In the not-too-distant future, a man and some robots sat in space and made fun of cheesy movies. That is the simple premise of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” However, the show, a cult classic, mined so much glorious comedy out of that. Whether it was Joel, Mike, or, in the Netflix reboot, Jonah, our host, along with Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, pumped out joke after joke over movies that are often laughable in and of themselves. There are over 200 episodes of “MST3K” out there, but which are the best of the best? Here, in order, are the top 25 episodes from the many lives of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” If you disagree, repeat to yourself it’s just a list and you should really just relax.
If you want to watch the show, some classic episodes, plus the two Netflix seasons, are available for streaming. The app Pluto TV has an entire channel dedicated to showing “MST3K,” and Comet, an over-the-air channel, shows episodes on some nights. In a pinch, though, the folks who created the show were big on encouraging fans to record episodes and, in their words, “circulate the tapes.” As such, almost every episode can be found on YouTube. In fact, the official “MST3K” YouTube channel has full episodes available to watch, including five from this list.