Feb. 15, 1988
Returning Series
30 min.
Dave TV Network

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1x01 The End

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First Aired: Feb. 15, 1988 on Dave
Summary: A radiation leak wipes out the crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf, leaving only one survivor - chicken soup machine repair man named Dave Lister. After three million years in suspended animation, Lister emerges to find he is the last human being in the universe. But he is not alone...

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Series Main Characters


Guest Stars

Rimmer played by Chris Barrie
Lister played by Craig Charles
Cat played by Danny John-Jules
Holly played by Norman Lovett
Todhunter played by Robert Bathurst
Chen played by Paul Bradley (VI)
Selby played by David Gillespie
Captain Hollister played by Mac McDonald

Episode Quotes

Lister: Not until you pass your engineer's exam. And you won't do that because you'll just go in there and flunk again.
Rimmer: Lister, last time I only failed by the *narrowest* of narrow margins.
Lister: You what? You walked in there, wrote 'I am a fish' four hundred times, did a funny little dance, and fainted.
Captain Hollister: Lister, not only are you so stupid that you bring on board an unquarantined animal and jeopardize every living man and woman; not only that, but you take a photograph of yourself with the cat and send it to be processed in the ship's lab. Now I'm gonna ask you this: do you have a cat?
Lister: No.
Captain Hollister: [showing a photo of Lister holding his cat] Do you have a cat?
Lister: I'm gonna get a sheep and a cow, and breed horses.
Rimmer: ...With a sheep and a cow?
Lister: No, with horses and horses.


  • Goof (revealing mistake): Lister's hand disappears just a second before he puts it through Rimmer.
  • Goof (continuity error): When Lister and Rimmer argue in the drive room, Lister stands up and walks across the floor. When he says, "You're a hologram, so what?" he is suddenly sitting down again.
  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): When Lister tells the door to lock after Rimmer leaves for the exam, you can see a crew member's hand out the window.
  • Goof (boom mic visible): When everyone stands to cut George McIntyre's cake at his funeral, you can see a boom at the left hand of the screen.
  • Goof (continuity error): When Lister says his cigarette is a chicken he looks at it. In the next shot he looks at it again.


  • A scene was cut from the first episode in which Lister performs a funeral service for his dead shipmates. It can be seen on the Series I DVD.
  • Lister is worshipped by the Cat race as "Cloister the Stupid"; a cloister is a covered walk, open gallery, or open arcade running along the walls of buildings forming a quadrangle or garth.
  • In the pilot, Rimmer is in his early 30s and Lister is in his early 20s. Chris Barrie was 26 and Craig Charles was 22 when it was filmed.
  • During the scene from the first episode in which Lister feeds his cat Frankenstein, it was discovered that 'Craig Charles' had a testicle showing. An earlier, slightly inferior take was substituted.
  • In the original script, George McIntyre's funeral song was "Heaven is Ten Zillion Light Years Away" (Stevie Wonder) rather than the final version's "See Ya Later, Alligator".
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