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  • #205773
    anniescribe
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    Not sure if this has been a topic … probably, but I can’t find it very recently, so here goes : What’s the first episode you ever saw, if you remember, and what about it made you watch more of the series?

    I’m pretty sure mine had to be Me2. I remember the gazpacho soup factoid, which is not something I knew before then, but it could’ve also been Future Echoes with the droid fish. It was 18 years ago, so memory’s only a little muddied. ;-)

    Anyway, it was an odd, hilarious little show and I was a big Trek fan, so I wanted to see what this Trek-parody-type show would do – and I kept watching and bought the first book shortly after (it was still being sold as a new novel at the sci-fi bookstore I frequented in a nearby town).

    #205774
    si
    Participant

    I’m never sure. I became a fan with series three, but recognised Kryten, and realised that Holly had changed, so I must have seen series two. I was nine years old in 1988, and my dad watched, so there’s a good chance I saw series one, too. But, for the sake of argument, I’ll say that my first episode was Kryten.

    #205775
    Pecospete666
    Participant

    “Waiting for God!” I was Enlighten by Doug’s or Rob’s take on Religion! It still resonates today!

    #205776
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    First ever memory of Dwarf: The Last Day
    First full episode: Camille (on VHS)
    First episode seen on first broadcast: Holoship. Then saw Young Ones on VHS with Norman Lovett and incidentally discovered Series I and II…

    #205777
    Connell
    Participant

    First ever memory of Dwarf: Pete (god knows which part)
    First full episode: Legion (On Dave)
    First episode ever seen on first broadcast: Trojan

    The perks of Dwarf being slightly before my time. I was also living abroad when Back To Earth was broadcast so I had to watch online after.

    #205778
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    Future Echoes, and mighty fine it was too.

    #205779

    The End, a few years back, specifically just when they meet Cat. It was rather strange for me, since I didn’t even know it was supposed to be a comedy.

    #205780
    clem
    Participant

    Parallel Universe during the ’94 repeat run. I was 11. I’m pretty sure they were already in the parallel universe when I started watching, so I couldn’t have had a clue what was going on not having seen the show before, let alone the first part of the episode. I hadn’t even heard of Red Dwarf. I was definitely hooked right away though, and the next time I saw Red Dwarf was when Backwards was repeated and I made sure I saw it. (I think that was only a week or two later. Anybody have those ’94 repeat dates?) Then of course I was utterly confused by the dramatically different look, Holly/Hilly, and Kryten, but it was like nothing I’d ever seen before, and of course it was very funny. I was intrigued and became a big fan very quickly, got the videos, novels, found out about the fan club etc. and never looked back.

    #205781
    Alex
    Participant

    The last 5 minutes of Out of Time going out live in 93. I guess it could have been the repeat run as I was only 4 and too young to remember reliably, but I’m pretty sure I remember watching the repeat run afterwards.

    #205782
    Carlito
    Participant

    Holoship, on first broadcast. Somehow the show had completely eluded my radar, I’d never even heard of it before. I may have been 9 years old but I was pretty switched on to TV and especially comedy, so knowing it had run for years at that point it seems strange it took me so long. I had been watching Fry & Laurie in the same slot for the six weeks preceding (if my memory is correct) so was accustomed to switching to BBC2 at that time, was intrigued by the ‘next week’ trailer that aired following the final episode of F&L, and decided to check it out. Of course, I loved it and have done ever since.

    #205784
    MANI506
    Participant

    My brother was watching Better Than Life and I walked in during the restaurant scene. It was 1988 and I was 8. We videoed Queeg and watched it over and over until series 3 was aired a year later. I remember the shock of seeing Backwards for the first time!
    Didn’t video series 4 but watched it go out, went BANANAS for series 5 though. Joined the fan club, got the smegazines, bought the videos – you name it.
    Finally saw series 1 in 1993 when it was released on video although my brother definitely saw Me2 go out live. It was the talk of the playground apparently.

    #205785
    MANI506
    Participant

    That must have been series 3 of Fry and Laurie Carlito. The best series!

    #205786
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    My memory is convinced it was Justice, but broadcast schedules tell me it was Camille. It’s not that I don’t remember watching Camille and DNA, because I do, but for some reason I have this mental picture of the opening scene of Justice being my first-watched Dwarf scene. My memory is bollocks, clearly.

