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The world apparently never has bad ‘B’ movies to mock, because Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) is back for a 13th season, Variety has reported. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign last year that raised $6.52 millionA full 13-episode season of the series will be released May 6 on a dedicated streaming platform called Gizmoplex.

As usual, some ordinary people have been kidnapped by mad scientists (played by Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt and Mary Jo Pehl) and are forced to watch some terrible B-movies. To survive the process, they create companion robots that provide a continuous stream of taunts and jokes throughout the running time of the films.

This year there are three presenters: Jonah Heston, Emily Connor and original host Joel Robinson. They will be “forced to endure some of the cheesiest movies to ever hit MST3K, including our first-ever Halloween special, our first-ever 3D movie, and a special Christmas finale so big it’s all three hosts to riff it,” the team said. The B movies on the slate include: Robot WarsSanto in Dracula’s Treasure and The Million Eyes of Sumuru

Created by Joel Hodgson, the show debuted in 1988. It ran for 10 seasons on Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel until 1999, and was later revived by Netflix for two seasons in 2017, following a new Kickstarter campaign. However, Netflix declined to pick it up for a third season.

So the latest revival will be broadcast independently on a special MST3K platform called Gizmoplexthat provides a website and apps (iOSandroidApple TVAndroid TVRokuand Amazon FireTV† It will premiere on May 6 with three episodes released daily from Friday to Sunday. After that, there will be new episodes every two weeks and one of the 12 short films. The platform also offers classic MST3K episodes from seasons 1-10, and for a limited time they will be free and ad-free.

However, if you want the new episodes, you’ll need to sign up (unless you’ve pledged support on Kickstarter). Individual episodes cost $10, a three-month pass is $50, and a full season from May 22 to February 23 is $135. The latter includes a digital download of season 13.

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