I’m going to get a chance to show a few folks an episode or two of red dwarf this evening. The problem being, a friend of mine has still got my I and II DVDs. That said, which episodes would be good to show them?
Either the first half of III, or Legion & Gunmen probably. A lot of the others rely on you knowing the characters.
If you’d have had series 1 & 2 I’d have just said The End and/or Future Echoes, depending on your bravery. With Thanks For The Memory & Queeg as chasers if they’re still interested. But Backwards is still a good show and the first Byte of III shows everything the series can do compressed into 90 minutes.
Left-field suggestion, but I’m not sure there’s a better intro to the show than Camille. Opens with an all-time classic scene, gives you a proper handle on all four characters, is a strong concept and plot, is very funny. You can’t not be hooked after it.
the first Red Dwarf i watched after Demons and Angels was the last 10 minutes of The Last Day, and so for some reason little 13 year old me thought the plotline of the show was “a guy wakes up on an abandoned mining ship with a robot, 2 other blokes and a hangover” and i genuinely thought that was the backstory of the show for years until i watched I and II.
so best not to start with the last 10 minutes of The Last Day, really. they might get the wrong idea about the show