Creator and original star of the comedy, Joel Hodgson, launched the Kickstarter.com campaign last month (Nov15), with an initial goal of raising $5.5 million (£3.6 million) to bring the movie-centred show back for a 12-episode season.

But on Friday (11Dec15) when the campaign closed, nearly 48,300 fans pledged $5,764,229 (£3.8 million) in just a month, and with merchandise, the total came to more than $6.3 million, allowing show producers to make 14 episodes and a holiday special.

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and its titular star Kristen Bell launched a highly successful campaign to bring their cancelled TV series to the big screen in 2013, setting a record for Kickstarter by raising $5,702,153 (£3.8 million) in fan donations in 30 days, as well as becoming the most-supported project in the fundraising website's history.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 centred on a janitor trapped in space and forced to watch corny horror and sci-fi movies with three robot companions. The group would provide running commentary throughout the film.

The show debuted in 1988 and ran for 11 seasons, winning a Peabody Award in 1993, and was nominated for two Emmys and listed as one of Time magazine's 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time in 2007.

Hodgson has already invited top stars to make cameos in the reboot, including Jack Black, Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Hamill, Neil Patrick Harris and Bill Hader, while actress Felicia Day and comedians Patton Oswalt and Jonah Ray have signed on as regulars.