    #205787
    anniescribe
    Participant

    Being a lifelong cat person, I was impressed at how Cat was so catlike without stereotypical feline markings – pointed ears, whiskers, fur, tail, four-footed – and I think that was my first hint at the intelligence of the writing behind Red Dwarf. I didn’t find out until much later the same team had come up with Spitting Image sketches, which I’d seen in bits and pieces in the 80s (and I guess, which probably influenced D.C. Follies, which I watched religiously on Sundays; I was a weird teenager).

    I remember Red Dwarf used to be on right after or before Red Green, I guess on PBS, which is how I saw it. It was the mid-90s, I was just out of college and had a real career-type job and didn’t have to live with a roommate or parents anymore. Life was good, LOL – and there were these wonderful little shows that made it better. It’s fun to read these recollections, sometimes very specific “I know what I was doing and where I was” ones especially.

    #205788
    Claire
    Participant

    I’m honestly not sure as my elder sister was into it first. The earliest joke I remember laughing at is Talkie Toaster’s “So what else is new?” line in “Waiting For God”, but I’m not sure if that was the original broadcast.

    I also have strong memories of the end of “Meltdown”, Low Rimmer’s appearance in “Demons And Angels” and “Parallel Universe”, which I loved (still do).

    #205789
    Another Phil
    Participant

    The first episode I have any memory of seeing was Meltdown, though I surely must have seen some of IV before it. I was definitely a regular viewer from V on. Oddly, the last episode of the first 36 I ever saw was Bodyswap, as it was the only episode I missed on the post-VI repeat run, for some reason or another. It was ages before I ended up actually seeing it and it became my ‘lost episode’ for a while.

    #205790
    Phil
    Participant

    Mine was Meltdown as well. (Just to further confuse people.) I absolutely loved it, and it was probably a good starter episode as a lot of the jokes had to do with characters not unique to the Dwarf universe. It was also absolutely brilliant, and I remember Lister’s speech at the end feeling like some truly great writing at the time. (Not that I don’t like it now…it’s just that having seen every episode, that part no longer feels like the standout it once did.)

    Next episode was Holoship, and that just felt incredibly personal to me. It gave me a perfect grasp of the characters and told what I still feel is a very compelling and well-handled story. It’s the moment that the show really clicked with me, and while I may debate whether or not I like it best now and then, it could never possibly drop out of the top 3 for me.

    #205791
    Kris Carter
    Participant

    I first saw Rimmer’s death video in Me2 on first broadcast, but my first full ep was Backwards. A full on brilliant intro episode, and converted me into a fan pretty much on the spot.

    #205792
    NoFro
    Participant

    The first clip of Red Dwarf that I saw was no more than about 30 seconds of “Emohawk” when channel flicking. I would guess that it was when I was about 8. Was there a repeat run just before VIII aired? Because it would have been around 1998/1999. It was the scene just after they’ve crashed (“Not even Mr Lister’s guitar…” etc.) and though I didn’t really take in what was happening, I was just amazed by the visual look of the show, in particular the Kryten make up. It made such an impact on me that, despite only seeing the briefest of clips, I could easily identify the scene when I bought the VI DVD half a decade later.

    First full episode: “Backwards” which was on my mate’s brother’s 3 Byte 1 VHS. That was in 2001. “Marooned” and “Polymorph” followed (naturally) and me and my mate watched the VHS a hell of a lot for about a month.

    A couple of years later I caught “Camille”, “DNA”, “Holoship”, “The Inquisitor” and “Legion” during a run on Gold. Having been reminded of that 3 Byte 1 VHS I bought Series 3 on DVD and watched it repeatedly until a couple of months later when I got IV and VI at the time of VI’s DVD release. Just carried on buying them from there.

    First episode I saw on original broadcast: “Back to Earth Part 1”.

    Saw both “Fathers & Suns” and “Lemons” being recorded.

    #205793
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    My earliest Red Dwarf memory: Arriving at a family friend’s house after a long drive. They turn on the TV just in time to see Lister dashing out of the GELF village yelling “Change of plan! LEGGG IIIIIIIIIITT!” I had no idea what it was, but it made me laugh.

