Best of the Worst
Best of the Worst Title Card
FormatFilm reviews
Created byMike Stoklasa
Jay Bauman
Rich Evans
StarringMike Stoklasa
Jay Bauman
Rich Evans
Josh Davis
Jessi Nakles
Jack Packard
Opening theme"Motocross" by Apple Inc. (Wheel of the Worst)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes24 (and 3 specials)
(List of episodes)
Running time33-54 minutes
Production company(s)RedLetterMedia
Original channelYouTube
Picture format16:9 720p (HDTV)
Original runJanuary 18, 2013 (2013-01-18) – present
Related showsMr. Plinkett Reviews
Half in the Bag
Game Station 2.0
Best of the Worst
Previously Recorded
Best of the Worst Logo

Best of the Worst is an American review web series created by Mike Stoklasa, Jay Bauman, and Rich Evans and edited by Stoklasa and Bauman, which focuses on B-movies and bizarre video releases from the VHS era.[1][2][3][4][5] The series premiered on January 18, 2013, and is filmed around the Red Letter Media office and studio. Each episode features brief introductions of the releases, excerpts from the screenings, panel discussions with a rotating cast,[3][6] and the occasional destruction of videos.[4] The films selected for review are often related thematically. In the second and third seasons, the show incorporated framing sketches and guest stars into the format, and expanded its scope to include interviews with well-known B-movie actors and directors.

The series follows the Best of the Worst gang as they watch and discuss terrible movies and videos,[5] some of which are viewer-submitted.[4][7] In the process, they determine which of the releases should be considered the "Best of the Worst."[4][8] The candidates for review are generally chosen prior to the episode's filming,[1] but certain episodes have introduced different conceits to randomize the video selection, such as the "torture device[s]" Wheel of the Worst and Choose 'n' Lose,[5][7][9] and mystery holiday gifts from Santa Claus[10].


Main article: Best of the Worst#Episodes

In Best of the Worst, a group of friends, filmmakers, and film enthusiasts get together to watch and discuss bad movies and odd videos.[5] In the process, they determine which of the releases in their extensive collection are the "Best of the Worst". The video selections in each episode are usually related by theme, and each video is evaluated by its merits or lack thereof.


The series stars Mike Stoklasa, Jay Bauman, Rich Evans, Josh Davis, Jessi Nakles, and Jack Packard,[5] and the cast members rotate for the viewings and the four person panel discussions.[6] Episodes generally feature a partial cast, since a minimum of four members are required for each panel discussion. As such, the full cast has appeared together in the series four times, and only Bauman and Evans have appeared in all episodes.

Guest stars, such as Canadian visual effects artists Colin Cunningham and Jim Maxwell, Feeding Frenzy star Gillian Bellinger, and writer-director Len Kabasinski, have made appearances in regular episodes and participated in the discussion panels. In interview specials, two members of the regular cast also interview B-movie stars, most notably Kabasinski and Samurai Cop star Matt Hannon.


Information about Wheel of the Worst picks are listed on the individual episode pages.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 0
1 7 January 18, 2013 (2013-01-18) May 28, 2013 (2013-05-28) N/A
2 10 August 8, 2013 (2013-08-08) March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09) N/A
3 TBA May 2, 2014 (2014-05-02) TBA N/A
Specials 3 April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01) TBA N/A

Season 1 (2013)

The first season of Best of the Worst consists on seven episodes, released between January 2013 and May 2013.

