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This is a hard list to make, as any fan of Mystery Science Theater will tell you. But When you get down to it... as long as you set the criteria as "laughing until you're crying from start to finish", these, for me, set the standard.
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912 - The Screaming Skull is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list My Top 10 MST3K Episodes
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I had to include this one on here for the simple reason that this movie and it's hilarious lack of pacing in any way shape or form was mercilessly mocked the entire time. It's like the entire movie was made to simply kill time. And the skull... the skull. Sorry, I'm giggling just remembering it. I know this one is not on most folks' favorites list. I can't really explain why I love it so much.

Movie Plot: The skull of a man's ex-wife comes back to haunt him. Also riffed: the Gumby short "Robot Rumpus." Intro: Servo becomes a butterfly. Segment One: Pearl, Bobo, and Brain Guy dress as penguins as a prank on Mike. Mike isn't amused. Segment Two: The 'bots deal with the concept of Gumby killing robots. Segment Three: Servo tries to get a free coffin. Segment Four: Crow becomes a screaming skull. Segment Five: Servo uses Mike's credit card to pay for the coffin. Brain Guy shrinks Bobo to tiny size. Stinger: Our hero flings his stool. ...more on Wikipedia

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907 - Hobgoblins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list My Top 10 MST3K Episodes
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I have a soft spot for terrible, terrible, low-budget '80s movies. This one... with that old man (just look at him in that picture) and the utterly ridiculous fight scene between the lead character and that army guy who showed up in his van... man. The commentary on this one is killer from beginning to end.

Movie Plot: Goblins wreak havoc when they escape from a movie studio. Intro: The crew of the SOL keeps turning each other on. Segment One: The crew rough-houses on the couch Pearl sent them. Segment Two: Crow makes a film questioning the existence of women. Segment Three: Crow starts a hotline for people who have suffered trauma from watching this movie. Only Bobo calls in to talk about his love life. Segment Four: The crew uses cardboard cutouts to distract Pearl while they try to escape. Segment Five: Servo goes back in time to punish Rick Sloane for making this movie. In the Castle, Pearl lectures Mike and the 'bots on how she can no longer trust them with furniture. ...more on Wikipedia

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821 - Time Chasers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list My Top 10 MST3K Episodes
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Time travel is inherently funny when taken seriously (as this film does... so, so seriously). The lead in this "film" is inherently funny, and not because he's a comedian (spoiler: he's not). There isn't anything that's not awesome and supremely early '90s about this thing. I kind of love it just for the setting of the 70s style office building they picked for the location.

Movie Plot: a Vermont based film made in 1991 about a college professor who creates a time-traveling plane and sells it to an evil cooperation. He finds that the cooperation uses the plane as a weapon to destroy the future, and he has to go back in time several times to stop himself from selling his time machine in the first place. On the SOL: Crow goes back in time to the 1980s to talk Mike out of taking temp jobs, thus stopping him from getting the job in Deep 13 that got him trapped on the SOL / The 'bots are dismayed to find Mike replaced by Mike's alcoholic brother Eddie / Eddie tells the 'bots that Mike played in a band and died, prompting Crow to go back and undo his earlier ...more on Wikipedia

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506 - Eegah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list My Top 10 MST3K Episodes
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This episode remains one of my favorites - not necessarily because it was one of the first MSTs I ever saw, but because it is STILL resting comfortably in my memory. The movie consists of a good chunk of stock footage badly spliced in, and a terrifyingly flat-faced leading man with less charisma than his dune-buggy (which shares almost as much screen time). The guys are so funny in this, its another one that provides laughs from start to finish.

Movie Plot: Story of a caveman in modern times. Really dumb. Intro: Servo attempts to freeze Crow to absolute zero. Joel interrupts the experiment and shatters Crow. Segment One: Joel has fixed Crow...sort of. In Deep 13, Dr. Forrester replaces Frank's blood with anti-freeze. Segment Two: The Crew discusses the workings of Hell. Segment Three: The 'bots do some disastrous plastic surgery on Joel, to make him look like Arch Hall Jr. from the movie. Segment Four: The crew discusses why all 1960s sitcom families had single dads. They realize that the Munsters were the only normal 60s TV family. Segment Five: The 'bots take showers to try to clean the movie's residue off. ...more on Wikipedia

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