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Language: English
Category: TV Series / Comedy
Original Title: The Black Adder
Duration: 3h 15min
Video type: TV Series
Set in England at the end of the War of the Roses, we soon find out that the history we know is a Tudor fiction. In fact, Henry VII did not actually win the battle of Bosworth Field; he lost and though Richard III died in the battle, his nephew King Richard IV (who certainly was not smothered while still a boy in the Tower of London) reigned on for some years. The story focuses on Richard IV's younger son Prince Edmund, a sniveling coward who calls himself the 'Black Adder'. Assisted by his grungy servant and the moronic Lord Percy, Edmund plots his rise to greatness.
Series cast summary:
Rowan Atkinson Rowan Atkinson - Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh / - 7 episodes, 1982-1983
Elspet Gray Elspet Gray - The Queen / - 7 episodes, 1982-1983
Tim McInnerny Tim McInnerny - Percy / - 7 episodes, 1982-1983
Patrick Allen Patrick Allen - Narrator / - 7 episodes, 1982-1983
Brian Blessed Brian Blessed - King Richard IV / - 6 episodes, 1983
Tony Robinson Tony Robinson - Baldrick / - 6 episodes, 1983
Robert East Robert East - Harry, Prince of Wales 6 episodes, 1983
Bert Parnaby Bert Parnaby - Cain, A Blind Beggar / - 3 episodes, 1983
Roy Evans Roy Evans - Abel, A Blind Beggar / - 3 episodes, 1983
David Nunn David Nunn - Messenger / - 3 episodes, 1983
Perry Benson Perry Benson - Daft Ned, A Peasant / - 3 episodes, 1983
Alex Norton Alex Norton - McAngus / - 2 episodes, 1982-1983
Forbes Collins Forbes Collins - Dopey Jack, A Peasant / - 2 episodes, 1983
Barbara Miller Barbara Miller - Jane Firkettle / - 2 episodes, 1983
Howard Lew Lewis Howard Lew Lewis - Mr. Applebottom / - 2 episodes, 1983
Natasha King Natasha King - Princess Leia of Hungary 2 episodes, 1983
Stephen Frost Stephen Frost - Soft, A Guard 2 episodes, 1983

Rowan Atkinson has a stutter, which causes him to struggle with the letter 'B.' He has to visualise the letter before he says it - which is why he puts extra emphasis on words containing that letter. Eg Bob. Later he created the character Mr. Bean (1990) for this reason.

According to Tony Robinson, he was flattered at being offered the role of Baldrick, and only later learned that the role had been turned down by nearly every bit-part actor.

Blackadder is based on Edmund, the antagonist of William Shakespeare's play "King Lear": a scheming illegitimate son of a king who plots to take the crown for himself.

This is the only show in the Blackadder saga which was scripted by Rowan Atkinson; Ben Elton took over from Black-Adder II (1986).

According to Rowan Atkinson, he had no idea how to play Blackadder right up to the point where the cameras were rolling for the first time; he didn't even know what voice to use for the character.

This season had the largest budget in the series, with a multitude of extras and props (horses, armour, etc) and on-location shooting at actual medieval locations. Rowan Atkinson has described shooting as being extravagant: "It cost a million pounds for the six episodes, a lot of money to spend... it looked great, but it wasn't as consistently funny as we would have liked." In partial consequence, the later shows had their budgets, casts and sets scaled down.

The series was primarily shot at Alnwick Castle, Northumberland.

Rowan Atkinson admits that he disliked this season of the show.

In the unaired The Black Adder: Original Pilot (1982), Blackadder was portrayed as a devious and scheming character. When the series was picked up, however, Edmund Blackadder was changed to an intelligent but sniveling weasel; according to Richard Curtis, he thought it would make the character more complicated and interesting rather than present him as a swaggering hero. In the final episode of the season The Black Adder: The Black Seal (1983), he begins to show signs of his scheming self, and in later seasons (generations?) the character is the Machiavellian cynic the show is better known for.

Brian Blessed and Robert East's were cast as father and son, despite only being 7 years apart in age.

Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis came up with the idea of a historical sitcom during work on Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979).

This is the only Blackadder series not to feature Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie or Miranda Richardson.

Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray and Robert East would never return to the series again after this season. Blessed was asked back for one-off appearances in Black Adder the Third (1987) and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), but was unavailable on both occasions.

The first episode was aired in Sweden on February 22, 1986. The second episode was supposed to have been aired one week later (March 1), but was postponed for a week, because most of the air time of Swedish television on that day was occupied by the news of the murder of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme on the night before.

The reason the series is set in the middle ages is that Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis were keen to avoid comparisons to Fawlty Towers (1975), which they regarded as the benchmark British sitcom.

