OK, I'll be handling this one a little differently than some of the other TV series I've re-watched. I don't own every episode of this, and what I do own isn't in broadcast order, so I'll be watching them as I find them, and updating this initial post as to where they sit in the show's history.

Season One

Show 101: "The Crawling Eye" (11/18/1989)

Show 102: "The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy" (11/25/1989)

Show 103: "The Mad Monster" (12/2/1989)

Show 104: "Women of the Prehistoric Planet" (2/20/1990)

Show 105: "The Corpse Vanishes" (12/9/1989)

Show 106: "The Crawling Hand" (12/16/1989)

Show 107: "Robot Monster" (12/23/1989)

Show 108: "The Slime People" (12/30/1989)

Show 109: "Project Moonbase" (1/6/1990)

Show 110: "Robot Holocaust" (1/13/1990)

Show 111: "Moon Zero Two" (1/20/1990)

Show 112: "Untamed Youth" (1/27/1990)

Show 113: "The Black Scorpion" (2/3/1990)

Season Two

Show 201: "Rocketship X-M" (9/22/1990)

Show 202: "The Sidehackers" (9/29/1990)

Show 203: "Jungle Goddess" (10/6/1990)

Show 204: "Catalina Caper" (10/13/1990)

Show 205: "Rocket Attack U.S.A." (10/27/1990)

Show 206: "Ring of Terror" (11/3/1990)

Show 207: "Wild Rebels" (11/17/1990)

Show 208: "The Lost Continent" (11/24/1990)

Show 209: The Hellcats" (12/8/1990)

Show 210: "King Dinosaur" (12/22/1990)

Show 211: "First Spaceship On Venus" (12/29/1990)

Show 212: "Godzilla vs. Megalon" (1/19/1991)

Show 213: "Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster" (2/2/1991)

Season Three

Show 301: "Cave Dwellers" (6/1/1991)

Show 302: "Gamera" (6/8/1991)

Show 303: "Pod People" (6/15/1991)

Show 304: "Gamera vs. Barugon" (6/22/1991)

Show 305: "Stranded in Space" (6/29/1991)

Show 306: "Time of the Apes" (7/13/1991)

Show 307: "Daddy-O"  (7/20/1991)

Show 308: "Gamera vs. Gaos" (7/27/1991)

Show 309: "The Amazing Colossal Man" (8/3/1991)

Show 310: "Fugitive Alien" (8/17/1991)

Show 311: "It Conquered The World" (8/24/1991)

Show 312: "Gamera vs. Guiron" (9/7/1991)

Show 313: "Earth vs. the Spider" (9/14/1991)

Show 314: "Mighty Jack" (9/21/1991)

Show 315: "Teenage Caveman" (11/9/1991)

Show 316: "Gamera vs. Zigra" (10/19/1991)

Show 317: "The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent" (10/26/1991)

Show 318: "Star Force: Fugitive Alien II" (11/16/1991)

Show 319: "War of the Colossal Beast" (11/30/1991)

Show 320: "The Unearthly" (12/14/1991)

Show 321: "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" (12/21/1991)

Show 322: "Master Ninja I" (1/11/1992)

Show 323: "The Castle of Fu Manchu" (1/18/1992)

Show 324: "Master Ninja II" (1/25/1992)

Season Four

Show 401: "Space Travelers" (6/6/1992)

Show 402: "The Giant Gila Monster" (6/13/1992)

Show 403: "City Limits" (6/20/1992)

Show 404: "Teenagers From Outer Space" (6/27/1992)

Show 405: "Being From Another Planet"  (7/4/1992)

Show 406: "Attack of the Giant Leeches" (7/18/1992)

Show 407: "The Killer Shrews" (7/25/1992)

Show 408: "Hercules Unchained" (8/1/1992)

Show 409: "The Indestructible Man" (8/15/1992)

Show 410: "Hercules Against The Moon Men" (8/22/1992)

Show 411: "The Magic Sword" (8/29/1992)

Show 412: "Hercules and the Captive Women" (9/12/1992)

Show 413: "Manhunt in Space" (9/19/1992)

Show 414: "Tormented" (9/26/1992)

Special:  "This is MST3K" (11/14/1992)

Show 415: "The Beatniks" (11/25/1992)

Show 416: "Fire Maidens of Outer Space" (11/26/1992)

Show 417: "Crash of the Moons" (11/28/1992)

Show 418: "Attack of the Eye Creatures" (12/5/1992)

Show 419: "The Rebel Set" (12/12/1992)

Show 420: "The Human Duplicators" (12/26/1992)