    My earliest memory after that is being very excited about UK Gold marathoning the entire first series one Friday night, which suggests there’s an interim point during which I’d become familiar with the show. But I don’t remember it.

    I do remember lying to my sister in ’99, telling her during the end credits of the Gimme Gimme Gimme series finale that the show had ended so a new series of Red Dwarf could be broadcast. I was then surprised when that Red Dwarf VIII trailer aired immediately afterwards.

    #205794
    Ridley
    Participant

    Stoke Me A Clipper.

    Lured in by the Bondesque opening and AR stuff then kept watching. To the best of my memory.

    #205795
    Dessie
    Participant

    I remember my first memory of Red Dwarf freaked me out. I think it must have been Emohawk because i seem to remember cat shouting “It is the stick!” and the shot of him with the monster in his hand terrified me. I would only have been 5 at the time. The first episode i remember watching all the way through was Tikka to ride.

    I remember i used to have series 1 and 2 on VHS and watched them over and over. The artwork on the VHS releases was amazing, i think it was the remastered versions though. Has anyone on here written anything about Red Dwarf artwork over the years? I’ve gone all misty eyed and nostalgic now, might have to try and dig em out just to see the cover art.

    #205797
    Blisschick
    Participant

    I’m not really sure, but I do recalling hearing the name of the series through the years and maybe saw bits and pieces here and there. I didn’t actually get interested in the series untill 2008 when the hubby started watching it on Netflix, and then I kind of got obsessed with it. I worked for him, so I got to watch I-VIII sitting on my butt at work over a week’s time.

    #205798
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    I’m sure this is already on the site somewhere, but…

    My first introduction was my family going around the house sticking their teeth out and saying “Duane Dibbley” in silly voices. I was intrigued, naturally, so they showed me Back To Reality, which was on an off-air tape of Series V that my sister had borrowed from a friend. This was towards the start of the summer holidays in 1993, and from that point on I watched all six episodes *every day* for the entire six weeks – we even took it on holiday to Cornwall with us.

    Naturally, the first episode I saw on first broadcast was Psirens in September of that year, which incidentally was also the first time I heard the theme tune in full, as my sister’s stupid friend had stopped recording as soon as the credits started to roll. Technically, however, I watched most of Series VI a few hours after first broadcast – I wasn’t allowed to stay up past 9pm to watch them, so I used to get up early the following morning to watch the recording before school. The exception is Emohawk, which broadcast during October half term, so I was allowed to stay up. As a few people have mentioned Emohawk, I wonder if this is also the reason that they saw it first?

    #205799
    Renegade Rob
    Participant

    First episode I ever saw was Rimmerworld, where it happened to be on and I happened to enter the room when the “you are a total total” scene was happening. So I kept watching… the “or we could use the teleporter” gag sealed the deal for me, and it was love at first sight. Then I immediately sought out to record the episodes in order and re-fell in love with the show from the beginning, as if it was brand new.

    #205800
    Brayds2006
    Participant

    The first episode I saw was most of the Re-mastered version of Better than Life back in January 2009. It looked like this amazing, creative and funny show, so I looked for more.

    #205804
    Lexo Ross
    Participant

    First memory of Dwarf – My mate owning the Series VIII scriptbook, the picture of the cast in their prison uniform was the first I ever saw of Dwarf
    First full episode – Backwards
    First episode seen on first broadcast – Trojan

    #205805
    my brook is babbled
    Participant

    First full episode, saw it on Dave (Thanks Dave you beaut) : Psirens

    Was watching it, thinking this is funny and then Rimmer disappeared, because he needed to “recharge”, I was slightly perplexed, been watching ever since,

    First Episode seen on broadcast: Back to Earth Part One

    #205806
    Jonathan Capps
    Keymaster

    My mum’s always claimed I was watching it from the beginning with her, but I’m now convinced she’s talking about the repeat run, and by that point I was already a fan.

    I have a memory of sneakily watching it on the TV in my room (yeah, yeah, I had a TV in my room, so fuck you) and Dimension Jump being on (which must’ve been the original 91 run), but I have NO IDEA if that was the first time I’d seen it. Around the same time as that my grandma bought me Series III, Byte 2 and that’s definitely where the obsession started.

