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You did it: you brought back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000! Thanks to you, MST3K shot FOURTEEN NEW EPISODES in 2016, including a new holiday special, and returned in 2017 on Netflix!
You did it: you brought back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000! Thanks to you, MST3K shot FOURTEEN NEW EPISODES in 2016, including a new holiday special, and returned in 2017 on Netflix!
48,270 backers pledged $5,764,229 to help bring this project to life.

60 Hours Left: 81% FUNDED… And We Passed $4.4MM! We've Got NINE EPISODES, All-Star Guest Writers, New Rewards & More!

Posted by Joel Hodgson (Creator)
  • WE'VE HIT OUR THIRD GOAL and PASSED $4.4MM, so... 
    - Now we can make at least NINE new episodes of MST3K
    - We're in the Red Zone: ALL Bonus Rewards are unlocked!
    - LESS THAN 60 HOURS to reach our final goal: 12 NEW EPISODES!
  • FOUR Types of Writers Riffing in the Next Season of MST3K
    ..including our cast, our next staff writers, special guests including showrunners, comedians, bestselling authors, an MST3K Veteran, an EGOT winner and you!
  • THREE Amazing New Rewards Added!  
    - EXPERIMENT 498-499: Voicemail Greetings from Special Guests!
    - EXPERIMENT 2001: Group Dinner with Joel and Friends! 
    - EXPERIMENT 18K: We'll Riff YOUR Video For You!
  • TWO DAYS LEFT until the Final Countdown Ends...

Buckle your seatbelts, everyone!

Our Kickstarter page now shows our time left in hours instead of days, which means it's time to "kick(start)" things into high gear. And to get us started, I've got some exciting news to share with you:

Our combined total just passed $4.4MM, putting us at over 80% of our final goal… and guaranteeing we can make at least NINE NEW EPISODES of MST3K!

That's right: we've now raised OVER $300,000 in ADD-ON REWARDS, which means we're in the Red Zone! And I hope you all know what that means…

 That's right, team: now things are getting really exciting. There's not even time to list all of the Bonus Rewards you've unlocked – including a free short from our friends at RiffTrax – so we updated our Reward Grid:


But here's the most important part:

Everyone pledging for EXPERIMENT 085 or higher will get at least NINE new episodes plus TEN free classic episodes of MST3K!

Actually, you know what? Nineteen is kind of a weird number, so let's throw in another classic episode.

EXPERIMENTS 085+ now get TWENTY total episodes of MST3K.

Yeah. That just feels better, doesn't it?

Anyway, there's no time to stop there. I've been promising to give you more news about the next season of MST3K, and to share the names of some of the talented new people I've been talking to.

And in fact, there are so many people that I wanna tell you about, that I'm going to spread them across three updates, starting with some names that have agreed to come help us write our new riffs.

Who's Going To Write the New Episodes of MST3K

First, let me tell you how we used to write MST3K, back in the day. We usually had about eight people in the Writers’ Room at a time. Then, we also had about four remote writers, who would send in their riffs from all over the country. So, I’m gonna try to stick with those numbers – about 12 writers for each episode. 

That might sound like a lot, but you know what they say: "It takes a village to riff a movie."

OK, actually, I don’t think anyone says that. 

But anyway, having 12 writers on each new episode gives us a lot of room to bring in great writing talent, even if it's just to help out with an episode here and there.

We’ll have four groups of writers contributing riffs for the new season: 


Naturally, all of our performers are going to write, as is the custom on our show… So, you’ll be hearing riffs from Jonah, Hampton, Barron, Felicia and Patton. 


For the first time, we’ll also have a Kickstarter backer – one of you! – helping writes riffs for each new episode. Most of those positions have been filled, but if you want to join us, we’ve just added a final set of “EXPERIMENT 10K” rewards, for Episodes 10-12! Get 'em while they're hot!


Now, unlike most shows, most of our regular MST3K writers aren’t going to be professional television writers. But remember: none of our original writers had a lot of "pro" experience, except maybe in Minneapolis... and look how that worked out! 

So, our next staff writers are mostly people I’ve met in my travels, who I thought were funny and who have a knack for movie riffing. They come from all walks of life: 

  • One is a teacher at a Montessori school,
  • One works in a bookstore,
  • One does graphics for a college,
  • One is in advertising,
  • One writes for a women’s online magazine,
  • One has a local public radio show,
  • One does IT for a design firm… 

 See what I mean? It’s all over the place! 


