CALL TO ACTION: We Want Your Turkey Day Marathon Memories!

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Greetings, Turkey Day denizens! Today we have a question for you, and we’re hoping you’ll be down to collaborate with us as we plan your favorite MST3K-themed holiday. We’d like you to cast your memories back, way back: Do you remember the awkwardness of your very first Turkey Day marathon? 

To be clear, this is not a rhetorical question! We really want to hear what your first MSTified Turkey Day experience was like. Did any particular episode stand out? Better yet, did you have a favorite riff? Best of all, do you have a holiday photo from that era (or are you willing to stage a historical reenactment of your first Turkey Day marathon today, because we’ll accept a photo of that too)? 

Share your memories in comments below — or via email to info@alternaversal.com if you’ve got a picture to share — and we may refer to your submissions during this year’s Turkey Day marathon! Yes, Turkey Day stardom may be yours! And thanks again for all your support and enthusiasm for this year’s Turkey Day.

75 thoughts on “CALL TO ACTION: We Want Your Turkey Day Marathon Memories!”

  1. The first 1991 Turkey Day was when I started watching the show. I’d heard about it over the previous year or so but, bored with my family and such, I went up to to my room for a while and turned on Comedy Central and….that day was all it took. I keep popping back in through the rest of the marathon, and was soon watching it every Saturday morning.

    1. I jumped on the MST3K gravy train every year. I would get VHS tapes and time their running time and change them throughout the day. I looked forward to it every year.

        1. I think by the end I had a literal whole box of them: it drove my mom nuts. I’m pretty sure she chucked them when I wasn’t looking. 😉

          I was trying to think of some favorites from back then. Here’s what I came up with.

          The Gypsy Moons-“Bobby, you’re a bad person and nobody likes you.”
          The Amazing Colossal Man-“I see him! He’s alive, but his head’s gone!”
          The Day the Earth Froze”Rocky, help me! I seem to be on fire!” “Again?”
          Sinbad-“He moved! He moved! He just made a little move!”

    2. I remember Adam West and the great host sections in-between. Really would like to see some cool guests from the past like that, if you have them in your Rolodex. I know some of the stars from Time Chasers are still around (because Rifftrax did a special a few years ago).

    3. I remember on late Thanksgiving afternoons thinking, “Ok, I hit record on that VHS just before we left, so I need to be home about 6:30 to swap tapes.”

    4. My best friend and I have been watching Turkey Day every year since the very beginning. To us, this tradition is more important than the holiday itself and we have now passed that tradition on to our children.

      Thank You, MST3K, for 30 years of hilarity and fun. I will be forever grateful for all that you have provided.

  2. I didn’t really celebrate a Turkey Day until Pearl took over from Frank in 1995 (lived in a non-Comedy Central World for way too long). Once I did, I enjoyed binging on the show, especially seeing first season stuff for the first time. I also enjoyed seeing the “infomercial” for the VHS Scrapbook and Poopie. Still have them.
    Once the marathons switched to YouTube, I haven’t missed one. I’ve already brought out the MST Turkey doll I got two years ago for the holiday.
    And of course, the Gauntlet that passed the time since the football games weren’t that exciting.
    This year, it’ll be a festival of bad movies and good food, as it should be

  3. We were all prepared to do the typical Turkey Day at Grandma’s thing when my youngest son came down with the flu. I volunteered to stay home and take care of him while the rest of the family proceeded on to the feast. While he slept on the couch next to me, I ate a meager meal of cold pizza, but I was happier than Zapp Rowsdower’s mullet watching hour after hour of the MST3K gang. Thanks for being there for me!

  4. The first Turkey Day, 1991, was also the first time my ex and I ever hosted a big Thanksgiving meal. Because of said Turkey Day. We stuffed 7 people into our miniature apartment and spent the entire day cooking, drinking, watching episodes, eating, drinking, napping and watching episodes. The greatest memories of Turkey Day are the host segments that are still so brilliant, and seeing Catalina Caper for the first time, although it was late, if you get my meaning.. with the drinking… and the all day drinking. Luckily I got to re-live Creepy Girl experience again. It’s still one of my favorites.

    1. I love, love, love this!

      Thank you so much for the opportunity to share Lesley!

      Any guidance on word / page count or deadline for submission?

