It’s Just A Show

It’s Just A Show
A podcast conversation with Mystery Science Theater 3000.

59. I Am Thinking: Oh No. [MST3K 508. Operation Double 007.]
Nov 27 • 59 min
Operation Double 007, a.k.a. Operation Kid Brother, reads Chris and Adam’s lips as they discuss James Bond, Moneypenny, M, Ennio Morricone, and Jessye Norman. Happy Turkey Day!
58b. He, Too, Has Legs. [MST3K Live! The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour, featuring Circus of Horrors and No Retreat, No Surrender.]
Nov 11 • 56 min
In this very special episode, Chris tells Adam all about going to see MST3K Live! The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour. Spoilers abound, so if you are hoping to see the live shows (which you should!) you might want to save this one for later? But you’ll…
58. Black Licorice and Cloves. [MST3K 106. The Crawling Hand.]
Oct 25 • 59 min
The Crawling Hand creeps up on all fours towards Adam and Chris as they discuss dead astronauts, dismembered hands, emotional actors, verbal birds, and painful cereals.
57. You Can Afford Donald Pleasence. [MST3K 516. Alien from L.A.]
Oct 5 • 59 min
Alien from L.A. tries to sell big-boned surface-dwellers Beth and Adam as they talk about Donald “It’s my birthday!” Pleasence, Kathy “Three syllables???” Ireland, Angela “I’d give anything to see my dad again” Pleasence, Menahem “I once worked with DP”…
56. Turn Up the Oil. [MST3K K20. The Last Chase.]
Sep 20 • 58 min
Beth is missing—so Adam and Chris are on The Last Chase, dodging public transit, six-million-dollar men, evil penguins, the music of Mars, and twenty-year-old cans of Coke.
55. The Ultimate Boomer. [MST3K 1108. The Loves of Hercules.]
Sep 2 • 56 min
Happy Labour Day! Adam and Beth celebrate the original dodecalabourer by exploring The Loves of Hercules—including Jayne Mansfield, Loni Anderson, old smurfs, marble columns, and Eddie Vedder.
54. Thoughts about Stucco. [MST3K 1203. Lords of the Deep.]
Aug 23 • 59 min
Lords of the Deep sinks Adam and Beth’s hopes at completely overcoming their Summer of Technical Difficulties. On this episode, we encounter undersea aliens, Roger Constantius Corman, Three’s Company, Fantastic Voyages, and kombucha cocktails.
53c. Muddy and Filthy. [2nd Annual Summer Blockbuster Review.]
Aug 7 • 41 min
Our Summer of Technical Difficulties hopefully comes to an end with the final movie speical, the 2nd Annual Summer Blockbuster Review! Do the summer hits of 1998 hold up twenty-one years later? Only Beth and Adam are allowed to decide.
53b. Cockroaches and Spiders. [Academy of Robots’ Choice Awards Special.]
Jul 22 • 27 min
Our Summer of Technical Difficulties continues with a look at the Academy of Robots’ Choice Awards Special! Mike and the Bots once again preview the Oscars. Do their hot takes hold up? Do the Academy’s? Beth and Adam make the final judgment about the…
53. The Snaggletoothed Frodo. [MST3K 910. The Final Sacrifice.]
Jul 1 • 56 min
Happy Canada Day! The Final Sacrifice is on the hunt for Beth and Adam, so they explore the Great White North talking about Jon Mikl Thor, The Red Green Show, Ed the Sock, Mike Myers, and other milestones in Canadian culture.
52b. Death and Longing. [The 1st Annual Summer Blockbuster Review.]
Jun 20 • 36 min
Our Summer of Technical Difficulties continues with a look at The 1st Annual Summer Blockbuster Review! Mike and the Bots had their turn talking about the biggest movies of 1997, so why not Adam and Beth? They reminisce about The Fifth Element, The Lost…
52. Amoral Philosophy. [MST3K 519. Outlaw.]
Jun 12 • 55 min
Outlaw [of Gor] shows a lot of flesh in the hopes that Beth and Adam will visit its planet with tales of dubious philosophers, stunt directors, call-girl rackets, one-handed push-ups, and disgusting worms!
