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'Manos' the Hands of Fate 

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

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 »


Tom Servo: [referencing Frank Zappa's "Dirty Love"] Hey, look! Poodle bites, poodle chews.
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Crazy Credits

Stinger: the "make-out woman" saying "Why don't you guys leave us alone?" See more »


References The Trip to Bountiful (1985) See more »


Row Row Row Your Boat
Traditional song
Sung by cast members of Manos and MST3K
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Might be responsible for a few documented cases of 'death by laughter'...
29 October 2014 | by dsgraham212002See all my reviews

For some unfathomable reason, the IMDb summary includes Joel, instead of Mike in this Season 5, Episode 24 offering. As every loyal follower of this cult television show well knows, Mike enters into the picture permanently after the 13th episode of Season 5!

The movie itself (manos is Spanish for hands, btw, making the actual title translate to "Hands, the Hands of Fate") is indescribably awful in every imaginable way. To comment any further about this fact is pointless. But what MST3K does to it, is comedic genius to the nth degree. At one point, Torgo's stammering speech is mimicked to near-perfection by Crow, Servo, and Mike interchangeably, so everything spoken appears to actually be in the film. This effect had me literally holding my sides from the paroxysms of laughter I simply could not control. I even had to grab my computer desk at one point, to keep from falling out of my chair...true story! I cannot remember a better feeling after viewing this send-up of all send-ups. Bodily secretions released by laughter have been measured and identified. They truly benefit and heal the body and soul; however, watch at your own risk. You've been warned!

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30 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

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