      As always, thank you for the inclusion of the fan’s hearts and past as we make our way into the future of MST 3K! 🙂

  5. A couple of years ago, I put together a podcast episode that reunited people who attended the original MSTieween (the Comedy Central Turkey Day marathon stand-in from 1993). It’s one of the odder bits of MST3K history… so I thought it should be preserved.

    My segment starts at around 55:30

    https://soundcloud.com/damndirtydrivein/episode-138-sharly-volpe-matt-mcginnis-and-seth-robinson-plus-mstieween

    Someone was nice enough to provide the participants with a copy of the bumpers their appears in… and someone else was nice enough to digitize it for future nostalgia!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eS3uVicwXo

    1. What year was the Turkey Day where Debbie Tobin from Edina MN hosted the party that was used in the between episode interstitial segments?? I remember those so vividly.

          1. They filmed it at the end of October… and it was a costume party. It didn’t air until Thanksgiving week… but it picked up the “MSTieween” moniker in the fan community,

            The interviews I did are worth a listen, and definitely explain the strangeness of the whole event and some of the personalities and superfans who attended.

  6. I was at a friend’s house for Thanksgiving. When I said I had to leave, they wondered why I was going so soon. “Oh, I’ll be back, I just need to go home and switch out video tapes.” Yes, I drove almost an hour round trip so I could keep recording Turkey Day.

  7. 1991’s Turkey day was an exercise in precise vcr programming. I was determined to catch every minute on vhs. I set an alarm for 3 and 7 am to switch tapes. I left Thanksgiving at my grandmother’s house to run home and switch tapes. And I did it, I got all of it on vhs. In the dark days before streaming, those tapes were my lifeline. Thank you MST3K and VHS industry.

  8. Years ago I was asked to work on Thanksgiving. I was the only person in the office running tech support with no calls coming in. I put on the Turkey Day Marathon on the big screen TV’s and enjoyed the rest of the day. Just me and MST3K. Turned out to be great fun. I was paid time and a half to watch the marathon. Thanks’ for the company Joel.

  9. So, one year a couple of friends invited me to their Thanksgiving dinner. ‘Come about 11,’ they said. So, expecting to have a big meal around noon, I didn’t eat breakfast. They didn’t have dinner until 7 pm! And they never offered any snacks or refreshments, either! So around 2 pm I used the excuse that I needed to run home and swap tapes as I was taping that year’s Turkey Day Marathon.
    This was a lie, as I had 2 VCRs, but it did allow me to make myself a sandwich so I did not faint from hunger.
    So I can truly say that Turkey Day may have saved my life.

  10. Every year, rather than deal with the yelling and chest thumping of my family (think of the Forresters, but more obnoxious and violent), I choose to stay home, make a nice meal, and get some work done while watching the Turkey Day Marathon. You have not lived until you eat a 3 pound turkey sandwich while watching Pumaman.

  11. I remember each Thanksgiving taping the entire marathon, even episodes I already had on tape because of the new segments inserted between the episodes. I had to set the alarm to get up during the night/early morning to put in another tape when they had the 24-26 hours marathons.

  12. Oddly enough, the thing I remember most about the old Turkey Day Marathon was the ad that featured a little boy pleading, “No, Mommy, no!” in reaction to her plans to watch it.

  13. Back in the day, we’d have to make sure we had enough room on VHS tapes to record as many episodes as possible, and be ready to swap out tapes when they ran out. We were happy but a little sad when we were invited to a fellow faculty member’s home for Thanksgiving dinner since we knew we’d be missing that important swap out and would miss some episodes. We got to our hosts’ home, they introduced us to their son who promptly disappeared. They said, “sorry about him, he’s recording this tv show and doesn’t want to miss any of it”. We knew immediately we’d found a kindred soul and after dinner joined them for some quality MST3K Turkey Day marathon fun. Those were the days!

  14. This became my family tradition. If one of us woke up before the other, we’d turn on Comedy Central. Screw the Macy’s parade, it was always,”We gather together to watch cheesy movies at Comedy Central on Thanksgiving Day.” Really some of best memories of Thanksgiving and family.

  15. It was during the 1993 Turkey Day Marathon that the woman who would become my wife and I kissed for the very first time. One of the most wonderful moments of my life.

  16. I loved watching the Turkey Day Marathons and also used them to record any missing or badly-taped episodes. My dad would make trays of lasagna and a friend or two would drop by toeat and watch the Marathon. Ahhh, good times.