51b. Sentimentality and Familiarity. [MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special.]
May 28 • 28 min
Beth and Adam are experiencing a Summer of Technical Difficulties, so they’ve lined up some Very Special Special Specials! First up is the MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special, a rundown of all the great Academy Award–nominated films fo 1994—including…
51. Wet-behind-the-ears-ness. [MST3K 112. Untamed Youth.]
May 13 • 57 min
Untamed Youth finds Beth and Adam guilty of loitering with Mamie van Doren, Eddie Cochran, Lurene Tuttle, Les Baxter, and Greg Brady.
50. Horror, Punishment, Redemption. [MST3K. 610. The Violent Years.]
Apr 29 • 58 min
The Violent Years celebrates our fiftieth (!) episode by treating Beth and Adam to some Ed Wood, old-timey titillation, new country, squishy electronics, and uncanny dummies. Includes a short: Young Man’s Fancy!
49. You Get Concussions. [MST3K 616. Racket Girls.]
Apr 15 • 56 min
Racket Girls ogles Adam and Beth as they wrestle over favourite episodes, stock footage auteurs, foxy boxing, Lisa Loeb, and so many Stooges. Includes a short: Are You Ready for Marriage?
48. The Cleanliness and Tightness. [MST3K 510. The Painted Hills.]
Mar 29 • 57 min
The Painted Hills moderates as Beth and Adam debate about good dogs, messy dogs, gold logs, backwards gods, and the need for clean. Includes a short: Body Care and Grooming.
47. Let’s Start Again and Do It Right This Time. [MST3K 1103. The Time Travelers.]
Mar 18 • 59 min
The Time Travelers walk through a time screen to time Beth and Adam as they talk about cuddle parties, pink androids, not-quite-mutants, mangled endings, and other purgatories.
46. Nothing Really Changes. [MST3K 821. Time Chasers.]
Mar 2 • 59 min
Time Chasers will follow Beth and Adam anywhere, anywhen, in order to hear them talk about ancient aliens, altered timelines, alternative transportation, altercations on the high seas, and beautiful Vermont.
45. The Rise of Geodesic Domes. [MST3K 1204. The Day Time Ended.]
Feb 11 • 59 min
The Day Time Ended quietly turns on the light for Beth and Adam so they can talk about 1970s sci-fi, 1970s patriarchs, 1970s Bands, 1970s couches, and 1880s pizza.
44. So Much Running and Falling Down. [MST3K K10. Cosmic Princess.]
Jan 22 • 59 min
Cosmic Princess tries to make one host by editing together Beth and Adam, who report on the thirtieth anniversary of this MST3K episode, the thirtieth anniversary of Super Bowl XXIII, the twentieth anniversary of Space: 1999, the twentieth anniversary of…
43. Turtle Frolics. [MST3K 302. Gamera.]
Jan 10 • 59 min
Happy Gamuary! The original Gamera emerges to listen to Beth and Adam explain all about turtle pets, turtle food, turtle myths, turtle fanciers, and a quartet of adolescent turtle warriors.
42. The Original Rodney Dangerfield. [MST3K K05. Gamera.]
Dec 22, 2018 • 59 min
Gamuary in December‽ It’s a Christmas miracle, as Gamera flies in with presents for Beth and Adam, who get festive with coke ads, rat kings, world peace, excessive colours, and Christmas trees.
41. The Best America Has to Offer. [MST3K 1201. Mac and Me.]
Dec 3, 2018 • 59 min
Mac and Me will drill holes into Beth and Adam’s living rooms if they don’t talk about product placement, Coca-Cola™, America™, McDonald’s™, and Steven Spielberg™.
40. Grandfather Clocks in Drag. [MST3K 1114. At the Earth’s Core.]
Nov 21, 2018 • 56 min
At the Earth’s Core drills Beth and Adam about endurance tests, mesmerizing actors, overwrought styles, long-lasting ideologies, and deep-seated commitments.
