Mystery Science Theater 3000 cancelled by Netflix
They opted not to renew the cult hit for a third season.
Netflix has cancelled their revival of cult sci-fi show Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Host Jonah Ray Rodrigues followed up this announcement with a tweet which confirmed the streaming giant has “decided not to do another season.”
So, Netflix decided to not do another season of MST3K. We are off to Get Down in Lilyhammer while the OA helps us take it One Day At A Time. We will be in group therapy with Tuca & Bertie, Jessica Jones, & Lady Dynamite. The sessions will be run by Gypsy (w/ Naomi Watts.) thread pic.twitter.com/ZONkUxUlFb— JONAH RAY RODRIGUES (@jonahray) November 26, 2019
Created by Joel Hodgson, the show originally premiered back in 1988 and has survived two separate cancellations across different TV networks.
It’s surreal premise has remained exactly the same over the last 25 years, a human test subject (or host) has been imprisoned onboard a satellite by two mad scientists who force him to all kinds of bad b-movies on a loop.
To keep his sanity he crafts a variety of robots, Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot and Gypsy, who he rifts on the film with. Various sketches and songs are also performed as part of each episode.
Along with Rodrigues, Felicia Day and comedian Patton Oswalt starred as the two scientists with Day’s character being the daughter of one of the original characters.
Both seasons of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return were a hit with critics and fans alike each scoring 100% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Hodgson took to Kickstart to secure funding for the revival and managed to raise an impressive $5,764,229 which was well in excess of his $2 million target.
It held the record for largest TV and film Kickstarter until it was surpassed by the animated version of Dungeons and Dragons web series Critical Role.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return joins the list of recent Netflix cancellations including No Good Nick, Designated Survivor, Chambers and Santa Clarita Diet.
Source: Hollywood Reporter