WE HAVE RESULTS FOR THE 2020 TURKEY DAY TOURNAMENT! Also, Tell Us Your Thanksgiving Day Plans

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Greetings, tournamenteers! When last we spoke, the Turkey Day Tournament Final had taken flight in an unthinkable battle between those two towering titans of MST3K, I Accuse My Parents and Pod People. Pod People emerged the victor, although things were neck and neck for awhile there.

There are no losers in MST3K, however, and I Accuse My Parents will be represented on this year’s Turkey Day marathon along with Pod People and the top three episodes by your votes and comments, plus one “wildcard” entry from the second round, just to keep things spicy.

But don’t assume you know these six episodes are all that’s going to happen this year — we have some surprises up our collective sleeve yet. This year’s marathon starts bright and early at 9am ET/6am PT, led by MST3K LIVE host Emily Marsh, along with Tom Servo (Conor McGiffin), Crow (Nate Begle), and GPC/MegaSynthia (Yvonne Freese), and featuring appearances by Joel, Jonah Ray and Rebecca Hanson (the OG Synthia Forrester). You can catch the event on a vast array of streaming services — including Shout Factory TV, Pluto TV, Twitch, and the MST3K YouTube Channel — and of course, right here on MST3K.org, where the cool kids hang out. If this all seems like a lot to remember, don’t worry, I’ll be back next week to remind you.

Which brings me to a community question: This Thanksgiving will be an unusual one for most of us, given the ongoing public health crisis (rhymes with Persona Gyrus), and its necessary impediments to travel and large social gatherings. So, besides the obvious (HUNGRILY DEVOURING EVERY SECOND OF THE MST3K TURKEY DAY MARATHON!!), what are your Thanksgiving plans?

Will you be holed up at home, by yourself, or with your family or pod? Are you cooking a turkey or nah? Are you for or against cranberry sauce that retains the shape of the can it came in? Is it true that turkeys contain enough l-tryptophan to knock you on your sorry Thanksgiving, um, butt? (Science says no, but I’m sticking with Crow on this one.) Got any beloved recipes to share? Seriously, if you’ve got recipes, I want your recipes.

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THE 2020 TURKEY DAY TOURNAMENT FINAL IS HERE: I Accuse My Parents vs. Pod People

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What a ride, friends! Nearly a month ago we embarked on a journey together to determine the six experiments to be shown on this year’s Turkey Day Marathon. Thousands of you have participated, and today we come to the final battle — the contenders here may not be surprising, but I feel like the outcome could easily go either way.

While determining the winner is fun, obviously we need more than one episode for the marathon, so this year’s slate will consist of the five most popular episodes according to your votes and comments, plus a particular “wildcard” entry from a previous round that many of you have specifically requested, and we’re doing our best to make it happen.

On to today’s vote: I Accuse My Parents versus Pod People. these are, of course, two of the most beloved episodes in the MST3K stable. But only one will come out on top. Will it be Jimmy Wilson’s tragic tale of compulsive lying, or will Tommy (can you hear me?) and Trumpy’s forbidden friendship take the crown? Voting is open until 10pm ET tomorrow, so don’t wait too long to decide. And thank you all again for your enthusiastic embrace of this grand experiment!

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Turkey Day Tournament Day 22: Pod People vs. Final Justice

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Salutations, Turkey Day Tournamenteers! Yesterday our first semifinal match unfolded with I Accuse My Parents versus Hobgoblins, and as anticipated, many of you have strong feelings about that choice. At this time, I Accuse My Parents holds the lead, but voting stays open until 11pm ET tonight so if you haven’t voted yet, get in there.

Today we have the second semifinal with Pod People taking on Final Justice. Hey, these are YOUR favorites, so of course these decisions are going to be challenging! But you’ve accepted the grave task of deciding whether Trumpy or Joe Don Baker makes a more entertaining monster, and with great power comes great responsibility. Voting stays open until 11pm ET tomorrow (Wednesday), and then on Thursday we’ll be back with the final battle.

Until then, intrepid MSTies!

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THE SEMIFINALS BEGIN! Turkey Day Tournament Day 21: I Accuse My Parents vs. Hobgoblins

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Hail and well met, Turkey Day Tournamenteers! I hope you all had magnificent weekends. Today we are kicking off the Turkey Day semifinals, which means we are rapidly approaching the close of our tournament. I want to thank each of you for your enthusiastic participation so far — you’ve made this competition so much fun!

Our quarterfinal finished up over the weekend, and the winners are:

  • I Accuse My Parents
  • Hobgoblins
  • Pod People
  • Final Justice

These four contenders move on to the semifinal matches starting today. Got any favorites for the #1 slot yet? The first match-up is the seemingly unstoppable I Accuse My Parents versus the scrappy Hobgoblins, both of which focus on the trouble unsupervised teenagers can get up to, both of which are hilarious episodes, but only one of which can go to the final. Voting is open until 10pm ET tomorrow (Tuesday)!

