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Offline CastletonSnob

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When did you discover the show?
« on: January 19, 2019, 06:43:56 PM »
When did you first discover the show, and when were you hooked?

I discovered the show around 2006-2007, when I was in high school. Obviously, the show had long ended its run by then. One of the first episodes I saw was Prince of Space.

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Re: When did you discover the show?
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2019, 07:04:35 PM »
I explain it here:

Twenty or so years ago, I flipped the channels when I got cable onto Comedy Central, and there was a movie playing. However, the only difference being was that there was a shadow of a man and two robotic birds talking during the movie. I didn't understand it at all. I found out the show was called "Mystery Science Theater 3000". I asked my dad what the show was about, and he dismissed it by saying "Oh, it's just people saying stupid things during a movie". I then hear about the show's cancellation, then resurrection on what was then the Sci-Fi channel, then series finale.

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Re: When did you discover the show?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2019, 08:54:53 PM »
I was in my first or second year of college, and my younger brother came to visit me. He told me about this show I might be interested in where they make fun of old bad movies. We watched some of an episode on TV (I don't remember which one), and I enjoyed it. But I didn't really watch much of it after that because I was busy at college. But at one point I remember renting MST3K: The Movie and really loving it.
After I graduated and was on my own I found a few VHS tapes being sold at a nearby bookstore (probably a Barnes and Nobles or something) and bought a few. That really got me hooked, and I quickly bought all of the officially released VHS that Rhino had released. Later I also started taping episodes off the TV when they were on SciFi Channel (back when they had a not embarrassing name). I started buying the DVD sets a few years after they started releasing them, and then immediately on release after that, so I fortunately have very DVD set Rhino and Shout ever produced.

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Re: When did you discover the show?
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2019, 12:27:30 AM »
I discovered it in the beginning by accident sometime back in 1989 when I was visiting my parents at their condo in Myrtle Beach, SC and I had the weekend off from the Navy so I drove from Charleston an hour north on a Friday evening and Saturday morning I woke up early flipping through the channels and stumbled across MST3k on the Comedy Channel and was immediately hooked! :D :D I don't remember the episode I was watching..
I woke my parents up cause I was laughing so loud and they came out to see what I was laughing at and they were hooked as well! ;D

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Re: When did you discover the show?
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2019, 06:43:55 PM »
I was in high school and have heard of it but was never able to see it.  The original run never aired in Canada, presumably largely due to those film rights issues, so I could only find it via references to it on the internet.  Frankly, I loved the concept and wanted to like the show.  I remember one book for horror/sci-fi movies reviews called "Creature Features" that I thumbed through ad nauseum treated the movie with disdain (perhaps for the reasons Joe Dante does) but I was undeterred.  I really wanted to see the show.  Even before I was a fan, I really wanted to be.  Eventually, I found that Rhino was selling episodes on tape and I bought one: The Atomic Brain.  At first, I was not into it.  I was a little disappointed.  But the longer it went on the more I enjoyed it.  I tried to buy every tape I could and read up on the shows mythos.  Keep in mind this was in the late 90's, when the Internet wasn't as helpful on finding clips and stuff.

Even though I could only find a handful of episodes (including some tapes given to me of a store owner.  I mean "keep circulating" kinds of "the tapes") I loved it.  I bought the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide at my book store (which is weird.  Why are they selling an episode guide to a show that doesn't even air in that country?  Well, at least they had a customer in me) and when I got into University, I enjoyed Timmy Bighands for it's short run and bought Mike's books and Kevin's.  I wouldn't see EVERY episode until years later.  Probably within the last decade, when episodes would pop up on youtube.  None of my other friends were as big a fan as me, but we did enjoy Time Chasers during a surprisingly dreary road trip to PEI.  My friend still remembers "Castleton Snob" as a gag.

Interestingly, while Canada didn't have MST3k, we did have a weird, short lived show called "El Mundo del Lundo" where the premise is two weird guys are re-recording movies dialogue, though some of the movies they picked where grindhousy (and sometimes soft core porn, like "Cinderella 2000").  Sometimes I felt like I was the only guy who watched it (I have found someone else who remembers it) and I can't find any video clips (It's almost certainly less funny than I remember but I want EVIDENCE DAMMIT!)

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Re: When did you discover the show?
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2019, 06:30:12 PM »
Would have been around 1994. Was working a night shift job and caught "Alien From LA" that was on MTV for some reason. Shortly there after our cable company finally picked up Comedy Central and they were showing MST3K repeats that I'd watch before work and I started VCRing MST3K repeats and watching after work.
When I finally switched from dial up to cable internet around 2003 and I discovered the DAP (probably a year or 2 later) I spent weeks downloading all the episodes and copying them to CDs and then later DVDs.