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Blackadder (1983–1989) consists of four seasons with six episodes each, along with three specials.

     The Black Adder 

Written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, set during the 16th Century.

  1. Pilot — Edmund tries to use some love letters written by his mother to put his brother Henry to shame and become the next in line to become King.

Written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, set during the War of the Roses.

  1. The Foretelling — After beheading his own granduncle (who is also the King), Edmund decides to get more assertive and so he becomes The Black Adder.
  2. Born to be King — A remake of the pilot. Edmund decides to help Lord MacAngus (who apparently had an affair with the Queen) so that he can be the King.
  3. The Archbishop — Richard IV names his son Archbishop of Canterbury (a seemingly dangerous post); unfortunately for The Black Adder, it's he who gets named instead of Harry.
  4. The Queen of Spain's Beard — Edmund attempts to avoid marrying the Spanish Infanta.
  5. Witchsmeller Pursuivant — The Black Adder is accused of witchcraft.
  6. The Black Seal — Having enough of Edmund's antics, King Richard disowns him (with the Duke of Edinburgh title going to Harry). Reaching his breaking point, Edmund determines to overthrow his father, and replaces Baldrick and Percy with "The Black Seal", with the most evil men of England, who also turn on him.

     Blackadder II 

Written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, set in Elizabethan London.

  1. Bells — Edmund falls for his new assistant, who appropriately turns out to be a woman. However, he unwittingly invites Lord Flashheart to act as his best man.
  2. Head — Lord Blackadder is named Lord Executioner by Queenie. However, he (apparently) beheads a prisoner, who then gets pardoned.
  3. Potato — Edmund, who clearly despises Sir Walter Raleigh, decides to go to the Cape of No Hope. However, his crew is as good as a bunch of monkeys.
  4. Money — Lord Blackadder must pay a debt to the Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells, which proves impossible as the Queen is in a notoriously playful mood that day (taking all of Edmund's money). However, the Bishop has one big weakness.
  5. Beer — Edmund has a beer fest the same day his Puritan relatives, Lord and Lady Whiteadder, come over to discuss his inheritance.
  6. Chains — Lord Blackadder and Lord Melchett are kidnapped by master of disguise Prince Ludwig "The Indestructible", who plots to overthrow Queenie and apparently succeeds.


     Blackadder The Third 

Written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, set in Regency England.

  1. Dish and Dishonesty — With the Parliament (especially PM Pitt the Younger) dead set against the Prince Regent, butler Edmund fixes the Dunny-on-the-Wold by-election to protect his interests, with "Sod-off" Baldrick becoming the MP.
  2. Ink and Incapability — Baldrick apparently burns Dr. Johnson's Dictionary, which is being patronized by Prince George. And it's up to Mr. Blackadder to patch things up.
  3. Nob and Nobility — Two French exiles challenge Edmund to pull an "Scarlet Pimpernel" and rescue a French aristocrat.
  4. Sense and Senility — After almost being killed by an anarchist bomb, the Prince asks for the advice of his two favourite hams to make an speech. Meanwhile, Mr. Blackadder grows tired of George and resolves to apply for King of Sardinia.
  5. Amy and Amiability — George runs out of money, and Edmund must marry him off. However, his attempts are thwarted by "The Shadow", a mysterious highwayman who turns out to be a woman.
  6. Duel and Duality — Lord Wellington finds out the Prince Regent defiled his nieces, and challenges him to a duel. He and Mr. Blackadder then switch places; however, fate will turn against George:

     Blackadder Goes Forth 

Written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, set in the trenches of World War I.

  1. Captain Cook — Field Marshal Haig has appointed Edmund as Official War Artist, a perfect opportunity for him to leave the trenches.
  2. Corporal Punishment — A hungry Captain Blackadder shoots General Melchett's pigeon, "Speckled Jim", and gets court-martialed for it.
  3. Major Star — Edmund gets over his dislike of showbiz after taking over the war show, with Baldrick impersonating Charlie Chaplin and George doing a drag act. However Melchett finds love at first sight with "Georgina".
  4. Private Plane — Capt. Blackadder, Private Baldrick and Lieutenant George join the RFC "Twenty Minuters" squad, thinking that's the time they will spend on air, instead of their life expectancy. The Captain and his dim-witted Private crash into enemy lines, meeting the Red Baron in person.
  5. General Hospital — Edmund visits George at the hospital. He is also assigned to look for a German spy, but he woos a nurse instead.
  6. Goodbyeee — Blackadder, Baldrick, George and Captain Darling are called for a full-scale attack. Edmund pretends to be mad so he can escape; however, Melchett doesn't fall for it and he is finally sent 'over the top'.

     Blackadder specials 
  1. The Cavalier Years — Set during the English Civil War.
  2. Blackadder's Christmas Carol — A parody of Dickens' novel, set in Victorian England. Nice Guy Ebeneezer Blackadder gets visited by the Christmas ghosts, who persuade him to change his ways.
  3. Blackadder Back & Forth — On Millennium Eve, Blackadder travels in time throughout history.


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