  17. “We gather together to watch cheesy movies
    On Comedy Central on Thanksgiving Day
    It’s Mystery Science (deep breath) Theater 3000
    It’s thirty straight hours, and it’s called Turkey Day…”

    Can you imagine what useful knowledge I could store in my brain if I didn’t still remember the Turkey Day song?? I wouldn’t give up watching those marathons as a teen for the world though!

  18. My first Turkey day marathon was the year Adam West hosted on Comedy Central. I remember the marathon featured a new episode Kitten with a whip and finished with another special movie Zombie Nightmare which Adam West acted in. We didn’t have cable at my house so no Comedy Central but since it was Thanksgiving we were at my Grandmother’s and for as many hours as I could manage I hijacked the TV and VCR with a stack of blank tapes to record the marathon. It was great and made the holiday much more fun for me and some of my family enjoyed as well.

  19. The first Turkey Day marathon I caught was maybe five years ago. I had gone with my wife for Thanksgiving with her extended family in Massachusetts. They’re good folks, but extreme extroverts while I’m a consummate introvert. When I needed to recharge my batteries I would sneak to an empty room to catch a few minutes’ riffing on my phone, then back to it. Thank you MST!!!

  20. I don’t have an actual “Turkey Day” memory as much as I have a Thanksgiving memory of MST3K that I hold dear. In November 2008, I had just moved back in with my mother, after the breakup of my marriage. Unfortunately, my dear grandfather’s health began a sharp decline. I had used all my PTO to clean out my old apartment and mice, so my mother traveled out of state to be with her father, and I stayed behind, with my dog and cat for company. I had just found a few boxes sets of MST3K at a local shop and splurged, since I dearly loved the show and watched it the entire time it aired. On Thanksgiving, I made myself a feast of frozen mini tacos and flautas, and watched The Giant Gila Monster, Attack of the Giant Leeches, Killer Shrews, Manos, The Final Sacrifice,, and Hobgoblins back to back, cackling in delight the entire time. It was like spending the night with a group of old, dear friends, and you guys helped me get through what was a very difficult time. Thank you all so much for bringing me so much joy and laughter through the years.

  21. I remember being excited for the MST3K Turkey Day marathon when I was a kid and every year I would fall asleep in front of the TV trying to watch as many episodes as I could.
    Now I am a married father of two and we have spent the past 5 years falling asleep to the Thanksgiving stream as a family. Keep circulating the tapes!

  22. 1991 was the first year we watched.
    My Mom and I stayed up till our eyes got blurry and our sides hurt from laughing. We both still watch episodes together each Turkey Day. What else are you supposed to do that day?!?
    Cheers!

  23. I am from a family of 12. Myself and the other boys in our family were and are fans of MST3K. My parents were not fans of MST3K so we were not allowed to watch it in the living. So for Thanksgiving we grabbed our plates, went into the biggest of the bedrooms and watched as much MST3K as we could before being called out by other various family members. It has been so long since then, all the times we watched kinda blend together. Jumping up and down, point at the TV and rolling around in our chairs happened in almost every episode we were able to watch. I miss those days. Me and my wife now watch an episode of MST3K every thanksgiving because of these fond memories. Thanks for the laughs and good times!

  24. I was a kid when I first watched Turkey day marathon. I think I was in middle school. I think we watched turkey day at my aunt’s house and kept it on during every thanksgiving. I watched it and my dad first showed me mst3k actually. Good episodes–too many to say: Mitchell, skydivers, red zone cuba, perennial favs are all the Hercules films (Captive was my fav and still is) and also Manos, catalina caper—time of apes—I mean you name it. —Why did not you get Herc. and the Haunted World??? overdrawn at memory bank, plus so many more.
    I had my first mstie shirt in middle school and was officially a mstie–watched it every single saturday—or what day it was on in comedy central—when i was middle school age when joel was on it—I remember manos —when it was first on. Then. Later in high school too, but mostly middle school. I remmeber once, I made a friend only in mystery science theater buddies. My dad —whos from minnesota showed me it first—along the way I have met a few great friends who share mst. Nowadays. I actually visit the Hercules films most, but I like em all. as well/

  25. When I was in high school in the early 90’s, Thanksgiving meant eating a huge early dinner with my family. My mom is a fantastic cook. I would eat way too much and then adjourn to my room where I would spend the remainder of the day in front of Comedy Central watching the Turkey Day marathon.

