In a little under a month, cult sci-fi comedy series 'Mystery Science Theatre 3000' will return to Netflix, following a crowdfunding campaign to fund a new series. If you can't wait that long – or are just curious as to what all the fuss is about – Netflix now has 20 classic episodes to get you in the mood.
These include fan favourites 'Maos: The Hands of Fate', 'Time Chasers' and 'Space Mutiny'.
This isn't a first for Netflix. Before it relaunched 'Gilmore Girls', it made the original series available across every territory it serves, and not just the US (where it was already available). This paved the way for the four-part series 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life', which aired last November.
For the uninitiated, 'Mystery Science Theatre 3000' started life on local channel KTMA in Minneapolis before being picked up by The Comedy Channel/Comedy Central. It was cancelled in 1997, but The Sci-Fi Channel subsequently commissioned another three series.
The show featured series creator Joel Hodgson as a janitor imprisoned against his will. In order to stay sane, he created a number of robotic companions to keep him company, and comment humurously on the sci-fi B movies he was made to watch.
In 2015, a Kickstarter campaign raised almost $6 million to fund a new series, which was subsequently picked up by Netflix.