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Tom Servo & Crow - Robot sidekicks on MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000/COM/1988-96/SCI/1997-99, a sci-fi spoof that was one of cable's hottest cult hits of the 1990s.

Mike Nelson, Crow and Tom Servo - MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000
Cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Tom Servo (voice of Kevin Murphy) was shot into space by mad scientists and forced to watch dreadful B movies with his friends, lab technician Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgson later replaced by Mike Nelson), the show's human host and another robot named Crow (voice of Trace Beaulieu).

Tom's body consisted of bits of an old bubble-gum machine, a penny bank and a flashlight. Crow's body was constructed from a Lacrosse face mask, a plastic bowling pin and a soap dish.

The robot's parts reflected the same poor quality of the movies shown on the program (for instance, Robots vs. the Aztec Mummy (1959), and The Giant Spider Invasion (1975).

Seen as silhouettes at the bottom of the screen, Tom, Crow and Joel spoofed the movies with a rapid fire delivery of hip, irreverent one-liners. Tom and his sharp-tongued sidekicks moved to the SCI-FI Channel in 1997.


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