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(Onion AV Club)   The ten most essential MST3K episodes. List to the left, exhaustive list of what was left out to the right. Subby will start: Space Mutiny and I Accuse My Parents   (avclub.com ) divider line
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2012-08-05 07:18:16 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: and San Francisco International for Season Six.


One of my own personal favorites.

/doesn't know nothing 'bout nothing 'bout no candy counter
//and that's the truth
 
2012-08-05 07:21:54 PM  
I always like to add MSTies around here to my Favorites list, and I'm glad to have a lot of folks to add!


Last Man on Earth: Really? REALLY? A top ten list devoted to nothing but shorts, and yet no love for A Case of Spring Fever? How is that even possible?


Because of the Acaseofspringfeversy, the "A Case of Spring Fever" sprite.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO "A CASE OF SPRING FEVER"! *whistles*


Klippoklondike: Big McLargeHuge
Slab Bulkmeat


GRISTLE McTHORNBODY


gunga galunga: One of my own personal favorites.

/doesn't know nothing 'bout nothing 'bout no candy counter
//and that's the truth


The sequence of the kid flying the plane was hysterical.

"The faces of those you've wronged will be floating up on your left."
 
2012-08-05 07:23:53 PM  
 
2012-08-05 07:27:14 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I always like to add MSTies around here to my Favorites list, and I'm glad to have a lot of folks to add!


Last Man on Earth: Really? REALLY? A top ten list devoted to nothing but shorts, and yet no love for A Case of Spring Fever? How is that even possible?

Because of the Acaseofspringfeversy, the "A Case of Spring Fever" sprite.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO "A CASE OF SPRING FEVER"! *whistles*


Not one of my favorite shorts, believe it or not. And I need to add Progress Island to the list.

Progress!


Klippoklondike: Big McLargeHuge
Slab Bulkmeat

GRISTLE McTHORNBODY


Flint Ironstag!
 
2012-08-05 07:34:36 PM  

angrymacface: Do you realize that a robot just sang a love song to a turtle.


It was really good, Tom.


JonBuck: Not one of my favorite shorts, believe it or not. And I need to add Progress Island to the list.

Progress!


That's one of the reasons why The Beast of Yucca Flats ranks so high in my book.

And "Progress Island" *does* have a very Quinn Martin feel to it, doesn't it?
 
2012-08-05 07:35:52 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: It was really good, Tom.


It really is. I really enjoy Kevin Murphy's singing voice.
 
2012-08-05 07:41:22 PM  
I thought the list was alright. It actually didn't label the episodes the most essential and I appreciated the careful line they towed to make sure there were five Joel and five Mike episodes. I'm more of a Mike guy, but I really think a list like that needs Secret Agent Super Dragon and Warrior Of The Lost World on it. And no Prince Of Space?! It has superb riffing and the brilliantly done "chicken puppet" sketch.

Not a bad list, just endlessly debateable.

/Look out, he's gonna steal her cigarette any second now.
//Johnny Pooper, number two bad guy!
///We are very bad mothers!
 
2012-08-05 07:41:38 PM  

angrymacface: It really is. I really enjoy Kevin Murphy's singing voice.


One of the many benefits of his joining the cast. Kevin Murphy can SING. Damn and a half...
 
2012-08-05 07:43:42 PM  

Kilroy Evans: Secret Agent Super Dragon


That's one I need to revisit. I haven't seen that one enough.

What else can you say about a spy movie with hallucinogenic bubblegum?
 
2012-08-05 07:52:20 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Kilroy Evans: Secret Agent Super Dragon

That's one I need to revisit. I haven't seen that one enough.

What else can you say about a spy movie with hallucinogenic bubblegum?


It was an episode that really grew on me. And the one that prompted me to give the Joel episodes more of a chance.
 
2012-08-05 07:57:34 PM  

Kilroy Evans: It was an episode that really grew on me. And the one that prompted me to give the Joel episodes more of a chance.


And I'm glad that you did, too.

I lean ever so slightly towards the Mike camp, but I will never understate the quality of the Joel episodes, especially Season 4.
 
