Red Dwarf: Season 1 (1988)


Season 1
Red Dwarf

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Air date: Feb 15, 1988

A lone human (Craig Charles) is the sole living survivor aboard a galactic mining ship orbiting Saturn's moons.

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Air date: Feb 22, 1988

Rimmer and Lister see the future when they break the light barrier.

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Air date: Feb 29, 1988

Lister wants to date the dead console officer; Rimmer wakes up with another's arm.

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Air date: Mar 7, 1988

Lister discovers startling facts about Catkind after learning to read the language.

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Air date: Mar 14, 1988

A mutated form of pneumonia causes Lister's hallucinations to become solid.

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Air date: Mar 21, 1988

Rimmer discovers how to duplicate his hologram. Craig Charles stars.

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Critic Reviews for Red Dwarf: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Red Dwarf: Season 1

  • Oct 16, 2021
    A great British comedy mixed with an interesting plot device - throw a buffoon millions of years into the future and see what happens.
  • Jul 21, 2021
    Red Dwarf is arguably my favorite comedy series of all time, but Season 1 is a very, very rocky start, featuring some unnecessarily aggressive aspects and some ultimately pointless episodes. I mean, it's hardly all bad - 'Future Echoes' is a creative episode in concept, has some solid story beats and some good comedy, and there is some entertainment value in 'Waiting for God' and 'Confidence and Paranoia', the former acting as some interesting (albeit short-lived) worldbuilding and the latter taking another stab at fusing high-concept sci-fi with comedy, to decent results. However the pilot, 'The End' is quite underwhelming and features some very obvious jokes that any fan of Comedy TV will see coming, and the finale, 'Me ^2' ('Me Squared') does have some decent character building, and I do dig that it does humanize both Lister and Rimmer, but it ultimately feels like they didn't quite have enough material to fill out the runtime. The absolute nadir of the Season however, and very likely the entire franchise, is the absolutely pointless, unfunny and frankly reprehensible 'Balance of Power', which is just Lister being a douche for 30 minutes. And that is the biggest problem: For all 6 episodes, we're supposed to love Lister and hate Rimmer, but for a huge chunk of the first 4 episodes (as well as Season 2's 'Kryten'), Lister is just an absolute scumbag - he has no boundries, he goes on the offensive consistently when unprovoked, sinks really low with his verbal blows and he is unrelenting. If Rimmer weren't made of light, Lister would be that guy sneaking up behind him and throwing things at his head while he was minding his own business. Season 1 Lister is one of the worst, most worthless and thoroughly despicable human beings in the history of television, and this first Season of Red Dwarf suffers greatly from this. Ah well, at least he got his comeuppance in Season 5's brilliant 'Demons & Angels'.
  • Jun 11, 2020
    The introduction to one of my all time favourite shows, I couldn't ask for a better introduction to a show.
  • Jan 27, 2019
    Simple well made comedy.
  • Apr 23, 2018
    Love this show it gets better and better! Every character is brilliant and funny af except for Cat, could have done without him,
  • Mar 22, 2018
    A brilliant introduction and fresh premise for a sitcom. This show is not sci-fi just yet it is really just a sitcom that uses a few sci-fi aspects for comedy. The chemistry between Rimmer and Lister is perfect and the banter between the 2 carries us through the 6 episodes. Holly and the Cat are really only supporting roles in this season and most of the season is played out in one or two rooms with interactions between the four cast members. The writing is spot on and it benefits from previously being a radio show. With a very small budget the writing sticks to the early premise of Lister being stuck in space on his own with 3 companions to keep him sane on his journey back to earth. Very simple and very funny. The high mark of the season is Me2 which has Rimmer duplicating himself and ultimately learning how intolerable he can be! The low mark would be waiting for God which explores the origins of The Cat, the story-line does not really work but raises some laughs due to the mirrors with christianity. Rimmer's subplot saves the episode. He finds what he thinks is an alien lifepod.
  • Jan 28, 2016
    Some really funny moments, but overall I enjoyed it far better when I was younger. Personally I cant stand the cat character. There was better to come in the seasons that followed. Best Episode: Future Echoes
  • Aug 20, 2015
    Absolute genius and perfection. The stark set design actually works for me in this first series.

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