Show 421: "Monster-A-Go-Go" (1/9/1993)

Show 422: "The Day The Earth Froze" (1/16/1993)

Show 423: "Bride of the Monster" (1/23/1993)

Show 424: "'Manos': The Hands of Fate" (1/30/1993)

Season Five

Show 501: "Warrior of the Lost World" (7/24/1993)

Show 502: "Hercules" (7/17/1993)

Show 503: "Swamp Diamonds" (7/31/1993)

Show 504: "Secret Agent Super Dragon" (8/7/1993)

Show 505: "The Magic Voyage of Sinbad" (8/14/1993)

Show 506; "Eegah" (8/28/1993)

Show 507: "I Accuse My Parents" (9/4/1993)

Show 508: "Operation Double 007" (9/11/1993)

Show 509: "The Girl in Lover's Lane" (9/18/1993)

Show 510: "The Painted Hills" (9/26/1993)

Show 511: "Gunslinger" (10/9/1993)

Show 512: "Mitchell" (10/23/1993)

Show 513: "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" (10/30/1993)

Show 514: "Teenage Strangler" (11/7/1993)

Show 515: "The Wild, Wild World of Batwoman" (11/13/1993)

Show 516: "Alien from L.A." (11/20/1993)

Show 517:  "Beginning of the End"  (11/25/1993)

Show 518: "The Atomic Brain" (12/4/1993)

Show 519: "Outlaw" (12/11/1993)

Show 520: "Radar Secret Service" (12/18/1993)

Show 521: "Santa Claus" (12/24/1993)

Show 522: "Teenage Crime Wave" (1/15/1995)

Show 523: "Village of the Giants" (1/22/1994)

Show 524: "12 To The Moon" (2/5/1994)

Season Six

Show 601: "Girls Town" (7/16/1994)

Show 602:"Invasion USA" (7/23/1994)

Show 603: "The Dead Talk Back" (7/30/1994)

Show 604: "Zombie Nightmare" (11/24/1994)

Show 605: "Colossus and the Headhunters" (8/20/1994)

Show 606: "The Creeping Terror" (9/17/1994)

Show 607: "Bloodlust!" (9/3/1994)

Show 608: "Code Name: Diamond Head" (10/1/1994)

Show 609: "The Skydivers" (8/27/1994)

Show 610: "The Violent Years" (10/8/1994)

Show 611: "Last of the Wild Horses" (10/15/1994)

Show 612: "The Starfighters" (10/29/1994)

Show 613: "The Sinister Urge" (11/5/1994)

Show 614:  "San Francisco International" (11/19/1994)

Show 615: "Kitten With A Whip" (11/23/1994)

Show 616: "Racket Girls" (11/26/1994)

Show 617: "The Sword and the Dragon" (12/3/1994)

Show 618: "High School Big Shot" (12/10/1994)

Show 619: "Red Zone Cuba" (12/17/1994)

Show 620: "Danger!! Death Ray" (1/7/1995)

Show 621: "The Beast of Yucca Flats" (1/21/1995)

Show 622: "Angel's Revenge" (3/11/1995)

Show 623: "The Amazing Transparent Man" (3/18/1995)

Show 624: "Samson vs. The Vampire Women" (3/25/1995)

Season Seven

Show 701 (and 701T): "Night of the Blood Beast" (11/23/1995) 701T, (2/3/1996) 701

Show 702: "The Brute Man" (2/10/1996)

Show 703: "Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell" (2/17/1996)

Show 704 "The Incredible Melting Man" (2/24/1996)

Show 705: "Escape 2000" (3/2/1996)

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie -  "This Island Earth"  (4/19/1996)

Show 706: "Laserblast" (5/18/1996)

Unproduced CD-ROM: "Assignment: Venezuela"

Miscellany

"MST Poopie!"

"The MST Scrapbook"

Season Eight

Show 801: "Revenge of the Creature" (2/1/1997)

Show 802: "The Leech Woman" (2/8/1997)

Show 803: "The Mole People" (2/15/1997)

Show 804: "The Deadly Mantis" (2/22/1997)

MST3K - The Home Game: "The Day the World Ended" (2/25/1997)

Show 805: "The Thing That Couldn't Die" (3/1/1997)

Show 806 "The Undead" (3/8/1997)

Show 807: "Terror from the Year 5000" (3/15/1997)

Show 808: "The She-Creature" (4/5/1997)

Show 809: "I was a Teenage Werewolf" (4/19/1997)

Show 810: "The Giant Spider Invasion" (5/21/1997)

Show 811: "Parts - The Clonus Horror" (6/7/1997)

Show 812: "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and ...

