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First Air Date: February 15th, 1988
Last Air Date: November 16th, 2017
Created By: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
Star Casts: Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Chris Barrie
Aired On: BBC Two, Dave
Episode Runtime: 30 minutes
Total Seasons: 12 Seasons
Total Episodes: 73 Episodes
Type: Scripted
Status: Returning Series
Homepage: BBC Two - Red Dwarf

Last Updated: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:32:09 +0000

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Red Dwarf


The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

Seasons and Episodes

Specials (29 Episodes)

1: Unaired US Pilot 1

This was a failed attempt in 1992 to make an "Americanized" version of the hit British sci-fi comedy. Two pilots were filmed after the producers replaced the actors playing Rimmer and Cat, but the series was never picked up, even with the involvement of the original creators, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. The story was an amalgam of several episodes but pretty much followed the original British pilot episode The End, except that Kryten is aboard the Red Dwarf from the start and the Cat is now a woman. The Official Red Dwarf Site (www.reddwarf.co.uk) has a complete article about the fate of Red Dwarf USA in their 'DownTime' section; and a documentary on the entire American experience is included on the Series V DVD.

2: Unaired US Pilot 2

The second and shorter attempt at a US pilot of Red Dwarf comes across as more of a promotional video than a pilot episode due to it's clips from the British version of the show. Features Terry Farrell as the Cat and script concept from Backwards, Terrorform and Parallel Universe.

3: Smeg Ups - Aired: 1994-11-07

Kryten, the 4,000 series sanitation mechanoid takes you on a journey into a dimension of fluffs, bloopers, hitches and smeg ups that lead to one inevitable response: "cut"!

4: Smeg Outs - Aired: 1995-01-01

The hilarious sequel to Smeg Ups. In Space No-One Can Hear You Scream "Cut"! Join Kryten and Lister as they take you on a journey into a plane of reality no humanoid has previously been allowed to see, a dimension of cosmic cock-ups and ballistic blunders where no-one can remember their lines and nothing goes right - ever.

5: Can't Smeg, Won't Smeg - Aired: 1998-02-14

The crew of Starbug are transported to the Can't Cook, Won't Cook studio to see who can cook a better vindaloo. It's Lister and Kryten vs Rimmer and the Cat. Well it should have been the Cat, but he was worried he would mess up his suit (really he just didn't want to work with Rimmer), so Duane Dibbley took his place. This left Kochanski as the taster (God help her). It's not her fault, she lost the "ippy-dippy"! The show was total, hillarious chaos. Ainsley Harriott (now known as AH – which has a completley different meaning) was run all over the place. He was totaly pissed off.

6: The Smeg Ups - Aired: 1998-02-14

Part 2 of the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Red Dwarf. Host by Patrick Stewart.

7: Universe Challenge - Aired: 1998-02-14

The cast of Red Dwarf compete with the fans in a quiz about the show, based on the format of "University Challenge".

9: Red Dwarf A-Z - Aired: 1998-02-14

An alphabet-based compilation of clips from "Red Dwarf" (1988) with celebrities discussing their favorite characters and moments.

10: Children in Need Sketch - Aired: 1998-11-13

The crew of Blue Midget pick up a transmission from 1998's Children in Need, with Terry Wogan encouraging people to make donations. After some talk over what to do, Rimmer decides he will help humanity by breaking Lister's guitar!

11: Building a Better Universe - Aired: 2003-11-03

A tribute to the late Mel Bibby and his contributions to Red Dwarf as production designer. This is a touching and well-deserved tribute to the man who managed to completely revolutionise the look of the show, despite not having a great deal more money than his predecessor. After six or seven minutes of lovely tributes from interviewees, we get a real gem. According to the caption, it's the only known footage of Mel talking about his work on the series. It's hard to tell where it came from, or when it was recorded, but he talks about the moody, industrial sets contrasting with the cleaner, more conventional sci-fi sets.

12: Hattie's DJ Diary - Aired: 2003-11-03

Hattie Hayridge records her experiences at the tenth annual Red Dwarf convention, Dimension Jump. This features some great footage of Robert, Chloe and Danny messing about, as well as some good links performed by Hattie. There's also some fancy dress stuff, and footage of Chairman Jane's excellent tattoo.

