingly for good, after its cancellation by the Syfy Channel in 1999 but later found an internet incarnation in RiffTrax — audio tracks for feature films, designed to be listened to while watching the movies.
National Geographic is bringing the RiffTrax crew — Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy (as Tom Servo) and Bill Corbett (as Crow T. Robot) — back for three episodes on April 1. While details are not yet available, the trio are expected to riff on some form of television programming — National Geographic documentaries be due for the joking treatment?