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Kickstarter gives new life to Mystery Science Theater

Joel Hodgson
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Joel Hodgson

Get ready for some more sarcastic commentary of bad B-movies because "Mystery Science Theater 3000" is coming back. The cult television show is getting new life thanks to creator Joel Hodgson's Kickstarter campaign.

Launched on Nov. 10, the campaign has already surpassed its goal of $2 million, which will fund three feature-length episodes of "MST3K." In the next three weeks, it hopes to raise $3.3 million for six episodes, $4.4 million for nine and $5.5 million for 12. Rewards for backers range from behind-the-scenes updates to writing your own riffs for an episode. Packages start at $10 and go to $10,000.

"It's not up to me or a conference table full of executives," Hodgson said in the campaign's promotional video. "It's really up to you. Now the fans have the power." He cites the success that brought back other fan favorites like "Veronica Mars," "Reading Rainbow" and "Super Troopers." His hopes are for MST3K to return to television or an online platform for a "new generation" to discover.


Having run on several different networks over the years, the 27-year-old show is about a janitor (Hodgson) who is abducted and forced to watch poorly made sci-fi movies like "Robot Monster" and "Gamera" as part of a mad scientist's plot to drive the world insane. Along with robot companions like Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, the janitor critiques the movies through a running comedic commentary.

"We're delighted that MST3K is returning!" British magazine SciFiNow said in a statement to CNBC. "It's got a very special place in the hearts of so many genre fans; if you meet someone else who's seen it, you know they're one of the good ones. Such an incredible fund-raising success is just wonderful to see and we can't wait to watch it."

Over the last eight days, "Mystery Science Theater" has been mentioned over 13,000 times on Twitter.

Celebrities took to social media to express their nerdish excitement:

The Nerdist summed it up for CNBC saying, "For too long, there's been a robot-and-jumpsuit-wearing-human-shaped void in our lives. Being the awesomely bad film obsessives we are, we couldn't be happier for MST3K's return — especially with one of our own, Jonah Ray. The future of the Mads' world domination scheme has been secured!"