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It's official: 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' reboot is coming to Netflix

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A reboot of the cult-classic "Mystery Science Theater 3000" will be coming to Netflix.

The reboot comes after a record-setting Kickstarter campaign from the show's original creator and host Joel Hodgson to bring the show back.

The campaign funded 14 new episodes, and set the world record as the highest-funded film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history, Netflix said in a news release.

Nearly 50,000 people pledged $5.7 million towards the fundraising effort, Kickstarter's website shows.

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The award-winning show still has quite the following, but for those who didn’t watch it: “MST3K” features a man and his robots who are forced to sit through some of the worst movies ever made. To cope with their situation, they make wisecracks about the terrible films.

The new season of "MST3K" will be available exclusively on Netflix in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand in the "not-too-distant future," Netflix says.

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Hodgson is being joined by a handful of other celebrities, including Jonah Ray as the new host and actress Felicia Day as Kinga Forrester, while Joel McHale, Dan Harmon and Elliott Kalan have signed on as writers.

Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy will also reprise their roles in the reboot, Netflix says.

'MST3K' got its start in Minnesota

Hodgson created the show and also starred in it during its first few years on air.

He was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and attended college at Bethel University in St. Paul, according to the Internet Movie Database. He then moved to Los Angeles where he got his start in show business, Wired.com reported, before moving back to Minneapolis.

Not long after moving back to the Twin Cities, he created “MST3K,” which first aired on KTMA in the Twin Cities in the late 1980s, the Pioneer Press reported. It was then picked up by Comedy Central (formerly the Comedy Channel) and then by Syfy (formerly the Sci-Fi Channel), until it was canceled in 1999.

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