For a decade, there was no funnier show on television than “Mystery Science Theater 3000” — assuming you could find it.
From its local TV origins in Minnesota to Comedy Central to the Sci-Fi Channel (yes, that’s how you spelled it then) to a feature film, Time magazine even selected the adventures of the crew aboard the “Satellite of Love” as one of the 100 Best TV shows of all time. Not too shabby for a low-budget show with silhouettes making fun of old movies.
With help from Kickstarter, series creator Joel Hodgson is making headlines, announcing a fundraiser to bring back Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo and the rest of the gang.
“Hello, People of Earth!” writes Hodgson in his plea to revive the show, which was canceled in 1999. “With your help, we can create a new season of ‘MST3K,’ prove there’s still an audience, and maybe even convince a network to bring us back for more.”
Hodgson’s efforts seem to be off to a good start. Seeking a target amount of at least $2 million, with a month left to go the tally is almost halfway there. The fundraising is undoubtedly helped by a 5-minute video from Hodgson that begins with the “MST3K” logo and even has the theater seats (and famous hecklers) below.
“Now the fans have the power,” he explains in the video. “If the fans wants ‘MST3K’ back, we can work together to create a brand new season through the power of crowdfunding.”
“It’s worked for other cult favorites like ‘Veronica Mars,’ ‘Reading Rainbow’ and ‘Super Troopers,'” says Hodgson.
“Also for making potato salad,” he gets teased.
Hodgson says that if he can raise $2 million, he could make three feature-length episodes. For $3.3 million, he could make six, nine episodes for $4.4 million, or a full 12 episodes for $5.5 million. The hope is that more episodes would show more interest, which could attract a new network deal. For a show set in the “not-too-distant future,” it would seem that the future is now.