  26. We finally got Comedy Central in my area in July 1993 and I happened upon an episode pretty much accidentally. I was hooked from the first episode I saw (War of the Colossal Beast/ Mr B Natural). Over the next few months I saw the ads for the 1993 Turkey Day Marathon that was going to be hosted by fans of the show, therefore it was referred to as MSTieween. On Thanksgiving day at my mother’s house, my nephew and I snuck off to a bedroom with a TV in it and turned on the marathon. He was fairly new to the show, but I had been watching it every weekday at midnight. It was so fun on Turkey Day to see all the episodes back to back, but also watching the fans do the bumpers and promos for the show. We watched the marathons together every year after that and if there wasn’t an official one I would bring some VHS tapes over and we would watch as many as possible. I still watch all of the Turkey Day marathons and watch many more episodes throughout November every year. BTW, I have been lucky enough to have contact over the years with some of the MSTies that appeared that year and have even met a number of them in person.

  27. I’ve been a fan since around 1992 when a friend showed me Lost Continent followed by King Dinosaur. I never got to participate in Turkey Day during the Comedy Central and Sci-Fi channel days though due to either lacking cable at the time or familial obligations. When Turkey Day was revived in 2013 it meant the world to me. Tears were shed, happy tears. Finally I too could take part in this great tradition! And I’ve tuned in every year since.

  28. My memories of the early Turkey Days are a blur of watching specific episodes, and of waking up several times in the middle of the night to switch out video cassettes so that I didn’t miss any episodes. And the bumpers of the year where Frank had to eat a whole turkey for each movie were a stand out for me.

  29. All of my single college friends who weren’t spending the holiday with family always came to my house for the Annual Orphans Thanksgiving Fete. The first year, my friend Missy popped on Comedy Central and we were introduced to MST3K. Lives were changed forever that day. Somewhere between Manos and Mitchell we feasted.

    Tom Servo: Joe Don Baker IS Martha Mitchell.

  30. Every year we had to go to a few houses for family. As soon as we got in the house I’d turn it to the Marathon. I may only have seen bits and pieces but it made me soooooooo happy to see MST3K on ALL DAY!!!!! Long live Turkey day!!!! 🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃

  31. My father passed away two years ago and since then my favorite Turkey Day memory is a simple one. 1991, around 3 am, and my Dad for some reason wakes up and wanders into the living room. He asks me what crazy movie I’m watching and I tell him Cave Dwellers, expecting him to tell me to turn it off and go to bed. Instead, he just sits down and finishes watching it with me, chuckling from time to time. He went to bed just as Jungle Goddess started. Nothing crazy or silly just simply a sweet memory. Thanks, MST3K.

  32. It wasn’t my first MST3K Turkey day, but it was one of the best. About 3 years ago I had the chance to do a solo marathon. (We do plenty together). The hubby headed back home for a family holiday and I stayed home to watch the doggies. I can’t even remember which movies played, but I sat in front of the TV with my turkey breast, and some stuffing, all by myself. I had quite a few friends begging me to join them for dinner, afraid I’d be sad to eat by myself! Little did they know, this was heaven on earth for me! Streaming a combination of Joel, Mike, Dr. F., TV’s Frank and more, was about the best “doing nothing” day I could imagine!

  33. We would gather at my friend’s house after Thanksgiving dinner and watch hours of MST3K until we passed out. Usually headed to our respective homes, took naps, then got up and watched more. I was the tape-sharer of the group, so we would record episodes and watch them later.

    I finally got to meet two of my heroes, Frank and Trace, a couple of years ago. That was a great day.

    This year, since we are staying home, I think we will restart an updated version of our old tradition with my daughters.

    We gather together
    To watch cheesy movies
    At Comedy Central
    On Thanksgiving Day…

  34. What I remember most is making sure I had plenty of blank tapes, making a need it/got it list, and setting my alarm to get up and change out a tape if needed.

  35. I don’t remember if my first Turkey Day was 91 or 92, but I do know that I looked forward greatly to it and took the opportunity to tape every episode I could (6 hours per tape) and got most of them! I still have many of these bootlegs to this day and many memories I have of certain episodes are tied in with the Turkey Day bumpers and Comedy Central commercials (Earth Girls Are Easy as sung by Penn Jillette leaps to mind). I’m very grateful that this is still a tradition and hope it will continue forever.

  36. I heard about MST3K Turkey Day long before I could participate… Thanksgivings were almost always spent in venues where I had zero control over the television, and on the rare occasions when I did, it often wasn’t a TV with the necessary channel, or even cable.

