Red Dwarf Series 1 : The First Season of Red Dwarf

The first series of the science fiction comedy Red Dwarf was first broadcast in 1988. There were 6 episode in Red Dwarf season 1.

Red Dwarf Season 1

The first series of Red Dwarf was broadcast way back in 1988. Perhaps one of the first science fiction comedy sitcoms in the world, Red Dwarf has since gained a cult following.

Created by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, the first season of Red Dwarf consists of 6 episode, broadcast between 15 February 1988 and 21 March 1988.

During the 6 episodes, we are introduced to the main characters Lister, Rimmer, Holly, and Cat. Kryten was first introduced in Series 2.

In addition to the main core of characters, we also get to know recurring characters and cast members who will pop up in subsequent Red Dwarf series. These include Captain Hollister and Kochanski.

Episodes from Red Dwarf Series 1

The 6 episodes from the first season of Red Dwarf are:

The End

First broadcast on BBC 2 on the 15th of February 1988, this first episode of Red Dwarf acts as an introduction to the main characters, and gives us the setting for many more things to come. Lister is put into stasis for 3 million years, Rimmer becomes a hologram, and a new species evolves onboard the Jupiter Mining Ship Red Dwarf.

The full script for Red Dwarf Series 1 Episode 1 The End is now available online

Read more here: The End | Red Dwarf Series 1 Episode 1 Full Script

Future Echoes

Setting a course for earth, Holly prepares to break the light speed barrier, but then the crew encounter echoes from future events. Can Lister prevent his on death? Will the boys from the Dwarf need a change of pants? And how exactly does Lister end up having children in the future if there are no women on Red Dwarf?

Red Dwarf Future Echoes

Read more here: Red Dwarf Series I Episode 2 Future Echoes – Full Script

Balance of Power

Rimmer proves to be just as annoying in hologram form as he ever was when he was alive! He also refuses to give Kochanski some time as a hologram. As a result, Lister comes up with a plan to become his superior officer. Will he pass the catering exam?

Pertersen's arm from Red dwarf The Balance of Power

Read more here: Red Dwarf Series I Episode 3 – Balance of Power Full Script

Waiting For God

While Rimmer is convinced that Lister is the slobbiest entity in the entire universe, it turns out that he might be God to the Cat species! At the same time, Rimmer believes he has found a new species he calls the Quagaars who may be able to give him a body. What actually is in the pod?

Red Dwarf Waiting for God

Read more here: Red Dwarf Full Script Series 1 Episode 4 Waiting For God

Confidence and Paranoia

Lister gets a fever, and suddenly aspects of his personality are wandering around the ship. Somehow, while all this is happening, we end up with two Rimmers at the end of this Red Dwarf episode. Who can think of anything worse?!

Full script for Red Dwarf Confidence and Paranoia

Read more here: Red Dwarf Full Script Series 1 Episode 5 Confidence and Paranoia


If two Rimmers sounds like a recipe for disaster, you can rest assured it is! Who is the situation more difficult for though? The Cat and Lister, or Rimmer himself? This is a fun last episode to the first series of Red Dwarf.

Two Rimmers in Red Dwarf Me2

Read more here: Red Dwarf Full Script Series 1 Episode 6 Me²