Greatest geeky TV comedy: 'Red Dwarf' or 'Mystery Science Theater 3000'? | The Tylt
Greatest geeky TV comedy: 'Red Dwarf' or 'Mystery Science Theater 3000'?
Equal parts "Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" and "The Young Ones," "Red Dwarf" was an unexpected hit, and at one time was the most popular show on the BBC. It’s three million years in the future and the last human being is Dave Lister, an absolute slob. His only company is Arnold Rimmer, an anal-retentive hologram; Cat, a humanoid evolved from Lister’s cat three million years earlier; Kryten, a prim and proper robot; and Holly, a deadpan computer. He’s all alone, more or less.
Together they travel space in search of…I don’t know. Curry? Sex? More robots? Who cares? You want drama, watch something else. This is a show where men give birth off-screen, have their appendix out twice, and robots learn to call a banana a small off-duty Czechoslovakian traffic warden.
It's better to have loved and lost than to listen to an album by Olivia Newton-John.
In the not too distant past, prop comedian Joel Hodgson (playing Joel Robinson) started a show on a public access channel in which he and a few puppets he created (Gypsy, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot) are forced by an evil scientists to watch horrible movies. Joel and his robot friends maintain their sanity by mercilessly making fun of the movies. "Mystery Science Theater 3000" is both a heckling comedy and a showcase for mind-numbingly bad movies. The show is at its best when the host and the bots riff off each other in absurd and a dizzying succession of jokes.
The show migrated from public access to Comedy Central, and later to the Sci-Fi Channel. It spawned live events and a feature film. When Joel left, Mike Nelson (one of the show’s writers) took over for a lengthy run. The human role was later played by Jonah Ray for two seasons. "MST3K" maintains a die-hard fanbase that continues to this day to flame each other over which host is the best.
Watch the entirety of the "MST3K" masterwork, "Manos, the Hands of Fate" below.