    But then, one glorious day while spending Thanksgiving with my in-laws in Michigan, a wonderful miracle occurred: The 2013 online streaming Turkey Day marathon, hosted by Joel, no less! I camped out in the computer room most of that day and watched episodes on a modest 19″ monitor through headphones, while the rest of the house watched football downstairs or whatever else. It was a decades-old dream come true.

  37. My earliest memory of Turkey Day was that for the first several years I always missed a large chunk of it because we were forced to go over to my grandparent’s house to sit around twiddling our thumbs while my grandmother was busy in the kitchen overcooking a turkey that would be simultaneously dry and soggy, and stuffed with some sort of disgusting cream-of-mushroom soup/crouton abomination that she likely picked up the recipe for off the back of a Campbell’s Soup can, and had been preparing the exact same way for over 30 years.

    Meanwhile, their massive land yacht of a television set would always be tuned to whatever interminable college football game from Indiana or Oregon State my grandfather insisted everybody else should be paying attention to, which I would have to do my best to tune out while reading a book or working a jigsaw puzzle with my sister (there was no other form of entertainment in their house besides a large stack of ‘Reader’s Digest’ and ‘Consumer Reports’ magazines) and surreptitiously glancing at my watch every five minutes willing the hands to spin faster so I could get back home in time to catch that year’s premiere episode.

    I feel at this point I should point out that while I come from a fairly liberal-minded family with several generations of teachers on both sides, my grandfather was an former economics/typing instructor permanently stuck in the 1950’s who looked and sounded exactly like the wire rack guy from “Speech: Using Your Voice.” He was your quintessential midwestern doughy guy, with a sense of humor to match.

    It wasn’t until Turkey Day ’95 (the last and greatest of the Comedy Central era) that I finally got to watch an entire marathon at home. My main memory from that experience was of my grandparents arriving and sitting down right as the “Really Real Time Machine/Fabio Kit” invention exchange segment came on, and my grandfather getting this really confused/disgusted look on his face and saying really loudly “What ARE you watching?”

    That same look would remain on his face throughout most of the evening as Mike and the bots proceeded to riff on ‘Outlaw of Gor.’ I honestly don’t know if he would have been any more shocked or embarrassed if I’d put on ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show.’

  38. My stepfather and I didn’t bond much but he recorded MST3k onto vhs off his cable for me and my brother since we couldn’t watch it at home. One of the tapes he recorded was the turkey day marathon though I can’t recall which year, however to this day the special turkey day rebroadcast of Night Of The Blood Beast is one of my absolute favorite episodes. Had that tape for over 2 decades and nearly wore it out.

  39. i realize how mushy this is going to sound, but watching the Turkey-thon made me feel like I was a part of something special, Getting together with my family became less of a treat with each passing year, while getting together with close friends and fans of the show was what I truly started to become thankful for.

  40. My family moved to Berks County, PA from the Twin Cities in the summer of 1994. I had made very few friends those first few months at what seemed like a very oppressive and backwards new school. The social and political climate felt markedly less welcoming and cool than what I was used to from my sheltered progressive Minnesota life, kids made fun of my second-hand flannels from Ragstock, and the recent release of Nirvana’s Unplugged was a bittersweet reminder of a rock idol tragically dead before I’d even had the chance to go to any concerts. In other words, I was a moody teenager not feeling like I had all that much to be thankful for.

    Luckily that boring and lonely basement summer, I had stumbled across MST3K. We never had cable when we lived in Minnesota, so ironically I did not know the show even existed until after moving 1,000 miles away from its birthplace.

    I barely remember what episodes were shown (maybe one of the Fugitive Aliens?) and am even fuzzier on the jokes (the quip “I’m exhausted” comes to mind) but I know that after my first Turkey Day Marathon in 1994, MST3K went on, together with Kurt Vonnegut and Sonic Youth, to save my adolescence. Now that I am a father myself, part of giving thanks this year will include watching at least one episode together on the couch with my 10 year-old daughter and my girlfriend. By now it’s a Copenhagen apartment and not a Berks County basement, but I’m sure it’ll still feel like the Satellite of Love.

  41. Turkey Day was my introduction to MST3K. In those days Comedy Central wasn’t a cable channel, it was satellite only, at least in my area. My best friend was always talking about the show, which he watched at his grandmother’s house, because she was the only person we knew with satellite. I was curious about it, and since he spent holidays at his grandmother’s, he took a couple of blank tapes on on Thanksgiving and recorded as much of the marathon as he could. I think the first episode we watched was “Time of the Apes”. made an instant fan of me. When we write to wish each other a happy Thanksgiving, we still do so by quoting one of Crow’s turkey facts.