According to the opening credits, King Richard III was succeeded by his nephew, Richard, Duke of York (Harry and Edmund's father) in 1485. In fact, young Richard was only 12 when he and his brother Edward disappeared under suspicious circumstances in 1483, with no children of their own. From this, it can be ascertained that all of the Blackadder canon takes place in an alternate historical timeline.

Michael Grade, who became Controller of BBC One in 1984, regarded this series as overly expensive and unfunny and nearly cancelled further series of Blackadder (he also attempted to cancel Doctor Who (1963) at around the same time and ceased production of The Tripods (1984)). He was eventually persuaded to make more Blackadder if it became a much lower budget studio sitcom. This explains why a second series of Blackadder didn't appear until 1986.

Only series of Blackadder (as of July 2017) not to be on IMDB's top 250 highest ranked TV shows, the other three series are (as of July 2017) ranked in the top 100.

Though uncredited for the whole of the run, the rich tones of the narrator are provided by Patrick Allen. Allen himself appears as Sir Philip Of Burgundy (know to his enemies as The Hawk) in the final episode .

For the original transmission both The Black Adder: Born to Be King (1983) and The Black Adder: The Queen of Spain's Beard (1983) were swapped in place so 'The Queen Of Spain's Beard' was shown directly after The Black Adder: The Foretelling (1983) mainly because 'Born To Be King' wasn't ready in time. The correct order has been restored for the video and DVD releases.

Richard Curtis admitted in a 2004 documentary that just before recording began, producer John Lloyd came up to him with Rowan Atkinson and asked what Edmund's character was. Curtis then realised that, despite writing some funny lines, he had no idea how Rowan Atkinson was supposed to play his part.

John Lloyd recalls that a colleague commented at the time that the series "looks a million dollars, but cost a million pounds".

The "Blackadder" theme is played with a trumpet solo backed by an orchestra.

Rowan Atkinson had to suffer during the making of the programme, having to trim his hair in an unflattering medieval style and wearing a selection of "priapic codpieces".

Throughout the series, the Messenger mimics the hand gestures of the person to whom he is speaking.

The sitcom chronicles the misadventures of the ugly, devious, despised and loathed Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh, who becomes Prince of England after accidentally assassinating his uncle King Richard III as he sets out to steal the throne from his father King Richard IV and his favored brother Prince Harry with help from his loyal henchmen the intelligent and cunning Baldrick and the idiotic nobleman Lord Percy Percy.

Though uncredited for the whole of the run, the rich tones of the narrator are provided by Patrick Allen. Allen himself appears as Sir Philip Of Burgundy (know to his enemies as The Hawk) in the final episode .

The Black Adder is a medieval British sitcom that aired in 1983 and ran for 6 episode which Rowan Atkinson stars as Prince Edmund the Black Adder, the unattractive, cunning, cowardly, despised and unloved son of Richard, Duke of York whom becomes a prince when he accidentally assassinates his uncle King Richard III and is told by three witches that he is destined to become king and with help from his henchmen: The idiotic Lord Percy and the intelligent servant Baldrick, Edmund sets out to fulfill his destiny and schemes to seize the throne.



Reviews: [25]

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    Jum

    This is the first, and in my opinion, the best of the Blackadder series - although the second installment runs a very close second. This series, in retrospect, is often dismissed as less funny than its successors and this may be due to its different style and sense of humour. This comparison unfortunately causes the viewer to miss what makes this series such an excellent piece of comedy writing and production.

    The whole series centres on Edmund (Rowan Atkinson), the son of the younger of the two princes who in history were murdered in the Tower of London, allegedly by Richard III. In this take on history, where real history is dismissed as being rewritten by Henry Tudor, the princes were not murdered and Richard Duke of York grows up 'to be a strong boy'. The first episode of the series lays the foundation, explaining how Richard III dies, how Edmund's father becomes King and also the important, accidental, foretelling by three Witches (a clever alude to the witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth) to Edmund that one day he will be King. The rest of the series follows Edmund in his attempts to realise this foretelling.

    Edmund's definite goal throughout the series, which forms the basis of the subsequent plotlines, gives it a direction perhaps missing in the following series, and it also gives his character more depth. Blackadder (as he names himself), in this series, is significantly different to his persona of the subsequent time-periods - being slimy, selfish and not particularly bright. There is a definite bond between the main characters, Blackadder and his sidekicks, Percy and Baldrick (excellently played by Tim McInnerny and Tony Robinson respectively) and although Blackadder treats his underlings with contempt at times, they collaborate as a team throughout in a series of 'cunning plans'. Baldrick is indeed the intelligent character of the group, the man in the know and his character has much more depth than his smelly and stupid character of later series.

