Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Chris Barrie, British science fiction

Red Dwarf (1988, United Kingdom)

1988United Kingdom

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Red Dwarf  1988 scifi tv show

Running time: 30 minutes

Language: English

Dave Lister aboard mining ship Red Dwarf is tired with his pointless job as technician, so he finds a hobby that will help him get through the monotony - he irritates his roommate Arnold Rimmer in any way he can. After each prank Rimmer makes an official report, which irritates the officers. But one day the ship captain finds proves that Lister smuggled a cat on board of Red Dwarf, which is strictly forbidden, so as a punishment Lister is closed in suspended animation. When he regains normal functions he finds the ship completely deserted. Later he learns that he spend 3 million years in the stasis and that the whole crew, except him, was killed due to radiation leak. The central computer Holly is still working and not to let Lister go mad due to loneliness he will get a companion - the holographic image of the crew member that is most suitable. But since the computer is able to keep on one hologram he chooses the person with which Lister talked the most... Rimmer.

British comedy series set on board of Red Dwarf after whole crew was killed and Dave Lister is the last man alive. It doesn’t sound like a great start for TV series, not to mention the comedy series, but in fact creators managed to pull this one off - it is one of the best British comedy series. Due to fact that the whole humanity ceased to exist millions of years ago and that Red Dwarf is stranded somewhere in the space doesn’t mean that there isn’t much going on. With only 4 main characters the series was going great for several seasons mixing comedy with science fiction and adventures.

Our rating

7.2 / 10

Overall rating

9 / 10

Reality complexity

4 / 5


3 / 5

Story complexity

2 / 5

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Creators of Red Dwarf

Ed Bye films


Rob Grant films


Doug Naylor films


Cast of Red Dwarf

Craig Charles films
as Dave Lister

Danny John-Jules films
as Arnold Rimmer

Chris Barrie films
as Cat

Robert Llewellyn films
as Kryten

Norman Lovett films
as Holly

Hattie Hayridge films
as Holly

Chris Barrie films
as Arnold Rimmer

Danny John-Jules films
as The Cat

Chloe Annett films
as Kristine Kochanski

Clare Grogan films
as Kristine Kochanski

Clare Grogan films
as Kristine Kochanski

Mark Williams films
as Petersen

Red Dwarf quotes

Rimmer from future: No, look, I’m you from the future. I’ve come to warn you in three million years you’ll be dead.
Rimmer from past: [sarcastically] Will I really!?!
Rimmer from future: Yes, unless you do something about it now.
Rimmer from past: What do you suggest? Give up white bread, more roughage?

Cat: Forget red - let’s go all the way up to brown alert!
Kryten: There’s no such thing as a brown alert sir.
Cat: You won’t be saying that in a minute!

Cat: [interrupting conversation between Lister and Rimmer] What’s for dinner?
Dave Lister: Rimmer’s dad just died...
Cat: I would prefer chicken.

Arnold Rimmer: [as pacifist during Polymoprh attack] The time for talking is over. Now call it extreme if you like, but I propose we hit it hard, and we hit it fast, with a major, and I mean major, leaflet campaign.

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2002United States

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Futurama  1999 scifi tv show


1999United States

Pizza boy down on his luck gets frozen for 1000 years to find the world completely changed.

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