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Red Dwarf 

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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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Complete series cast summary:
Craig Charles ...  Lister / ... 74 episodes, 1988-2020
Danny John-Jules ...  Cat / ... 74 episodes, 1988-2020
Chris Barrie ...  Rimmer / ... 70 episodes, 1988-2020
Robert Llewellyn ...  Kryten / ... 62 episodes, 1989-2020
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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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Originally, Holly was supposed to be a voiceover character. But Norman Lovett protested and insisted on being shown on camera. Holly was changed to a disembodied head on a computer screen. Shots of Lovett were added to already completed scenes in the first series. See more »

Goofs

Cat is supposedly descended from Lister's cat 3 million years earlier. There wouldn't be enough genetic diversity in such a scenario, and the increasing levels of inbreeding would have wiped the cats out long before evolving into humanoid form. See more »

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[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 »

Alternate Versions

The performance of the song "Tongue Tied," featured in the episode "Parallel Universe" was expanded into a full music video when the song became a hit in the UK. The video is featured on Red Dwarf Smeg Outs (1995) (V). See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Bad Seasons from Good TV Shows (2016) See more »

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The most original comedy of the last twenty years.
21 January 2004 | by LiamABCSee all my reviews

Where to start? The writing, the cast, the effects . . . superb.

Firstly, the writing. The situation is so unbelievable it works. Three million years out into deep space, with the unlikeliest crew you could find. And bizarre and funny things just keep happening. The secret? You might ask the same question of previous comedy greats. It just is.

The effects - especially since remastering - are breathtaking. I don't know how "true to life" it is, but it doesn't need to be. Seeing Starbug come crashing through the cargo bay doors is a joy to behold.

And the cast. Sensational. Chris Barrie (Rimmer) is the outstanding comedy actor of his generation. With the possible exception of Rowan Atkinson, I don't think there's a single man alive who could play the smeghead so well.

Equally, Craig Charles as Lister - a complete slob who is in fact the most decent person among the crew. A beautiful irony, and Charles focuses on the slob part so well that we tend to forget the character's decent side. This is not a bad thing - quite the reverse. When the decent side does appear, it is all the more prominent for it.

Norman Lovett (1-2, 8) and Hattie Hayridge (3-5) as Holly, the computer. I prefer Lovett's take, and don't fully understand why he was replaced. Hayridge did a fine job (indeed there's some moments that Lovett couldn't have done), but Lovett is the definitive Holly. He has the comic face for it.

Not forgetting Robert Llewellyn as the guilt-happy mechanoid Kryten, who overacts beautifully, as does Danny John-Jules as the vainest life form ever to have existed. Brilliant.

These ingredients made Red Dwarf amazing. Rob Grant and Doug Naylor's writing collaboration was a thing of beauty. As a team, they function superbly.

Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. Something's missing when they're not together. Series 7 had its moments, but was distinctly lacking - not least because Chris Barrie was in less than half the episodes. Series 8, it dropped even further. Barrie was back, but that was the only plus. Bringing the entire crew back was a very big mistake.

Overall? I'd say 8/10 for originality and sheer zaniness!


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29 March 1989 (USA) See more »

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(70 episodes) | (3 episodes)

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Stereo (52 episodes)| Dolby Digital (22 episodes)

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