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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?


Chris Barrie decided to reduce his involvement with the series after the sixth season. He was disappointed with the series' increasingly chaotic schedule and he was also starring in The Brittas Empire (1991). He agreed to appear in four of the eight episodes in the seventh season. Barrie returned as a full-time cast member in the eighth season. See more »


[repeated line]
Arnold Rimmer: Lickety-split.
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Remade as Red Dwarf (1992) See more »


Written by Howard Goodall
Performed by Jenna Russell
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in space no-one can hear you scream with laughter .
6 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Reading through these reviews brought on a wave of nostalgia for me , I watched this show religiously from the very first episode , it's quite possibly the funniest thing I've ever seen . The first series when it was originally shown was so new and so different it was a really refreshing change from the usual dross that is the vast majority TV comedy . The friction between Lister and Rimmer is what really drives the show in the early episodes , it's great the way in which you have these two people who utterly detest each other but are confined together with no hope of escape from each other's company .

With the third series the show took a change in direction and pace , with the introduction of the character Kryten as a regular and the all new female version of Holly . With any other show this might have signalled the beginning of the end , such radical changes rarely go down well but with Red Dwarf it was like a new lease of life and saved the show from becoming stale or repetitive . Series 4 and 5 continued in a similar vein with the stories becoming ever more way out and crazy , all riotously good stuff .

Then along came series 6 and another set of very major changes , for a long time I had a really hard time getting into this series , the loss of the ship Red Dwarf was such a major change and it really kinda threw me . Upon repeated viewings this series really grew on me though , and it has some seriously funny episodes right up there with the best of them , and the end of the last episode in the series was really quite shocking , it actually brought a tear to my eye .

Next we have the ill fated seventh series which started out well enough with the episode tikka to ride , but after that it rapidly degenerated , it deeply saddened me to see what my favourite TV show was becoming , it was but a shadow of it's former self and with series eight things took a further plunge into banality and throw away one liners , what a terribly sad way for it all to end .

At it's best this show is the best entertainment it has ever been my pleasure to watch , but eventually I guess you can have too much of a good thing and I doubt we'll see it's like again .

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