  42. My mother and I watched together every year. We were both such huge fans. My favorite line “I got this Snoopy ruler for free.” I don’t remember the movie title. Two scientists were talking on a space ship I believe. My mom mother lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease a year ago. Rewatching these episodes makes me feel closer to her.

  43. The first Turkey Day Marathon was how I discovered MST3K. I was 12 and a friend had told me a guy up in Point had this show you should check it out. After that it was on….getting VHS tapes, watching episodes, quoting lines at school. Even after us kids started working we would meet up after work and watch VHS tapes, it was and still is a blast.

  44. There’s a moment from the 2017 Turkey Day that sticks to mind. In the bumper either just before or after (can’t recall which offhand) the screening of Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, Felicia Day mentioned her discomfort over how the blonde coworker Fingal harasses shares her name, so that it was like his sleazy advances were being directed to her. I could see how that could be a problem.

  45. I remember absolutely LOVING the segments where the Mads were throwing Thanksgiving day shindigs in Deep 13. Those were so much fun and a great way to have the zany ‘background’ or supporting weirdoes pop in for some comedy bits.

    Aside from that, I think one year, Monster A Go-Go was the new episode during a Turkey Day marathon (I could be mistaken, though) and I was all excited because it sounded like a wacky, fun romp. Needless to say, I was VERY sadly disappointed.

  46. I remember my first Turkey Day marathon in 1991, and I watched faithfully all the way through. But what really stands out for me was Turkey Day ’92, with the Turkey Abacus. Dr. F feeding Frank a turkey for each turkey we had to watch at home, brilliant! And I’ll always remember Gypsy telling us to get some hot chocolate and a blanket for Lost Continent, because it was getting late. Good memories!

  47. Many Turkey Day’s I actually couldn’t watch the marathon. Due to being a only child to divorced parents, I had to either try and fight for the remote with my mother’s current boyfriend or be at the house which didn’t have cable.
    Of course this made the times when I could catch some of the marathon all the more special but as a result I only really got to make it a part of my holiday tradition when it went online and I didn’t have to rely on the perfect set of circumstances anymore.

  48. I discovered MST3K during the 1992 Turkey Day Marathon. I was a teenager flipping through the channels, waiting for my family to be ready to travel to Thanksgiving dinner, when I hit upon Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. It pulled me in, but I didn’t become hooked until Servo cracked, “When did this become ‘To Build a Fire’?” as the kids tried to hide at the North Pole. This show wasn’t just funny; it was literate. When we got home later that night, I watched the show until I fell asleep. I’ve been a MSTie ever since.

  49. Turkey Day was an annual tradition in my family when I was growing up, so I can’t remember my first one! I hope you’ll excuse sharing a memory from the late 2000’s.

    It was the first Thanksgiving my partner and I spent together, and we were flat broke, living in a freezing little apartment away from our families. The budget looked pretty bleak for Thanksgiving dinner, but somehow, miraculously, my guy got us a duck– was it Timothy?– and we scraped together a little feast for two.

    That night we watched The Day the Earth Froze, which remains my favorite experiment, and the best Thanksgiving day ever.
    We got through days when the earth froze not with a sampo, but by riffing together. That’s what makes the memories of those times such happy ones.

    Oh, and Timothy was DELICIOUS, which helped!

  50. I have fond memories of sitting in front of my grandparents’ console tv on Thanksgiving, binge watching MST3K like it was electronic pumpkin pie. Those were the days when grandpa and uncle were still with us and the aunts and uncles all lived close enough to have the whole family gathered. When I wasn’t making shoulder-mounted VHS camcorder stop-motion videos with my cousins, or sneaking another spoonful of the “pink fluff” that grandma faithfully provided, I was absorbing static from that old electron tube, basking in the glory of cheesy movies and the child-like wonder of this witty guy and his two or three robot pals, wishing I understood the jokes my dad laughed at that I was just too young to get, but loving it all the same. I can scarcely recall other moments I was so purely joyful and honestly fulfilled. Thank you for that.

  51. My wife and I sleeping on the sofa bed in front of the TV for the first couple Turkey Day marathons in 1991 and 1992, I tried to wake up to change the tape in the VCR if it needed it and tried to minimize my sleep to see as much of it as possible.