Show 813: "Jack Frost" (7/12/1997)

Show 814: "Riding With Death" (7/19/1997)

Show 815: "Agent for H.A.R.M." (8/2/1997)

Special: "The Making of Mystery Science Theater  3000" (8/15/1997)

Show 816: "Prince of Space" (8/16/1997)

Special: "First Annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 Summer Blockbuster Review" (9/2/1997)

Show 817: "The Horror of Party Beach" (9/6/1997)

Show 818: "Devil Doll" (10/4/1997)

Show 819: "Invasion of the Neptune Men"  (10/11/1997)

Show 820: "Space Mutiny" (11/8/1997)

Show 821: "Time Chasers" (11/22/1997)

Show 822: "Overdrawn At The Memory Bank" (12/6/1997)

Miscellany: "MST Poopie! II"

Season Nine

Show 901: "The Projected Man" (3/14/1998)

Special: "Mystery Science Theater 3000 Academy of Robots' Choice Awards Preview Special"  (3/19/1998)

Show 902: "The Phantom Planet" (3/21/1998)

Show 903: "Puma Man" (4/4/1998)

Show 904: "Werewolf" (4/18/1998)

Show 905: "The Deadly Bees" (5/9/1998)

Show 906: "The Space Children" (6/13/1998)

Show 907: "Hobgoblins" (6/27/1998)

Show 908: "The Touch of Satan" (7/11/1998)

Show 909: "Gorgo" (7/18/1998)

Show 910: "The Final Sacrifice" (7/25/1998)

Show 911: "Devil Fish" (8/15/1998)

Show 912: "The  Screaming Skull" (8/29/1998)

Special: "Second Annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 Summer Blockbuster Review" (9/4/1998)

Show 913: "Quest of the Delta Knights" (9/26/1998)

Season Ten

Show 1001: "Soultaker" (4/11/1999)

Show 1002: "Girl in Gold Boots" (4/18/1999)

Show 1003: "Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders" (9/12/1999)

Show 1004: "Future War" (4/25/1999)

Show 1005: "The Blood Waters of Dr. Z" (5/2/1999

Show 1006: "Boggy Creek II: And The Legend Continues" (5/9/1999)

Show 1007: "Track of the Moon Beast" (6/13/1999)

Show 1008: "Final Justice" (6/20/1999)

Show 1009: "Hamlet" (6/27/1999)

Show 1010: "It Lives By Night" (7/18/1999)

Show 1011: "Horrors of Spider Island" (7/25/1999)

Show 1012: "Squirm" (8/1/1999)

Show 1013: "Diabolik" (8/8/1999)

Miscellany: "The Last Dance-RAW"

Season Eleven

Show 1101: "Reptilicus" (4/14/2017)

Show 1102: "Cry Wilderness" (4/14/2017)

Show 1103: "The Time Travelers" (4/14/2017)

Show 1104: "Avalanche" (4/14/2017)

Show 1105: "The Beast of Hollow Mountain" (4/14/2017)

Show 1106: "Starcrash" (4/14/2017)

Show 1107:  "The Land That Time Forgot" (4/14/2017) 

Show 1108: "The Loves of Hercules",  first broadcast 4/14/2017

Show 1109: "Yongary",  first broadcast 4/14/2017

Show 1110: "Wizards of the Lost Kingdom",  first broadcast 4/14/2017

Show 1111: "Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II",  first broadcast 4/14/2017

Show 1112: "Carnival Magic",  first broadcast 4/14/2017

Show 1113: "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't",  first broadcast 4/1...

Show 1114: "At the Earth's Core",  first broadcast 4/14/2017

Season Twelve "The Gauntlet"

Show 1201: "Mac and Me" , first broadcast 11/22/2018

Show 1202: "Atlantic Rim", first broadcast 11/22/2018

Show 1203: "Lords of the Deep", first broadcast 11/22/2018

Show 1204: "The Day Time Ended", first broadcast 11/22/2018

Show 1205: "Killer Fish", first broadcast 11/22/2018

Show 1206: "Ator the Fighting Eagle", first broadcast 11/22/2018

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It's a funny thing, but the really bad movies frequently don't work out as well for them.

Show 516: "Alien from L.A.", first broadcast 11/20/1993

The Film:  From 1987, this film features Kathy Ireland as squeaky-voiced airhead Wanda Saknussemm, whose search for her missing father leads her to a subterranean land under North Africa. It's pretty bad. Over the close credits, Mike, Crow and Servo accuse one another of liking various "chick movies".