    So, to conclude, it’s either Dimension Jump or Timeslides and my memory is shitballs.

    #205809
    Karnie
    Participant

    Mine was Kryten’s friendship speech in “Last Day”… I remember thinking, “what a total ripoff of Star Trek!” just before Lister uttered the phrase “Don’t give me that Star Trek crap! It’s too early in the morning…”

    I’ve been hooked ever since.

    In no particular order, my other earliest memories are the underpants scene in Polymorph, Rimmer telling Lister his bum was like two badly parked Volkwagens in Marooned, and (my personal favorite) Winnie the Pooh’s execution in Meltdown.

    #205810
    si
    Participant

    Other than the ‘I must have seen Kryten’ thing above, if anybody’s interested, I’ve a big Red Dwarf blog post (which I’ve no doubt linked to on many occasions before now) here: http://siandhisramblings.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/my-life-of-love-of-red-dwarf-and-week.html

    Just saying.

    #205811
    fozzibear1
    Participant

    The End on video

    #205812
    simon
    Participant

    A friend mentioned the show so I decided to see what it was about and the first episode I think I saw was Polymorph in about ’94 but I also have an early memory of watching Kryten. So my memory is shit and I was hooked instantly

    #205813
    Taiwan Tony
    Participant

    Alright dudes.

    First ever memory of Dwarf: Marooned – maybe on a friend’s video…
    First full episode: (probably same as below)
    First episode ever seen on first broadcast: Holoship

    Age: 32

    It’s fair to say I became a RD fan when the BBC started repeating the whole caboodle. Before then I was just a fan of BBC2 comedy. Mind you I was pretty hooked by Series VI…

    #205815
    anniescribe
    Participant

    The thing I’m getting out of this is it seems nobody was a fan of, say, Chris or Rob and Doug from previous work, and was waiting for the first episode to air in 1987-88 (unless I misread anyone). Which, is probably about right given all three were young and not mega-stars or anything.

    Also, I get the feeling almost everyone else is a lot younger than forty. Except Pecos, LOL.

    #205817
    Pecospete666
    Participant

    Annie you are correct! I am greatly amused by all these younger people! It’s a good predictor of the future! I also make this statement “it takes one to know one”

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    #205818
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    Had seen Chris on The Brittas Empire, had seen Danny in Maid Marian (although didn’t recognise him until someone pointed him out, blowing my mind in the process), Craig had previously pissed me off on What’s That Noise.

    #205820
    Alex
    Participant

    Also, I get the feeling almost everyone else is a lot younger than forty. Except Pecos, LOL.

    At 23 I’m used to being one of the younger fans, but I’m getting the feeling that quite a few of the newer users might be younger than I am.

    #205821
    Connell
    Participant

    I’m 17, very much a member of the younger generation of Dwarfers. No shame in it though, I’d say I was just about as knowledgeable as any other fan!

    #205822
    si
    Participant

    I’ll be 34 on Saturday. Feel free to send cash, although HMV or Blockbuster Video gift vouchers will be returned.

    #205824
    takerdemon
    Participant

    Mine was Statis Leak. I was 6-8 years old at the time and As I recall my dad was watching it on VHS on Christmas Day. I remember sitting with him and bugging him with question after question about it. Something about it instantly hooked me because those dingy VHS tapes of his that contained all of the first run two series recorded suddenly became mine.

    #205827
    MANI506
    Participant

    I’m 32, I remember What’s That Noise and I bet I’d bloody love it if I saw it again now!

    #205834
    Blisschick
    Participant

    I’m…old enough. I don’t wanna talk about it. *pouting*

    #205835
    HelloMabel
    Participant

    Good, I’m glad I’m not the only one whose first Red Dwarf memory contradicts actual known facts.

    The actual fact is, my first episode was Future Echoes (high five, PP3!) on a homemade VHS recording from two friends who were hooked and intent on hooking me. But my memory of first viewing that and the rest of series I and II (and accompanying pledge drives), is lost in the sands of time except for faint shadows of Queeg saying “suckas” and two Rimmers exercising, while one of my friends glanced over to check whether I was really appreciating the show.

