In the Tudor court of Elizabeth I, Lord Edmund Blackadder strives to win Her Majesty's favour while attempting to avoid a grisly fate should he offend her.
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 Edmund Blackadder (6 episodes, 1986)
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 Lord Percy (6 episodes, 1986)
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 Baldrick (6 episodes, 1986)
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 Queen Elizabeth I (6 episodes, 1986)
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 Lord Melchett (6 episodes, 1986)
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 Nursie (6 episodes, 1986)
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 Minstrel / ... (6 episodes, 1986)
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Sixty years after the demise of Prince Edmund Plantagenet, Queen Elizabeth I, who's as insane as her ancestors, is England's current leader. Seductive, easy-to-impress, spoiled, and always seeking a husband, "Queenie" has a leading courtier: Lord Edmund Blackaddder, great-grandson of the original. Now, however, he is dryly cynical and intelligent, but still trying to become king; this time by marrying the queen. However, her right-hand-man, Lord Melchett, will always serve as fair competition for her hand. Blackadder is again assisted by the clueless but fashionable Lord Percy Percy and dung-eating, "cunning" peasant Baldrick. Written by Bloggers!

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The original may be dead... but now his bastard great-great grandson swaggers around Renaissance London with a big head and a small beard.

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Trivia

The series was the originator of Baldrick's obsession with the turnip; this arose from a botanical error on the part of Ben Elton, who confused the vegetable with the "amusingly shaped" parsnip. See more »

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Blackadder: The path of my life is strewn with cowpats from the Devil's own satanic HERD.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of episode 2 ("Head") the year of production is given as MCXIIIV A.D. (which is not a valid roman number) instead of MCMLXXXV A.D. See more »

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Followed by Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) See more »

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Hilarious is not a strong enough word!
20 April 2004 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

This has to be the funniest, most scathing comedy series of all times. Rowan Atkinson, whose persona and looks change with each reincarnation, is, in these episodes, a strutting peacock always on the lookout for funds to support his lifestyle and he is, in a word, priceless! The supporting cast is without peer...Baldrick the filthy: Lord Percy Percy, the stupidest git that ever drew breath; Queenie, the psychotic; Nursie with the udder fixation; Lord Melchett, the brown-noser.......all are perfect. And others who pop up in particular episodes are spot on. The famous Blackadder sneer begins in these episodes and the insults fly like fleas from Baldrick's hair. In Blackadder II, "Chains" is the one that will make you choke with laughter. Hugh Laurie, as Prince Ludwig who doesn't want to "inconwenience the quveen" is hilarious and the secret of Lord Melchett's sheep is revealed.....baaaaaa. If you like Blackadder in all it's iterations, buy the book "Blackadder, the Whole Damn Dynasty".....it contains the complete scripts of each episode and you can laugh all over again. This is the best of the best in British humor!


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