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Beginning of the End 

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | Episode aired 25 November 1993
Swarms of giant grasshoppers are headed straight for Chicago in Beginning of the End (1957). Mike catches the Mads off guard, Crow presents his latest screenplay "Peter Graves Goes to the ... See full summary »


Kevin Murphy


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



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Episode cast overview:
Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
Michael J. Nelson ... Mike Nelson
Jim Mallon Jim Mallon ... Gypsy
Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo
Frank Conniff ... TV's Frank
Mary Jo Pehl Mary Jo Pehl ... Lady


Swarms of giant grasshoppers are headed straight for Chicago in Beginning of the End (1957). Mike catches the Mads off guard, Crow presents his latest screenplay "Peter Graves Goes to the University of Minnesota", and Tom performs a stand-up comedy routine about grasshoppers. Written by skillwithaquill

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Comedy | Sci-Fi


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25 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

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When Mike calls The Mads on a whim, T.V's Frank is eating from a carton of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia flavor ice cream. See more »


Crow T. Robot: [as a National Guard just being attacked by a giant cricket] One weekend a month, my ASS!
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Shot entirely in Minneapolis home of the University of Minnesota See more »


References The Jackie Gleason Show (1952) See more »

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I don't like tomatoes
9 June 2016 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

This was one of the best episodes in the whole series! It's mostly because we do get to see something different happen with the series. This was the first episode that I noticed Gypsy wasn't in. I mean, she didn't riff, so it seems inevitable she'd be absent a few times. Another great part was Tom Servo doing lame standup about the grasshoppers. Hey, it was pretty educational! I even liked the way they went to the commercial breaks. They showed these different shots of various parts of Dr. Forrester's lab. It's also great to see Mike read a letter from the audience.

There were just so many hilarious riffs in this episode, it was hard for me to find a part that I wasn't laughing. Some of my favorites include, "I got it! We can just shoot them!", "I shouldn't have worn my butt shirt", and "Did you associate with locusts? Did you damage property of over a million dollars?". I saw a version with annotations that explained the jokes. I was truly impressed at now just how much these guys know not just about pop culture, but history and society in general! The smarter jokes, the better. I learned a lot from this! ****

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