    Each plot in the series follows a similar pattern - Blackadder getting himself into a situation and having to get himself out of it. The humour presented is more subtle, relying more on the use of visual comedy, language and historical satire than on blind sarcasm. Many of the gags are implied and expect the viewer to work out the meaning as opposed to ramming it down their throats. Additionally, the script contains a number of lines that cleverly misuse Shakespeare for added effect, a classic example being Richard III calling for 'my horse, my horse my kingdom for a horse' in the style of someone calling for his dog. The supporting cast all play their part superbly, particularly Brian Blessed as Richard IV, the maniacal war-monger who hates his slimy son and fails to get his name right. The late, great Peter Cook also makes an appearance as Richard III in the first episode.

    This series must be watched out of context with what followed. It was not written for the popular market, being first screened on BBC2. Watch it, laugh, then watch it again to catch some of the gags you missed the first time. Comedy written this well is unfortunately extremely rare, and to dismiss it without appreciating its aims does not do it justice. This series not only shows Rowan Atkinson at his very best, but also the writing of Richard Curtis (and Atkinson) and it is an overlooked classic of British comedy.
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    Rleyistr

    If you are having trouble defining wit, sarcasm or tongue-in-cheek watch one episode of "Black Adder". It's all there and then some. Each episode mints a new insult or sly comeback. The art of verbal humor has finally found a champion in the authors and actors of Black Adder.
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    Wel

    I have always been a fan of British TV comedy and this is one of my favorites. It's a good start to the whole series and "side" shows. It's interesting to note that the main character Edmond is silly and immature in this show while his henchmen come off has somewhat smarter. In later shows, Blackadder II, III, and go's forth, Edmond becomes ever smarter while the henchmen become as dumb as a box of rocks! It's also funny how he slides down the social ladder from duke to commoner. I highly recommend the whole series. It's appeal crosses all age groups with a few "blue" jokes but nothing remotely vulgar. As Blackadder mite put it "It's a show so clever, you could stitch on a tail and call it a weasel"
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    Kearanny

    I love Rowan Atkinson. I think he's the best contemporary British comedian around. Rowan has a great talent especially playing Edmund Black Adder. Edmund, the Black Adder, begins the series in the Black Plague or Black Death. The second series is a lot better with Queen Elizabeth I played by the wonderful Miranda Richardson (I wondered what happened to her). This role was before her Oscar nominating role in Damage. She is hysterical as the Virgin Queen which I bet is the funniest Queen Elizabeth I in history. I love the costumes, the language. The series got better as it went along. I loved Hugh Laurie as the dumb prince. Tony Robinson as Baldrick always made me laugh. The Black Adder kept moving on until World War II. Don't you think it's time that Rowan Atkinson became knighted.
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    Dont_Wory

    Rowan Atkinson was funny as Mr. Bean, but he was downright hilarious as the Black Adder. He had such a talent for playing the sharp-tongued rogue I'll never figure out why he decided to start doing comedy in which he hardly spoke. The premise of this British comedy series is that the central character, "The Black Adder", shows up at different points in history in various incarnations distorting historical events and poking fun at various British historical figures and situations along the way.

    Lots of people don't like Black Adder I, in which the title character, Edmund, is the younger son of a brutish man consumed with thoughts of war who actually becomes king of England through Edmund's own bungling - he arrives late for the Battle of Bosworth Field and winds up chopping off the head of Richard III, thus saving the life of Henry Tudor. Throughout this first season he plays the buffoon, often having the expression of a deer caught in the headlights. This is the only season in which the Black Adder takes on the persona of a weak effeminate person. Especially funny is Edmund's mother who is a proper noble woman sitting around doing embroidery and indifferently waiting for the next marauding army to pass through.

    The second season takes place early during the reign of Elizabeth I, with the Black Adder confident, handsome, and even a favorite at court. A young Amanda Richardson plays the role of Elizabeth I, who comes across as Betty Boop, just not as intelligent. Although more cunning in this season, Black Adder still comes up the loser in just about every episode. My favorite is "Bells", in which Blackadder finds his new servant, Bob, curiously pleasant company. Afraid for his reputation at court, Blackadder searches for a "cure" - which of course involves leeches, until Bob conveniently reveals that she is in fact a girl called Kate. Their wedding is disrupted by the profane Lord Flashheart, who, although he is the best man, winds up stealing the bride.

    The third season takes place in the eighteenth century during the reign of George III, and will be a favorite of all fans of "House, M.D." due to the presence of a young Hugh Laurie. Here, Black Adder plays the manservant of the Prince Regent, George, played by Hugh Laurie. George is the dim-witted target of Black Adder's many schemes to enrich himself by taking advantage of his cushy position in George's household, and this often means having to save the Prince Regent's pension and position in the kingdom, which is largely controlled by Parliament.