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Turkey Day Tournament Day 20: Horrors of Spider Island vs. Final Justice

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Saturday greetings, Tournamenteers! I’ve got the final quarterfinal match for you today (and remember, if you missed a day you can always catch up at Polls Central).

On to the last pair-up of round 3: it’s the battle of the beefy lunkheads as Horrors of Spider Island takes on Final Justice. Think you can make a decision? Go ahead on. We’ll be back on Monday with the results!

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Turkey Day Tournament Day 19: Pod People vs. The Sinister Urge

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Helloooooooo devoted Turkey Day companions! Yesterday we saw Hobgoblins tackle The Day the Earth Froze, and Hobgoblins has scrappily taken a narrow lead. Voting is open until 11am tomorrow though, so it’s still anyone’s game.

Click me and I will get bigger and more legible!

Today, as promised, I’m sharing the entire bracket as it currently stands. I encourage you to click on it to make it easier to read. Voting on the last two matches of round 2 have ended with Final Justice winning over Night of the Blood Beast, and Horrors of Spider Island barely squeaking out a win over Future War (the final tally was 765 to 759! Talk about a nailbiter).

Also, the voting for the first quarterfinal match has concluded, and I Accuse My Parents beat out Eegah to advance to the semifinal!

Together we are inching ever closer to your top ranked experiment, and I have my suspicions about what it will be (do you?). Today’s battle unfolds between Pod People and The Sinister Urge; will Officer Kline stand up against Trumpy’s extremely dull magical powers? You decide!

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Turkey Day Tournament Day 18: The Day the Earth Froze vs. Hobgoblins

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Hello and welcome to day 18 of your Turkey Day Tournament! Yesterday kicked off the quarterfinals with Eegah versus I Accuse My Parents, and tragic Jimmy Wilson has the edge over creepy Arch Hall, Sr. as of now.

Before we leap into today’s pair-up, I have a couple of quick housekeeping notes: first, because we are actually looking for six episodes to run on Turkey Day, we will be pulling two episodes from the quarterfinals (that’s the round we’re in now!) to include in the marathon. These two episodes will be decided based on number of votes and comments, so even if your favorite episodes don’t advance in this round, if they’re popular enough, they may still squeak through.

Secondly, the final votes for round 2 will be closing out tonight, so tomorrow I’ll share the actual bracket as it currently stands for all the visualization nerds to enjoy!

Which brings us to our latest and most perplexing battle yet. Today’s match-up pits the Russo-Finnish epic The Day the Earth Froze against the Southern California epic Hobgoblins. Votes away!

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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.

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THE QUARTERFINALS BEGIN! Turkey Day Tournament Day 17: Eegah vs. I Accuse My Parents

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Welcome back, Turkey Day Tournamenteers, as we launch enthusiastically into the quarterfinals! While voting remains open on the last two match-ups of round 2, these are the victors so far:

Eegah vs. HerculesEegah wins!

Devil Fish vs. I Accuse My ParentsI Accuse My Parents wins!

The Touch of Satan vs. HobgoblinsHobgoblins wins!

The Day the Earth Froze vs. Quest of the Delta KnightsThe Day the Earth Froze wins!

Pod People vs. The Girl in Lovers LanePod People wins!

The Sinister Urge vs. GunslingerThe Sinister Urge wins!

Horrors of Spider Island vs. Future War — Voting still open!

Night of the Blood Beast vs. Final Justice — Voting still open!

As we enter the quarterfinals, the voting period will be squishing down to a brief two days per match-up, so now is the time to pay attention! Round 3 is also making for some curious pairings, as today’s between Eegah and I Accuse My Parents. Both of these are huge favorites, and interestingly, they are consecutive episodes — Eegah was the sixth episode of season five, and I Accuse My Parents was the seventh episode — which really highlights how darn GOOD season five was.

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Turkey Day Tournament Day 16: Night of the Blood Beast vs. Final Justice

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Greetings, Turkey Day devotees! I hope you all had lovely weekends. Did you get to watch the Puppet Camp livestream on Friday, featuring the two new shorts? That was a wild time. Don’t fret if you missed it, you can watch the whole show right here on MST3K.org until Saturday at midnight ET.

Let’s do a little catch-up here just in case you missed the Saturday and Sunday matches. On Saturday, we saw The Sinister Urge face off against Gunslinger. The Sinister Urge holds the lead as of today, and voting closes tomorrow. On Sunday, Horrors of Spider Island took on Future War, and the race is extremely close at this point, but you’ve got until Wednesday to make your choice known. (All polls, both open and closed, can be seen on our Polls Central page, if you’ve lost track of where things stand.)

On to today’s battle! You didn’t for a moment believe we’d spare you Joe Don Baker’s surly face during this experience, did you? We’ve saved the meatiest for the last competition of round 2: it’s Night of the Blood Beast vs Final Justice. Get on your dancing bikini and weigh in below.

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