No. in series No. in season Featured films Airdate Guest stars Editor Links
1 1
Action Movies
Russian Terminator (1990, Technicolor, Arena Home Video, DK)
Ninja Vengeance (1988, Color, 21st Century Corporation)
Never Too Young to Die (1986, Metrocolor, Paul Entertainment)
January 18, 2013 (2013-01-18)
Mike Stoklasa
The gang views and reviews three terrible films.
2 2
Future Dystopian Movies
The New Gladiators (I guerrieri dell'anno 2072, 1984, Color, Regency Productions, IT)
Exterminator 2 (1984, Color, The Cannon Group)
The Aftermath (1982, Metrocolor, The Nautilus Film Company)
February 1, 2013 (2013-02-01)
Mike Stoklasa
The gang decides to check out some science-fiction dystopian movies.
3 3
Three Bewb-filled Creature Features
The Killer Eye (1999, Color, Full Moon Entertainment)
They Bite (1996, Color, Trio Entertainment)
Xtro (1983, Color, Amalgamated Film Enterprises)
February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13)
Jay Bauman
The gang watches some creature features.
4 4
Warm Climes
Deadly Prey (1987, Color, Action International Pictures)
Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987, Color, Malibu Bay Films)
Miami Connection (1987, Color, P.J.K. Group)
March 24, 2013 (2013-03-24)
Jay Bauman
To stave off seasonal affective disorder, the gang watches three movies set in warm climes.
5 5
The Wheel of the Worst 1
Candid Camera 6 (1982, Color, Amazing Film Productions)
Let's Rap About Fire Safety (1986, Color, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group)
The Dance of Birth (2012, Color, KillerWolf Films)
April 30, 2013 (2013-04-30)
To deal with the glut of weird videos in their inventory, the gang uses the Wheel of the Worst to randomly select videos for review.
6 6
Robot Movies
The Vindicator
(1986, Color, Frank & Stein Film Productions)
Cyber Tracker (1994, Color, PM Entertainment Group)
Robot Jox (1989, Color, Empire Pictures)
R.O.T.O.R. (1988, Color, Manson International)
May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)
Jay Bauman
An attempt to watch some bad robot movies nearly ends in failure.
7 7
Stupid Kids Movies
Playing Dangerous (1995, Color, Mosaic Films)
Shapeshifter (1999, Color, Canarom Productions, CA/RO)
Thunderpants (2002, Color, CP Medien AG, UK/DE)
May 28, 2013 (2013-05-28)
Jay Bauman
The gang watches and reviews three alleged children's films. Rich picks a special movie for Jessi.

Season 2 (2013-2014)

The second season of Best of the Worst was released between August 2013 and March 2014. Starting with the season two premiere, the show introduced comedic skits to frame each episode and included guest stars.

No. in series No. in season Featured films Airdate Guest stars Editor Links
8 1
Wheel of the Worst 2
Key Matters (1982, Color, Amazing Film Productions)
Gary Coleman in For Safety's Sake (1986, Color, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group)
The Family Guide to the Internet (2012, Color, KillerWolf Films)
August 8, 2013 (2013-08-08)
In the second Wheel of the Worst installment, the gang tackles the next set of terrible videos.
9 2
Visual Effects Driven Turds
V-World Matrix (1999, Color, Sterling Entertainment)
The Amazing Bulk (2010, Color, Laybl Productions)
Gymkata (2002, Color, CP Medien AG, UK/DE)
August 28, 2013 (2013-08-28)
Colin Cunningham
Jay Bauman
After meeting visual effects artist Colin, the gang watches two visual effects-driven films and a mystery movie.
10 3
Slasher Flicks
Bloody Birthday (1981, Color, Judica Productions)
Crazy Fat Ethel II (1987, Color, I.R.M.I. Films Corporation)
Psycho From Texas (1975, Color, Feazell / Limited Pictures)
September 18, 2013 (2013-09-18)
Gillian Bellinger
Jay Bauman
After Jay stops Feeding Frenzy star Gillian from committing larceny, the gang watches several slasher flicks.
11 4
Halloween Episode
Nightbeast (1982, Color, Amazing Film Productions)
Trick or Treat (1986, Color, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group)
Skull Forest (2012, Color, KillerWolf Films)
October 31, 2013 (2013-10-31)
Mike Stoklasa
It is Rich's birthday, but after watching three Halloween movies, the gang suspects he may be cursed.
12 5
Wheel of the Worst 3
Tree Stand Safety (1982, Color, Amazing Film Productions)
"Where Did I Come From?" (1986, Color, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group)
Instant Adoring Boyfriend (2012, Color, KillerWolf Films)
November 22, 2013 (2013-11-22)
Mike Stoklasa
In the third installment of Wheel of the Worst, the gang tackles yet another set of terrible videos.
13 6
Sequel Episode
Playing Dangerous 2
(1996, Color, Blue Arbor Films)
The Exterminator (1980, Color, Interstar)
The Deadliest Prey (2013, Color, Night Claws Productions)
November 30, 2013 (2013-11-30)
Jay Bauman
To get a sense of the complete story, the gang watches the sequels to previously reviewed movies.
14 7
Christmas Special
Elves (1989, Color, Action International Pictures)
Santa Claus (1959, Eastmancolor, Cinematográfica Calderón S.A., MX)
Christmas Vacation 2 (2003, Color, Warner Bros. Television)
December 23, 2013 (2013-12-23)
Rich Evans is pleased that it is Christmas, but no one seems to share his enthusiasm. As Rich watches three Christmas themed movies with the gang, his mood and optimism gradually sour.
15 8
Otherworldly Sci-fi Movies
Robo-C.H.I.C. (Cyber-C.H.I.C., 1990, Color, Action International Pictures)
Alien Seed (1990, Color, Action International Pictures)
Yor: The Hunter from the Future (Il mondo di Yor, 1983, Eastmancolor, Diamant Film, IT/FR/TR)
January 29, 2014 (2014-01-29)
Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman
An attempt to watch three 1980s science-fiction movies goes horribly wrong.
16 9
Wheel of the Worst 4
Kitten Kommotion (1982, Color, Amazing Film Productions)
Dunkin' Donuts 1994 Fall Donut Event Finishing Video with Bob Rosenberg (1986, Color, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group)
Dunkin' Donuts: Uniformity (2012, Color, KillerWolf Films)
The Shoji Tabuchi Show (2012, Color, KillerWolf Films)
February 28, 2014 (2014-02-28)
Mike Stoklasa
In the fourth installment of Wheel of the Worst, the gang drudges through another set of terrible videos.
17 10
Superhero Movies
Supergirl (1984, Rankcolor, Artistry Limited, UK/US)
Captain America (1990) (1990, Eastmancolor, 21st Century Film Corporation, US/YU)
Fantastic Four (1994, Color, New Horizons, DE/US)
March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09)
Jay Bauman
In anticipation of the new wave of comic books movies, the gang watches some old comic book movies.

