Turkey Day is the name given to the various Thanksgiving Day marathons of Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes.



Ad for the Thanksgiving premiere of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuted on KTMA in 1988 on Thanksgiving day as part of a sci-fi marathon. The first two episodes of MST3K were followed by two episodes of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. This established Thanksgiving as a special day for the show.

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The first Turkey Day!

The first official Turkey Day marathon ran on Comedy Central in 1991 to commemorate the show's third anniversary. Special bumper segments were shown between episodes and each Turkey Day marathon from 1992 onwards featured the premiere of at least one new episode. Its initial run was from 1991 through 1995.

In 1997, The Sci-Fi Channel ran a Thanksgiving Day marathon, although it was not labeled "Turkey Day".

In 2013, the tradition was revived by Shout! Factory, with six episodes selected by Joel streaming online at starting at noon.[1][2] The announcement of the stream garnered significant media attention.[3][4][5] Joel and Shout! Factory have hosted a new marathon every year since.

Turkey Day '18 was aired before Thanksgiving (on Sunday, November 18th) because Season 12 was set to debut on Netflix on Thanksgiving Day and Shout! wanted to make sure people were free to watch it.[6] It was the only Turkey Day marathon to not run on Thanksgiving Day.

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List of Turkey Day marathons[]

Comedy Central[]

Sci-Fi Channel[]


In 2014, Shout! Factory released Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Turkey Day Collection, a DVD set styled as a "Thanksgiving Day Marathon in a Box".

Recurring episodes[]

Seven showings[]

Four showings[]

Three showings[]

Two showings[]