Just in time for the final stretch of winter, Netflix has added 20 classic “Mystery Science Theater 3000” episodes for you to enjoy. A few instant hits on the list include “Future War,” “Time Chasers” and of course the fan-favorite “Manos The Hands of Fate”.
There are 20 classics in total on the list, and if you’re an MST3K fan you probably have already seen all of them. If you are new to the series, we can help you out by offering up a few starter-episodes.
“Manos The Hands of Fate” is one of the most popular options out there, and as far as a filmmaking standpoint, one of the worst on the list. If you’re new to watching trainwreck filmmaking at its finest, you may want to start out with something a bit more well made.
For those viewers we suggest “Time Chasers” or “Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders” with Ernest Borgnine. We would also suggest “Space Mutiny,” one of the best 1980s films about outer-space galactic conflict that doesn’t start or end with “Star Wars”. You will also probably love “Werewolf,” because it’s a delight from start to finish.
Our top-five on the list are; “Manos” The Hands of Fate,” “Time Chasers,” “Future War,” “Space Mutiny,” “Hercules Against the Moon Men,” and “Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders”. Just know, that “Puma Man,” “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” and “Werewolf” are still way up on our list of best episodes.
Sadly, the Joe Don Baker films (my personal favorites) are not on the list. Maybe if the launch goes well, we will see “Mitchell” and “Final Justice” added to the library. (Go head on for the MSTies out there). Also not on the list yet is one of the greatest episodes ever made, “Final Sacrifice,” but you can watch that on Youtube. Just be warned that once viewed, you will never forget the Canadian Han Solo that is Zap Rowsdower.
The episodes that were added this week that we didn’t mention yet are; “Catalina Caper,” “Eegah!,” “The Giant Gila Monster,” “Horrors of Spider Island,” “Jack Frost,” “Laserblast,” “Pod People,” “Sidehackers” “Teenagers from Outer Space” and “Zombie Nightmare”.
You now have hours of terrific entertainment ahead of you, and if love the episodes, the guys are still making new movies under the name “Rifftrax” and could use your help to make more. Give their Kickstarter a visit, or checkout the videos they have already made on Rifftrax.com.