13: Comedy Connections - Aired: 2004-08-30

Comedy Connections focusing on Red Dwarf

14: Back from the Dead - Aired: 2005-11-07

A documentary about the seventh series. The contributors are refreshingly frank and fair about the various problems the production faced. They treat subjects like Rob's departure, Chris's departure, the introduction of Kochanski, the various visual effects crises, the guest writers and the lack of audience with honesty and clarity, and all sides of the story are represented.

15: Identity Within - Aired: 2005-11-07

The "lost" episode of "Red Dwarf" (1988), presented in storyboard form. The Cat is dying, and is forced to have sex in order to stay alive. This script was originally written as an episode of the seventh series of "Red Dwarf" (1988), but was dropped because the budget wouldn't stretch to the story; it was later replaced with the significantly less expensive "Red Dwarf: Duct Soup" (1997). For the DVD release of the seventh series, it was included as an extra feature in order to show what might have been. The first draft of the script, considered the best, was performed by Chris Barrie (Rimmer), then edited by Jem Whippey and set to a series of images drawn by Neil Maguire, in order to get as close to the original concept as possible.

16: Bodysnatcher - Aired: 2007-11-12

Bodysnatcher was a partly finished script that was written but unused for the first series of the BBC sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf. To headline the release of Red Dwarf Remastered on DVD in Autumn 2007, the same audio story board process used in recreating the lost episode of Series VII, Identity Within, has been used to create the Bodysnatcher episode. When the script was retrieved from the vaults of Grant Naylor offices, it was found to be without an ending. The writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, who went their separate ways during pre-production on the ITV series The 10%ers in 1996, collaborated on bringing the script into line with the series' continuity and giving it an end.

17: The Making of Back to Earth - Aired: 2009-04-12

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of new three-part series Back to Earth, which reunited the cult sci-fi comedy's original cast.

18: Back to Earth: The Director's Cut - Aired: 2009-04-12

The Director's Cut of Back to Earth combines all three of the Back to Earth episodes in a single feature-length programme. Back to Earth takes place after series X. Kochanski is dead and the crew are hurled through a portal and discover they are just characters from a TV series. Knowing that they will die in the final episode the Dwarfers, in best Blade Runner traditions, decide to track down their creators to discover how long they have left to live. First the crew attempt to track down the actors who play them in the series and their metaphysical odyssey begins...

19: Series IX Featurette - Carbug

No overview available.

20: Series IX Featurette - Lister on the Street

No overview available.

21: Series IX Featurette - Cat Always Lands on his Feet

No overview available.

22: Series IX Featurette - Robot on a Wire

No overview available.

23: Red Dwarf: The Promised Land Part 1 - Aired: 2020-04-09

In part one of this special, the posse meet three cat clerics who worship Lister. Lister vows to help them as they are being hunted by a feral cat leader known as Rodon.

24: Red Dwarf: The Promised Land Part 2 - Aired: 2020-04-09

In the second part of this special, the crew are on the run from Rodon, a feral cat leader who wants to wipe out cats who worship anyone but him.

25: The Promised Doc - Aired: 2020-04-09

Go behind the scenes of Red Dwarf: The Promised Land with this UKTV Play exclusive

26: Red Dwarf The Promised Land : Deleted Scenes - Aired: 2020-04-09

Deleted scenes from the special episode : The Promised Land

27: Red Dwarf The Promised Land : Smeg Ups - Aired: 2020-04-09

Bloopers from the special episode : The Promised Land

28: Red Dwarf: The First Three Million Years - Part 1 / 3 - Aired: 2020-08-15

A look at the challenging logistics of the most celebrated and successful sci-fi comedy ever.

29: Red Dwarf: The First Three Million Years - Part 2 / 3 - Aired: 2020-08-15

A look at the challenging logistics of the most celebrated and successful sci-fi comedy ever.

30: Red Dwarf: The First Three Million Years - Part 3 / 3 - Aired: 2020-08-15

A look at the challenging logistics of the most celebrated and successful sci-fi comedy ever.

Series I (6 Episodes)

1: The End - Aired: 1988-02-15

Dave Lister emerges from 3 million years of suspended animation to find that he's the only surviving crew member of the Red Dwarf.

2: Future Echoes - Aired: 1988-02-22

The members of the Red Dwarf crew get a glimpse of their respective futures when the ship goes into light speed, and time begins to dilate.

