Last Updated on 31 December 2023

I searched the Internet for lists of the best episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). Criteria included the episodes being ranked, not just listed and generally created by groups, whether teams or committees or based on general public voting (like

I found 34 different ranked lists online of “best MST3K episodes.” Then I averaged the rankings each episode got and divided that average by a factor of the number of lists that episode was on. The lowest score meant a high ranking average on many lists. The complete spreadsheet is attached at the bottom.

The episodes that were on the most lists (out of 34):

  • Mitchell – S05 E12 – 31 lists
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate – S04 E24 – 29 lists
  • The Final Sacrifice – S09 E10 – 26 lists
  • Pod People – S03 E03 – 26 lists
  • Space Mutiny – S08 E20 – 25 lists
  • Time Chasers – S08 E21 – 21 lists

Here are links to the lists I used along with dates the lists were created: