BlackAdder

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  • TV-PG
  • 1983
  • 4 Seasons
  • 8.1  (36,411)

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.

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Goodbyeee
6. Goodbyeee
November 2, 1989
Edmund and Lt. Barley share a nice rat stroganoff in their tent when word arrives that tomorrow morning the troops are going "over the top." Could a feigned bout of insanity put Edmund on the road to Calais?
General Hospital
5. General Hospital
October 26, 1989
Edmund is given three weeks to find a spy in the hospital. He takes this as an opportunity to get on with the lovely Nurse Mary and to spend the better portion of those weeks in bed.
Private Plane
4. Private Plane
October 19, 1989
Blackadder joins the Royal Flying Corps in order to escape the trenches. When he crashes
Major Star
3. Major Star
October 12, 1989
Bad news reaches the trenches.The October Revolution in Moscow has produced three appalling results: a cease-fire by Russia, an offensive by Germany and a Charlie Chaplin impression by Baldrick.
Corporal Punishment
2. Corporal Punishment
October 5, 1987
In 13 years of service to King and Country, Edmund has faced danger: in Nepal, tackling an over spiced curry; in Mombassa, confronting 200,000 grass- skirted men. But now he is truly in a pickle.
Captain Cook
1. Captain Cook
 
In the trenches on the front, Edmund vows that he's damned if he's doomed. When GeneralHaig unveils his new strategy to move his drinks cabinet nearer to Berlin, Blackadder volunteers to be Official War Artist.
Black Adder
Black Adder

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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.

BlackAdder is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on June 15, 1983.

Where to Watch BlackAdder

BlackAdder is available for streaming on the BBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch BlackAdder on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    June 15, 1983
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (36,411)