The Mads present the satellite people a film so bad that apologies are sent, and Tom Servo goes off his nut from it.


Joel Hodgson


Joel Hodgson (creator), Michael J. Nelson (head writer) | 9 more credits »





Episode credited cast:
Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
Joel Hodgson Joel Hodgson ... Joel Robinson
Jim Mallon Jim Mallon ... Gypsy
Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo
Frank Conniff ... TV's Frank
Michael J. Nelson ... Torgo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diane Adelson Diane Adelson ... Margaret (archive footage)
Jackey Neyman Jones Jackey Neyman Jones ... Debbie (archive footage)
Tom Neyman ... The Master (archive footage)
John Reynolds ... Torgo (archive footage)
Harold P. Warren Harold P. Warren ... Michael (archive footage)


This cult classic episode starts off with Joel experiencing what it would be like if the bots actually looked up to him and immediately realizing just how hollow it leaves him inside. The Mads' Chocolate Bunny Guillatine goes up against Joel's Cartooner in the invention exchange. Joel and the bots endure the movie in any way they possibly can, ranging from debating whether or not Torgo is actually a monster to pantomiming a car drive through Texas (which only backfires on them). While Joel pretends to be the Master and the bots beat each other up in diaphanous robes, Torgo delivers a pizza to the Mads, who refuse to take the Crazy Bread for a very good reason. It gets worse when they realize how Torgo has kept the pizza warm. Written by Titus Yorick

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Comedy | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


The character of Torgo would become a recurring character on the series, always accompanied by the weird Torgo theme music. Head writer and later host of MST3K Michael J. Nelson played Torgo on the show. See more »


(at around 18 min onward) Joel can be seen turning to Crow, revealing that he's wearing glasses. Light passes through his lenses, which doesn't explain why light doesn't pass through Tom's glass bubble-gum machine head. See more »


The Master: Give ear to our words, O Manos, and hear us. Hear us. Hear us!
Tom Servo: [quietly] Okay.
The Master: For we are faithful and thou art our god.
Tom Servo: The black and red Moses of soul.
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Crazy Credits

The "haunting Torgo theme" plays over the end credits rather than the normal instrumental theme song. See more »


References Monster a Go-Go (1965) See more »


Jim Dandy
(uncredited) (as "Jam Handy")
Written by Lincoln Chase
Portion sung by Joel Hodgson
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These hands will touch you in ways you cannot imagine (evil laugh)
23 February 2007 | by Torgo_ApprovesSee all my reviews

This was the first MST3K episode I ever got the chance of seeing and I got hooked right away. Joel and the 'bots' laid-back sense of humour instantly struck a chord with me and having seen numerous (although certainly not the majority ) of the wicked show's episodes, I have to say that 'Manos' reigns above them all. This is unparalleled brilliance. Not only is this the funniest episode they ever put on air, it is absolutely essential viewing for any bad-movie-buff out there because of the subject of the team's ridicule: 'Manos' the Hands of Fate. The only movie ever made by a fertilizer salesman in the sixties. Well, the only one to have survived, anyway; god knows how many movies circulate out there of the "lost-family-runs-into-a-bunch-of-freaks-led-by-a-pedophilic- Frank-Zappa-look-a-like-and-a-guy-who-could-have-been- your-creepy-high-school-carpentry-teacher-shot- on-no-budget-with-a-filthy-camcorder-that-could- only-record-up-to-30-seconds- of-film-at-a-time" subgenre. I shudder at the thought.

Joel, Tom and Crow really seem to be enjoying themselves with this one (ok, maybe "enjoying" is the wrong word, more like "torturing") and the cast members (Hodgson, Beaulieu, Murphy, Mallon) are charming and hilarious. You really feel their pain being subjected to this film by Dr. Forrester, the goofy but incredibly evil scientist and his hapless sidekick, TV's Frank. The fact that the film is the worst ever made and the worst that could ever have been made is painfully obvious throughout, but the inclusion of a guy in a red jumpsuit and his two robot puppets making snide comments ("You know, this is the slowest carchase I've ever seen") somehow not only makes 'Manos' endurable, but watchable even on repeated viewings! (yes, I admit it, I'm a masochist. There, now you happy?!)

It's genius. It's masochistic. It's torturous. And it's hilarious.

It's the best episode that Mystery Science Theater 3000 ever did.

"Frankly, Joel, you blush in the most adorable way." Just see it!

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30 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

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