But remember, now that we’re doing somewhere between 9 and 12 episodes, I’m happy to report that a lot of our amazing friends have agreed to come join us as guest writers. Here’s a list of writers who have already agreed to come help out:

  • DAN HARMON, the incredible mind who created Community, hosts the Harmontown podcast, and co-creator of the very funny Rick & Morty.
  • JUSTIN ROILAND, the other creator of Rick & Morty, as well as a very talented voice actor/comedian/artist, and a huge MSTie. 
  • ROB SCHRAB, an original remote writer for MST3K, co-founder of the seminal Channel 101… and now, director of the next Lego Movie.
  • NELL SCOVELL, a long-time collaborator and friend, will be “in the house” too. She’s currently writing on the The Muppet Show but has worked on The Simpsons, Newhart and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, among others.
  • ERNIE CLINE, the New York Times best-selling author of Ready Player One, which will soon be a movie from Steven Spielberg! If you’ve read RP1, you know how good Ernie is with cultural references.
  • PAT ROTHFUSS, the New York Times best-selling author of The Name of Wind, has offered to have a “story breakfast” with me and go over “story beats” for the next series… and a few of you can join us! 
  • PAUL & STORM, the hilarious musical act, W00tstock founders and stars, musical contributors to Despicable Me 2, my good friends and the hosts for Friday’s live “Final Countdown Telethon” will be contributing riffs and some special music!
  • DANA GOULD, the brilliant comedian and former Simpsons writer, who will also probably appear on camera as well for a cameo or two. But actually, that gets into the area of our Guest Cameos, which is a topic I want to save for tomorrow.
  • ROBERT LOPEZ, the EGOT-winning songwriter from Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon and Frozen, has offered to write some original songs for us!

Pretty cool, huh? I'm excited to have so many new faces and voices helping out. But I also want to make sure it's not "too" new – you know, even as the show changes, I want to make sure we're honoring MST3K's past.

So, like I said, we've now made offers to all of MST's original writers. While it seems like most of them won't be available to join us, at least for now, I still hope they’ll decide to join us later. We'll always be glad to have them back, even if it's just for an episode or two when they can spare some time.

And actually, I'm happy to tell you that a few MST veterans have agreed to come back and “Pitch” in – not just as writers, but in other creative departments too – to make sure MST3K still has the spirit of the little cowtown puppet show you know and love:

  • CHARLIE ERICKSON,or, as he’s now known in the international DJ scene, Chuck Love, was the musical genius behind the original MST3K theme song, as well as the arranger of the haunting “MST3K Love Theme.” Charlie will be back to work on some new arrangements for us… and hopefully some new music, too!
  • BEEZ McKEEVER, MST3K’s original “Prop Diva,” will return to design special costumes for the bots. (Watch for her special line in the credits: “Robot Fashions created by Miss Beez of Duluth!”)
  • CRIST BALLAS, our original MST3K hair and makeup designer – and a long time friend – will also be joining us in that department, as well as plying his real trade: creating Academy Award-winning special effects makeup!

And finally...

  • PAUL CHAPLIN – old “Pitch” himself! – the veteran writer (over 144 MST3K episodes!) will be back demonstrate his mastery of “the craft we call riff”… and more important, to show the newer MST3K writers how we did it back in the day!

Pretty incredible, huh? 

So yeah, I hope seeing the names of some of the talented people who are excited to help create the next season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will give you a better sense of where we're going... and help explain why it's so important that we reach our final goal, and make a full season of TWELVE NEW EPISODES.

Of course, we've still got to hit our last goal, so...

I'm also excited to announce that some of our future team – and a few other friends – have volunteered their time and talent to let us add a few more big-ticket reward packages!

So, we've just added these new rewards...

    Just like the personalized voicemail greetings in EXPERIMENT 400, only now you get to pick between JUSTIN ROILAND (Rick & Morty) and DANA SNYDER (Aqua Teen Hunger Force). See the reward descriptions for more details.
    Just like the dinner invitations from our cast in EXPERIMENT 1500, only for these dinners, you'll join Joel and special guests DAN HARMON & JUSTIN ROILAND(co-creators of Rick & Morty). 2 dinners, limited to 10 pairs of backers each... you know, so we can really talk.
    This one was actually Patton's suggestion: for a few people, we'll have our team riff a short video you send us, just like we'll do on the new episodes. Our writers will come up with riffs. Jonah and the Bots will sit in their seats and riff your video. Joel might even sit in and join them. Then, we'll send you the video to keep. It's like having a short, private episode of MST3K. And if you want, we might even share it on the MST3K YouTube Channel. There are a couple restrictions, so be sure to read the description before pledging!