2012-08-05 08:11:19 PM  

Jamdug!: Anybody have the link to all these?

Thanks.


I found a link to a number of episodes. 198 of them to be exact. If anyone wants the link email me (EIP).
 
2012-08-05 08:26:05 PM  

bighairyguy: Hamlet would be in my top ten also.


Thank you for saying this! I love the Hamlet episode, and could never fully understand why everyone hates it so much.

/English major
/English teacher
 
2012-08-05 08:26:19 PM  
I know this is about the movies but I have always thought that the gold was in the shorts.

Gumpy,
Johnny at the fair,
Should you get married

I have never laughed so hard.
 
2012-08-05 08:29:51 PM  

lithappens: bighairyguy: Hamlet would be in my top ten also.

Thank you for saying this! I love the Hamlet episode, and could never fully understand why everyone hates it so much.

/English major
/English teacher


Hamlet will return in Thunderball!

/nice play, Shakespeare.
 
2012-08-05 08:37:50 PM  
This thread has made me so sad. I miss Crow so much. I miss his dark robot heart. I miss their hopeless captivity and our subjection to those hideous experiments. I wasted so many precious hours of my life glued to the stupidest movies ever made by any humans, watching some of them over and over like a retard with a pudding cup. I am very sad and filled with longing tonite.
 
2012-08-05 08:49:00 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: The Wild World of Batwoman was such a colossal mess of a movie from start to finish. You had to love how the filmmakers stole footage from The Mole People for that.


And the really odd thing about the stolen footage was, it made ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE within the context of that movie. None. The only reason it could possibly have been added was to tack on 10 seconds to the run time.

And, yes, I have seen the other Russo-Finnish episodes. They are very goofy movies that were just rife for riffing. But in "Sword and the Dragon," the riff when the Wind Demon starts blowing gale force winds in the city and debris starts flying everywhere, Crow just belts out "Oh, no! He was eating crackers!" I lost it. Seriously had to pause the episode for about 5 minutes.

I'm old school, so I still like having the DVDs. Haven't made the leap of hooking up a laptop to my TV yet.
 
2012-08-05 08:51:17 PM  
my fav:
images.wikia.com
then krankar drops in!
i.ytimg.com
 
2012-08-05 08:52:00 PM  

LeilaK: I'll add "Eegah" and "Cave Dwellers", with (dis)honorable mention to "Master Ninja I" for the unforgettable "Master Ninja Theme Song".

/keep circulating the tapes
//I did...and still have many of them


And HOW is Manos: Hands of Fate NOT on the most essential list?

List totally fails. Totally.
 
2012-08-05 08:52:34 PM  

Erodeo: Laserblast and Warrior Of The Lost World are the best. I will accept no dissent.


The mocking of the Leonard Maltin Guide to the Movies at the end of "Laserblast" was just beautiful.
 
2012-08-05 08:54:08 PM  

Last Man on Earth: JonBuck: Khazar-Khum: Yes, they're shorts. But this list fails without


Why don't they look.

Ahhh... shorts.

Here Comes the Circus
Circus on Ice
Catching Trouble
A Date with Your Family
Johnny at the Fair
Mr. B Natural
Once Upon a Honeymoon (I can't decide if this was about phones, plastics, or both)
Design for Dreaming
The Selling Wizard
Century 21 Calling

Really? REALLY? A top ten list devoted to nothing but shorts, and yet no love for A Case of Spring Fever? How is that even possible?


"Cheating" and "Why Study Industrial Arts?" are my two favorites.
 
2012-08-05 08:54:16 PM  

Gyrfalcon: LeilaK: I'll add "Eegah" and "Cave Dwellers", with (dis)honorable mention to "Master Ninja I" for the unforgettable "Master Ninja Theme Song".

/keep circulating the tapes
//I did...and still have many of them

And HOW is Manos: Hands of Fate NOT on the most essential list?

List totally fails. Totally.


Also, I know a LeilaK. If you live in Cerritos, it's you.
 