3: Balance of Power - Aired: 1988-02-29

Fed up with Rimmer always pulling rank, Lister decides to take the chef's exam to become his superior -- which doesn't sit well with Rimmer.

4: Waiting for God - Aired: 1988-03-07

When Holly, the ship's computer, reports a mysterious pod floating in space, Rimmer insists on capturing the capsule.

5: Confidence & Paranoia - Aired: 1988-03-14

Plagued by a nasty case of space pneumonia, Lister begins to hallucinate.

6: Me² - Aired: 1988-03-21

Tired of sharing space with Lister, Rimmer begins a blissful new relationship with the ultimate roommate: a holographic replica of himself.

Series II (6 Episodes)

1: Kryten - Aired: 1988-09-06

A distress signal draws the ship's crew to the site of a space shuttle crash.

2: Better Than Life - Aired: 1988-09-13

Rimmer learns that his father has passed away but isn't sure which is sadder: his father's death or that he is now encumbered with an £8,500 tax bill.

3: Thanks for the Memory - Aired: 1988-09-20

When Lister awakens after a night of revelry, he's at a loss to explain how he and Cat broke their legs.

4: Stasis Leak - Aired: 1988-09-27

A wrinkle in time takes the crew 3 million years into the past, before the radiation leak killed everyone aboard except Lister.

5: Queeg - Aired: 1988-10-04

With Holly on the fritz, the ship's backup computer, Queeg 500, steps in to command the Red Dwarf and its crew of misfits.

6: Parallel Universe - Aired: 1988-10-11

After testing Holly's latest invention, the crew ends up in a parallel universe where they encounter opposite versions of themselves.

Series III (6 Episodes)

1: Backwards - Aired: 1989-11-14

The crew undergoes some major changes in the season opener as Lister prepares to give birth to twins.

2: Marooned - Aired: 1989-11-21

As the Red Dwarf approaches a minefield of black holes, the crew must evacuate, throwing Lister and Rimmer together on a frozen planet.

3: Polymorph - Aired: 1989-11-28

Terror reigns on the Red Dwarf when a shape-shifting genetic mutant climbs aboard and subjects the crew to its menacing slobber.

4: Bodyswap - Aired: 1989-12-05

When a haywire scutter meddles with the circuitry on the Red Dwarf, Lister accidentally throws the ship into self-destruct mode.

5: Timeslides - Aired: 1989-12-12

Kryten's discovery of a liquid that transforms photographs into interactive portals sends the Red Dwarf crew on a series of misadventures.

6: The Last Day - Aired: 1989-12-19

When the Red Dwarf crew learns that Kryten has only 24 hours left to live, they band together to give the android the best night of his life.

Series IV (6 Episodes)

1: Camille - Aired: 1991-02-14

After bucking an order, Kryten meets his match while investigating a distress call from Camille -- a female version of himself.

2: D.N.A. - Aired: 1991-02-21

While investigating an abandoned alien vessel adrift in space, the crew discovers a device that can change organic life by altering an object's DNA.

3: Justice - Aired: 1991-02-28

Not knowing if the stasis pod they've found contains a security guard or a homicidal criminal, the crew heads to the capsule's initial destination.

4: White Hole - Aired: 1991-03-07

Kryten's attempts to restore Holly's IQ to genius level inadvertently cause the Red Dwarf to shut down its support systems.

5: Dimension Jump - Aired: 1991-03-14

After Rimmer comes face-to-face with his alter ego, the craven hologram decides he can't stand the sight of his counterpart.

6: Meltdown - Aired: 1991-03-21

When a matter transporter sends the crew to a theme park populated by wax androids that have overridden their programming, they get ensnared in a war.

Series V (6 Episodes)

1: Holoship - Aired: 1992-02-20

Rimmer is beamed aboard the computer-generated ship Enlightenment and finds that all his wildest dreams have come true.

2: The Inquisitor - Aired: 1992-02-27

The crew crosses paths with a dark figure who calls himself the Inquisitor.

3: Terrorform - Aired: 1992-03-05

After being captured by a "psy-moon," Rimmer becomes a prisoner of his own thoughts.

4: Quarantine - Aired: 1992-03-12

When the crew goes exploring on a snowy planet, they cross paths with a hologram scientist infected with a nasty virus.

