Mystery Science Theater 3000: Joel Hodgson Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Revive Sci-Fi Series

It’s time to dust off the old Satellite of Love: Mystery Science Theater 3000 is staging a comeback in the not-so-distant future.

A Kickstarter campaign was launched on Tuesday by the series’ creator and original star Joel Hodgson to revive the beloved cult program, which ran a combined total of 11 seasons and 197 episodes on a local Minneapolis television station before finding life on basic cable networks Comedy Central and Syfy. A feature-length film was also released in 1996.

Though the initial goal of $2 million would be enough for Hodgson to produce three full-length episodes, reaching $5.5 million would allow for the creation of a complete 12-episode season. (As of Wednesday, the campaign has already reached over $935,000.)

As you might remember, MST3K was sort of like the original How Did This Get Made?, except with a scripted, science-fiction twist: Janitor Joel Robinson (Hodgson) — and later Mike Nelson — were launched into Space and forced to watch enough poorly-made cinema to determine how much consumption it would take to drive people crazy in Dr. Clayton Forrester’s scheme for world domination.

Thankfully, in this new age of unlimited streaming options, finding a dozen B-level movies should not prove difficult.

While no online or cable network has agreed to air the revival should the campaign reach its goal, select episodes from its original 1988-1999 run are available on Hulu.

Excited about the prospect of more MST3K? Excited enough to make a donation? Sound off below.

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