39. Go Big or Go Home. [MST3K: The Movie, featuring This Island Earth.]
Nov 12, 2018 • 58 min
This Island Earth rams its ovipositor down Beth and Adam’s throats (but it’s not an alien!) during an awkward dinner party exchange about interocitors, interfering studios, interplanetary strife, interloping cats, and international space research.
38. A Pizza Being Made in Real Time. [MST3K 704. The Incredible Melting Man.]
Oct 29, 2018 • 59 min
The Incredible Melting Man keeps an eye out for Adam and Beth as they talk about horror movies, horror comedies, horror effects, horrors in space, and horror stories from Hollywood.
37. Nothing Gets Away From Physics. [MST3K 107. Robot Monster.]
Oct 15, 2018 • 59 min
Robot Monster wants to be like the hu-man, to laugh like the hu-man. Will Adam and Beth help? Or will they whisper about childhood dreams, rocket backpacks, commie slander, déjà vu, and bumbling bees. And some shorts: Radar Men from the Moon episodes 4 &…
36. Donald Pleasence is Always Hypnotic. [MST3K 903. The Pumaman.]
Oct 1, 2018 • 59 min
The Pumaman leaps awkwardly towards Beth and Adam, asking them to reveal the truth about Donald Pleasence, anti-fascists, ancient aliens, dinky synth tunes, and how to fly.
35. There’s Still Money to Be Made in Tragedy. [MST3K 1002. Girl in Gold Boots.]
Sep 12, 2018 • 59 min
Girl in Gold Boots shimmies as Beth and Adam kick about castle dwellers, caged dancers, creepy discotheques, crushed dreams, and child-rearing demonstrations.
34. A Mythmash. [MST3K 408. Hercules Unchained.]
Sep 1, 2018 • 59 min
Hercules Unchained forgets all about Adam and Beth as they discuss fierce eyebrows, Greek drama, Hulk colours, creepy kitchens, and the Hellenistic ideal.
33. Shaggy Little Baggies. [MST3K 204. Catalina Caper.]
Aug 15, 2018 • 58 min
Catalina Caper hosts a Tupperware party for Beth and Adam, where they chat about going to the beach, ghosts in their bikinis, grooving with your booty, gay guys in back alleys, and giving it a burp.
32. The Local Skeezeballs. [MST3K 1111. Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II.]
Jul 30, 2018 • 57 min
Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II casts a spell on Beth and Adam to reveal all about heroes, horndogs, homosociality, homicides, and hocus pocus.
31. Beverly Hills 9021Wizard. [MST3K 1110. Wizards of the Lost Kingdom.]
Jul 11, 2018 • 59 min
Wizards of the Lost Kingdom seeks out Beth and Adam for recycled clips, recycled music, creepy seductions, kept crypts, and ambiguous colours.
30. Let’s Make It Work. [MST3K. 703. Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell.]
Jun 27, 2018 • 59 min
Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell deathstalks Adam and Bethstalker as they deathtalk about fonts, swords, sorcery, batches, and Ren Faires. Huzzah!
29. The Matlock Defense. [MST3K K17. Time of the Apes.]
Jun 12, 2018 • 55 min
Time of the Apes jumps forward in time to hear Beth and Adam discuss alternate edits, timelines without Joel, circus music, freezer burns, and Barry ZeVan [the weatherman].
28. Apes Is Apes. [MST3K 306. Time of the Apes.]
May 30, 2018 • 56 min
Time of the Apes dubs over Beth and Adam as they investigate apes, damn dirty apes, naked apes, humble country apes, and owls.
27. Emmanuelle in Flight. [MST3K 612. The Starfighters.]
May 11, 2018 • 59 min
The Starfighters puts fuel back in Beth and Adam so they can discuss boogers, boozers, fighters, killers, and choristers.
26. A More Romantic Alternative. [MST3K 509. The Girl in Lovers Lane.]
Apr 25, 2018 • 59 min
The Girl in Lovers Lane drifts into town and asks Beth and Adam about hoboes, littler hoboes, homosociality, character actors, and promotional toilet seats.
25. Don’t Eat the Good Bug. [MST3K 804. The Deadly Mantis.]
Apr 12, 2018 • 59 min
The Deadly Mantis emerges from the ice to ask Beth and Adam about bug-eyed monsters, bug-eyed bugs, bloody-minded militarists, stop-motion brains, and bomb-loving mutants.
