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Almost there! MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 will return... and if we can get to $5.9MM, we'll get THIRTEEN new episodes of MST3K!
You did it: you brought back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000! Thanks to you, MST3K shot FOURTEEN NEW EPISODES this year, including a new holiday special, and will return in 2017 on Netflix!
You did it: you brought back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000! Thanks to you, MST3K shot FOURTEEN NEW EPISODES this year, including a new holiday special, and will return in 2017 on Netflix!
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Bring Back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000

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  • DEC 10: MST3K's Next Big ... CAMEOS!
  • DEC 9MST3K's Next Big ... ARTISTS!
  • DEC 9: MST3K's Next Big ... WRITERS!
  • DEC 9: WE'RE AT $4.4MM = 9 NEW EPISODES
  • DEC 8: MST3K MIMOBOTS® & REWARD UPGRADES
  • DEC 7: FINAL COUNTDOWN WEEK & TELETHON
  • DEC 6: MORE ABOUT THE NEW EPISODES
           • What will the new episodes look like?       
           • Will the new episodes be in HD? (And why does it matter?)
           • What kinds of movies will the new episodes riff on?
  • DEC 4ADD-ON REWARDS & EXCLUSIVES
  • DEC 2: WE'RE AT $3.3MM = 6 NEW EPISODES!
  • NOV 30PATTON OSWALT JOINS MST3K
  • NOV 28SECOND BIGGEST FILM KICKSTARTER EVER!
  • NOV 23: THE NEXT MAD, CROW & SERVO
  • NOV 18: THE OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN POSTER
  • NOV 16: THE NEXT HOST
  • NOV 12: ANSWERS TO 5 BIG QUESTIONS
         • Exactly how Joel will use the Kickstarter funds..
         • Why the old cast and writers haven't signed on... yet.
         • Why a new cast is so important for the next season!

Hello, People of Earth. 

Welcome! I'm Joel Hodgson. 

Once upon a time, a television series called MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 was born. We debuted on Minneapolis' KTMA, local television, on Thanksgiving Day 1988, as the world was in the final throes of Teddy Ruxpin-mania. That was almost thirty years ago, but for some reason, people still seem to like the show – it’s a mitzvah!

Our show has had a long, strange run. Across a UHF channel, a cable network, cancellation, a feature film, then another cable network, the show lasted for 12 years, two generations of hosts and puppeteers, 2 Emmy nominations and a total of 197 episodes before we got canceled again for good in 1999. Sadly, it was just as Prince predicted.

But maybe that's not where it all ends.

Starting today, we finally get a chance to bring back MST3K.

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.

Great question.

The simplest answer is that there are a lot of cheesy movies left to riff, and a lot of people who would still enjoy watching them with us.

Plus, I think there's a place for us. Nowadays, riffing is everywhere! Many people claim that MST3K created a shift in the way people watch TV shows, and that now, as a result, the fields of entertainment have been plowed and readied for a riffing renaissance.

I mean, look at the influence it’s had... Everyone riffs on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Hell, there are ten to twelve people who are still, unironically, riffing on MySpace and Friendster.

In a world where riffing has become as common as our national pastime, baseball, it makes sense: like baseball, everyone knows how to play, but sometimes it feels good to just sit back and watch the original movie riffing team take a whack at it. And if we came back, imagine all the riffs we could make about things like Uber or Cards Against Humanity!

Also, there’s a pile of scriptural evidence in whichever sacred text that you hold dear to prove that we need more seasons of MST3K… so when you share on social media, you know you’re not going to offend anybody.

You know, I just read that last sentence... and actually, I’m pretty sure you’re going to offend everybody. But at least you can rest assured that you’ll offend everyone equally.

We do, and here's why: I think it's because MST3K is more than just movie riffing. It's a stranger and denser recipe than just saying smart aleck things to a forgotten movie, but I think this is the secret ingredient: we believed that it's easiest to survive the cheesy movie that we're living in with friends who keep us from taking it all too seriously.

Now, I don’t want to get too maudlin about it, because being too serious is the enemy of comedy. We weren't trying to send a message: job #1 was always to make a funny show. But while we were doing that, I hope we also helped show the kids that society, and the stupid things we say and do to each other, are "just a show, and you should really just relax.”

Yeah, this is what I was afraid of. Now I’m starting to sound like the Dr. Bronner's label. Next question?

The simplest answer is: until now, we couldn't bring MST3K back.

I've been thinking about ways to re-animate MST3K for over a decade... and over the last 15 years, I've met thousands of you who said that you wanted MST3K back too. But two things have finally changed that make this the right time. And I'm not talking about the legalization of marijuana or the proliferation of water jet pack use.

1. Crowdfunding gives fans the power to get what they want.

In less than two years, I've watched fans use crowdfunding to bring back Veronica Mars, Reading Rainbow and Super Troopers – all cult favorites, like us – and it made me wonder how MSTies would respond if we had the chance to return. Now we're going to find out… and then maybe LeVar Burton can finally stop acting like he’s so much better than us.

2. We had to work through some complicated legal issues.

Even though we've always wanted to bring MST3K back, it wasn't that easy. Thanks to the Last Will and Testament of one eccentric old heiress, the rights were tied up for years. It took time to work those issues out, but with the help of my friends at Shout Factory, a special chokehold I perfected in WuDang that I like to call “The Persuader,” and a night I had to spend in a haunted house as a term of the the old lady’s will, we succeeded.

