Cult Film, TV, Geek Art
American Public Television announced that four episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are being syndicated to public TV from March 1, 2015 to February 28, 2017.
Episode #101 – “Gunslinger”
Saddle up for high noon at the Satellite of Love Corral, where Joel and his robot posse take on the Roger Corman gang. It’s going to be a bloodbath of laughter as the riffs start flying and justice is finally done to this 1956 low-budget western. When the marshal of Oracle, Texas is killed by a hired gunman, his quick-shooting widow, Rose (Beverly Garland) straps on his gun and star, puts on some pants and aims to find out who did the hiring.
Episode #102 –”Manos: The Hands of Fate”
This 1966 low budget horror film is widely thought to be one of the worst films ever made. And it’s treatment in MST3K elevated it to cult status. When a family gets lost en route to a vacation and stumbles into the lair of a cult, Joel and his robots have a field day. Includes the short film Hired! Part II.
Episode #103 – “The Unearthly”
MSTie favorite actor Tor Johnson costars as MSTie favorite character “Lobo,” in this 1957 horror flick about a mad scientist (John Carradine) whose experiments with immortality accidentally produce mutants. As Dr. Forrester says “It’s hard to keep down.” But Joel, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot prove, once again, that laughter is the best antinausea medicine. Includes the shorts Posture Pals and Appreciating our Parents.
Episode #104 – “Hercules and the Captive Women”
None of Hercules’ 12 labors was as gruesome as having to endure this 1961 sci-fi fantasy adventure. In a mishmash of myths, the celebrated Greek hero must battle an army of super warriors who are under the mysterious power of Atlantis’ treacherous queen. Will he free the beautiful princess, save his spellbound pal Androcles and liberate the people of Atlantis? Probably, but it doesn’t exactly ease our pain. Fortunately, the gods of riffing are there to accomplish a true Herculean task — turning this movie into a marathon of laughter.
Here’s further info from American Public Television via redditor Tarlcabot18:
We are offering licenses to local public television across the country and have only just released the series. With that in mind, the requests from stations are just beginning. I can tell you that we have had a good number of requests from stations west of the Mississippi. In addition, there are stations scattered across the Eastern US, though none in Florida have yet signed on. … The best thing to do is for you to contact your local public television station and let them know of your interest. Stations do seek and count on viewer input to help them build their schedules. An informed viewer providing comments goes a long way in helping them make such licensing decisions. If you need assistance in locating the station nearest you — and connecting directly to their website where you can find contact information — please use the “Station Finder” in the Viewers’ section of our website at APTonline.org. We have been impressed by the fan base for this series and hope it makes it to your market!
TL;DR: Call or email your local public TV station and tell them you want MST3K!