Let’s have a moment of silence now, please, for Mystery Science Theater 3000. As of this morning (11 a.m. EST), it no longer airs on cable television for the first time in more than a decade.
I fell in love with the show when my cable provider first offered up Comedy Central. I remember seeing an episode of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? in the morning and falling in love with it, and then MST3K: ALIEN FROM L.A. later that day and finding a new favorite show.
While I have to admit that I don’t have the patience often required to sit through a full episode in one sitting that I used to have, I still think of the show as one of the greats of the 1990s. Skewering pop culture and bad movies all at the same time, MST3K gave us new one-liners and appreciation for the artform of movies. (“Ooh, they established the hell out of that shot.” “Dull surprise!” “Mitchell!”)
Fare thee well, crew of the Satellite of Love.
Final words come from the show’s participants here.