24b. Our First Anniversary Spectacular!
Mar 24, 2018 • 59 min
Producer Chris invites Beth and Adam to look back over the 24 episodes of MST3K we’ve watched in the past year. Which movie would they watch unMSTed? Which episode was the best? Which monster is the ginchiest? And what did you, the listener at home, think?
24. Every Framing Device a Painting. [MST3K 803. The Mole People.]
Mar 14, 2018 • 59 min
The Mole People gets Beth and Adam to recite an epic of hollow-earth theories, the Epic of Gilgamesh, celebrity cameos, mushrooms, and astronauts of note.
23. You’ve Got to Kill a Man. [MST3K 802. The Leech Woman.]
Feb 26, 2018 • 57 min
The Leech Woman picks Beth and Adam’s brains about lecherous men, older women, alcoholics, unpleasant co-workers, and anything but leeches.
22. Respective Blowhole. [MST3K 801. Revenge of the Creature.]
Feb 14, 2018 • 59 min
Revenge of the Creature tries to steal Beth and Adam’s hearts with talk of Gill-Man, Guillermo del Toro–Man, Marineland-Man, Henry Mancini-Man, and a new Crow-Man T. Robot-Man.
21. It’s Just A Tongue. [MST3K K04. Gamera vs. Barugon.]
Jan 31, 2018 • 59 min
Gamera vs. Barugon once again drizzles Beth and Adam with destructive rainbows, so they discuss janky robots, imperialism, kid-friendly adult films, tongues, tongues, and banana oil. Happy Gamuary!
20. Toy Show. [MST3K 304. Gamera vs. Barugon.]
Jan 19, 2018 • 56 min
Happy Gamuary! Gamera vs. Barugon fight while Beth and Adam talk about Godzilla, Princess Mononoke, Baragon, Skeletor, and My Little Pony.
19. Money and Weapons. [MST3K 521. Santa Claus.]
Dec 24, 2017 • 55 min
Ho ho ho! Santa Claus gathers Beth and Adam by the yule log to discuss all things Christmas, like Citizen Kane, Batman, Pee-wee‘s Playhouse, Home Alone, and Hellraiser.
18. Noodling with Rubber. [MST3K 210. King Dinosaur.]
Dec 3, 2017 • 56 min
King Dinosaur roars at Adam and Beth to discuss Elliott Kalan, first timers, bad drivers, lady scientists, and other not-quite-dinosaurs. Also, there’s a short: X Marks the Spot!
17. Get Serious. [MST3K 1009. Hamlet.]
Nov 16, 2017 • 59 min
Hamlet broods while eavesdropping on Adam and Dr. Beth talking about being, not being, suffering, sleeping, and the undiscovered country of Germany.
16. Good Job, Thor. [MST3K 604. Zombie Nightmare.]
Oct 31, 2017 • 58 min
Zombie Nightmare rises from the grave to stalk Beth and Adam, who just wanted to talk about Canucksploitation, heavy metal soundtracks, voodoo, Vodou, and Adam West.
15. We Spent a Lot of Money on This. [MST3K 1106. Starcrash.]
Oct 20, 2017 • 59 min
Starcrash dazzles Beth and Adam as they discuss Christmas lights, space wardrobes, child preachers, drunk Hasselhoff, and inobservant observational comedians.
14. Donald Pleasence Was a Total Scamp. [MST3K 501. Warrior of the Lost World.]
Sep 27, 2017 • 59 min
Join us in celebrating Donald Pleasence Day, as Warrior of the Lost World mumbles at Beth and Adam to discuss Star Trek: The Motion Picture’s Lt. Illia, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Counselor Troi, Star Trek: The Original Series’ Kirok, Star Trek: The…
13. He’s Just A Guy. [MST3K 904. Werewolf.]
Sep 18, 2017 • 59 min
Werewolf hunts Beth and Adam as they discuss poor acting, imported myths, impure werewolves, pure moods, and imposter puppets.
