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Best MST3K episodes for kids
« on: June 25, 2018, 06:22:20 PM »
My five year old is interested in the idea of MST3K. I don't think there will be all that much in there for him yet, but what episodes do you guys consider best for kids?
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Re: Best MST3K episodes for kids
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2018, 06:32:01 PM »
Probably a Joel-era episode.  Gamera Vs. Guiron, maybe?  To me, that's the best and weirdest of the Gamera episodes, which are aimed at kids.  Cry Wilderness might also be a good one, since the look of the new series might be more engaging than the older looking ones.  Err, except that weird scene where the villain gets his eyes torn out.  Hmm... this is a tough one.


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Re: Best MST3K episodes for kids
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2018, 07:38:54 PM »
SCCTM always entertained my kids.


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Re: Best MST3K episodes for kids
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2018, 08:12:02 PM »
SCCTM always entertained my kids.

The South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics? What a bunch of nerds.
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Re: Best MST3K episodes for kids
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2018, 08:21:23 PM »
Start him off with some of the shorts. Gumby in Robot Rumpus would be perfect.



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Re: Best MST3K episodes for kids
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2018, 09:33:10 PM »
The Russo-Finnish films make for good family-friendly viewing. Mine likes the host segments, but loses interest in the movies.


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Re: Best MST3K episodes for kids
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2018, 10:15:41 PM »
Mine likes the host segments, but loses interest in the movies.

I imagine mine would be the same.
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Re: Best MST3K episodes for kids
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2018, 06:52:57 AM »
Pod people is great. Also, I loved watching Santa Claus (the Mike-era episode) when it aired on Comedy Central, so those are two recommendations of mine.


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Re: Best MST3K episodes for kids
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2018, 10:39:35 AM »
Maybe episodes like Prince of Space or Invasion of the Neptune Men?


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Re: Best MST3K episodes for kids
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2018, 09:30:26 PM »
I've been watching MST3K with my kids since they were around 5 and 7.  Joel era is much better.  They still have adult humor in there, but it is very oblique.   Plus the Joel era just has more of that rosey saturday morning feel.

 - We started with the Gameras.  They are all good, but the later ones are in color and wackier.
 - Both Godzillas are very good.  Godzilla vs Megalon with Jet Jaguar is fantastic.
 - Santa Claus Conquers the martians is also fantastic--it's actually an about par kids xmas movie but with joel and the bots (the host segments are little rough though, especially the essay segment).
 - Time of the Apes is okay if you don't think the monkey makeup will scare them.
 - King Dinosaur is pretty tame and there are monster fights and joey the lemur!
 - The Giant Gila monster isn't too bad.  Moves at a brisk pace, has songs.  They do talk specifically about people dying though.
 - Lassie: The painted hills is also very good, although again, there is specific talk about death--the kids dad, and then his uncle right on screen.

Oh, also, if the new season is up for consideration, my kids love Reptilicus and Yongary, although both are probably a bit more mature than if I was still picking for them at 5 and 7.


My son is now 12, and this summer we started into the spy movies and some of the other black and whites that he likes just fine.


Hope that helps.  I LOVE watching MST3Ks with my kids, and my son especially.
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Re: Best MST3K episodes for kids
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2018, 09:35:25 PM »
It does help. I'm still not convinced he has the attention span, but I keep hearing Gamera over and over, so we might start with one of those.
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Re: Best MST3K episodes for kids
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2018, 07:10:56 AM »
It does help. I'm still not convinced he has the attention span, but I keep hearing Gamera over and over, so we might start with one of those.
If attention span is an issue, I recommend the shorts. Gumby in Robot Rumpus in particular.



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Re: Best MST3K episodes for kids
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2018, 05:50:03 PM »
Thinking about it, the biggest problem is whenever he doesn't understand something he wants it explained, and is very bad at letting it go, so it might be a real tedious slog with MST3K... :P
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Re: Best MST3K episodes for kids
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2018, 05:34:40 AM »
Thinking about it, the biggest problem is whenever he doesn't understand something he wants it explained, and is very bad at letting it go, so it might be a real tedious slog with MST3K... :P

Then maybe you should try the newer episodes because of the more current references.