Anyway, lots to do, so I'd better get back to work. More this afternoon!

And remember: less than 60 hours left to hit our final goal, team, so...


Cheers and Thanks,


Crow again! Good work, everyone! We did it! We got to our final Crow-Funding goal, which means... oh. What? We've still got another 2 days and 20% to go? Awww, man. Okay, well, I guess we still need your help then.

Just post one (or all) of these messages to Twitter & Facebook right now:

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      Thick McRunFast!

    2. James Rohling on

      Does Joel not know any female writers?

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      julie hitt on

      I am so excited! Can not wait for new episodes! Watching the double features have been AWESOME! Need to go find my original MSTy fan club card!!

    4. Astaroth on

      id ask if those bonus episodes can be held on to until they release more episodes, that way you arent getting a bunch of duplicates, im hoping someday ktma 1-3 will be available to complete my collection ^_^

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      James K. Rossiter on

      So awesome that Beez & Paul are back! I could totally see Beez's Steffi making a return appearance.

    6. Melissa

      @Richard Fellner I agree. I'm curious about the 87 episodes too. I bought them already and am happy with the purchase. I will be sad if the bonus episodes are repeats, but I have faith in @Joel

    7. Daniel DiManna on

      25 episodes, eh? I'm hoping for a certain 22 specific ones, if ya... know what I mean... ;)

    8. ginger j fitts on

      I'm more excited about Beeze coming back than everything else! She's wonderful and will bring amazing costumes to the bots.

    9. David Hill

      @Joel Seriously? That's cool. I'm happy either way. It's just great to have a brand new season with some merchandise to go with it.

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      Mike Pizzuti on

      Patrick Rothfuss Collaborating? Are you kidding me? Simply incredible.

    11. Mike Novak on

      Joel, a previous comment made me think... any chance of magic voice coming back??

    12. karena kalinevitch on

      Woohhoo old Pitch himself. A veteran writer returning to help. I bet the others will find some way to contribute too. Well color me impressed with all this and looking forward to it! Come on 5.5 MM. 12 episodes or bust, wish I could kick in some more but at this rate they may kick me outta my house!

    13. Joe Lawler on

      Wow, Robert Lopez. If I may make a suggestion for the title of the Ballyhoo doc on the Kickstarter campaign: "MST3K: From Eegah to EGOT."

      What do you think, sirs?

    14. jt4703 on

      Awesome update. Eagerly waiting the final designs for the mug and keychain. Will the designs be released before the end of the campaign?

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      Brian Larsen on

      Glad to hear Paul Chaplin will be back. At least one veteran other than Joel in the stable... but what about the other guys (and gals)?

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      Brad Brooks on

      You just blew my mind when it said you got Robert Lopez on board to write songs for you. Should we all get ready to sing Let It Crow?

    17. J. Nathan Couch on

      Wheee! We might get to 12 episodes yet!

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      Justin Chan on

      Well it nice that you got Pat Rothfuss but can I respectfully say I'd rather he spend the time finishing day 3.

    19. Calvin Lindfors on

      Not too excited by Ernest Cline (he can stuff a lot of references not into a small space, but he can't actually write for shit), but hopefully the rest of the writers can balance him out.

    20. Joel Hodgson Creator on

      @David, if we get to 12 episodes, I guess we'll round up to 13 classic episodes, just to make it a clean 25.

    21. Zach Welhouse on

      I keep on hoping one of these updates will include Frank or Trace's blessings.

    22. Jason McGrody on

      Thank you for the update.

      We made $4.4 million WITHOUT knowing what the add ons for yesterday were.

      Thanks (again) for more inventions. I will love mine, I'm sure. A gentleman missed one last night by seconds. He'll be happy to see that there are more.

    23. Richard Fellner on

      @Joel: Great update!

      I'm just just curious if the 10 classic/bonus episodes that we get with KS will be DIFFERENT episodes than those found in the ADD-ON 87 classic episodes? I reckon it might be a bigger enticement to buy the add-on if the KS classic eps weren't already in the Add-on. (conversely, it might be a bit of a let-down if our 10 bonus eps are already in the add-on). Does that make sense?

