Teenage me watched the show and laughed and I saw the movie, with my dad, in the theatre, twice (he was a nerd, like me).
I was a fan, but not a huge fan.
Then about six years ago I rediscovered the show on netflix and became a massive fan, a MSTie.
I watched episodes repeatedly, bought boxed sets, and quoted lines back and forth with my husband. After Star Trek, it is my favorite show.
There is so much to love about MST3K. The kitschy old films
the mad scientists
the educational shorts
its all perfect. There are plenty of articles about MST3Ks influence on pop culture, but the bottom line is that its just a great show! Which is why it is so sad that it was canceled and so great that its coming back.
However, its never really left, because we have Riff Trax.
Starring three MST3K alumns, Riff Trax offers hilarious streaming commentary on mainstream films like the Twilight Saga