It’ll be fine: 15 revamps that turned out better than expected

There is nothing more galling to loyal fans, more creatively bankrupt, more wholly unnecessary than the “revamp”—taking a beloved property and giving it a splashy makeover that renders it nigh-unrecognizable, all in the patently desperate hope to appeal to a new audience and extend its lifespan. Except maybe,…

They saved MST3K’s brain: The story of an amazing, colossal cult TV revival

Joel Hodgson wants feedback about the new Mystery Science Theater 3000. We’re in the lounge at the Music Box Theatre, the historic Chicago movie house where Hodgson has just screened the first episode of the movie-riffing series’ 11th season, which comes to Netflix on April 14. If the laughter seemed especially robust…

5 Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes to stream on Netflix in the not-too-distant future

The original run of Mystery Science Theater 3000 spanned multiple broadcast formats (UHF and cable) and broadcasters (Twin Cities station KTMA, The Comedy Channel, Comedy Central, Syfy) for 11 seasons, totaling 197 episodes—“experiments” in the terminology of its in-show search for the worst movie ever made. Thanks to…

Read this: The battle over the infamous cult classic Manos: The Hands of Fate

“J.R.R. Tolkien’s kid catches shit, but he just wants to protect his father’s work. Same thing.” So says Joe Warren, whose father, Hal Warren, directed what many people consider to be among the worst films of all time. Shot in 1966 for a miniscule $19,000 in the badlands outside of El Paso, Manos: The Hands Of Fate

The late greats: 18-plus TV characters who buoyed shows midstream

Characters added in the middle of a TV show’s run get a bad rap. For every Cousin Oliver or Scrappy-Doo, there are characters who actually added something to their show, even rejuvenating a longrunning series’ later seasons. Some start as stand-ins for departed cast members, then take on expanded roles—others begin as…