2012-08-05 08:55:04 PM  

Gyrfalcon: And HOW is Manos: Hands of Fate NOT on the most essential list?


this is what stuck out the most. That's the most obvious inclusion I could think of.
 
2012-08-05 08:57:37 PM  

expobill: my fav:
[images.wikia.com image 343x222]
then krankar drops in!
[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]


HA HA HA HA HAAAAA
 
2012-08-05 09:01:36 PM  

Last Man on Earth: JonBuck: Khazar-Khum: Yes, they're shorts. But this list fails without


Why don't they look.

Ahhh... shorts.

Here Comes the Circus
Circus on Ice
Catching Trouble
A Date with Your Family
Johnny at the Fair
Mr. B Natural
Once Upon a Honeymoon (I can't decide if this was about phones, plastics, or both)
Design for Dreaming
The Selling Wizard
Century 21 Calling

Really? REALLY? A top ten list devoted to nothing but shorts, and yet no love for A Case of Spring Fever? How is that even possible?


"Oh, look! God has a spring!"
 
2012-08-05 09:03:50 PM  
Am I the only person who thinks "Teen-Age Crime Wave (Season 6, Episode 22) " is absolutely hysterical?
 
2012-08-05 09:04:05 PM  
www.mst3kinfo.com
 
2012-08-05 09:05:37 PM  

hamsack: I was going to make strudel but YOU took the pan.


His methods are unusual, but his coffee is great.
 
2012-08-05 09:12:37 PM  
Gyrfalcon: And HOW is Manos: Hands of Fate NOT on the most essential list?

"Manos" is the best-known MST3K episode, but that doesn't mean everyone loves it. I do, but also know other MSTies who'd rather have a root canal sans anesthesia than watch Torgo and Co again.

Also, I know a LeilaK. If you live in Cerritos, it's you.

It isn't.
 
2012-08-05 09:18:02 PM  

LeilaK: Gyrfalcon: And HOW is Manos: Hands of Fate NOT on the most essential list?

"Manos" is the best-known MST3K episode, but that doesn't mean everyone loves it. I do, but also know other MSTies who'd rather have a root canal sans anesthesia than watch Torgo and Co again.

Also, I know a LeilaK. If you live in Cerritos, it's you.

It isn't.


Too bad.
 
2012-08-05 09:19:40 PM  
My favorites episodes in no particular order:

Cave Dwellers
Invasion USA ("A Date With Your Family" was farking hilarious)
The Day The Earth Froze
all of the Gamera episodes
Godzilla vs Megalon
Devil Fish
Gorgo
The Screaming Skull
Manos The Hands of Fate
The Beast of Yucca Flats
The Skydivers (that huge-boobed beefy girl at the dance party, yowza)
Swamp Diamonds
The Gunslinger
The Deadly Mantis
Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues
The Sword and the Dragon
The Magic Sword
Hobgoblins
The Incredible Melting Man
Bloodlust

Hell, I'd be here all day listing them. Miss MST3K so much, least I have all of Seasons 7-10 and an assortment of episodes on tape-to-DVD.
 
2012-08-05 09:21:04 PM  

Keizer_Ghidorah: \
Hell, I'd be here all day listing them. Miss MST3K so much, least I have all of Seasons 7-10 and an assortment of episodes on tape-to-DVD.


are the dvds worth re-watching?
 
2012-08-05 09:27:17 PM  
Going to the Manos simulcast in t-minus 11 days and counting. Awwww yeah.
 
2012-08-05 09:29:09 PM  
I'm big on:

Giant Gila Monster
Kitten With A Whip
Girl In Lover's Lane
Daddy-O
Both Santa eps.

If I'm cooking or cleaning, MST3K is probably going on. No arguments.

Now that we're moving into a new house, my life size Gypsy is going back up.

It's a safe bet: if you're a Mystie, we're gonna get along. If not, not so much.

I took my 9 year old to Cinematic Titanic. Frank goes a little blue. Lesson learned. :)

And the Lord... said...
/Enough with the skid marks!
 