12. Beef Smoothie. [MST3K 410. Hercules against the Moon Men.]
Sep 2, 2017 • 56 min
Hercules against the Moon Men sandblasts Beth and Adam until they’re ready to talk about stables, strongmen, Superman, stock, and sand.
11. Cobbled Together in Somebody’s Backyard. [MST3K 506. Eegah.]
Aug 18, 2017 • 59 min
Eegah comes out of his cave to hear Beth and Adam discuss Arch Hall Sr, Arch Hall Jr, archconservative film critics, archetypical cavemen, and Archie comics. [cw: There’s another discussion of how the threat of rape functions in the movie. It’s not very…
10. All Sizzle, All Snake. [MST3K 1101. Reptilicus.]
Aug 2, 2017 • 59 min
Reptilicus seduces Beth and Adam into discussing Jonah Heston, weird cameos, multiple Reptilci, Danish tourism, and trashy novelizations.
9. Burned in My Brain. [MST3K 513. The Brain that Wouldn’t Die.]
Jul 20, 2017 • 55 min
The Brain that Wouldn’t Die introduces Beth and Adam to Mike, and begs them to talk about sexpoiltation, gore, Saw, transplants, and two-headed dogs.
8. Scrambled Eggs. [MST3K 101. The Crawling Eye.]
Jul 6, 2017 • 59 min
The Crawling Eye, Joel’s first* episode, stares at Beth and Adam until they discuss sidekicks, psychics, sci-fi eye flicks, LASIK, and awkward starts. * Or is it‽
7b. Tom Servo’s a Dalek. [Bonus.]
Jun 21, 2017 • 31 min
Please stay on the line. Adam and Beth will be with you shortly. In the meantime, here is some bonus material trimmed from previous episodes: Adam West, bad movies, Canada (again), the weirdest thing to ever air on PBS, and (occasionally) MST3K. Enjoy,…
7. I Envy Your Joy of Movement. [MST3K 311. It Conquered the World.]
Jun 7, 2017 • 59 min
It Conquered the World learned almost too late that Adam and Beth are feeling creatures, and because of it, they discuss more kick-ass 50s ladies, team sports, cults, Roger Corman, and learning almost too late that man is a feeling creature. Includes a…
6. It’s Good When People Age. [MST3K 601. Girls Town.]
May 25, 2017 • 58 min
Girls Town lifts and separates Beth and Adam as they discuss Mamie Van Doren, Paul Anka, Mel Tormé, Mamie Van Doren (again), and Canada.
5. Coke Will Do All the Work for You. [MST3K 1102. Cry Wilderness.]
May 11, 2017 • 59 min
Cry Wilderness howls at Beth and Adam to discuss ice cream college, Mac and Me, Bigfoot, raccoons, and the puberty giggles.
4b. Totally Uncontroversial Opinions about MST3K’s Sci-Fi Era. [Bonus.]
Apr 27, 2017 • 36 min
A bonus episode! Adam and Beth, fresh from rewatching Future War, have thoughts on MST3K’s years on the Sci-Fi Channel. Listener discretion advised.
4. Yelling at Dinosaurs. [MST3K 1004. Future War.]
Apr 26, 2017 • 58 min
Future War kicks off Beth and Adam’s discussion of revivals, rad 90s dinosaurs, dad movies, secret Christians, and other strange animals.
3. Love Letter to Suburbia. [MST3K 404. Teenagers from Outer Space.]
Apr 11, 2017 • 59 min
Teenagers from Outer Space compels Beth and Adam to discuss boss rockets, boy movies, middle-aged nurses, disarmed lobsters, and small-town paranoia. Show
2. Collage of Male Adolescence. [MST3K 620. Danger!! Death Ray.]
Mar 29, 2017 • 53 min
Danger!! Death Ray coaxes Beth and Adam into discussing satellite dishes, glamour shots, beefy spies, André the Giant, and Herbie Hancock.
1. Nova Scotia Death Trip. [MST3K 201. Rocketship X-M.]
Mar 21, 2017 • 55 min
Rocketship X-M inspires Beth and Adam to talk about chins, Matt Damon, robot puberty, intrepid reporters, and female astronauts.