The Host Segments: Drill Sergeant Crow has Mike field-strip Servo. The Mads invent the Vend-A-Gut. Mike invents Fridge Udders.  Crow and Servo try to remember a model's name. Mike, Tom and Crow sing "My Wild Irish Ireland". Crow and Servo have Mike play the Kathy Ireland Fabulous Range of Emotions Acting Guessing Game.  The answer is always "dull surprise".  Mike reads a letter and Frank is unwell.

Rating: A so-so episode. The film is abominable and the host segments are only mildly amusing.

I know I've seen this one (unless Kathy Ireland made more than one movie... not likely!), but I remember nothing about it. This one is an example of what we were discussing yesterday... that the truly bad movies often are not as funny to parody as ones with at least some cinematic merit.

Show 620: "Danger!! Death Ray", first broadcast 1/7/1995

The Film: From 1967, this is an Italian James Bond knock-off, in which secret agent Bart Fargo must recover a stolen death ray, which was created for peaceful purposes.  Mildly amusing, this picture lends itself to some good riffing.  There are scenes in which a submarine and a helicopter are involved in which it is quite obvious that toys are involved.

The Host Segments:  Crow has contact lenses. They are painful.  (Aside: I wore contacts for a while in my 20's. I could never get used to putting something on my eyeballs, and I don't think I look appreciably better or worse with or without glasses.)  Tom has signed a contract to endorse sneakers, even though he doesn't have feet.  Frank is his agent, and Torgo arrives as Frank's client.  Dr. F puts a stop to that nonsense. Servo builds a death ray for peaceful  purposes, and immediately uses it to zap Crow, who, to his credit, sees the lighter side of being set on fire.  Servo hosts "This is Your Life" for Mike. Crow is the only guest.  Crow develops a line of "womany" Italian sunglasses for men. Cambot cries because so many cameras were shot up in the film. Frank gives Dr. F a glamor shot of himself.

Favorite Lines:

  • "If Michael Caine and Andre the Giant had a child!"
  • "Can the balloon juice and kill something!"

Rating: This pretty good, actually, a better episode than I remembered it being.

Show 803: "The Mole People", first broadcast 2/15/1997

The Film:  From 1956, this film features John Agar, Hugh Beaumont, Nestor Paiva and Alan Napier.  Agar, Beaumont and Paiva are archaeologists who stumble across a subterranean Sumerian colony who are oppressing a race of basically good-hearted non-humans.   (I like that the non-humans aren't heels, here.)  Universal Horror in its declining years. Still watchable, though.  There's an odd prologue to this picture in which a professor who seems to be constantly on the edge of hysteria jabbers nonsense about the  Hollow Earth Theory.

The Host Segments:  Crow claims to be a Space-Child.  In "Deep Ape", it's Law-giver Daze.  The Bots have made various desserts.  Bobo is not enjoying Law-Giver Daze.  Mike impersonates the Professor form the start of the film.  The Bots disapprove.  Servo tries to sing a folk song about himself.  It doesn't go well.  Crow finds fossil evidence of his own existence. He remembers Mike. (They just sort of dropped that story element.)  Mike and the Bots find two "Pale Day Players" (Paul Chaplin and Patrick Brantseg) living beneath the surface of the SOL.  At the climax of Law-Giver Daze, the apes present Pearl with Howard, a hunky mute.  She wonders what she's going to do with him, but then she thinks of something.

Rating:  A fairly good episode.  It felt like they were still finding their feet a bit on Sci-Fi here.

Interesting seeing Alfred the Faithful Butler as a power mad psycho.

Show 204: "Catalina Caper", first broadcast 10/13/1990

The Film:  From 1967, this features Tommy Kirk and Lyle Waggoner. It's a sort of combination beach party/madcap heist film. Not especially funny.

The Host Segments:  Crow and Servo say their prayers before bedtime.  The Mads invent Tank-Tops. Joel invents the Tickle Bazooka. Joel tells Crow and Servo about the 1960's  It ends in biter memories. Servo sings a song about the Creepy Girl in the film. Frank tries to sell stuff to the Mole People. Doctor F sits in, and it doesn't go well. Joel tries to explain the plot of the movie. Tom sings about Creepy Girl some more.

Rating: Another so-so episode.

Show 311: "It Conquered The World", first broadcast 8/24/1991

The Short:  "Snow Thrills" is a newsreel from 1945, enthusiastically describing the fun you can have if you want to stand around outside in the freezing cold.  Apparently "skiing" was once pronounced "shiing".

