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13th May '16 2:19:02 AM AgProv
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Besides the great writing, ''Blackadder'''s success rests on the shoulders of stars Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, whose comic instincts combine to produce some of the most delightfully snarky wit that has ever been seen on television. A similarly skilled supporting cast, including Creator/BrianBlessed, Miranda Richardson, Creator/HughLaurie, Tim [=McInnerny=], Creator/RikMayall, and Creator/StephenFry just added to the pleasure and the outrage.

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Besides the great writing, ''Blackadder'''s success rests on the shoulders of stars Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, whose comic instincts combine to produce some of the most delightfully snarky wit that has ever been seen on television. A similarly skilled supporting cast, including Creator/BrianBlessed, Miranda Creator/PeterCook (in the first series) ,Miranda Richardson, Creator/HughLaurie, Tim [=McInnerny=], Creator/RikMayall, and Creator/StephenFry just added to the pleasure and the outrage.
4th May '16 10:05:06 PM Jabatlife
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A deliciously vicious collection of [[BritCom British comedies]], all centering around various generations of the Blackadder family as embodied in its sole visible member, Edmund -- a cynical, snide and outright caustic British nobleman (he'd be a DeadpanSnarker if he could just stop sneering) who never seems to succeed at most of his schemes, but never quite loses either (except usually at the end, where he dies horribly or wins spectacularly). Each Edmund in each generation is aided by a BumblingSidekick in the shape of his corresponding Baldrick, an ignorant and filthy manservant and dogsbody of unhealthy habits and preoccupations. His typical {{foil}} is a classic UpperClassTwit of far higher social station than his own, whom he is forced to serve hand and foot.

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A deliciously tastefully vicious collection of [[BritCom British comedies]], all centering around various generations of the Blackadder family as embodied in its sole visible member, Edmund -- a cynical, snide and outright caustic British nobleman (he'd be a DeadpanSnarker if he could just stop sneering) who never seems to succeed at most of his schemes, but never quite loses either (except usually at the end, where he dies horribly or wins spectacularly). Each Edmund in each generation is aided by a BumblingSidekick in the shape of his corresponding Baldrick, an ignorant and filthy manservant and dogsbody of unhealthy habits and preoccupations. His typical {{foil}} is a classic UpperClassTwit of far higher social station than his own, whom he is forced to serve hand and foot.
1st May '16 10:23:36 AM StarSword
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* EntertaininglyWrong: Blackadder deducing [[spoiler:Nurse Mary]] is a German spy. His reasoning is perfectly sound and the suspect had already admitted to using ObfuscatingStupidity in front of others. Unfortunately for them both the true 'spy' was someone else altogether.

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* EntertaininglyWrong: Blackadder deducing [[spoiler:Nurse Mary]] is a German spy. His reasoning is perfectly sound and the suspect had already admitted to using ObfuscatingStupidity in front of others. Unfortunately for them both the true 'spy' was someone else altogether.altogether: [[spoiler:Mary was completely innocent; it was George sending apparently not-properly-censored letters to his German uncle all along.]]



* OverrankedSoldier: General Melchett.

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* OverrankedSoldier: General Melchett.Melchett, as an exaggeration of the "lions led by donkeys" stereotype of the British Army during the war. He's incompetent and frankly quite mad.
* PervyPatdown: Blackadder accuses Captain Darling of this when Darling frisks him during the MoleHunt episode.
-->'''Darling:''' I'm only doing my job, Blackadder.\\
'''Blackadder:''' How convenient that your job is also your ''hobby''.
12th Apr '16 10:44:48 AM DarthHowie
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All four series and the Christmas Carol special are available in the USA on Netflix (although the contract expires on 1 February 2015). UK Netflix doesn't have it, but Love Film! has the four main series and the Christmas Carol special.

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All four series and the Christmas Carol special are available in the USA on Netflix (although the contract expires on 1 February 2015). UK Netflix doesn't have it, but Love Film! has the four main series and the Christmas Carol special.special in the UK.
11th Apr '16 2:46:48 AM DisillusionedJoey
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* BrickJoke: When trying to get out of his arranged marriage to the Enfanta, Blackadder takes Baldrick's suggestion that he pretend to [[IncompatibleOrientation "prefer the company of men"]], as does the Earl of Doncaster. He does this by dressing up and acting CampGay. Later, his father sees him like this and greets him with "Morning, Doncaster!"

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* BrickJoke: When trying to get out of his arranged marriage to the Enfanta, Blackadder takes Baldrick's suggestion that he pretend to [[IncompatibleOrientation "prefer the company of men"]], as does the Earl of Doncaster. He does this by dressing up and acting CampGay. Later, his father sees him like this and greets him with "Morning, Doncaster!"Doncaster!". Even the peasant whose wife he tries to marry tells his wife that Edmund isn't the Prince, he's the Duke of Doncaster.
4th Apr '16 5:43:17 PM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:344:[[IdenticalGrandson They're all related?]] [[SarcasmMode I never would have guessed!]]]]

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3rd Apr '16 5:11:38 AM needsanewhobby
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: often the show observes differences in social attitudes during the period, relative to the modern day. For example, in "Bells" Blackadder perceives his suspected homosexuality as a disgrace and goes to great lengths to cure it.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: often the show observes differences in social attitudes during the period, relative to the modern day. For example, in "Bells" Blackadder perceives his suspected homosexuality as a disgrace disease and goes to great lengths to cure it.it.
** Meanwhile in "Dish and Dishonesty", the "Standing at the Back Dressed Stupidly and Looking Stupid Party" candidate (modelled on the real-life Monster Raving Loonies) has the "crazy" idea of abolishing slavery.
17th Feb '16 10:11:25 AM gravious
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--> '''(the future) Richard IV:''' [[NoIndoorVoice "EDNA! FIGHT YOU WITH US ON THE MORROW?"]]
--> '''Edmund:''' Oh, goodness me, no. No, I'll be fighting with the enemy! (awkward silence)

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--> '''(the future) Richard IV:''' [[NoIndoorVoice "EDNA! EDNA! FIGHT YOU WITH US ON THE MORROW?"]]
MORROW?]]
--> '''Edmund:''' Oh, goodness me, no. No, I'll be fighting with the enemy! enemy!
-->
(awkward silence)
17th Feb '16 10:07:46 AM gravious
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: On the eve of the Battle of Bosworth Hill.
--> '''(the future) Richard IV:''' [[NoIndoorVoice "EDNA! FIGHT YOU WITH US ON THE MORROW?"]]
--> '''Edmund:''' Oh, goodness me, no. No, I'll be fighting with the enemy! (awkward silence)
--> '''Richard III:''' You're not putting him anywhere near me, are you?
12th Feb '16 11:02:29 PM MikeW
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* WrongGenreSavvy: Edmund is convinced he's a MagnificentBastard pulling off brilliant plots, unaware he's an idiot who everyone treats as a joke.
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