Just the thought of writing this post has me in stitches! :-). Most British people already know of this series, as it is one of the all time highly rated ones in British television. Americans for example might not have heard of it, but it is definitely a must see in my book. Most people know Rowan Atkinson, one of my favorite comedians, only as Mr Bean, that silly man child. Before there was Mr Bean however, there was the evil, cunning Blackadder. The Blackadder series is the best ever!
There were a total of four in the series. Each one starred Rowan Atkinson as Edmund Blackadder, and Tony Robinson who played his dogsbody Baldrick. Each of the four series was set in a different time period, and occasionally, other actors would pop up as different characters. Each subsequent Blackadder is a descendant of the original Edmund. As the series marches on, Blackadder becomes more intelligent, cunning, selfish and more cowardly.
His dogsbody Baldrick and his descendants on the other hand, gets more stupid as time goes by. Hugh Laurie, known as “House” on the television show is another wonderful comedian whose talents are showcased on this series. There are other incredibly talented actors featured too, like Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Robbie Coltrane and Rick Mayall, who plays one of the greatest roles ever, Lord Flashheart. He’s crude, he’s crass, and he’s very funny.
I have watched the episodes so many times that l can recite just about every line :-). It is available on Netflix and l think everyone should see it. You can also find complete episodes on youtube with a quick search. If you’ve seen it, it’s time to see it again. The first of the series aired in 1983, and the last one in 1989. I am going to suggest something crazy here:
WATCH IT IN REVERSE ORDER!
Why should l do that? you may ask. Because the last series is the best, and the funniest, that’s why. When you see it, you start to understand and see the brilliance of the work done by Atkinson and company, and the wonderful stories written by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jone’s Diary, Notting Hill and Love Actually). So, here goes the order..
Blackadder goes forth – The last of the series
Blackadder the third
Blackadder the second
The Black Adder
Each series has 6 episodes, for a total of 24. There are complimentary specials of the series to be found, but these are the core episodes. Enjoy.
Have you seen Blackadder? What did you think? too British humor wise? or is it universally funny?