Mystery Science Theater 3000 alums team up for National Geographic miniseries

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Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett
For those old enough to have been snarky in the 1990s, Mystery Science Theater 3000 was the best of bad TV. Each week, a man and his robots would watch the worst movies and shorts from outer space, making hilarious comments along the way. Cinematic train wrecks featured on the program included Teen-age Strangler, The Brain That Wouldn't Die, and The Wild Wild World of Batwoman. After the show went off the air in 1999, cast members began touring with two a similarly themed live series, Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic.

In pleasant-yet-unexpected news, folks from MST3K/Rifftrax appears to be returning for three new episodes, where they will be riffing on nature on the National Geographic channel.

The show won't be a full return of MST3K. Instead the name, Total Riff Off, and tone play off of Rifftrax, one of the program's spin-off projects. It will, however, feature some familiar MST3K faces and voices, as the show will boast the return of the program's (second) host, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy (formerly Tom Servo), and Bill Corbett (formerly Crow T. Robot).

So, what will they be riffing on? According to National Geographic's website, the guys will be poking fun at classic nature programming from the station, with bits from "Honey Badgers," "Unlikely Animal Friends," "Man v. Monster," "Swamp Men," and "Alpha Dogs" all up for some good-humored mocking.

The three-part miniseries kicks off, appropriately, on April Fools' Day at 7 p.m. with a bit titled "Killer Shrimp 'N Friends." It sounds like it could be up there with one of their Gamera screenings.

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Nick Jensen
Nick Jensen

Pumped for this. Rifftrax is great but I miss the robots.

Gretchen Yonak
Gretchen Yonak

Yeah! !! Their Mom was one of my nursing instructors at hennepin tech in the late 90s.


There is a bit of misinformation in this article: RiffTrax does not have the rights to the MST3K brand so there will not be Tom Servo, Crow, the Satellite of Love, or anything like that. 

The show is called "RiffTrax presents: TOTAL RIFF OFF".

k2yeb topcommenter

Great news. 

Lorraine Devora
Lorraine Devora

this is old news, city pages! get your life together!


@Erik Thanks for the clarification. I have tweaked the post to reflect this information.

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