We got Munchie sign!
- Crow

Munchie is the 4th episode of Season 13 of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the 221st episode overall. It premiered on May 27, 2022.

The Movie[]

Main article: Munchie (film)


A small magical creature befriends a young boy who is having problems at school and at home.


  • A pre-title sequence depicting Munchie being discarded by his previous human "pal" in 1970 has been cut and the opening credits have been shortened.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]

Prologue: Kinga and Max are pleased that having two concurrent experiments running is proving to be popular. On the SOL, GPC has selected "Lawyers of Catan" for game night. The rules are extensive.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Kinga presents the Deadmill, a zombie-powered treadmill that produces clean energy. Jonah and the 'Bots have invented the Sustain-A-Band, a line of environmentally friendly products that includes a microphone whose cable is a bungee cord to promote re-use and reduce waste, a guitar that can be smashed and reassembled, and boomerang drum sticks.

Segment Two: Jonah and the 'Bots try to cope with the disturbing appearance of Munchie. Kinga demonstrates her willingness to deprive Jonah of oxygen as a means of control.

Segment Three: Jonah has found the recordings from Dom Deluise's voice-over sessions as Munchie. Dom's improvising is long-winded and repetitive, then becomes abusive. Kinga gives orders to Pearl, Synthia, and Mega-Synthia. She dismisses Pearl's request for quality time.


Segment Four: After a very brief interview process, Kinga hires Growler and M. Waverly as new henchmen.

Segment Five: Dr. Donna St. Phibes presents a timeline of Munchie's ancestry.

Segment Six: Tom and Crow have mistaken the movie for a documentary. Emily contacts Jonah from the Simulator of Love and they plan their escape (in rhyme, which Kinga and Max are unable to hear).

Stinger: Gage speculates that Munchie must be responsible for the chaos in his classroom.

The Premiere[]

The premiere event had additional sketches at the beginning and end, as well as Madvertisements. These sketches were in keeping with May's theme of Pesky Critters Month.

Premiere Opening: Crow and Tom on the Simulator of Love are concerned about the presence of a mysterious creature in their midst. It turns out to be Emily.

Madvertisement One: Onyx Path Publishing: Tom's character handles a nasty monster encounter by providing talk therapy.

Madvertisement Two: Bendy (from Joey Drew Studios): Tom and Crow have purchased a large amount of Bendy merchandise using Max's credit card. Jonah is not pleased.

Madvertisement Three: Bearmanor Media: Tom Servo wishes to have his memoirs transcribed by Jonah and submitted to BearManor.

Premiere Closing: After a promo for Episode 1305, Emily and Tom in the Simulator find what seems to be Crow's lifeless body. After noisily mourning him, Crow appears and reveals that they had encountered a taxidermied version of himself that he left on the bridge. Emily and Tom are annoyed.

Obscure References[]

  • "We don't need no education. We don't need no thought control."
These are lyrics in the anti-establishment song "Another Brick in the Wall" from the 1979 rock opera The Wall by the band Pink Floyd.
  • "So you had a bad day. Your fractions weren't great. A couple of bullies threw your plate..."
A pastiche on the song "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter. It was played on the TV talent show American Idol over images of singers who had been eliminated from the contest.
  • "Something always happening at old man Hindenburg's place"
The Hindenburg was a rigid airship that famously exploded in 1937. The disaster had previously been referenced during the parade sketch in Episode #409.
  • "Apt Pupil 2"
Apt Pupil is a 1998 psychodrama film based on a 1982 short story by Stephen King. It is about a teenager in California who befriends a older man who is secretly a Nazi war criminal.
  • "I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead Munchie."
A reference to the line "I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being." from the short story "The Body" by Stephen King. It was later part of the narration for the 1986 film Stand By Me.
  • "One-eight-double-seven Coffins for Kids. C-O-F-fins Coffins for Kids. This is legally-distinct. Hey!"
A play on the jingle used by the charitable organization Kars4Kids, which is often identified as being frustratingly catchy.
  • "Just what I always wanted- A room with a view!" "I prefer Howards End."
A Room with a View is a 1985 British drama based on the 1908 novel by E. M. Forster. It was directed by James Ivory, who has directed other period films about British society, including Howards End (which was also based on a novel by Forster).
  • "Ah, yes! Aaron Copland's 'Fanfare for the Common Munchie'!"
Composer Aaron Copland wrote the symphonic piece "Fanfare for the Common Man" in 1942.

Behind the Scenes[]

MST3K Cast[]

MST3K Crew[]


  • With 16 actors playing 18 speaking characters, this is the episode with the largest cast to date.
  • After the premiere event, some of the cast and writers participated in a livestream Q&A session hosted by Matt McGinnis.


  • Dr. St. Phibes states that Munchies are descendants of Hobgoblins (Hobgoblins)
  • Jonah describes a character's car as "pretty nice" (Mac and Me)
  • "Guess I'm off to Deathstalker II"
  • Jonah's Sustain-A-Band guitar is reminiscent of Joel's Rock-and-Wreck Guitar from Episode #417

Running Gags[]

  • Gage wishing he was dead
  • Elliot looking like the Simpsons character Ned Flanders
  • Responding to things Munchie says with "Ew"
  • "It's gotta be Munchie"
  • Loni Anderson's marriage to and divorce from Burt Reynolds.


Video Releases[]