Worst & Best Red Dwarf Episodes/List

About the Series

Genre: British Sci-Fi Comedy Series
Series: 12
Episodes: 73
First Transmission: 1988-
Channel: BBC/DAVE

Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise created by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.

The series follows the fortunes of Dave Lister who is stranded three million years in the future after his bunkmate Rimmer accidentally blows up the Red Dwarf mining ship by doing a faulty repair. Rimmer is brought back as a hologram by the ship’s computer, Holly to keep him company. Later, a creature known only as Cat joins them along with a mechanoid called Kryten, who they encounter in Series III. In Series VI the Red Dwarf ship is stolen from the crew, forcing them to travel in the smaller Starbug craft for two series.

An episode from the sixth series, “Gunmen of the Apocalypse”, won an International Emmy Award in the Popular Arts category.

The series is well established as a cult classic.

Craig Charles: Lister
Chris Barrie: Rimmer
Danny John-Jules: Cat
Rober Llewellyn: Kryten
Norman Lovett: Holly
Hatty Hayridge: Holly 2

Best Episode [ S5 Ep6 ]

Back to Reality – The Red Dwarf investigates an ocean ship, The Esperanto, where they find the ship’s crew have all committed suicide. Later, they are attacked by a sea monster called The Despair Squid. Soon, they all wake up to find that they have been playing an artificial reality computer game for four years and that their time on the Red Dwarf has all been an illusion – or has it?
26 March 1992



Worst Episode [ S9 Ep1 ]

Back to Earth: Part One – Lister’s busy day of annoying Rimmer is interrupted by the discovery of something in the ship’s mile-deep water tank.
10 April 2009



Full Episode Guide

Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.

Season One

The End (1988) –
After being sentenced to stasis for 18 months aboard the Red Dwarf, Dave Lister wakes up to find himself 3 million years in the future.
Future Echoes (1988) –
After the Red Dwarf goes through light speed, the crew sees images of the future.
Balance of Power (1988) –
Lister decides to do a cooking exam so he can outrank Rimmer.
Waiting for God (1988) –
Lister learns he is the mythical god of Cat’s people known as “Cloister the stupid.”
Confidence and Paranoia (1988) –
Red Dwarf has two unwelcome guests aboard, Lister’s confidence and paranoia.
Me² (1988) –
Rimmer moves into his new sleeping quarters with his holographic double.

Season Two

Kryten (1988) –
The Red Dwarf crew come across Kryten, an android, after they receive an SOS call.
Better Than Life (1988) –
The crew play an immersion game that is reputed to be “better than life,” but Rimmer’s brain rebels.
Thanks for the Memory (1988) –
Holly gives Rimmer the memory of a sexy girlfriend for his birthday present.
Stasis Leak (1988) –
Rimmer, Lister and Cat find a time barrier called on one of the floors and it takes them back in time on Red Dwarf 3 million years earlier.
Queeg (1988) –
Red Dwarf’s back-up computer Queeg 500 takes command of Red Dwarf when Holly proves incompetent.
Parallel Universe (1988) –


Season Three

Backwards (1989) –
Rimmer takes Kryten for a driving lesson in Starbug and they come across a time hole and end up on Earth, where time is running backwards.
Marooned (1989) –
Rimmer and Lister find themselves marooned on a ice planet, where the only firewood is Rimmer’s possessions and the only food they have is dog food and a pot noodle.
Polymorph (1989) –
The Red Dwarf crew encounter a genetically engineered space mutant that drains the emotions from humans.
Bodyswap (1989) –
Kryten discovers a developing fluid that can bring old photographs to life and allow people to enter into the past.
Timeslides (1989) –

The Last Day (1989) –

Season Four

Camille (1991) –
The crew encounter Camille, a shape-shifting alien.
D.N.A. (1991) –

Justice (1991) –

White Hole (1991) –

Dimension Jump (1991) –

The crew encounter Ace Rimmer, Rimmer as he

Meltdown (1991) –

Season Five

Holoship (1992) –

The Inquisitor (1992) –

Terrorform (1992) –

Quarantine (1992) –

Demons & Angels (1992) –

Back to Reality (1992) –


Season Six

Psirens (1993) –

Legion (1993) –

Gunmen of the Apocalypse (1993) –

Emohawk – Polymorph II (1993) –

Rimmerworld (1993) –

Out of Time (1993) –


Season seven

Tikka to Ride (1997) –

Stoke Me a Clipper (1997) –

Ouroboros (1997) –

Duct Soup (1997) –

Blue (1997) –

Beyond a Joke (1997) –

Epideme (1997) –

Nanarchy (1997) –


Season Eight

Back in the Red, Part 1 (1999) –

Back in the Red, Part 2 (1999) –

Back in the Red, Part 3 (1999) –

Cassandra (1999) –

Krytie TV (1999) –

Pete, Part 1 (1999) –

Pete, Part 2 (1999) –

Only the Good… (1999) –

Season Nine

Back to Earth, Part 1 (2009) –

Back to Earth, Part 2 (2009) –

Back to Earth, Part 3 (2009) –

Season Ten

Trojan (2012) –

Fathers and Suns (2012) –

Lemons (2012) –

Entangled (2012) –

Dear Dave (2012) –

The Beginning (2012) –

Season Eleven

Twentica (2016) –
The Red Dwarf crew find themselves in an alternative version of America where modern technology is prohibited,
Samsara (2016) –

Give & Take (2016) –

Officer Rimmer (2016) –

Krysis (2016) –
Kryten has a mid-life robotic crisis.
Can of Worms (2016) –
Cat takes falls head over heels in love with a lady Cat with a big secret.

Season Twelve

Cured (2017) –
The crew discover a ship that has a cure for evil.
Siliconia (2017) –
Red Dwarf is captured by the Mechanoid Intergalactic Liberation Front (M.I.L.F), a group of automata out to free androids being used as slaves.
Timewave (2017) –
The crew find themselves onboard the ‘Enconium’, a place where all criticism is illegal.
Mechocracy (2017) –
The machines on Red Dwarf go on strike, so the boys compete in an election against each other to gain control of them.
M-Corp (2017) –

Skipper (2017) –
Rimmer comes in possession of a Quantum skipper and scours the multiverse looking for a dimension where he is not such a giant loser.