2012-08-05 09:42:46 PM  
All 10 ten of these are available in full on youtube. I think every episode ever is on there.

Here's links to the first 5 from the article: I think you can figure out the rest yourself


Sidehacker
Gamera
Time of the Apes
Teenagers From Space
Mitchell
 
2012-08-05 09:43:28 PM  
for shorts, Hired! always has me singing that song "He's hired, He's hired"...." i suck my jooooob"
 
2012-08-05 09:44:42 PM  

undernova


And the Lord... said...


I wonder if the Lord said it this many times?


/Enough with the skid marks!


He plumb crawled out of my jurisdiction.
 
2012-08-05 09:48:02 PM  

bobbette: [www.mst3kinfo.com image 200x146]


Valerie Bertinelli's not leaving the Bronx.
 
2012-08-05 10:09:03 PM  
The Beatniks must be in that list. No love for 'Attack of the Eye Creatures?"
 
2012-08-05 10:12:14 PM  

BeatrixK: The Beatniks must be in that list. No love for 'Attack of the Eye Creatures?"


I think you mean: Attack of the the the Eye Creatures.

Maybe he just didn't care.
 
2012-08-05 10:16:09 PM  
Space Mutiny is funny and all, but it quickly became the trendy thing for people who never really watched the series but saw a 2 minute youtube clip and now go around saying "SMOKE MANMUSCLE!" everytime MST3K is mention. Seriously, there were so many other good(bad) moments from that movie.

Anyway, here is my top ten

Mitchell
The Final Sacrifice
Prince of Space
The Undead
Hercules against the Moon Men
Escape 2000
Fugitive Alien
Star Force: Fugitive Alien 2
Zombie Nightmare
Laserblast

A lot of the movies they watched were pretty unwatchable even with the commentary. Manos is one of those movies, the commentary couldn't save it, and it's just a painfully awful movie in every way(and hipster dbags always namedrop it especially when MST3K gets mentioned)


Mitchell is pretty much THE episode to watch of this series if you had to narrow it down, and it's probably the only movie that would make every MST3K fans list of essentials.
 
2012-08-05 10:19:33 PM  
Just watched The Violent Years because of this thread.

It left me with only one thing to say...

Winonah.
 
2012-08-05 10:26:21 PM  
Code Name: Diamond Head. You have to feel bad for Ian McShane, though. Who thought Tree was a good spy name?

/"Don't you sass your Aunt Mary!"
 
2012-08-05 10:28:34 PM  
Winonah.
 
2012-08-05 10:35:21 PM  
Subby, I agree, I Accuse My Parents is the one I use to introduce people to the show.
 
2012-08-05 10:36:09 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Winonah.


Society owes me a Kit-Kat bar.
 
2012-08-05 10:40:54 PM  

The English Major: FirstNationalBastard: Winonah.

Society owes me a Kit-Kat bar.


That makes me squishy.
 
2012-08-05 10:42:38 PM  

HalfPiper: Seriously guys NO ONE'S mentioned THIS yet?!

[farm4.static.flickr.com image 563x324]


/not technically an "episode", but still.
//"Is this Liberace's mom?"


"Oscar Wilde only wished he were this gay."
 
2012-08-05 10:44:20 PM  

JonBuck: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I always like to add MSTies around here to my Favorites list, and I'm glad to have a lot of folks to add!


Last Man on Earth: Really? REALLY? A top ten list devoted to nothing but shorts, and yet no love for A Case of Spring Fever? How is that even possible?

Because of the Acaseofspringfeversy, the "A Case of Spring Fever" sprite.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO "A CASE OF SPRING FEVER"! *whistles*

Not one of my favorite shorts, believe it or not. And I need to add Progress Island to the list.

Progress!


Klippoklondike: Big McLargeHuge
Slab Bulkmeat

GRISTLE McTHORNBODY


Flint Ironstag!


Bold Bigflank
 
2012-08-05 10:56:59 PM  
I don't know why, but this line always cracks me up: I'm a wood sprite.
 
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