(WVEC) -- In the not too distant future, brand new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will arrive on Netflix.
The cult classic TV show which pioneered "riffing" -- making jokes while watching a terrible movie -- is coming back with a crowd-funded 11th season on April 14.
The show began as a cable access program in Minneapolis in the late 1980s, before having a 10-season run on Comedy Central and then later, the Sci Fi Network. MST3K was canceled in 1999 after 197 episodes and a theatrical movie.
Then in 2015, series creator Joel Hodgson launched a Kickstarter campaign to "Bring Back Mystery Science Theater 3000." It ended up raising more than $5 million to produce a 14-episode season and ultimately led to a deal to be streamed on Netflix.
The series features a host who would sit in a movie theater with two wise cracking robots, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, and make running -- and hilarious -- commentary on the cheesy movie on the screen.
The series originally starred Hodgson as a janitor trapped on a spaceship and forced to watch B-movies as part of a plot by a pair of mad scientists to try to take over the world. To try to maintain his sanity, the janitor, Joel Robinson, created robot companions to keep him company and to help him humorously comment on the movies as they play out on the screen.
In later seasons, members of the cast changed, and ultimately Hodgson was replaced as the janitor led by Michael J. Nelson as Mike Nelson in the fifth season. Nelson now leads his own spinoff riffing project, Rifftrax.
While Hodgson helped resurrect the series, he will not return to hosting duties. Instead in the new season 11 revival, comedian Jonah Ray will play our victim - I mean hero, Jonah Heston. Felicia Day will play Kinga Forrester, daughter of the original mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester, and Patton Oswalt as TV's Son of TV's Frank, the son of Forrester's henchman, TV's Frank from the original MST3K. Other cast members include Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn voicing the bots.
Along with Wednesday's announcement from Netflix, the first full cast photo was released. Netflix will stream the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.