Cult hit Mystery Science Theater 3000 could be heading back to television

The ultra-low-budget series built a fiercely loyal fan base over the past few decades thanks to a certain brand of pitch-perfect snark and biting nostalgia — and now Mystery Science Theater 3000 could be coming back to the small screen. 

Of all places, some “Best Of” episodes could show up on PBS next year as part of a programming offering via Shout! Factory. American Public Television is currently offering four classic MST3K episodes to local public-TV programmers. If these four episodes prove to be popular (and how could they not?), then it’s possible it could lead to even more episodes coming up in the future.

The four episodes on the table include Manos: The Hands of Fate, Hercules and the Captive Women, Gunslinger and The Unearthly. All four of these episodes are legit classics for the long-running series, and we’d definitely tune in if they showed up on local programming packages. Especially Manos. That episode is one of the best.

Though it went through a few different incarnations and networks (KTMA, Comedy Central, SCI FI Channel, etc.) during its decade-long run, the series has largely been regulated to tape-trading, scattershot DVD releases and now a smattering of streaming options in the age of Netflix. Those are all solid options, but c’mon — MST3K belongs on television.

Would you tune in to PBS for some classic MST3K?

(Via A.V. Club)

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