Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return picks up Season 2 renewal on Netflix

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Mar 26, 2021, 10:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return is getting a second season (aka Season 12) on Netflix. The announcement was made at the end of the annual MST3K Thanksgiving marathon, where hosts Joel Hodgson, geek queen Felicia Day, and Jonah Ray broke the exciting news.

So that was one more thing to be thankful for yesterday. Here's the announcement:


Created by Hodgson, the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 premiered on this day on KTMA in Minneapolis in 1988 before finding a new home on Comedy Central for seven seasons, until it was axed in 1996. The Sci-Fi Channel picked it up and the show went on to air for an additional three seasons (from 1997-1999), until it was canceled. Again.

The first season of the rebooted series debuted on Netflix earlier this year with 14 new 90-minute installments, 18 years after the original series run ended in 1999. The revival of the beloved cult series was made possible thanks to a Kickstarter campaign launched by Hodgson in 2015.

The comedic series takes place in the near future on the Satellite of Love, where new host Jonah Heston (Ray) is tortured by mad scientist Kinga Forrester (Day) and her henchman Max (fan favorite Patton Oswalt) — or, as he prefers to be called, TV's Son of TV's Frank — into watching cheesy bad movies as the new Mads study the effects the movies have on Jonah, who survives the onslaught of B movies by riffing on them with his robot friends.

Are you excited about the second season renewal for Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return on Netflix?