5. Mystery Science Theater 3000
Air dates: 1989-1996
Stars: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Josh Weinstein, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy, Frank Conniff
As our list of the 50 best bad movies implies, we're more than partial to enjoyably crappy cinema around here, which is why Mystery Science Theater 3000 will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Anyone who's ever stayed up late to watch cable airings of shitty old flicks like Robot Monstercan relate to hosts Joel Hodgson (1988-1993), Michael J. Nelson (1993-1996), and their robot pals Tom Servo and Crow. Trapped on an aimlessly traveling spaceship, they're forced to sit through some of the cheapest and most poorly made movies of all time—fortunately, they're endlessly witty and blessed with impeccable comedic timing.
Because of MST3K's resident critics, awful films like Manos, the Hands of Fate, The Crawling Eye, and Viking Women and the Sea Serpent aren't just bearable—they're also wonderful punch line fodder.