My Favorite MST3k Episodes
by Mario Lanza

If there are two shows I have loved unconditionally over the past thirty years, they are Saturday Night Live and Mystery Science Theater 3000. Those two shows have always been my favorites- my mainstream favorite and then my not-so-mainstream, much more nerdy favorite. I can't even tell you how many people I have introduced to MST3k over the years.
In any case, in honor of the show that I consider one of the smartest, funniest things ever seen on TV (as well as one of the biggest overall influences on the Funny 115), here are my all-time favorite Mystery Science Theater episodes.
Super Important Pre-Countdown Disclaimer:  In general, I am a much bigger Mike fan than a Joel fan. And I know that everyone has an opinion about this, so I won't linger on this subject too long, but in general I think the Joel era was much more innocent and whimsical (at least up until Mitchell), and the Mike era was just meaner and more blunt. And also, in the words of my brother-in-law, Andrew, "In the Mike era they tended to make fun of the process of MAKING the movie, as opposed to just throwing out random pop culture references." Because of that last point, I find that Mike episodes are much better when you want to introduce somebody new to the show. And also because of that, my favorites list is much heavier on Mike episodes as opposed to Joel. It's not all Mike episodes, though, I still love a lot of the Joel ones.

Case in point

So here we go. Let's get on with the countdown.
Just click on the picture to read my comments about it.

Mario's Top 50 Mystery Science Theater Episodes

50. Time of the Apes

49. The Human Duplicators

48. Pod People

47. The Giant Spider Invasion

46. The Day the Earth Froze

45. The Blood Waters of Dr. Z 

44. Teen-Age Strangler

43. Outlaw

42. Village of the Giants

41. Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

40. The Giant Gila Monster

39. Laserblast

38. Squirm

37. The Amazing Colossal Man

36. Manos: The Hands of Fate

35. Prince of Space

34. The Incredible Melting Man

33. I Was a Teenage Werewolf

32. The Brute Man

31. Operation Double 007

30. Wild Rebels

29. Fugitive Alien

28. Final Justice

27. Jack Frost

26. The Magic Voyage of Sinbad

25. Gamera vs Guiron

24. The Painted Hills

23. The Leech Woman

22. Soultaker

21. Boggy Creek 2: And The Legend Continues

20. Danger!! Death Ray

19. Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders

18. The Final Sacrifice

17. I Accuse My Parents

16. Deathstalker and the Warriors From Hell

15. Teenagers from Outer Space

14. Agent for h.a.r.m.

13. The Skydivers

12. Time Chasers

11. The Touch of Satan

10. Red Zone Cuba

9. Mitchell

8. Eegah

7. Space Mutiny

6. Riding with Death

5. Santa Claus

4. Track of the Moon Beast

3. Girls Town

2. Werewolf

1. The Puma Man

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