This summer, we finally got all of the rights cleared up… and now, like Orpheus, we can now descend into hell to hang out with a couple of wisecracking robots.

Now we're talking!

Our Kickstarter campaign has two really important goals.

As soon as we reach our minimum goal of $2,000,000, we'll be able to make three new feature length episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. But then, for each additional $1.1 million we raise, we can make three more... up to a full season of 12 episodes!

(If you're wondering why new episodes cost so much – especially the first three – keep going down the page to "HOW WE'LL USE YOUR MONEY," or take a look at the Backer Update where I explained the budget in detail.)

Here's a simple diagram to help you remember our goals:

If we can raise even more than that, I'd love to shoot some (or all) of the new season LIVE in front of an audience – and maybe even stream the show live on the internet! (Oh yeah: I just saw your eyes light up.)

Finally, if we raise $1 BILLION – stay with me on this one – we’re going to adopt a real live teenage boy and “Truman Show” him into believing he is the Pumaman!

Hear us out, because this goal is just as important: we're not just crowdfunding because we need funding. 

We're also doing it because we need the crowd!

If we want a lot more MST3K, we need to work together to prove that there's still an audience out there that wants MST3K – and that this isn't all some pitiable delusion – so that we can find a network or online platform who will agree to pick up the show and keep it going… hopefully for another 200+ episodes.

Even if you can only spare $5 or $10, every extra backer helps us send a message to the networks: it's time to #BringBackMST3K.

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Okay. It's time for me to put away the grease gun and give you your marching orders.

If any of this rings true to you, we need your help now to spread the word. Back in the day, every episode of MST3K ended with a message that encouraged fans to “Keep Circulating the Tapes.” And you guys did.

Those grassroots efforts helped MST3K find friends and fans at a time when the rest of show business didn’t quite know what to make of us. It was social media in its most primitive form... and because of you, it worked.

Today's, it's time to update that phrase for the internet age. If you're with us, this is your call to action, MSTies.

And while you're at it, you can help out even more by taking a minute to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (Apparently those matter more than Nielsen ratings, now!)

Listen, I know this Kickstarter idea isn’t for everyone. Neither was Mystery Science Theater 3000. But just like MST3K itself, I know the right people will get it.

Thanks for reading. I hope you'll join us. 

Joel

Dear People of the Internet,

Welcome to my first-ever Official Crow-Funding Campaign. Tee Hee!

As #1 Golden Shiny Boy Champion, I need a place to shine bright and inspire. I want to be a part of your life again, serving in both a wind-beneath-your-wings and an ASRM capacity. You know you still want me, baby, but allow me to tell you why.

  • First, I like POP! Figures. I intend to roll most of the money into Funko stock. Plus a few hat parties.

  • Also, I’d like to open up a long-overdue public dialogue on Cee-Lo Green and his fashion choices.

  • Then, I plan on turning at least a thousand dollars’ worth of funds into pennies, which I will press into elongated souvenir coins at theme parks and fairs.

  • Finally, if you are still undecided, I ask you to consider this: after years of waiting, I will finally get to decide who lives and who dies. You don’t want to be on the wrong list, do you?

I look forward to your loyal service in the many years of the New Golden Age to come.

Your Future Supreme Being,
Crow T. Robot

Hello, Ladies.

I'm pleased to be with you again. It's been too long. Now that we're about to be a huge crowdfunding hit, I've got a few things I'd like to discuss with you.

It turns out that the last 15 years have been kind to our legacy: we're famous now. And not internet famous, either. Real famous. I have lots of female fans.

Angelina, Scarlett, and many women named Madison: I've got parts in the new show with your names on them. You can come over and we can run lines in my bungalow, and I’ll make us a curry. Then if things get “consensual,” so be it.

I’ll also pretty much be the “troubleshooter” on this Kickstarter campaign, because I understand how you think and I’m a master of social media. My god: you do realize that I’m the uncredited creator of both memes and avatars?

I’M ALSO THE FIRST SENTIENT BEING TO TYPE A MESSAGE IN ALL CAPS.

What are you waiting for? Get out to the Kickstarter polls and start voting.

Yours,
Tom Servo

Hey everyone. It's Joel again.

Look, I know what you're wondering, so go ahead… just say it.

Believe me, man. I get it. If it cost $2 million just to make three episodes, we'd be spending almost $700K per show! And you're right: by itself, an episode of MST3K doesn't cost nearly that much. 

The real explanation is pretty simple.

1. We don't get to keep all of the money we raise on Kickstarter! 

  • CAMPAIGN FEES: Out of the first $2,000,000, we have to pay about 8% – that's $160,000 – in fees to Kickstarter and the credit card processor.

  • REWARD & SHIPPING COSTS: Then, we have to design, produce, print, sort and ship all of the rewards we're offering in exchange for your pledge. (Those t-shirts aren't free, you know!) That costs about 27%, so that's another $540,000.
  • (We're not charging you twice for shipping, I promise. Even though Kickstarter asks you to add more for shipping, they count that money toward the total we've raised, even though we still have to spend it on, you know… shipping!)
  • So, out of the first $2,000,000 we raise, we have to spend $700,000 just on the costs of this Kickstarter campaign!

2. Then, we have to spend a lot on startup costs just to get the show going. 

To shoot new episodes, there's a lot we'll need to do: creating concept art and designs, building sets, making models, creating costumes, adding new features to upgrade the robots, and all sorts of other things. All of that work costs money, which is why our first $2,000,000 includes $550,000 for startup costs. The good part is that every penny of that ends up on screen where you can see it.

