A Look at the Shorts From Mystery Science Theater 3000

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Quite possibly one of the funniest shows ever to grace several cable stations had to be the genius that was Mystery Science Theater 3000. For the most part, the premise was simple: a space-lost janitor and his two robot buddies were tortured relentlessly by being forced to watch horrible movies while simultaneously making fun of them. But there was more to than even that. You see, there were moments where there was no movie (presumably days it wasn’t on the air, but that’s just semantics) so the trio had to fill time with other forms of entertainment, so skits and such were part of the show as well. In fact, some movies offered an extra helping of hilarity in the form of ‘Shorts’ that ran before the actual movie. These little bits of 50’s tripe often made for even funnier riffs. And it’s those very ‘Shorts’ we explore today. He he he… I implied shorts exploring. I’m a comedic champion. Anyway, this is by no means a complete and comprehensive rundown, there are more and I might showcase them in a future installment, so there’s no need to tell me I forgot any. Also, if you miss these guys doing what they do best as much as I do, you can check out Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett at Rifftrax and Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, J Elvis Weinstein, Frank Conniff, and Mary Jo Pehl at Cinematic Titanic.

Spring Fever

From Ep. 1021: Squirm

Posture Pals

From Ep. 320: The Unearthly


From Ep. 423: Bride of the Monster

Hired! II

Ep. 424: Manos: The Hands of Fate

A Date…

From Ep. 602: Invasion USA

Alphabet Antics

From Ep. 306: Daddy-O

Johnny at the Fair

From Ep. 419: The Rebel Set

The Chickens

Parts 1 & 2 From Ep. 702: The Brute Man

Keeping Clean

From Ep. 613: The Sinister Urge

A Day at the Fair

From Ep. 608: Code Name Diamond Head

Industrial Arts

From Ep. 609: The Skydivers


From Ep. 515: The Wild World of Bat-Woman

The Date

From Ep. 503: Swamp Diamonds

Dairy Farm

Parts 1 & 2 From Ep. 607: Bloodlust!

Out of This World

Parts 1 & 2 Ep. 618: High School Big Shot