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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)


An unambitious slob from Liverpool has been awakened from a high-tech stasis chamber 3 million years in the future to find he may be one of the last humans alive. Hopelessly lost in space, this crew of mostly sad-act bachelors kill time and share adventure aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf. Written by Rackstraw

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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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Die hard fans had wrongly assumed that Red Dwarf: Only the Good... (1999) was the final show and that there would not be any more seasons because of the caption at the beginning of the closing credits "The End. The Smeg it is!" Doug Naylor decided to stop the show to focus on a feature film version, which was abandoned and the show returned a decade later with the 3-part special "Back to Earth" and the 10th season aired 3 years later in 2012. See more »


[repeated line]
Arnold Rimmer: Lickety-split.
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Referenced in Welshy Reviews: Granny (2011) See more »


Written by Howard Goodall
Performed by Jenna Russell
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Stupid, pathetic, laughably fake.... Smegging fantastic!
27 June 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I have watched this show as long as I can remember, and I've always loved it! This is "Men Behaving Badly" in the extreame! The completely OTT character traits and the extreamly exagerated situation make for the funniest 30 minutes of TV you could watch! All the characters are both lovable and cringe worthy in their own ways.

Lister (Craig Charles), with his lazy, slobby ways and Rimmer (Chris Barrie), in his uptight neurotic way are the two people you would least like around in a crisis! Rimmer would be too concerned about panicking professionaly and Lister would save his beer and curry before anyone else! Watching them throw insults at each other constantly makes for the funniest scenes! Not that the others aren't brilliant as well! Cat (Danny John Jules) And Kryten are brilliant too. They all bring something to the show.

The person (or machine) that steals the show everytime is Holly, played by both Hattie Hayridge and Norman Lovett. They are both briliant! Holly's frankness and detached obseravtions are brilliantly written and make me laugh everytime.

A True cult classic if ever there was one. Will be remembered long after the likes of Friends and Will & Grace have been tossed into the pit of TV oblivion. It just goes to show that you don't need great special effects and top rate Hollywood actors to make great TV. The cheapness of it is part of it's charm!

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