3. But... the more episodes we make, the less each episode costs! 

We have to spend the same amount up front, no matter how many episodes we make. If we only make 3 episodes, these costs increase the budget for each episode by $183K… but if we make a full 12, they only increase it by $46K each!

Anyway, once you take out the CAMPAIGN, REWARD and STARTUP COSTS, there's a lot less than $2,000,000 left. In fact, that leaves just $750K for three episodes, which – I hope – sounds a lot more reasonable than $2,000,000!

At the end of the day, our goal is to make each episode for around $250K.

To put that in perspective, that means we're spending less to create 90 minutes of MST3K than even the low-end reality shows spend to make 22 minutes! (Really makes ya think, don't it?) 

Now, if you're as tired of reading as I am of writing, here are some wicked cool graphics that explain all of this:

I know not everyone will want this much explanation, but if I'm asking you to trust me with your money, I think it's important to be crystal clear about how we're using it. 

Plus, $750K for each set of three episodes feels a lot better than $2,000,000. 

(But man, I'd hate to try to sell a car to you people. Tough crowd!)

Hopefully by now, you're already on board. Maybe you're not even reading this. Maybe you've already made your contribution, selected your rewards, and are now rushing around the internet helping spread the good word to all of your MST3K-deprived friends!

But if you're still on the fence, maybe I can make it easier for you.

Personally, I think the most compelling reason to help out is that you want to see new episodes of MST3K… and not just for you. Think of the friends and family who you can finally introduce to the new MST3K: the one with a fresh new cast, fresh new riffs, and zesty new cheesy movies!

On the other hand, let’s not any of us forget: this is Kickstarter. I know that you know that that’s gonna mean some cool rewards for helping us out. And for a show that’s never really been about cool merch...I think we’ve finally got some!

UPDATE! We've gotten a lot of questions asking exactly what's included with each package, so we've put together another helpful little chart:

You can see all of the rewards on the right side of the page, but here are a few highlights:

Become... Part of MYSTERY SCIENCE HISTORY!
All backers – no matter what you pledge – will be invited to join the new MST3K Information Club. (It's like the old MST3K Info Club, only better. And modern. And more exclusive. And wider in the hips.) Over the next year, we'll invite you to help us rediscover MST3K and get it oiled up and running smoothly. You'll be part of the process!

Read... Our Page-Turning Insider Updates 
We don't just want to take your cash and walk away: we want to take your cash and talk away! Most Kickstarter projects promise "exclusive behind-the-scenes updates," but this time, I mean it: I've already started planning things I want to share with you. It'll be like getting email from me, Crow and Servo for at least a year.

Possess... Amazing, Terrifying, Heart-Warming New MST3K Swag
Before the end of the campaign, we'll start sharing the designs we're planning for some of the #BringBackMST3K swag you can get, including the OFFICIAL T-SHIRT ($50+), OFFICIAL MUG ($75+), OFFICIAL KEYCHAIN ($100+), OFFICIAL POSTER ($150), and many more. We've got several amazing artists working on this stuff. I can't wait for you to see it.

Take Control.... of the New Episodes!Bringing back MST3K isn't enough power for you? Great! For real high-rollers, we're offering all sorts of ways to be part of the episodes themselves. You can…

  • Steal the hearts of millions when you... APPEAR IN AN EPISODE! 
  • Throw your weight around and… BECOME A PRODUCER! 
  • Kickstart your new riffing career and… HELP WRITE AN EPISODE!
  • Immortalize your favorite inside joke with… A PERSONAL RIFF!

Own and Command... Your OWN Robot Friend!
This one is difficult for me, but I want to make sure this Kickstarter succeeds, so I'm willing to make the sacrifice: a very limited number of you can KEEP THE ACTUAL CROW and/or SERVO FEATURED IN A NEW EPISODE! They'll record a personalized video for you, and then we'll ship them off to your doorstep. When we're done shooting.

1. FOLLOW "@MST3K" ON ALL OF OUR SOCIAL CHANNELS.Be sure to follow our official accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Ask your fellow MSTies to follow them too! Tell them that those numbers have a really big impact when we start asking networks to #BringBackMST3K for more new seasons.

2. CIRCULATE THE MESSAGES AT THE END OF EACH UPDATE. At the end of each Backer Update, Crow or Servo will share a message or image that you can copy and paste to share with your friends, to help spread the word.

3. KEEP CIRCULATING THE FACTS… NICELY! I know there are still some fans out there who are skeptical about this Kickstarter, about why MST3K costs so much money and how we'll spend it, about bringing in a third cast, about who is and isn't going to be involved… So, like they say on the subway, "If you see something, say something!" If you hear fans insisting that $2MM is more than we need to make three episodes, or that the old team isn't invited back, I hope you'll share the facts with them. (Please be nice, though! The internet needs a lot more of that.)

4. JOIN (OR START) A LOCAL MST3K MEETUP GROUP.
The internet is great, but sometimes riffing is even better when you can meet old (and new) friends in person! There are already a lot of MST3K groups on meetup.com, but if there's not one near you, start one now and invite your friends! We've got some events planned for this month, and we'll be calling on all the local groups to be part of them.

As long as we have the funds we need, we'll be able to produce new episodes. That part is easy! But over the last month, I've had lots of time to think about all the possible risks and challenges MST3K could face...