Season 3 (2014-present)

Season three of Best of the Worst premiered May 2014.

No. in series No. in season Featured films Airdate Guest stars Editor Links
18 1
Ninja Movies!
Ninja III: The Domination (1984, Metrocolor, Shout! Factory, 2013 Blu-ray)
Ninja Warriors (1985, Color, Avid Home Video, 1991 VHS, PH/US)
For Hire (1991, Color, Vintage Home Entertainment, 2004 DVD)
May 2, 2014 (2014-05-02)
Len Kabasinski
Mike Stoklasa
After having his films criticized by the gang, Len Kabasinski arrives at the Red Letter Media headquarters to exact revenge.
19 2
Wheel of the Worst 5
Cleared for Takeoff (1994, Color, Fred Levine Productions)
Tales from Genesis Space (2000, Color, Everwhen Productions)
SOS (1989, Color, Aurora Productions, JA/US)
June 3, 2014 (2014-06-03)
Jay Bauman
The Wheel of the Worst makes a triumphant return.
20 3
American Action Movies
Ghetto Blaster (1989, Color, Prism Entertainment, 1990 VHS)
Terror in Beverly Hills (1989, Color, Passion Productions, 2002 DVD)
Killing American Style (1990, Color, Cinema Epoch, 2014 DVD)
July 3, 2014 (2014-07-03)
Colin Cunningham, Jim Maxwell
Canadian pals Colin and Jim meet up with the gang in Milwaukee to watch three American action movies.
21 4
Battle of the Genres
High Voltage (1984, Metrocolor, Golan-Globus Productions)
Death Spa (1985, Color, Silver Star, PH/US)
Space Mutiny (1991, Color, RBC Entertainment)
July 31, 2014 (2014-07-31)
Mike Stoklasa
The gang watch three movies and see which is the most successful in meeting the requirements of its genre.
22 5
When Animals Attack!!!
Shakma (1984, Metrocolor, Golan-Globus Productions)
Python II (1985, Color, Silver Star, PH/US)
Beaks: The Movie (1991, Color, RBC Entertainment)
August 27, 2014 (2014-08-27)
Mike Stoklasa
The gang watch three attacking animal movies.
23 6
Wheel of the Worst 6
How Can I Tell If I'm Really in Love? (1992, Color, Paramount Pictures)
The Osteoporosis Dance (1997, Color, University of Connecticut Health Center)
American Flatulators (1995, Color, Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc.)
September 18, 2014 (2014-09-18)
Colin Cunningham, Jim Maxwell
Mike Stoklasa
The gang's sufferings are shared with their Canadian friends in the sixth installment of Wheel of the Worst.
24 7
Dinosaur Movies!
Theodore Rex (1984, Metrocolor, Golan-Globus Productions)
Carnosaur (1985, Color, Silver Star, PH/US)
Tammy and the T-Rex (1991, Color, RBC Entertainment)
October 5, 2014 (2014-10-05)
The gang gets together to watch 1990s dinosaur movies.
25 8
Halloween Spooktacular!!!
The Item (1999, Color, Artisan Entertainment)
The Crawlers (1993, Color, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment)
Blood Lock (2008, Color, Echo Bridge Home Entertainment)
October 30, 2014 (2014-10-30)
When the power goes out at the Red Letter Media studio, the gang finishes their discussion at the haunted Brumder Mansion. Meanwhile, Rich Evans realizes he may never be free from the malevolent spirit of the Showbiz Pizza Bear.
26 9
Wheel of the Worst 7
Ice Dams: Causes, Combats, and Cures (1996, Color, LIberty Mutal Group)
Kids and Airbags (2000, Color, Everwhen Productions)
How to Become a Teenage Ninja (1990, Color, Stony Point Productions)
Dog Sitter VHS (2000, Color, Everwhen Productions)
December 18, 2014 (2014-12-18)
Mike Stoklasa
While stealing the Horse Ninja comic, graphic artist Freddie Williams II is discovered and roped into a Wheel of the Worst session.
27 10
The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978, Color, CBS)
December 23, 2014 (2014-12-23)
December 25, 2014 (2014-12-25)
Appalled by the Star Wars Holiday Special, the gang decides to bootleg the feature so everyone can watch it.
28 11
Weird Things on the Left Arm Sci-Fi-Extravaganza!!!
Alienator (1990, Color, Prism Entertainment Corporation)
Alien from the Deep (1989, Color, One 7 Movies)
Hands of Steel (Vendetta dal futuro, 1986, Color, Lightning Video)
February 18, 2014 (2014-02-18)
Mike Stoklasa
The gang checks out three sci-fi action movies, which coincidentally all involve weird things on characters' left arms.