  52. Gosh, it was so long ago. 1993, I think. Kevin Murphy and I are the same age, he’ll tell you how hard it is to remember stuff these days. Anyway, I remember coming out of the kitchen and flopping down on the couch next to my husband, tired and in food shock, while the kids played loudly somewhere. On the TV, Rocky was trying to kill Ken with a fork lift, and there were these three little figures on the front of the screen making wise-cracks about the movie. I asked, “What is this?” He responded slowly, “I don’t really know.” The rest is history.

    Thank you to all the folks over the decades (gosh, decades!!) who have created all the laughs <3

  53. In 2015 my brother in law and I discovered we both grew up on MST3K and decided to watch the marathon when he was up for Thanksgiving. My wife and mother in law were talked into watching with us and I remember the episode being Danger Death Ray (one of my favorites). My mother in law laughed so hard at this thing she had no idea existed. Like almost peeing your pants laughing. Especially to the “Watermelon Man” sequence. I’d never seen her laugh like that, which then made the rest of us laugh even harder as well. It was a really fun time for a small family holiday gathering.

    Two months later she went in for heart surgery and passed away. That Thanksgiving was the last time everyone was together, and so that laughter she experienced watching a poorly dubbed Italian spy caper being rigged by Mike and the Bots has been a special memory for us ever since.

  54. I started watching MST3K back in 2012. I had not seen it before, so I was intrigued. It was a show that got me through a dark point in my life. There was a time where I was living with my parents as an adult, wallowing in doubt and self-loathing. Then in 2012, was a big turning point where I decided to get on my feet and get out into the world. MST helped me through that long process of building my life up. Now, I’m out of the house, I got a job, I got a beautiful girlfriend. MST3K helped me, and for that I’ll always be greatful.

    I only found out about Turkey Day a year or two later. The first I watched was Turkey Day 2014, but I haven’t watched an entire marathon because I had to work on Thanksgiving. This year however, I will be off of work and will finally get a chance to enjoy a Turkey Day marathon in its entirety. I’m really looking forward to it.

  55. We didn’t have cable when I was growing up, so I didn’t have the opportunity to watch a marathon until Joel et al. rebooted them a few years ago. Since then, I’ve made a point of forcing my family to tune in with me throughout the day!

    My memories of the marathon are almost all tied up with with cooking in the kitchen, listening/watching the episodes and enjoying chuckling along with Joel and Mike and the bots (and Jonah too!). I don’t think I actually got to sit down and watch an entire episode until the latest season was released on Thanksgiving (so, not technically a Marathon), and my whole family (my folks, siblings, in-laws, even an aunt and uncle) sat on the couch and laughed out loud to the absurdity that is Atlantic Rim.

    Keep those Marathons coming!!!

  56. I finally got cable at my own place (I had to see it elsewhere until then). I saw that there was Comedy Central (there were 2 comedy channels before, I wanted the cable co. to get HA! for old SNL reruns). Having wanted to find away to indulge in B movies for a few years, there was this show with robot puppets, cheap sets and that comedian I really enjoyed on SNL a few years before.

    I had discovered MST3K – exactly 2 weeks before the 1991 Turkey Day marathon. (my 1st was Sidehackers)

    Except for when doing the holiday with family and going back and forth to/from it, I watched most of the airing. I especially remember seeing Catalina Caper first ep after I got back. Besides the shows on in those 2 weeks, the marathon was a great way to discover a bunch of MST3Ks early on.

  57. Mystery science theater has been a treasure in my family for years but I didn’t know about Turkey day until last year and I was in not at the fact that there was a way to celebrate with my family while watching mst3k

  58. My first Turkey day was this year in fact with all the madness going on in the world sitting down with my family in thanksgiving and watching the show really helped us through the tough times my family was bursting out laughing at tdumpy

  59. I’ve watched all the Turkey Day’s in the last 5 years! When I got to help bring back MST3K with the kickstarter. Ironically a few months earlier I got to meet Joel at Wizard World Philadelphia before any of that so all in all a great year 2015 was!

  60. For many years, the Thanksgiving marathon has been a steady part of my Thanksgiving Day. I’ve introduced my kids to it and now they have their own favorite episodes! In February, which seems like 5 million years ago, my family and I went to the live show. My kids are now devoted minions of Mega Synthia! Being able to celebrate and watch the marathon this year gives our family needed stability and enjoyment in a hard time!

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