Whether he's lampooning the President or sending up the hottest celebs, you never know who Frank will show up as. But one things for certain, no matter who he is, you're guaranteed to laugh. Frank's new show is shot in front of a live audience, but also includes segments filmed at a variety of locations. Everything from current events to icons of the past is fair game for this comic chameleon.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Frank TV - TV's Frank - Netflix
TV's Frank, played by Frank Conniff, is a fictional character who is lab assistant to mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester in the television comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000. He appears at the beginning of Season 2, with the departure of Forrester's earlier co-scientist Dr. Laurence Erhardt, and continues through Season 6. According to The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, Dr. Forrester discovered Frank working at a nearby Arby's. Early on he was simply called Frank; later he acquired the more ostentatious name which is a reference to how a TV personality would sometimes be introduced as “TV's so-and-so” on talk shows and other programming. Frank wears a black chauffeur's uniform and his hairstyle includes a spit-curl (resulting in a resemblance to that of Marlon Brando's Jor-El role in the 1978 Superman film). He has an unusual habit of calling Dr. Forrester “Steve”. He is listed in Deep 13's employee records as “Frank, TV's,” indicating that “Frank” is actually his surname and “TV's” is his given name. Little is known about Frank's past save that he attended Harriet Tubman High School (a real high school in Compton, California), where he was held back at least twice. While working at Arby's, Frank was allegedly nicknamed “Zeppo” due to his supposed sense of humor. Frank had a surprisingly large personal fortune which surfaced whenever a large amount of money was required for a particular skit.
Frank TV - Behind the scenes - Netflix
Frank Conniff was one of the MST3K writers, providing his share of the movie “riffs” that defined the show. He also frequently screened the movies that ended up as MST3K fodder. Occasionally, Frank's multiple roles affected the show's storyline. In episode #621 The Beast of Yucca Flats, one host segment sketch features Crow T. Robot continually asking if it's 11:30 yet, based on breakfast-skipping Conniff's obsession with having lunch at 11:30. On two occasions, the Mads try their hand at riffing. In episode #323: The Castle of Fu Manchu, taunted by Joel and the Bots, they make a weak attempt at riffing, and fail miserably. In episode #611: Last of the Wild Horses, in a parody of Star Trek episode “Mirror, Mirror”, TV's Frank and Dr. Forrester become the SOL captives and spend part of the episode providing all the riffs. Dr. Forrester comments as they enter the theater that he wasn't going to carry Frank in, a reference to Joel or Mike regularly carrying Tom Servo into the theater.