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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXII, available March 24, comes to us without a theme or anniversary tie-in — just another slate of four pretty-funny-to-outright-hilarious outings with Joel, Mike, Crow and Tom Servo, ranging from forgotten ’70s TV pilots to an actual, bona fide Academy Award winner. Without further ado, Popdose MSTies Tony Redman and Dan Wiencek give you Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXII!

Ah, Thanksgiving — that yearly ritual of coma-inducing food, awkward conversation with scarcely seen relatives and, if you come from a certain kind of family, hours and hours of cheesy movies, expertly skewered by Joel (or Mike) and the ‘bots on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Thanksgiving and MST3K have always gone hand in hand: the first episode ever broadcast went out on Thanksgiving Day, 1988, on KTMA in Minneapolis, and during the height of the show’s popularity on Comedy Central, the network ceded its entire Thanksgiving schedule to MST3K to run the beloved Turkey Day Marathons. In those pre-Internet, pre-file-sharing days, the Turkey Day extravaganzas — blocks of as many as 15 two-hour episodes in a row, with seasonally appropriate skits and bumpers recorded by the cast — gave fans a much-needed opportunity to catch up on their home taping; beyond that, in a television landscape filled with numbing parades, predictable football games and The Wizard of Oz, Turkey Day was a chance to unbutton your pants, sink into the sofa and surf a wave of tryptophan grogginess accompanied by the cleverest, hippest comedy on the box.

In salute to the glorious Turkey Days of yore, Shout! Factory is enlisting series creator Joel Hodgson to host a second, online Turkey Day Marathon, beginning at noon EST on the day, and it has also bequeathed us a new DVD set — the 31st — featuring special Turkey Day-themed packaging and extras. Only Dr. Forrester (and possibly Bobo) would bogart such a feast, so once again, Popdose Mega-MSTies Tony Redman and Dan Wiencek came together to share in the joys of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume XXXI: The Turkey Day Collection.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 continues its post-cancellation afterlife with another new set of four episodes, released on July 29 — the 30th such set since the show began appearing on DVD back in 2000. For this landmark release, Popdose’s resident die-hard MSTies Tony Redman and Dan Wiencek collaborated on a joint review; see what they liked, and what they didn’t quite like, in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXX.