‘MST3K’ Turkey Day

Will MST3K fans be thankful for the bounty they’re about to receive?

This Sunday, November 18, Shout Factory TV will commence its Mystery Science Theater 3000 “Turkey Day” Marathon. Then on Thanksgiving Day itself, six new episodes will debut on Netflix.

Starting at 12 pm ET Sunday, series creator Joel Hodgson and Jonah Ray, who plays Jonah Heston in the Netflix reincarnation, will kick off Shout Factory’s celebration of the show’s 30th anniversary. The marathon will include six classic turkeys, with new intros starring Joel and Jonah.

You can watch the marathon  free, with ads, at Shout Factory TV.

But the marathon is only the appetizer for the main course – a new season to be served on Netflix this Thanksgiving.

The six-episode 12th season, titled Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet, features Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and Max (Patton Oswalt) forcing Jonah and his robots Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn), Crow T. Robot (Hampton Yount), Gypsy (Rebecca Hanson) to watch six schlocky films in a row: Mac and Me (1988), Atlantic Rim (2013), Lords of the Deep (1989), The Day Time Ended (1979), Killer Fish (1979) and Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982).

If you need your MST3K fix now, there’s a never-ending streaming schedule of free episodes on Shout Factory TV’s Twitch channel and Pluto TV’s Channel 264.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 first turned out 198 episodes from 1988 to 1999. It was revived last year on Netflix thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. The show’s premise: mad scientists maroon a human host and his robots aboard the “Satellite of Love,” forcing them to endure an endless marathon of B movies. Luckily for viewers, the man and his bots add a layer of commentary that offers a fresh take on the films, turning them into unforgettable cinema.

By the way, if you don’t mind leftovers, here’s a compilation of host segments from last year’s Shout Factory TV Turkey Day marathon:

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