Specials (2014)

No. in series No. in season Featured films Airdate Guest stars Editor Links
1 17/18
Direct-to-Video Horror
Ice Cream Man (1995, Color, David M. Goldstein Productions)
Recoil (2001, Color, Maverick Entertainment Group)
Dracula 3000 (2004, Color, Film Afrika Worldwide, DE/ZA)
April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01)
Josh and Jack watch and discuss three direct-to-video horror movies. Rich makes a cameo.
2 18/19
May 28, 2014 (2014-05-28)
Len Kabasinski
A conversation with Len Kabasinski.
3 21/22
August 24, 2014 (2014-08-24)
Mike and Jay respond to the reappearance of Samurai Cop star, Matt Hannon, previously assumed to be deceased.
4 22/23
August 31, 2014 (2014-08-31)
September 5, 2014 (2014-09-05)
Matt Hannon
Mike Stoklasa
Jay Bauman
A conversation with Samurai Cop star Matt Hannon.


Conception and development

Best of the Worst was conceived by Mike Stoklasa, Jay Bauman, and Rich Evans as way to document and share their experiences of watching bad movies.[1] Stoklasa and Bauman, both avid B-movie fans, often reviewed cult classics during the first and second seasons of film review web series Half in the Bag. Early episodes of Half in the Bag featured B-movie staples such as The Galaxy Invader, Samurai Cop, Troll 2 and its companion documentary Best Worst Movie, Zaat!, and The Black Ninja. One episode was entirely devoted to the 2012 lineup of B-Fest, a 24 hour festival held in Chicago which continuously screens B-movies.[2] Some of these episodes also prominently featured Best of the Worst regular Josh Davis as well as Rich Evans.

This enthusiasm for B-movies was not limited to Half in the Bag. A short video of the future Best of the Worst cast meeting Tommy Wiseau at a screening of The Room was featured on the Red Letter Media website in 2010.[11] In addition, Stoklasa and Bauman produced video mash-ups, using movie footage to highlight the incompetence and absurdity in a movie's premise and execution. Stoklasa created fake advertisements for Pabst Blue Ribbon using footage from The Galaxy Invader and made a trailer for a fake film titled Sparky!, using footage from the horror film Embryo. Bauman produced traditional mash-ups, creating a supercut of Road House for Half in the Bag and editing together various scene loops from different Friday the 13th sequels.