      I'm wondering, actually, if it isn't too late to have a DIGITAL MOTHERLODE 2, which includes experiment $85, plus, say, the 87 classics for something like $250 or $275?

    24. Nate on

      Oh boy, here we go!

    25. Stephanie on

      So excited about all the new/guest/returning writers!

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      John Skarha on

      Joel, this is Great! But, if you really want to obtain the funding for 12 episodes in the final remaining hours, you have to do something Super Crazy! Like have a Super Crazy Bonus Reward!!! >>> Unlock ALL the Classic Episodes for Experiments 085 and Above!!! <<< That WILL get the job done! Boom!!

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      Eric on

      You've got PAT ROTHFUSS involved!? That is so awesome. :D (among the many other great updates here).

    28. Ralph Carusillo on

      Great update, Joel! I liked the people you named to help out but it's the best to see Paul Chaplin back on MST3K! From Pitch to Observer to Sandy, Pearl's date, Paul's on-screen appearances were funny. Welcome back, Paul, and welcome backCharlie! Bees and Crist! And welcome to all the new staff and guest writers and musicians. It's groovy Dana Gould with the gang, too. I enjoyed his stand-up, and he played Jim Morrison in a Ben Stiller show sketch in the early 1990s ("I'm not really deaaaaaaaaad!!"). All indications for this new season are....POOM!!!

    29. Jerry Stevens on

      Ugh, Duluth. Not to kill Minnesotian love, but Duluth was an armpit. But I'll give it half an armpit since I only lived there during the winter months.

    30. David Hill

      So we get 11 classic episodes and not just 10? Or will this change back to 10 if and when we get full funding for 12 new episodes? Either way, awesome update.

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      Chris Thomas on

      Excellent!!! So happy for you, Joel et al. (And for myself!) This makes me wanna jump up & down until my knees go Torgo. By sheer coincidence I will have a day off for the final countdown telethon - looking forward to it. <3

    32. Jennifer Stine on

      Beez was also a prop in MST3K's Werewolf. She was the peasant. Everybody was in the credits but Mystery Voice. Even Cambot made the credits, but could only be seen if a "selfie" was taken. Cambot was taken them way before they were cool, and without a stick.

    33. Mike H on

      Wow. What a phenomenal update! Joel, you've assembled an amazing pool of talent. Onward to 12 episodes!

    34. Johnny W on

      Well I'm glad we've made it this far. It's been quite a journey, and it's not over yet.

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      Bailey Utecht on

      @Johnny they've all made it very clear that they will not be involved, mainly due to Rifftrax and other reasons.

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    37. Justin Christiansen on

      How does one earn $18,000 in one day? As a no budget filmmaker having one of my shorts riffed would be a dream come true. Darn you credit card why must you have a limit.

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    39. Johnny W on

      BTW - The diagram is wrong. 085+ get episode 1 to download.

    40. BoB3K on

      Joel, you didn't mention yourself in that list of writers. Are you going to be a regular writer? In fact, have you mentioned any details of what you'll be doing--writing, directing, acting?

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      Kim "Nuveena" McAllister on

      PAUL IS BACK!!!!! :D YES!!!!!

    42. Caleb Child on

      Oh man, I wanna be a guest writer for an episode!
      I would totally pay money to be able to do it, too!
      ...If only I had money.

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      Paulette P on

      Anyone else read this part "So, our next staff writers are mostly people I’ve met in my travels, who I thought were funny and who have a knack for movie riffing." and think "damn, I wish I were someone he met in his travels!!!"

      That's really a cool mix of writers though. This update makes me even more excited about it all. :)

    44. Dan Wally on

      I almost forgot... Loving that Paul and The Beez are coming back!

    45. Johnny W on

      No Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl or J. Elvis Weinstein? I'm surprised. I thought you guys worked together on Cinematic Titanic.

    46. Patrick Lochelt on

      Hooray for Paul Chaplin!

    47. Dan Wally on

      Whoa! Mega-Update... I should be able to get a few friends onboard who are massive Rick & Morty fans. Big enough to maybe get the dinner experiment.

    48. Not TV's Frank on

      @Joel - thanks for what looks like an excellent group of writers. And thanks for the extra episode, too! Your mild OCD is greatly appreciated. :)

    49. ReptilianSamurai on

      I remember Gex! Loved all his one liners.

      Does Rothfuss involvement for story mean that we now can wonder about all those science facts? ;-)