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'Manos' the Hands of Fate 

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | Episode aired 30 January 1993
The Mads present the satellite people a film so bad that apologies are sent, and Tom Servo goes off his nut from it.


Joel Hodgson


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





Episode credited cast:
Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
Joel Hodgson Joel Hodgson ... Joel Robinson
Jim Mallon Jim Mallon ... Gypsy
Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo
Frank Conniff ... TV's Frank
Michael J. Nelson ... Torgo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diane Adelson Diane Adelson ... Margaret (archive footage)
Jackey Neyman Jones Jackey Neyman Jones ... Debbie (archive footage)
Tom Neyman ... The Master (archive footage)
John Reynolds ... Torgo (archive footage)
Harold P. Warren Harold P. Warren ... Michael (archive footage)


This cult classic episode starts off with Joel experiencing what it would be like if the bots actually looked up to him and immediately realizing just how hollow it leaves him inside. The Mads' Chocolate Bunny Guillatine goes up against Joel's Cartooner in the invention exchange. Joel and the bots endure the movie in any way they possibly can, ranging from debating whether or not Torgo is actually a monster to pantomiming a car drive through Texas (which only backfires on them). While Joel pretends to be the Master and the bots beat each other up in diaphanous robes, Torgo delivers a pizza to the Mads, who refuse to take the Crazy Bread for a very good reason. It gets worse when they realize how Torgo has kept the pizza warm. Written by Titus Yorick

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Comedy | Sci-Fi


Not Rated






Release Date:

30 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

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Did You Know?


Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) was a film that was very obscure until its airing on this series. Since then, the film has gained something of a cult following and is now often counted among the worst films ever made. Thus far there has been an Entertainment Weekly article about the film, numerous screenings for cult fans, and a documentary made about the films legacy entitled 'Hotel Torgo'. See more »


(at around 18 min onward) Joel can be seen turning to Crow, revealing that he's wearing glasses. Light passes through his lenses, which doesn't explain why light doesn't pass through Tom's glass bubble-gum machine head. See more »


Dr. Forrester: Uh, hi, fellas. Look, I, uh, I-I just wanted to let you know, I know this movie's a tough one, and I just wanted to let you know I feel for ya. I...
TV's Frank: [off-screen] Doctor? Caramel corn's ready. Do you want it in your Little Mermaid bowl?
Dr. Forrester: Uh, fine, sure.
Dr. Forrester: Now, you realize if you tell Frank I've done this, I'll have to kill him, so let's not, okay? 'Nuff said? All righty? Buh-bye.
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »


Stand by Your Man
Written by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill
Portion sung by Joel Hodgson
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Unwatchable except as an MST3K episode!
2 December 2019 | by mhorg2018See all my reviews

First, IMDb made a mistake, and so did some reviewers. This is season 4 of the comedy Central run, not season 5. Season 1 as listed is from the KMTA run. Having said that, this 'movie' with Joel and the Bots, is unwatchable. It is beyond bad. It is sub-bad. This drek, which has exactly 3 locations and a lot of footage of driving, makes the Francis Coleman trio look like academy award winning films. The directing, writing, acting are all non existent! If this movie were admitted as a student film, the student would be expelled! Crows exclamation of "A crew? I can't believe they had one!" Is hysterical and true. I don't believe it either!

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