After the demise of video game review series Game Station 2.0 in May 2012, Mike Stoklasa, Jay Bauman, and Rich Evans continued producing film reviews for Half in the Bag and Mr. Plinkett Reviews.[12] The production of Game Station 2.0 had been plagued by problems with the show's scope and format.[12][13] Since neither Stoklasa nor Bauman were avid gamers,[6][13] the brunt of the review work fell to Evans. Evans had little desire to develop Game Station 2.0 further and Red Letter Media's partnership with prominent gaming YouTube channel was terminated in 2012, so Stoklasa and Bauman gave up pursuing the video game audience and renewed their focus on reviewing films.[12]

At the same time, the focus of Half in the Bag shifted towards reviewing recent theatrical releases. The content of the first two seasons, which involved B-movies and fan convention coverage, was phased out entirely and a conduit for discussing B-movies was lost. The only B-movie featured in either seasons three and four of Half in the Bag was Things, a film which was first mentioned in season two.

Since the group and their friends often watched and discussed many terrible movies,[1][14] Stoklasa, Bauman, and Evans decided to launch Best of the Worst as a new series. Bauman explained that B-movies were rarely featured in the later seasons of Half in the Bag because very few B-movies are interesting enough to warrant detailed breakdown and analysis. Best of the Worst became the first review series produced since Game Station 2.0 and the first film review series since Half in the Bag.[14]


Best of the Worst, unlike the other Red Letter Media shows, is an ensemble review show. Episodes in the series include footage from the video screenings and the panel discussions and episode length ranges from 30 minutes to 60 minutes long. While previous review series revolved around the core team of Mike Stoklasa, Jay Bauman, and Rich Evans, Best of the Worst marks the first regular appearances of many Red Letter Media collaborators, such as Jessi Nakles, who previously performed behind-the-scenes work for Half in the Bag and actors Jack Packard and Josh Davis, both of whom had roles in Half in the Bag and The Grabowskis. Nakles and Davis first appeared in a video documenting Red Letter Media's meeting with Tommy Wiseau.[11]

Episodes are generally composed of short introductions for each featured film, footage from the screenings, and a panel discussion interwoven with relevant scenes from the movies or the screening. Panel discussions require a minimum of four people, and often only a part of the cast is present for an episode. However, this flexibility makes it easier to produce Best of the Worst, since an episode can be filmed as long as any four of the cast is available.

In season two and three, the series incorporated framing skits to bookend each episode, introduced continuity, and included guest stars. In the skits, the cast plays exaggerated versions of themselves. Guest stars, such as Canadian visual effects artists Colin Cunningham and Jim Maxwell, Feeding Frenzy star Gillian Bellinger, and writer-director Len Kabasinski, have participated in the screenings, discussion panels, and the opening skits. In season three, an interview segment portion was launched called "A Conversation With", in which members of the Best of the Worst cast interview B-movie directors and actors.

Title sequence

The regular title sequence of Best of the Worst emulates the SD television screen as a VHS is being played, complete with video static bands and warping. Wheel of the Worst episodes have a custom title sequence using "Motocross" from the iMovie music library and a demonic voice-over by Mike Stoklasa, which showcases Red Letter Media's extensive video collection and the Wheel of the Worst.


Filming takes place primarily in the Red Letter Media office and the studio. The video introductions and the screenings are shot in different rooms of the office, while panel discussions are set up in between sets in the studio. The framing skits are filmed in multiple locations using handheld cameras.

There are separate static camera set-ups for screenings and discussions. The screenings are recorded using a single camera in a wide-shot and audio is captured using standing mics on the floor. The discussions generally use three cameras as in Half in the Bag, using one for a wide-shot and the remaining two for close-ups, and audio for each person is captured separately using wired lavalier microphones, since the studio is a large reverberant room and a poor location for audio capture.


The footage collected for Best of the Worst is assembled and edited by Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman. Finished episodes vary in length from approximately 30 minutes to 60 minutes, longer than Game Station 2.0 or Half in the Bag, but shorter than the comprehensive Mr. Plinkett Reviews.

According to Bauman, Best of the Worst is a strenuous exercise in editing. The discussion portions must be edited down to a manageable length and intercut with scenes from the movies or the screenings. In addition, separately captured audio tracks from the discussion panel are mixed in a way to focus on the speaker. The episodes "Ninja Movies!" and "Direct-to-Video Horror" both demonstrate how chaotic a discussion can get without properly edited and mixed audio. While the screening and discussion footage are usually not enhanced with visual effects, digital zooms are used liberally.


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