Television

Sharknado Becomes Social Media Hit

Thanks to Twitter, we are now all Mystery Science Theater 3000

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“Sharknado,” Syfy’s latest shlocky made-for-TV guilty pleasure, hit social media Thursday night like, well, a swirling cyclone of bloodthirsty fish.

The latest offering from the minds who brought us “Dinoshark,” “Sharktopus” and “Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus,”  â€œSharknado” also benefited from the presence of at least two past-their-prime actors, starlet-turned-party-girl Tara Reid and “Beverly Hills 90210’s” resident bro, Ian Zeiring. And, well, it’s the summer and there isn’t much else on.

The combination of an absurd yet self-evident premise, a clumsy portmanteau title, visual effects that would leave Ed Wood embarrassed, and D-list stars proved to be the perfect storm for Twitter snarking, with seemingly everyone—or at least seemingly everyone related somehow to the media industry—weighing in on the campy spectacle.