Readers' Poll: The Best Comedy Shows of the 1990s

Decade that included 'The Simpsons,' 'Friends' and 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' has one series that's impossible to beat

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8. 'Mystery Science Theater 3000'

There's a reason that Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator Joel Hodgson was able to rack up well over $6 million via Kickstarter campaign last year when he decided to bring the show back. It's been 17 years since Comedy Central (in 1997) and then the Sci-Fi Channel (in 1999) cancelled the long-running series about a guy and two robots that mock bad movies from a satellite in space. But the world is hungry for more. It began on a local Minnesota television station in 1988 and spread to Comedy Central the following year, even though many households didn't get the station and were forced to trade bootleg VHS tapes with friends. Some fans are dismayed that none of the original cast members besides Hodgson are involved in the reboot. Many former cast members vented via Twitter about the situation and are now working on their own Kickstarter, so this isn't exactly the complete reunion we all hoped we'd see – but we'll take what we can get. 

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