5: Demons & Angels - Aired: 1992-03-19

Lister and Kryten inadvertently blow up the Red Dwarf with a new invention that makes two copies of any object.

6: Back to Reality - Aired: 1992-03-26

While exploring an ocean planet, Lister, Kryten, Rimmer and Cat discover an abandoned ship whose entire crew committed suicide.

Series VI (6 Episodes)

1: Psirens - Aired: 1993-10-07

After realizing that the Red Dwarf has been stolen, Lister, Rimmer, Kryten and Cat go looking for the missing ship.

2: Legion - Aired: 1993-10-14

With the Starbug running low on supplies, the crew goes hunting for rations and finds an abandoned spaceship with a wish-granting being on board.

3: Gunmen of the Apocalypse - Aired: 1993-10-21

The crew heads to the Wild West when Kryten contracts a deadly computer virus.

4: Emohawk: Polymorph II - Aired: 1993-10-28

When the Starbug crashes on a planet inhabited by a devastatingly ugly GELF tribe, Lister is forced to marry the chief's homely daughter.

5: Rimmerworld - Aired: 1993-11-04

Rimmer finds himself on a strange planet where the only other inhabitants are the clones he's made of himself.

6: Out of Time - Aired: 1993-11-11

After experimenting with an abandoned time drive, the crew of the Red Dwarf comes face-to-face with an exact replica of the ship.

Series VII (8 Episodes)

1: Tikka to Ride - Aired: 1997-01-17

The crew goes back in time to get food but inadvertently lands in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, the day President Kennedy was assassinated.

2: Stoke Me a Clipper - Aired: 1997-01-24

Ace Rimmer -- Rimmer's charming alter ego from another reality -- revisits the crew to ask Rimmer an important favor.

3: Ouroboros - Aired: 1997-01-31

The Red Dwarfers pick up a new crew member -- Lister's old flame, Kristine Kochanski -- when they encounter a wormhole.

4: Duct Soup - Aired: 1997-02-07

Fearing he'll someday be replaced by Kristine Kochanski, a jealous Kryten "accidentally" shuts down the Starbug's engine.

5: Blue - Aired: 1997-02-14

Lister is conflicted when he discovers that he actually misses Rimmer, who's been away protecting the universe for far too long.

6: Beyond a Joke - Aired: 1997-02-21

The crew reluctantly explores the works of Jane Austen when Kristine Kochanski takes them on a virtual reality tour of Pride and Prejudice World.

7: Epideme - Aired: 1997-02-28

After being seduced by a 3-million-year-old corpse, Lister discovers he's contracted a deadly STD.

8: Nanarchy - Aired: 1997-03-07

After losing his arm in a battle with the Epideme virus, Lister enlists the help of nanobots to reconstruct his mangled body.

Series VIII (8 Episodes)

1: Back in the Red: Part I - Aired: 1999-02-18

Thanks to the nanobots, the Red Dwarf is back in business with its original crew on board, which means Rimmer is alive and well.

2: Back in the Red: Part II - Aired: 1999-02-25

Armed with a stash of confidential files, Rimmer proceeds to brown-nose Capt. Hollister in hopes of receiving officer status.

3: Back in the Red: Part III - Aired: 1999-03-04

After being slapped with a two-year prison sentence for committing crimes against the Space Corps, the Red Dwarfers are desperate to escape.

4: Cassandra - Aired: 1999-03-11

Lister thinks he's signing the gang up to sing in a prison choir but learns that he's enlisted them in an army of convicts used for suicide missions.

5: Krytie TV - Aired: 1999-03-18

After being cornered and reprogrammed by restless, sex-starved prisoners, Kryten launches his own television station called Krytie TV.

6: Pete (1) - Aired: 1999-03-25

After infecting the prison guards' basketball team with a sexual-enhancement virus, Lister and Rimmer are sent to the hole.

7: Pete (2) - Aired: 1999-04-01

In an attempt to bring Pete the sparrow back to life, the Red Dwarfers inadvertently cause him to devolve into a tyrannosaur that stalks the ship.

8: Only the Good... - Aired: 1999-04-05

The series concludes as a mysterious life form invades the Red Dwarf courtesy of an escape pod and starts eating away at the ship.