MAYBE THE WORLD HAS CHANGED!
MST3K has been away for a long time. YouTube didn't even exist when we shot the last episode of MST3K. (Yes, Virginia, there was a world before YouTube. People laughed more back then. Colors were brighter. There were concerts in the park.)

I've imagined many hypothetical risks:

  • What if no one enjoys watching B-movies anymore? 
  •  What if you don't want us talking while you do? 
  •  What if there is an unknown virus that has killed mankind's ability to enjoy a good solid ironic viewing? 
  • What if kids playing in “Garry’s Mod” on Twitch have made the whole thing meaningless? 
  • What if robot-shaped puppets don’t have the overwhelming cultural significance they once did? 
  • What if our collective consciousness can’t take the excitement, and the entire world becomes a flash mob, and we all steal our own TVs?
  • What if all eight billion people on the planet become a single “Improv Everywhere” troupe, but don’t have anyone left to surprise?!?

As you can see, this whole endeavor is fraught with risks.

Risks and challenges

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    EXPERIMENT 010: JUST HELPING

    Don't need a lot of fancy rewards? Don't have a lot to give? That's okay, friend. Come on in here, under the big tent, and join the club!

    You'll get EXCLUSIVE INFO UPDATES, chock-full of behind-the-scenes access, sketches, videos, set reports and more.

    Plus, you can prove you helped with a PRINTABLE "MST3K INFORMATION CLUB 2" MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATE AND ID CARD.

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    EXPERIMENT 025: WE’VE GOT MOVIE SIGN!

    Take a big step into the high-tech future! You'll be one of the first to see the first new episode when the movie sign sounds, with ACCESS TO OUR LIVE-STREAMING ONLINE PREMIERE, where you can watch and riff the new episode LIVE with Joel, the cast and your fellow backers. It will feel like you’re really HERE.

    Then, upgrade your digital information devices with an exclusive pack of MST3K WALLPAPERS & RINGTONES.

    Also includes all rewards in EXPERIMENT 010.

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    EXPERIMENT 035: HELLO. THANK YOU!

    Tell Frank to push the button whenever you want with a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE FIRST NEW EPISODE, in full HD, with no insulting DRM.

    Be the talk of the town as we THANK YOU ON MST3K.COM AND TWITTER, then wait by the mailbox for the COLLECTIBLE MST3K POSTCARD we'll send, featuring thrilling new artwork.

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    EXPERIMENT 050: SHIRTY THE SHIRT SPRITE

    Stop! Everybody go up a shirt size, then slip into your OFFICIAL MST3K KICKSTARTER T-SHIRT*, made of the finest hand-spun cotton.** Available in sizes XS-XXL, or up to 5XL for a little more***, you'll be the envy of those elitists on the catwalks of Milan.

    Plus, we'll throw in an exclusive set of MST3K KICKSTARTER stickers… perfect for ruining laptops and defacing public property.

    *We'll share the design(s) on this page before the campaign ends! **Not actually hand-spun. We're not millionaires. ***See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 075: I LIKE COFFEE.

    Some like it hot, but you can drink whatever you want out of the OFFICIAL MST3K KICKSTARTER COFFEE MUG.* Be sure to pause for some character development.

    We'll also send you a set of MST3K COLLECTIBLE POSTCARDS, featuring artwork from a dozen of the best movie posters** designed for the MST3K box sets, in beautiful 4" by 6" dimensions. Suitable for framing, mailing and writing the greatest poem in the world!

    *We'll share the design(s) on this page before the campaign ends! **You, the backers, will vote to help decide which posters we feature!

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    EXPERIMENT S-085: THE DIGITAL MOTHERLODE

    Perfect for the high-tech fan-on-the-go! Dopple your Fingal with this 100% digital package of downloadable rewards -- no physical rewards involved and NO SHIPPING REQUIRED!

    First, watch the new MST3K whenever, wherever and however you want! We don't know whether we'll get to make 3, 6, 9 or 12 episodes, but however many it is, you'll be able to interface with all of them, with DIGITAL DOWNLOADS OF THE WHOLE NEW SEASON, in glorious HD and no insulting DRM.

    You'll also get any BONUS REWARDS that don't include physical items, including SIX FREE CLASSIC EPISODES and the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT!

    Also includes all non-physical rewards in EXPERIMENTS 010, 025 and 035.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a STANDALONE REWARD, created for those who just want the new episodes and DON’T want physical rewards. If you want all of the new episodes AND all of the other rewards in the lower tiers, just get “EXPERIMENT 100”, which includes everything in this package AND all of the physical rewards. All new episodes are included in EXPERIMENT 100 and any higher level packages.

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    EXPERIMENT 100: IT'S FILLED WITH (DOWNLOADABLE) STARS!

    Watch MST3K whenever, wherever and however you want! We don't know whether we'll get to make 3, 6, 9 or 12 episodes, but however many it is, you'll own all of them with DIGITAL DOWNLOADS OF THE WHOLE NEW SEASON, in glorious HD, with no insulting DRM.

    Plus, we'll throw in the OFFICIAL MST3K KICKSTARTER KEYCHAIN, cast in the sturdiest of metals, and sure to impress when hanging from the dashboard of that Megaweapon you're driving.

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    TELETHON EXPERIMENT 002

    For our second telethon exclusive, you'll send us a photo of yourself. PEN WARD, the creator of Adventure Time, will take the photo and draw a picture of you, then send it back so that we can show it on the telethon. Then, we'll send you a signed copy. And you'll have helped us get a new MST3K Holiday Special.

