- 4 Seasons
BlackAdder is a British sitcom set in the Middle Ages. The series starts in 1485 with the premise that the Battle of Bosworth Field was actually won by King Richard the III. King Richard the III is the victim of mistaken identity, and he ends up getting killed. His son, Richard IV, takes over the throne after his death. The primary focus of the series is Edmund , the Duke of Edinburgh. Edmund is the son of Richard IV, and he is constantly trying to prove himself in his father's eyes. Edmund is Richard's second son, and he never seems to be able to get the King's favor the way his older brother does. He refers to himself as the BlackAdder, hence the series' title. Eventually, Edmund begins to give up on getting his father to love and respect him, and he decides that he must overthrow him. The series uses a comedic lens to portray issues that were of serious concern during the Middle Ages. People, mainly women, were investigated and burned at the stake for witchcraft. There was also massive conflict between the English monarchy and the Catholic Church over how to rule the United Kingdom. While many historians look back on this time as a difficult period in human history, BlackAdder views it all with a laugh and smile. Edmund gets into many scrapes as he tries to work his way to the top. His own father often cannot even remember Edmund's name. Edmund is accompanied on his adventures by two loyal friends, the Duke of Edinburgh and Baldrick, who is a servant. Edmund constantly lies about his own skills. He is scared of fighting but tells people he has killed over 450 people in battle.