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'Manos' the Hands of Fate 

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | Episode aired 30 January 1993
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


Not Rated






Release Date:

30 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

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Best Brains See more »
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Did You Know?


Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) was a film that was very obscure until its airing on this series. Since then, the film has gained something of a cult following and is now often counted among the worst films ever made. Thus far there has been an Entertainment Weekly article about the film, numerous screenings for cult fans, and a documentary made about the films legacy entitled 'Hotel Torgo'. 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 »


[Watching Torgo walk over to the car]
Joel: Uh, that's not how you wear your Depends, Torgo.
Crow T. Robot: Been hittin' the Thighmaster, Torgo?
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Crazy Credits

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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »


Smoke of the Water
(uncredited) (as "Smoke on the Weirdo")
Written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice (a.k.a. Deep Purple)
Sung by Kevin Murphy (as Tom Servo)
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I Left a Piece of Chewed Gum on Your Pillow!
27 March 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Mystery Science Theater 3000: 'Manos' the Hands of Fate (1993)

I'm not a major fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 but I try to watch an episode or two ever so often. More times than not I find them to be entertaining and when I do research on which one to watch next it seems most lists out there consider this episode to be one of the best.

MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE is without question one of the strangest, most bizarre and flat out weirdest films that you're ever going to see. The film alone is so bad and strange that you can't help recommend it to people to watch even without the MST3K comments.

Having now seen the episode there's no question that it's one of the best that I've seen as there's one terrific joke after another. HIRED! is the short that kicks things off and there are some nice gags throughout it but the real fun happens when MANOS starts. Let's be serious for a second. The subject matter is so good that it would be impossible for the MST3K crowd to mess it up.

There are some hilarious jokes aimed at Torgo, the crippled assistant in the film. The women fighting in their pajamas? Some classic jokes. Obviously not every joke is going to land but there's no question that the majority of the ones here do land and they are quite funny.

Episode: A

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