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    TELETHON EXPERIMENT 005

    Now, a special reward from our friend Jonathan Coulton: signed copies of his books, CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD and THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF. Also, a whole lot of gratitude for helping us bring back MST3K!

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    EXPERIMENT 150: POSTER A-GO-GO
    Spruce up those barren walls with the OFFICIAL MST3K KICKSTARTER POSTER*, featuring an original illustration that Joel commissioned just for this campaign, celebrating MST's triumphant resurrection after 15 years in the inky darkness of space.

    Plus: too impatient to download all of the new episodes in HD? No problem! We'll send you an OFFICIAL MST3K KICKSTARTER COLLECTOR'S USB DRIVE, loaded up with the first three new episodes and a bunch of exclusive bonus content. Get ready to be heaped with praise when you "flash" this around the lunch room.

    *We'll share the poster design on this page before the campaign ends!

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    EXPERIMENT 200: MR. BLU-NATURAL

    Digital video is great, but maybe you want something to put on your shelf. We've got you covered: you'll get the OFFICIAL MST3K KICKSTARTER COLLECTOR'S BOXED SET, with all of the new episodes AND exclusive backer content, on your choice of DVD or Blu-ray.

    Or, if you're done with optical media, you can choose to get a MYSTERY GIFT instead. Who knows what it might be?*

    *We do. It will be incredible.

    Also includes all rewards in EXPERIMENTS 010, 025, 035, 050, 075, 100 and 150.

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    EXPERIMENT 250: KEEP CIRCULATING THE TAPE!

    Walk back to the past with these old-school rewards! Share the newest riffs with your friends with the MST3K KICKSTARTER PILOT EPISODE ON COLLECTIBLE VHS*, with a special introduction from Joel. You'll be the talk of 1988! They say VHS is the new vinyl, but they only say that at first.

    Then, bust out some thread and start stitching the OFFICIAL MST3K MISSION PATCHES** onto your backpack or Rowsdower-approved denim jacket. Featuring JOEL (100 missions), MIKE (97 missions) and the next host (0 missions), they're the perfect way to prove you'll sit through anything.

    *See FAQ for more details. **We'll share the patch design(s) on this page before the campaign ends!

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    EXPERIMENT 300: THE BIG McLARGEHUGE

    Want to set yourself apart from your less-invested friends and relatives? For just a little bit more, we'll send you a SIGNED MST3K KICKSTARTER POSTER, sporting the exquisite penmanship of Joel AND the new cast.* David Ryder's autograph not included.

    *We can't guarantee whose signatures this will include yet. At the very least, your poster will be signed by the new host and puppeteers. And Joel. And maybe some surprise signatures to boot.

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    EXPERIMENT 400: CENTURY 21 CALLING

    Delight your friends and confuse your enemies when you upgrade your mobile device with a PERSONALIZED VOICEMAIL GREETING!* The MST3K voice of your choice -- Joel, Crow, Servo or the new host -- will record a message of your choice, lasting up to 30 seconds, and send you an audio file.

    *We hate to be buzzkills, but this is for personal use only. We can't record the next radio ad for your company. For that sort of hoo-hah, check out the SPONSORSHIP options (Experiments 25K + 50K). See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 498: MASTER SHAKE CALLING... COLLECT

    Thanks to some of our talented friends, we've added a new PERSONALIZED VOICEMAIL GREETING reward.

    For this reward, DANA SNYDER (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) will record a message of your choice, lasting up to 30 seconds, and we'll send you an audio file. So yes, that means Master Shake will answer your phone for you.

    *We hate to be buzzkills, but this is for personal use only. These guys can't record the next radio ad for your company. They're doing us a favor already! See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 499: RICK & MORTY CALLING... COLLECT

    Thanks to some of our talented friends, we've added a new PERSONALIZED VOICEMAIL GREETING reward.

    For this reward, JUSTIN ROILAND (Rick & Morty) will record a message of your choice, lasting up to 30 seconds, and we'll send you an audio file. So yes, that means Rick and/or Morty could answer your phone for you.

    *We hate to be buzzkills, but this is for personal use only. These guys can't record the next radio ad for your company. They're doing us a favor already! See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 500: HEXFIELD VIEWSCREEN

    Who puppets the puppetmasters? You will, when we record a PERSONALIZED VIDEO GREETING*, lasting up to 45 seconds, from the character of your choice -- Joel, Crow, Servo or the new host. We'll send you an MP4. Then, technically, YOU can riff US.

    *We hate to be buzzkills, but this is for personal use only. We can't record the next television or YouTube ad for your company. For that sort of hoo-hah, check out the SPONSORSHIP options (Experiments 25K + 50K). See FAQ for more details.

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    TELETHON EXPERIMENT 002

    For our second telethon exclusive, you'll send us a photo of yourself. PEN WARD, the creator of Adventure Time, will take the photo and draw a picture of you, then send it back so that we can show it on the telethon. Then, we'll send you a signed copy. And you'll have helped us get a new MST3K Holiday Special.

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    TELETHON EXPERIMENT 003

    Thanks to our friend John Hodgman, we've got a special reward package that includes three signed books, John's phone number, a $10 bill and some other random items that he feels like sending you. This is a one-time offer, and yes, it really will be his phone number. (Is this legal?)

