Comedy sketches written and performed by renowned duo Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
Reviews
Popularity
4,292 ( 637)

Watch Now

on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Episodes

Seasons


Years



4   3   2   1  
1995   1992   1990   1989   1987  
Top Rated TV #225 | See the Top Rated TV as rated by our users.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Jeeves and Wooster (1990–1993)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Bertram Wooster, a well-intentioned, wealthy layabout, has a habit of getting himself into trouble and it's up to his brilliant valet, Jeeves, to get him out.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robert Daws
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

In the Regency era, Mr E. Blackadder serves as butler to the foppish numskull Prince George amidst the fads and crazes of the time.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

In the Tudor court of Elizabeth I, Lord Edmund Blackadder strives to win Her Majesty's favour while attempting to avoid a grisly fate should he offend her.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry
The Black Adder (1982–1983)
Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Pleasant Ebenezer Blackadder is turned into a cruel and witty miser after seeing visions of his ancestors and descendants.

Director: Richard Boden
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson
Short | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

At a New Millennium Eve party Blackadder and Baldrick test their new time machine and ping pong through history encountering famous characters and changing events rather alarmingly....

Director: Paul Weiland
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry
QI (TV Series 2003)
Comedy | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A comedy panel game in which being Quite Interesting is more important than being right. Stephen Fry is joined each week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, Bill Bailey
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith
Yes Minister (1980–1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms - or so he thinks.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds
All or Nothing at All (TV Mini-Series 1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In this compelling story of a daring conman, Leo Hopkins (Hugh Laurie) prospers from the greed of others - but his undeniable charm and willingness to take risks plunge him into a mess of ... See full summary »

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Pippa Guard, Caroline Quentin
Alfresco (1983–1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Stars: Robbie Coltrane, Ben Elton, Stephen Fry
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Various Characters (26 episodes, 1987-1995)
...
 Various Characters (26 episodes, 1987-1995)
Edit

Storyline

As the title suggests, "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" is less of a specific format than a 'coat-hanger' for short sketches, starring the comical duo in various, recurring or unique roles: Stephen Fry, the sophisticated giant who usually plays the smug one, and comparatively small Hugh Laurie, usually playing the patsy. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 December 1987 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Bit of Fry & Laurie  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[vox pop]
Hugh: I don't know much about pornography. But I know what I like.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Kevin Bishop Show: Episode #2.1 (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hilarious
26 August 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I liked Jeeves & Wooster a lot. But it wasn't until I saw BlackAdder that I truly became a fan of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Over the years I have shifted more toward Laurie than Fry, with "House" completing that shift. (Okay, I'm a House fanatic.) But, living in the U.S., I had never been able to see ABOFAL (other than the occasional sketch posted to the internet). Fortunately, the first two series are now out on DVD. And I've just finished watching the first one.

These men are spectacular together. The acting is beyond reproach. But it is the writing that deserves special note. It is sharp, funny, sly, silly and merciless in skewering the pompous and the ordinary alike. But, above all, it never condescends. They assume the audience is a smart as they are.

I'm tempted to give an example, but so many of the sketches have hilarious twists at the end and I wouldn't want to ruin any of the punchlines for future viewers. But I can promise you at least two or three laugh-out-loud moments in every episode (even if you are watching all by yourself, as I was.)

I do have one quibble which kept me from giving ABOFAL a score of 10. The person who mixed the soundtrack on the DVDs should be taken out and tortured. Slowly. And painfully. There is a laugh track that is silent until they get to a punchline. Then it is dropped in, loudly enough to rattle the walls, frequently ruining the next line. And, in the final sketch in Series 1, the music actually drowns out the actors.

Edit - I have since learned that ABOFAL did not use laugh tracks. The laughter was from the studio audiences (and those tapes have since been used as laugh tracks on other shows.) So the problem was not that they added laughter too loudly, just that the DVDs had a sound mixer who did not comprehend that letting the at-home audience hearing the dialog is more important than proving that the studio audience enjoyed themselves at the taping.


22 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Fav quotes? CoffeeSmoker
Fry + Laurie fans - your opinion of House, M.D.? acetremendous
A Bit of Fry and Laurie DVD infinitefix
Who is Marjorie? harrypotter52488
Favourite Song? darkman01-1
Soupy Twist? chill-it
Discuss A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?