Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Successor to cult fave is just as funny as the original.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

MST3K Returns!

My 14 year old and I are thoroughly impressed with this reboot. We bonded over the original and were skeptical when this one arrived. It took all of five minutes for us to be brought to hysterics. Some mild language and reference to more mature material that may go over some younger teens heads but nothing inappropriate.
age 14+

A hard sell to non nostalgia fans.

With Rifftrax and Incognito Cinema Warriors and all the knockoffs, spinoffs and 'fan based' replicas.... the new show has created it's own competition over the years now with Joel Hodgeson at the creative helm again. As the "riffing" godfather of the whole genre the jokes are hit and miss, but the bar has been raised to the point that the comparative competition is more in sync with the new cast finding it's believable chemistry. Even as a fan I see missed opportunities for epic lines that go untouched in the show. Early on MST3K was alot of one liners, but as time went on with Rifftrax and the like riffing was becoming "ranting" often overwhelming the movie with nonstop banter and being obnoxious itself. In the age of one liners in the form of comments , tweets and youtube rants, it's a different era for a younger audience to appreciate and endure sitting through an hour and a half cheesy movie. As a year 1 fan, I have to say it is all to often present here with nonstop forced in jokes that give no breather and seem forced in as if they are being payed by the joke and, at times, being more annoying than the movie they are ragging on. Quantity over quality if you will. It's a show that I will watch, but many of the trappings still have not found better solutions as it is a reiteration of the past, ....for better and worse. Also, the references with drugs and sex are ramped up a bit more in this reiteration which makes it less family friendly.

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