How did they get those General Hospital clips any way? Did they actually go out looking for soap opera kind of stuff or did some one just happen to make it available to them? GH was probably the first thing I saw riffed by them that I had ever seen before.
I have a DVD of all the riffed Commando Cody chapters and every time I put it on, I end up finding myself just that little bit disappointed they didn’t see it though. But I totally understand that they were that burned out on it’s truly ridiculous levels of padding and repetition (you practically feel the strain over trying to find a new spin on those never-changing credits).
I’ve wondered this too. As far as I know, General Hospital is still going, and presumably those shorts aren’t public domain. I could easily watch the gang riff hours worth of those old GH episodes, and perhaps even watch hours of them unriffed. I’ll always make room for Nurseferatu in my life.
Just to add: I also enjoyed Undersea Kingdom and wish they had done more chapters. They are just so Out There and the fact it was made eighty-five years ago adds a real unique layer of weirdness to the whole thing.
I would love to see them tackle some Dark Shadows episodes (or even just scenes, like they did with GH). I love DS, but goodness knows there is a wealth of material there waiting and deserving to be riffed. I doubt they could ever get the rights to do it though. Even 50 years after it went off the air, DS is still a pretty good money maker for the Dan Curtis estate.
Agreed, I don’t think they’d be able to pry that one loose, unless the rightsholders thought an MST3K appearance would be good for their property. Considering what they tolerated with the Dark Shadows movie, it’s possible they might.
I watched All My Children from the earl 90’s until it went off the air (even the short-lived streaming version) and pretty much any episode of any soap opera would be terrific riffing material, if you could get the rights. But the really old ones are even better because they’re such museum pieces.
I think one aspect of Host Wars that’s so funny is the dogged insistence by… certain fanatics that there’s this solid line partway through Season 5 where magically the jokes suddenly became super-adult because of the host change. As if Mike hadn’t already been head writer for years. General Hospital is an absolute treasure trove of blue or borderline-blue zingers.
“I won’t be long.”
“No kidding you don’t have to tell ME.”
That one still gets quoted in our house all the time.