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Episode 46: Mystery Science Theater 3000

February 14th, 2019

In a first, the forty-sixth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast finds friend of the podcast Ryan Schriml (@EalingCA) joining Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard to discuss the original comedy series, Mystery Science Theater 3000.

In this episode, the trio of Misties reflect on the legacy of the television show in spawning movie-riffing as a modern day activity. The show's premiere coincided with the emergence of the World Wide Web, and it basically foreshadowed the online activities to come in the current era of social media. Indeed, the series can be seen as a form of media literacy, as viewers learned more about film production and while being encouraged to talk back to the screen. Thirty years on, and the cult of Misties is going strong.

Primary editing on the episode was done by Jean-Michel Berthiaume.

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website