Red Dwarf (1988– )

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The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Dave Lister / ... (61 episodes, 1988-2012)
 The Cat / ... (61 episodes, 1988-2012)
 Arnold Rimmer / ... (57 episodes, 1988-2012)
 Kryten / ... (49 episodes, 1989-2012)


Three million years ago, a radiation leak killed the crew of the mining ship, Red Dwarf. The only survivor was Dave Lister, the chicken soup machine repairman. He spends his time on the ship with a holographic projection of Arnold Rimmer (his dead bunkmate), Cat (a life-form that evolved from Dave's cat), Holly (the ship's senile computer), and Kryten (a service mechanoid). Written by Garrett Hobbs

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Release Date:

29 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cervený trpaslík  »

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(52 episodes)

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As of 2015, the series is technically still in production, 25 years after it debuted. This makes it the second-longest running science fiction series of all time, behind Doctor Who (1963). Due to the erratic nature of British TV scheduling, however, only 10 series have been produced. See more »


[repeated line]
Arnold Rimmer: Lickety-split.
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Spin-off Red Dwarf: Smeg Outs (1995) See more »


Written by Howard Goodall
Performed by Jenna Russell
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I am hopelessly addicted to this show.
19 July 1999 | by (Tallahassee, Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Let's get one thing straight here: I don't watch much TV. A lot of the shows nowadays really get on my nerves. But RED DWARF is different. DWARF is shown on Saturday nights on my local PBS station, and the week just isn't the same if I can't see my favorite bunch of marooned space bums. The story is a bit of a long one: Dave Lister, a technician aboard the mining ship RED DWARF, is punished for having an unquarantined cat on the ship. His punishment involves going into stasis for 18 months, forfeiting all pay (which he wants to save up so he can move to Fiji with his cat and the love of his life, Kristine Kochanski). But while he is in stasis, his supremely anal-retentive superior officer and bunkmate Arnold Rimmer fails to fix a restraining plate properly on a warp drive, and the whole ship undergoes an internal nuclear explosion. When awakened by Holly, the ship's slightly loopy computer, Lister finds out he has been in stasis for over 3 million years. Rimmer, resurrected by Holly as a hologram, is back to keep Lister sane yet seems more probable to do the opposite. Lister's cat, who was pregnant, was safely sealed away in the cargo hold of the ship. There the cats have bred for 3 million years, and the last survivor of their race pops out of an air vent, a Felis Sapiens, or commonly known as just Cat. Together, they try to find a way back home to Earth...even if it takes 3 million years!

I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good laugh. :o)

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