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The science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf was produced by the U.K. based television network BBC2 by writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, who also wrote the first six seasons of the show. First airing on BBC2 in 1988 the show has gone through various periods of hiatus before returning to the television to complete ten seasons. Alongside the television show Red Dwarf has become a multimedia phenomenon with comic books, novels and magazines created to tell the stories of the characters from the original TV show.

The basic plot of Red dwarf revolves around the slobbish maintenance worker Dave Lister onboard the mining spaceship Red Dwarf beginning in the late 22nd century. Lister is disciplined for smuggling his pregnant cat, Frankenstein onboard the ship by being placed in suspended animation with Frankenstein sealed in the ship's hold. While held in suspended animation the Red Dwarf suffers a radiation leak that kills everybody onboard except Lister and the cat. The ship's computer, Holly holds Lister in suspended animation for three million years until the radiation levels on the ship are safe for human habitation.

Upon his release Lister discovers he is the only living human and is to be accompanied onboard by a hologram of his nemesis Arnold Rimmer; Lister and Rimmer later discover Lister's cat, Frankenstein's kittens have evolved into a humanoid feline hybrid creature in human form, known as Cat. Throughout the early seasons of the show, Lister's main aim is to return to Earth and replace the hologram of Rimmer with the object of his romantic attention Kristine Kochanski who died in the radiation leak.

The focus of Red Dwarf shifted from the relationship between Lister and Rimmer during the first few seasons to a monster of the week format before writers and creators Grant and Naylor left the show after season six. The character of Kochanski has been brought back to the show at various times to provide Lister with a love interest; the addition of a cyborg called Kryton added another recurring cast member from the third season onwards.

BBC America
12 Seasons, 80 Episodes
April 12, 2009
Science Fiction, Comedy
Cast: Chris Barrie, Arnold Rimmer, Craig Charles, Dave Lister, Danny John-Jules
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  • Rimmer gets hold of a Quantum skipper and skips his way across the multi-verse looking...

  • When the crew update the ship's software they discover the Jupiter Mining Corporation..

  • When all the machines onboard Red Dwarf go on strike, a Presidential election is held...

  • The boys attempt to rescue a ship locked on a collision course...

  • The Dwarfers are arrested by the Mechanoid Intergalactic Liberation Front.

  • When the Dwarfers search for some tech to fix Starbug's faulty port engine, they come across a Scientific Research centre that appears to have found a cure for evil.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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