The Film:  From 1956, this features Lee Van Cleef as a scientist who contacts a sort of malevolent Pickle-thing from Venus, Beverly Garland as his wife and Peter Graves as his best friend.  It's actually a pretty good picture, I remember watching it when I was a kid. Joel and the bots get some good riffs off of it.

The Host Segments:  Joel uses Crow as a ventriloquist's dummy. The Mads invent easy Halloween costumes. Joel invents the Sony Sea-Man.   Joel and the Bots parody the short. Later they have snarky dinner conversation. Later still, they sing about celebrity siblings.  At the end, Joel and the Bots listen to Peter Graves' speech at the end of the film.  The bots read some letters. In Deep 13, Frank and Dr. F listen to Peter Graves' speech at the end of the film. Peter Graves' speech at the end of the film runs over the closing credits.

Rating: An all-time favorite of mine. The film, the the short, the riffing and the host segments all work really well for me.  If I ever die, I want Peter Graves' speech at the end of the film read at my memorial service, if there is one.

Show 906: "The Space Children", first broadcast 6/13/1998

The Short:  "Century 21 Calling" is from 1962, and is essentially a promotional piece for the phone company. It's set at the Seattle World's Fair and shows clean-cut young white people being shown what was then thought the phones of the future would look like.  It's an amusing combination of stuff that looked futuristic then but looks hopelessly primitive now (everyone's still using rotary phones) and stuff we never got, like being able to turn your oven off over the phone. 

The Film: From 1958, it tells how the children of a group of children of some scientists at a rocket base are visited by a benevolent alien who looks a bit like a giant deep-dish pizza. Look for Jackie Coogan as a scientist, and Russel Johnson (here "Russell D. Johnson") as an angry, abusive drunk.  

The Host Segments: Servo has a kissing booth. A technician (Patrick Brantseg) installs business phones on the SOL at Pearl's behest.  Mike and the Bots and Pearl, Bobo and Observer have a conference call. It doesn't go well.  Mike mimics the overly-enthusiastic people from the short.  Crow and Servo hit him with a wrecking ball.  Pearl has a space program, with Bobo as her reluctant pilot.  Crow has designed disturbing clothing for Jackie Coogan. The space blob from the movie visits the SOL. Pearl launches her rocket, but without Bobo on board. It does not end well.

Favorite Line: "'How do animals learn'? I don't care, as long as they learh to taste good."

Rating:  All in all, a fairly good episode. I enjoyed this one.

Show 907: "Hobgoblins", first broadcast 6/27/1998

The Film: A sad little low-rent amateur hour rip-off of "Gremlins" from 1987. No redeeming features.

The Host Segments:  After hearing the Robert Palmer song  "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On", Mike and the Bots have begun unintentionally turning one another on.  Pearl sends a couch to the SOL for storage. Mike and the Bots immediately begin jumping on it.  Crow makes a short film about how to treat women, if women actually exist. Crow set up a hotline for people who've had to watch "Hobgoblins".  Mike and the Bots make a lame attempt to escape using cut-outs of themselves. Servo pretends to interview over the closing credits. Bobo and Observer jump on Pearl's couch. She blows them up. 

Rating: A so-so episode. The film is awful, and the host segments are OK but not brilliant.

The Beach Party craze started in 1963 with the Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello film Beach Party and ended in 1966 with How to Stuff a Wild Bikini. Catalina Caper was made after the craze had ended by a different company and ended up on a shelf for awhile before someone decided since it was finished they might as well release it. It was a flop and studios stopped trying to revive the fad after this film. Studios tended to ask for Tommy Kirk when Avalon wasn't available. Never got his popularity. Going after movies like this or Manos or Plan 9 is like shooting fish in a barrel. 
 
The Baron said:

Show 204: "Catalina Caper", first broadcast 10/13/1990

The Film:  From 1967, this features Tommy Kirk and Lyle Waggoner. It's a sort of combination beach party/madcap heist film. Not especially funny.

The Host Segments:  Crow and Servo say their prayers before bedtime.  The Mads invent Tank-Tops. Joel invents the Tickle Bazooka. Joel tells Crow and Servo about the 1960's  It ends in biter memories. Servo sings a song about the Creepy Girl in the film. Frank tries to sell stuff to the Mole People. Doctor F sits in, and it doesn't go well. Joel tries to explain the plot of the movie. Tom sings about Creepy Girl some more.

Rating: Another so-so episode.

Yeah, I haven't actually seen many "Beach Party" movies.  I dimly remember one called "Back to the Beach", that I don't believe I ever actually watched all the way through.

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