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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The seventh series was the only series not to be filmed before a studio audience. This was to allow greater freedom in camera positions and set design. See more »


[repeated line]
Arnold Rimmer: Lickety-split.
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Referenced in Being Human: Another Fine Mess (2009) See more »


Written by Howard Goodall
Performed by Jenna Russell
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An underrated gem!
1 February 2006 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

Although Red Dwarf is over 17 years old now, it's only in the last year or so that I've seen it in-depth. At first I was a little cautious as it was described as a "cult" favourite, which I think is a polite way of saying geek/nerd fest. Fortunately my concerns were unfounded, as it is one of the funniest sitcoms I've ever seen.

The reason for this, in my opinion, is the terrific writing by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor - who also wrote the excellent Spitting Image. Of course, good writing would be useless without good actors delivering the lines, fortunately ever part in Red Dwarf is perfectly cast. Craig Charles (an unknown stand up comic before he was cast) and Chris Barrie (who previously worked with Grant and Naylor on Spitting Image) are both excellent in the lead roles of Dave Lister and Arnold Rimmer respectively. Robert Llwellyn, who plays Kryten, an android, only joined Red Dwarf in season 3, but quickly established himself as a lot of peoples favourite character. My favourite character, however, has to be the Cat, played by Danny John-Jules, mainly for the outlandish outfits he habitually wears.

Unfortunately the series is no longer on T.V. (in fact they haven't made any new ones since 1998), but you can now buy the series on DVD, and I strongly recommend you do (especially for the fantastic extras that are included).

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