    My first clear Red Dwarf memory is getting up at 1 a.m. in secret to watch and tape repeats of series III and IV (I didn’t know VCRs had timers,) then going to school and INSISTING to my two best friends that they needed to do the same thing. And I remember one friend’s concern that the words ‘Red Dwarf’ never occur in the theme song; however, she did enjoy the bongos in Meltdown.

    #205836
    clem
    Participant

    I’ll be 30 next month, four days after RD’s 25th in fact.

    > had seen Danny in Maid Marian (although didn’t recognise him until someone pointed him out, blowing my mind in the process)

    Yes, I remember suddenly realising IT’S BARRINGTON!! Don’t think I recognised any of the cast the first time I watched RD.

    #205845
    Jonsmad
    Participant

    I read the synopsis in the newspaper I think for The End. Which sort of set it up as the first episode. But I either thought “that sounds shit” or just forgot to watch it. Then at school the next day everyone was calling each other Smeg Head in my class and I hadn’t seen it. I think cus they could get away with the swearing and the teachers didn’t know what it was. So I didn’t miss an episode since then. Might have seen a few on black on white portable tv round a mates house of the first two series but I watched every episode on broadcast I think. But my massive interest in the show started with series III. That was when I was allowed to record TV off the telly myself for the first time, we had got a new VHS machine instead of the dying Betamax format, and I could afford tapes on my pocket money. So series III was the first I taped off the TV, that and Bottom.

    #205851
    anniescribe
    Participant

    No offenses, I wasn’t slagging off on younger folk – it just surprises me there are so many fans in their 20s and under, although I don’t know why it does. Lots of younger people watch Golden Girls reruns or Cosby too, and they’re older shows. :-D

    #205853
    Clay Hickman
    Participant

    Having just turned 36, I am ancient enough to have watched The End on original transmission. Hooked right away. Though oddly didn’t fire up the Betamax to start taping until Better Than Life. So S1 and Kryten took on a holy mystique in my 11-year-old brain right away.

    I think my strongest memory of S1 was the end titles stopping for Rimmer’s shouts at the end of Waiting for God. I always loved it when programmes messed with the credits. I miss that.

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    #205854
    anniescribe
    Participant

    “IT’S A SMEGGING ROAST CHICKEN!”

    #205855
    Blisschick
    Participant

    “It’s a garbage pod! It’s a SMEGGING GARBAGE POD!”

    #205945
    Vimto
    Participant

    The End.

    When it was first broadcast.

    Never missed an episode after that.

    Fuck I’m old.

    #205971
    matty9896
    Participant

    I’m 16! Woo!

    Red Dwarf first came to my attention when a then-mate of mine mentioned that ‘Back To Earth’ was starting soon. I dismissed it, as he likes a lot of weird shit. A short time afterwards, whilst channel-hopping I saw the Comedy Connections special on Dave, and later caught a repeat of ‘Back To Earth: Part Three’. I didn’t really understand it, but was intrigued. I later saw ‘Timeslides’, and then a few more repeats of various episodes from III-VI (and a bit of ‘Stoke Me A Clipper’, I think), before buying Series I & II on DVD on a whim in June 2009. By August, I had everything on DVD.

    #205972
    si
    Participant

    *reads above post, buys zimmerframe*

    #205973
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    >caught a repeat of ‘Back To Earth: Part Three’. I didn’t really understand it, but was intrigued.

    That’s OK. I’d seen the preceding 54 episodes and I didn’t understand it either.

    #205981
    matty9896
    Participant

    Also forgot to mention that around the same time, that same mate got the ‘All The Shows’ anniversary DVD set for his birthday. I saw it in his room and flicked through it, looking at all the pictures etc. – that’s what made me watch the ‘Back To Earth’ repeat.

    #205983
    Jonathan Capps
    Keymaster

    Wow, I think you’re the first person I’ve heard of that discovered the show with Back to Earth. That’s excellent!

    #205988
    anniescribe
    Participant

    I know, Doug should pose for a photo with Matty that Dave TV could frame enlarged and hang in the corporate boardroom, captioned “OUR FOUNDERS.”

    #205995
    matty9896
    Participant

    Wow, never realised I was so unique! :P

    It was nice watching everything for the first time over a period of about two months.

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