Back to Earth (3 Episodes)

1: Back to Earth (1) - Aired: 2009-04-10

Nine years later the Red Dwarf crew are older but still none the wiser. Lister's busy day of annoying Rimmer is interrupted by the discovery of a dimension-hopping leviathan in the ship's mile-deep water tank.

2: Back to Earth (2) - Aired: 2009-04-11

Rimmer's replacement, Katerina, is determined to guide Lister back to his home planet. But Earth in 2009 is not everything the boys had expected, and Rimmer has no intention of being replaced.

3: Back to Earth (3) - Aired: 2009-04-12

When Lister's busy day of annoying Rimmer was interrupted by the discovery of a dimension-hopping leviathan in the ship's mile-deep water tank, transporting the crew back to Earth, all Lister's dreams appear to be coming true.

Series X (6 Episodes)

1: Trojan - Aired: 2012-10-04

The Dwarfers' mining ship is still creaking though the wastelands of unchartered deep space, but the posse soon stumble upon the mysteriously abandoned SS Trojan. As they inspect the ship Rimmer receives an SOS distress call from an old foe, and is suddenly faced with the dilemma of his life.

2: Fathers and Suns - Aired: 2012-10-11

Lister grapples with the problem of being his own father.

3: Lemons - Aired: 2012-10-18

The posse find themselves marooned in 23 AD where they rescue a famous historical figure with a beard.

4: Entangled - Aired: 2012-10-25

Kryten and Cat become quantum entangled forcing them to do everything in unison.

5: Dear Dave - Aired: 2012-11-01

Lister gets involved in a love triangle with snack dispensers 23 and 34.

6: The Beginning - Aired: 2012-11-08

The series final episode finds the boys surrounded by a Simulant War Cruiser and its fleet of attack ships. Armed with only two forks and a pencil sharpener, the Dwarfers begin to wonder whether this is the beginning of the end. Only one man can save them. Unfortunately that man is Arnold J Rimmer.

Series XI (6 Episodes)

1: Twentica - Aired: 2016-09-22

The Dwarfers find themselves in an alternative version of America where modern technology is prohibited, making Rimmer and Kryten illegal. The Dwarfers infiltrate the tech savvy underground and try to bring down the authoritarian regime.

2: Samsara - Aired: 2016-09-29

When the Dwarfers investigate a crashed ship at the bottom of an ocean moon, Lister and Cat become trapped together and Lister's nightmare begins. Meantime Rimmer and Kryten discover the ship is controlled by a dark force.

3: Give and Take - Aired: 2016-10-06

After an altercation with a deranged droid Lister has his kidneys organ-napped. The only solution is to ask Cat, the most selfish creature in the universe, to give him one of his.

4: Officer Rimmer - Aired: 2016-10-13

After a scandalous piece of good fortune Rimmer saves the life of a bio-printed Captain and is promoted, fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming an Officer. He immediately opens an Officer's club, which is out of bounds to the lower orders, and uses the bio-printer to fill it with versions of himself.

5: Krysis - Aired: 2016-10-20

Kryten has a mid-life crisis and changes his body cover from Mech grey to Ferrari red. The posse try and show him how much he's achieved in life by taking him to visit a mechanoid from his old fleet.

6: Can of Worms - Aired: 2016-10-27

Cat takes time off from being in love with himself to fall head over heels in love with a lady Cat with a big secret.

Series XII (6 Episodes)

1: Cured - Aired: 2017-10-12

The crew stumble on a science centre where vile historical figures have been 'cured' of evil.

2: Siliconia - Aired: 2017-10-19

A ship full of rogue androids who broke their programming want to help Kryten do the same. The M.I.L.F can only spell trouble for the remainder of the crew.

3: Timewave - Aired: 2017-10-26

The boys from the Dwarf discover a ship where all forms of criticism are illegal.

4: Mechocracy - Aired: 2017-11-02

The machines of Red Dwarf go on strike. Kryten and Rimmer campaign against each other for their votes in an election to represent them.

5: M-Corp - Aired: 2017-11-09

A long overdue software update spells trouble for the crew when they discover that the Jupiter Mining Corp has been sold!

6: Skipper - Aired: 2017-11-16

With the aid of a Quantum Skipper, Rimmer leaves the Red Dwarf to travel the multiverse in search of a dimension where he isn't such a loser.