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I love this show. I love the service it provides, bringing to prominence to the great art of snarking at movies that are bad. I love the zany characters who do said snarking (as well as the ones who don't). Mystery Science Theater 3000 is one of those "once in a blue moon" kinds of shows, the unique, inspired, and (most importantly) fun.
But I understand that it can be hard for a person to get into the series. It takes a lot of resilience it keep watching a movie if it's just that bad, regardless of whether or not it is being made fun of. So, these here are some suggestions I have for the apprehensive yet eager-to-try-it prospective fan.
(Push the button, Frank!)
Cave Dwellers is also a great starter. It's cheesy schlock, but even without the riffing, it's still fun to laugh at. It was my first episode, and even when I was seven, this had me in hysterics. First-timers should avoid Red Zone Cuba though, that one takes a lot of willpower to sit through even with the MST3K track.
I agree with Cave Dwellers. Aside from MST3K The Movie it was the first actual regular episode of the show I watched. And actually, MST3K The Movie is a good place to start too. Its a bit dumbed down compared to the rest of the series but I still laugh at that one 15 years later. I used to completely lose control at the sound of "NORMAL VIEW! NORMAL VIEW! NORMAL VIEW!"
The OP's suggestions are good too. May I add Space Mutiny and Time Chasers?
Also, its nice to see the OP recommends stuff from both the Joel and Mike eras. I like stuff from both hosts too. But the real glue that held the show together was TV's Frank.
I\'d also suggest Samson vs. The Vampire Women, as one available on You Tube and fairly entertaining in its own right as a movie (after the slow burn intro).
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