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    EXPERIMENT 751: ALIEN IN LA

    Tired of watching *us* sit in a theater watching movies while *you* sit at home? We can fix that. Grab a guest, put on your tuxedo jumper and join us at the theatre with TWO TICKETS to MST3K's LOS ANGELES PREMIERE EVENT*. Watch the pilot of the new season with the cast and creative team. Throw us your toughest curveballs during the Q&A. We'll even cover your overpriced popcorn and soda.

    *Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 752: JUST LIKE IN NEW YORK!

    Tired of watching *us* sit in a theater watching movies while *you* sit at home? We can fix that. Grab a guest, put on your tuxedo jumper and join us at the theatre with TWO TICKETS to MST3K's NYC PREMIERE EVENT*. Watch the pilot of the new season with the cast and creative team. Throw us your toughest curveballs during the Q&A. We'll even cover your overpriced popcorn and soda.

    *Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 872: FOUR HOURS IN CHICAGO

    Want to be part of the Rebel Set? By popular demand, we’ve added another premiere… and this time, there’s just one ticket level!

    You’ll get TWO TICKETS to MST3K’S CHICAGO PREMIERE & MEETUP.* See a premiere screening of the first new MST3K, meet other fans, watch the movie with Joel and the cast**, stick around for a Q&A, then find out if there’s beer on the moon with a “Friends & Family” afterparty. We’ll throw in popcorn and a collectible gift, but please refrain from plotting armored car heists while visiting Chicago.***

    *Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details. **We’ll do our best to bring all of the cast, subject to their availability, but we can’t PROMISE who will be there. ***Bail not included.

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    EXPERIMENT 1001: MY-MY-MY-MY-MOVIE VIP PREMIERE - NYC

    Still wondering if there's beer on the sun?

    Find out – and see how the other half lives -- with TWO VIP TICKETS TO MST3K'S NYC PREMIERE & CAST AFTER-PARTY*. You'll have reserved seats during the premiere screening, get your photo taken on the red carpet, and then you'll toss back some cocktails with the cast and creators with two invitations to the private after-party.

    *Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 1002: MY-MY-MY-MY-MOVIE VIP PREMIERE - LA

    Still STILL wondering if there's beer on the sun?

    Find out – and see how the other half lives -- with TWO VIP TICKETS TO MST3K'S LOS ANGELES PREMIERE & CAST AFTER-PARTY*. You'll have reserved seats during the premiere screening, get your photo taken on the red carpet, and then you'll toss back some cocktails with the cast and creators with two invitations to the private after-party.

    *Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 1500: A DATE WITH YOUR (MST3K) FAMILY

    Guess who’s coming to dinner NOW? It could be you!

    Bring a friend and put on your nicest jumpsuit for a DINNER WITH THE CAST in Los Angeles.* You’ll join Joel, Jonah, Felicia, Hampton and Baron**, along with a few other backers***, for a small group dinner. We’ll have pleasant, unemotional conversation to help digestion. (And we can’t stress “unemotional” enough.)

    Don’t feel like sharing dinner with your fellow Kickstarter travelers? Check out EXPERIMENT 9999 for a PRIVATE DINNER.

    *Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details. **We’ll do our best to bring all of the cast, subject to their availability, but we can’t PROMISE who will be there. Well, we promise Joel will be there. But we’ll try for everyone. ***Each dinner will be limited to 10 pairs of backers.

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    EXPERIMENT 2001: DINNER with RICK & MORTY

    Guess who’s coming to dinner NOW? Well, Joel and some of our GUEST WRITERS are... and you could too!

    This reward gets you two seats at a small GROUP DINNER with JOEL and special guests DAN HARMON and JUSTIN ROILAND ("Rick & Morty" co-creators and MST3K guest writers) and a few other backers**. We’ll talk about writing, story, MST3K, and have pleasant, unemotional conversation to help digestion. (Again, we can’t stress “unemotional” enough.)

    Dinner will take place in Los Angeles sometime in the next 12 months. We'll work with you and our other guests to find a good time.

    Don’t feel like sharing dinner with your fellow Kickstarters? Send us a message if you're interested in booking a PRIVATE DINNER!

    *Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details. **Limited to 10 pairs of backers, max.

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    TELETHON EXPERIMENT 001

    Robert Lopez, the youngest EGOT winner ever, the writer of "The Book of Mormon", "Avenue Q" and "Frozen", and a guest writer for the next season of MST3K, is going big to help make sure we reach our final goal.

    If you get this reward, we'll get in touch ASAP and ask you a few questions. Then, Robert Lopez will immediately write a (short) ORIGINAL SONG, just for you, and PREMIERE IT LIVE before the end of our Final Countdown Telethon! Plus, we'll send you a recording of the song and a signed set of sheet music to any of Robert's award-winning compositions.

    Let it go, man.

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    EXPERIMENT 3000: INVENTION EXCHANGE

    Always wished you could participate in the Invention Exchange? Now you can… with no inventing required! In exchange for your pledge, we’ll send YOU a new invention featured on screen in one of the new episodes of MST3K, complete with a signed Certificate of Authenticity from Joel AND a personalized video instructing you on how to use your new invention (Experiment 500).

    Of course, you'll want to inspect the merchandise before you take it home, so you'll also get a VIP SET VISIT and LUNCH next summer in Los Angeles. And to round things out, we'll also throw in a pair of VIP PREMIERE TICKETS for either NYC or Los Angeles (Experiment 1001 or 1002). What do you think, sirs?

