Deep Ape was the base of operations for the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" experiment under Pearl Forrester.


When the Satellite of Love returned from the edge of the universe, it was mysteriously pulled back to Earth's orbit. Mike and the Bots attempt to contact Deep 13, but instead find a lab run by intelligent, evolved apes in the year 2525. The lab is run by Professor Bobo and Dr. Peanut and they proceed to send Mike and the Bots cheesy movies in accordance with "Ape Law" handed down by the Lawgiver.

When Bomb Worshipers attempt to repair their nuclear warhead during Experiment #804, Mike gives them advice that leads to the destruction of not only Deep Ape, but the entire Earth. This cataclysmic future may have been averted by changes to the timeline brought about by Mike, the Bots, and the Mads' subsequent return to present day.

Behind the scenes[]

Deep Ape was the setting of the Mads host segments for the first four episodes of Season 8.

Though referred to onscreen as "The Lab", offscreen it has been referred to by fans and crew as Deep Ape, as it was the first replacement lair for the Mads after Deep 13.

The location, by whatever name, is an elaborate parody of the Planet of the Apes franchise, including its destruction, which is taken from the conclusion to the second film, Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

The Mads
Principal Dr. Clayton ForresterDr. Laurence ErhardtTV's FrankPearl ForresterProfessor BoboBrain GuyKinga ForresterMax
Secondary Gerry and SylviaDr. PeanutThe ObserversSynthia ForresterArdySkeleton CrewDr. Donna St. PhibesBonesyMega-SynthiaDr. KabahlM. WaverlyGrowler
Mirror Universe Mike NelsonCrow T. RobotTom ServoGypsy
Locations Gizmonic InstituteDeep 13Deep ApeThe WidowmakerObserver homeworldCamping PlanetAncient RomeCastle ForresterMoon 13Moon 1Deep Hurting