Groundbreaking Nerd Nirvana: “Mystery Science Theater 3000”

The premise behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 was simple: “People say shit when they’re watching movies.” When it premiered in 1989 nerdom was securely in the periphery of the cultural zeitgeist. “D & D” was synonymous with hopeless loser. MST, however, showed that nerds could talk aggressive smack about things they cared about, and they often had an encyclopedic knowledge of their target, thus paving the way for the Patton Oswalts of today.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece, 4.22.14