    *Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

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    TELETHON EXPERIMENT 004

    Our friends Penn & Teller will give you four VIP tickets to their show in Vegas, which you’ll see while sitting next to Joel. Before the show, you and your friends will get a PRIVATE magic lesson, and after the show, you’ll hang out with Penn & Teller in the world-famous MONKEY ROOM. Then, they’ll cover your room at the Rio Hotel. Just like MST3K, it’s a kind of magic.

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    EXPERIMENT 4000: INVENTION EXCHANGE

    Always wished you could participate in the Invention Exchange? Now you can… with no inventing required! In exchange for your pledge, we’ll send YOU a new invention featured on screen in one of the new episodes of MST3K, complete with a signed Certificate of Authenticity from Joel AND a personalized video instructing you on how to use your new invention (Experiment 500).

    Of course, you'll want to inspect the merchandise before you take it home, so you'll also get a VIP SET VISIT and LUNCH next summer in Los Angeles. And to round things out, we'll also throw in a pair of VIP PREMIERE TICKETS for either NYC or Los Angeles (Experiment 1001 or 1002). What do you think, sirs?

    *Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 5000: CO-STARRING WITH SCOTT BAIO*... YOU!!!

    Watching MST3K isn't enough for you anymore? You want to be *on* MST3K? You're the boss, boss.

    Enroll in Experiment 5000, and we'll invite you to set to APPEAR IN A NEW EPISODE OF MST3K**. And not as a nameless face in a huge crowd scene, either. You'll be visible on screen, wearing a costume and makeup. And to prove it to your friends, we'll put your name in the episode credits AND on IMDB.

    Plus, when you come to set, we'll give you the FULL VIP TREATMENT: a tour, lunch with the cast, an exclusive "Cast and Crew" t-shirt, and a signed script of your episode. You could be better than Jack Perkins!

    *Sorry, Scott Baio is NOT invited back to the set. We've been down that road. **Travel and accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 5K: THE PRIVATE RIFF

    This one was Patton's idea: our team will riff a short video YOU send us*, just like in our new episodes. Our writers will write riffs, Jonah and the bots will watch your video in the Mystery Science Theater, and Joel might even sit in with them. You'll get a video of the whole thing.

    You'll also get a VIP SET VISIT** and LUNCH next summer in Los Angeles.

    And to round things out, we'll even throw in a pair of VIP PREMIERE TICKETS* for NYC, Chicago or Los Angeles.

    *We can't do whole movies, here. The video needs to be around 5 minutes. Also, you need to own the rights to it, and the video we make can't be used for commercial purposes. Otherwise, this would be the best commercial deal ever. **Travel and accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 6000: OPERATION DOUBLE DOUBLE (007)

    We admit, the title on this one is a little weak. Let's move on. You want to APPEAR IN A NEW EPISODE OF MST3K but you ALSO want a pair of VIP PREMIERE TICKETS so that you can get blotto with Crow and Servo at the private afterparty.

    It's a real Sophie's Choice, huh? Well don't despair: this package includes all of the rewards from EXPERIMENT 5000 (Appear in an Episode) AND your choice of EXPERIMENT 1001 or 1002 (VIP Premiere Tickets for NYC or LA). Looks like you'll be seeing us on set AND on the red carpet, Mr. Big Shot!*

    *Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 6500: SHE STOLE MIKE'S KEYBOARD!

    Until now, the most obscure riff in MST3K history was about Mike's ex-girlfriend. But that'll all change when we INCLUDE YOUR INSIDE JOKE AS A RIFF in a new episode of MST3K. Just think: an MST3K riff that will ONLY make sense to you. Priceless!*

    Plus, you and your +1 will join Joel and the cast on the proverbial red carpet** – and at a private after-party – with VIP PREMIERE TICKETS** in NYC or LA. (Your choice: Experiment 1001 or 1002.)

    *Not actually priceless. This package costs $6,500. **Travel and accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 7500: ...BUT I REALLY WANT TO PLAN.

    Want to throw around your money AND your weight?

    Well, have we got a deal for you: with this package, you'll BE A PRODUCER* on a new episode of MST3K. Next summer, you'll bring a guest and fly out to Los Angeles to visit the set**, where you'll sit in your own PERSONALIZED DIRECTOR'S CHAIR while you watch us shoot an episode. We'll list you as a KICKSTARTER PRODUCER in the EPISODE CREDITS, on IMDB and on the OFFICIAL POSTER that everyone gets. Plus, you'll get a VIP SET TOUR, lunch with the cast, and more high-powered executive perks.

    We'll even throw in two VIP PREMIERE TICKETS for Los Angeles or NYC, where you'll join your humble servants for the debut of the new MST3K pilot episode. Then, you'll hang out with the cast and creators at the private after-party. And if you drink like a real producer, you won't remember ANY of it in the morning.

    *We'll give you the credit and an awesome experience on set. You won't actually be responsible for the episode. That wouldn't be much of a reward. See FAQ for more details. **Travel and accommodations not included.

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    EXPERIMENT 8005: THE GENUINE CROW

    All of our backers will be part of Mystery Science History. But you'll do one better: you'll OWN a part of MST3K, when we send you the ACTUAL "CROW T. ROBOT" PUPPET USED IN A NEW EPISODE of MST3K. There's only one of these per episode, and you'll get a signed Certificate of Authenticity to prove it, along with a personalized video (Experiment 500) from YOUR Crow.

