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Twitch to air six-day Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon

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Following a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood streaming marathon, Twitch has announced its latest multi-day TV marathon: classic cult hit Mystery Science Theater 3000 will take center stage (or screen, as it were) beginning June 26.

The six-day event will stream live on Shout!, Factory TV’s new Twitch channel, for free and feature 38 of the series’ 197 episodes, making it the most extensive collection of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) episodes ever assembled for a marathon.

Mystery Science Theater 3000, which was recently rebooted on Netflix but before that ran on Comedy Central and Sci-Fi Channel from 1989 to 1997, features a unique concept — a host, trapped by mad scientists in space, is forced to watch a series of outrageously bad B movies. Alongside two robot sidekicks, they provide a running commentary for the so-bad-they’re-good flicks, presaging the age of the live tweet and constant commentary on the media we consume. Twitch is looking to capitalize on this within its fan community.

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“The success of TV marathons on Twitch illustrate how our community thrives on interactive programming, as they connect over memes, nostalgia, and the social experience in chat,” said Ben Vallat, VP of Business Development, Twitch. “Because Mystery Science Theater 3000 mirrors the viewing experience on Twitch given that the show is all about people watching other people and making comments, it is right in the wheelhouse of our viewers and should make for a memorable communal event.”

The series was originally hosted by its creator Joel Hodgson, who left the show in 1993 and was replaced by series head writer Mike Nelson.