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Red Dwarf 

TV-14 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | TV Series (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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Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Craig Charles ...  Lister / ... 73 episodes, 1988-2017
Danny John-Jules ...  Cat / ... 73 episodes, 1988-2017
Chris Barrie ...  Rimmer / ... 69 episodes, 1988-2017
Robert Llewellyn ...  Kryten / ... 61 episodes, 1989-2017
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Storyline

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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The Brand New Smegging Series (series X)

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Esperanto

Release Date:

29 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cervený trpaslík See more »

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Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Trivia

"Don't watch if you are of a nervous disposition" warnings were broadcast before the first Polymorph Episode. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Lister: Smeg!
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Crazy Credits

The Series 2 finale Red Dwarf: Parallel Universe (1988) does not have the regular intro sequence. See more »

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Connections

Spin-off Red Dwarf: Beat the Geek (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

theme
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 Lizard_ukSee 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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