    Of course, you'll want to inspect the merchandise before you take it home, so you'll also get a VIP SET VISIT* and LUNCH next summer in Los Angeles.

    And to round things out, we'll also throw in a pair of VIP PREMIERE TICKETS* for either NYC or Los Angeles (Experiment 1001 or 1002).

    *Travel and accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

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    EXPERIMENT 8006: THE GENUINE SERVO

    All of our backers will be part of Mystery Science History. But you'll do one better: you'll OWN a part of MST3K, when we send you the ACTUAL "TOM SERVO" PUPPET USED IN A NEW EPISODE of MST3K. There's only one of these per episode, and you'll get a signed Certificate of Authenticity to prove it, along with a personalized video (Experiment 500) from YOUR Servo.

    Of course, you'll want to inspect the merchandise before you take it home, so you'll also get a VIP SET VISIT and LUNCH next summer in Los Angeles.

    And to round things out, we'll also throw in a pair of VIP PREMIERE TICKETS for either NYC or Los Angeles (Experiment 1001 or 1002).

    Also includes all rewards in EXPERIMENTS 010, 025, 035, 050, 075, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300.

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    EXPERIMENT 9999: A PRIVATE DATE WITH YOUR (MST3K) FAMILY

    Guess who’s coming to dinner NOW? It could be you and your friends!

    Bring up to 6 people for a PRIVATE DINNER WITH THE CAST in Los Angeles.* You’ll join Joel, Jonah, Felicia, Hampton and Baron** for an intimate private dinner. We’ve got a very special venue in mind! And since you’re the guest of honor, you can sit next to whoever you want. Priceless!

    Don’t need the cast all to yourself? Check out EXPERIMENT 1500 for two tickets to a GROUP DINNER!

    *Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details. **We’ll do our best to bring all of the cast, subject to their availability, but we can’t PROMISE who will be there. Well, we promise Joel will be there, and you can tell us who you want to meet most. But we’ll try for everyone!

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    EXPERIMENT 10K: THE MASTER (OF MST3K)

    So you think you've got what it takes to be an MST3K riffer? Alright, then. Let's find out. With this package, you'll JOIN US AS A WRITER* for a new episode. (But suggesting "Hi-keeba!" doesn't count as a riff.) You'll watch one of the new movies in advance, come up with a bunch of riffs, and Joel and the producers will pick the best to go in the script.

    Next summer, you'll bring a guest and fly out to Los Angeles to visit the set**, where you'll sit in your own PERSONALIZED DIRECTOR'S CHAIR while you watch us shoot part of the episode you helped write. We'll list you as one of the writers in the EPISODE CREDITS, on IMDB and on the OFFICIAL POSTER that everyone gets. Plus, you'll get a VIP SET TOUR, lunch with the cast, and plenty of other perks. (Just so you know, this is not how writers are treated on set. You're special.)

    We'll also throw in two VIP PREMIERE TICKETS for Los Angeles or NYC, where you can join Joel, the cast and other VIP guests for the debut of the new MST3K pilot episode and a private after-party. Pro-tip: real writers tend to drink a lot, unless you're alcohol intolerant. Then it's mocktails til dawn.

    *Make sure you know what you're signing up for: see the FAQ for more details. **Travel and accommodations not included.

    Also includes all rewards in EXPERIMENTS 010, 025, 035, 050, 075, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300.

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    EXPERIMENT 15K: WITH THE HELP OF YOUR ROBOT FRIENDS

    With this package, you'll get BOTH the "CROW T. ROBOT" and "TOM SERVO" ROBOTS featured in a new episode of MST3K, and all of the rewards listed in EXPERIMENTS 8005 and 8006.

    Owner's Warning: Please be sure to store your Tom and Crow in separate rooms, or they are likely to creep around in the night. They feed off of each other's powers like parasites.

    Also includes all rewards in EXPERIMENTS 010, 025, 035, 050, 075, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300.

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    EXPERIMENT 25K: YOU'RE THE GOD. *YOU’RE* THE GOD!

    This is it: the end of the road. No mortal man (or woman) should have this much power, but for one or two generous patrons, we'll name you an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for the ENTIRE NEW SEASON*.

    As soon as the campaign ends, Joel will CALL TO THANK YOU and tell you a little bit more about what we have planned. Next summer, you'll bring a guest and fly out to Los Angeles to visit the set**, where you'll sit in your own PERSONALIZED DIRECTOR'S CHAIR while you watch us shoot an episode. We'll list you as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the EPISODE CREDITS all season long, on IMDB and on the OFFICIAL POSTER that everyone gets. Plus, you'll get a VIP SET TOUR, lunch with the cast, and more high-powered executive perks.

    We'll even throw in four VIP PREMIERE TICKETS for Los Angeles or NYC, where you'll join your underlings for the debut of the new MST3K pilot episode. Then, you'll hang out with the cast and creators at the private after-party, where you can shake your moneymaker to earn back what you spent helping us make the season. It'll be nuts, man.

    Please note that this package actually costs $25,000 USD (+ SHIPPING), which is more than the maximum that Kickstarter allows us to collect. If you claim this reward, we'll follow up with you ASAP to arrange for the rest of the pledge.

    *We'll give you the credit and an awesome experience on set. You won't actually be responsible for doing work. That wouldn't be much of a reward. See FAQ for more details. **Travel and accommodations not included.

    Also includes all rewards in EXPERIMENTS 010, 025, 035, 050, 075, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300.

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