    The fourth season takes place during World War I, with Edmund Blackadder as a captain in the British army whose company is trapped in one of the trenches that gave everyone in Europe such a distaste for warfare between the two world wars. Blackadder's aim in this season is to stay alive by staying in that trench until the war ends. His stunts include shooting a carrier pigeon when it arrives with orders to advance, and joining the Royal Flying Corp - "the twenty minuters". Unfortunately, the name comes from how long they are expected to live once in the air, not how much time they work each day, as Blackadder had originally thought.

    This show has several interesting plot devices. First, most of the main characters show up in different periods of time with the same name but different roles. Hugh Laurie is always "George", Tony Robinson is always "Baldrick", Stephen Fry is always "Melchett", and Tim McInnerny is always "Percy". Since each season was shot in alternate years - (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989) - the cast must have been having a terrific time in order for them to be regathered after such long intervals in order to make filming this series possible. Secondly, everyone in the cast, including the Black Adder, always dies in the final episode of each season. It is somewhat like the South Park stunt of Kenny being killed at the end of every show only to reappear in the next episode as though nothing had happened.

    Do note that there are only six episodes per season. If you liked "Red Dwarf" or "Fawlty Towers", you'll probably like this series too.
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    Paxondano

    Much has been written here about `Black Adder' already, and even if you haven't seen it yet, you probably know whether or not you like the dry, sarcastic style of British comedy that this show typifies. Don't misunderstand, though. It's not all high-toned satirical treatment of British history. There's great low comedy, as well. I found it clever and multifaceted enough so that repeat viewing enhances my appreciation of it. For those not well-educated on the aspects British history and monarchy that this show sends up (as I am not), they also become clearer with repeat viewing. So if it doesn't quite register with you at first, you may want to revisit it again. However, DO NOT base your supposed knowledge of British history on this show, as they make things up for the sake of comedy.

    With the recent release of the wonderful `Complete Collector's Set' of Blackadder series on DVD, I had the chance to watch them all again. If you've only ever seen these shows on American TV, you may be surprised at a few of the bits you hadn't seen before. The most striking example of this is the episode in the first series where Edmund Blackadder is named Archbishop of Canterbury. To my surprise, I found an extended version of the scene where Edmund, Percy and Baldrick discuss the marketing of fake religious relics, a scene in which occurs a large and intimidating codpiece known as the `Black Russian,' and of course, the scene wherein Baldrick subdues a troublesome bishop by beating him with a crucifix. Obviously, Satan and his pitchforks hold no fears for the posteriors of Black Adder's producers, while American TV execs still fearfully guard their nether regions, if not from the Devil's minions, at least from religious protesters. Political correctness will be the death of comedy, yet.

    Among the special features of the DVDs are brief history lessons on certain historical figures, events, places, and cultural references in the shows, explained by Tony Robinson in Baldrick's wonderful, melodious working-class accent. Also, they cover not just all four series, but every special show and skit associated with Black Adder, making it truly `complete.' The packaging design of the Complete Collector's Set is so cunning, you could brush your teeth with it, though I wouldn't recommend it.
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    Beanisend

    If you see these shows wanting more Mr. Bean you will be very surprised. Black Adder is a great show, but where Bean was basically silent Adder revels in language. The dialogue is sharp and fast and usually mean. Bean seems pretty gentle. Black Adder is a sonofabitch. Highest Rating.
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    Gaudiker

    The best of the lot. Very funny script, brilliant cast, superbly acted. I prefer Edmund as this type of meek, slimy character than in later series. Also Balders is better suited as intelligent than stupid, that character is already brilliantly done by Percy.

    Each episode has a uniquely funny story. The Archbishop one where Baldrick makes holy artifacts is extremely funny. Especially as Percy thinks he bought a real artifact only to discover that it's one of Baldricks.

    He marries an 8 year old princess in another episode. Very original humour, and the little princess herself is extremely funny. The way she laughs at the Vicar is hilarious.

    Witchsmeller Persuivant, another great episode, possibly the best but its difficult to distinguish which is the best as they are all so good. Frank Finlay is so believable as the witch, his voice, expressions, the way he cross examines Edmund in court and entraps him. Pure genius.

    The last one is fantastic. I love the way he finally gets revenge on his dad by forming an army of the 6 most evil men in England. All with uniquely evil attributes.

    I don't think 6 episodes is enough for this first series. There is so much comedy there to fill 12 episodes at least. Still the second and third series, although inferior did not disappoint. The fourth however did.

    Will always remain as one of the great British classics.
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    Dilkree

    Although series 2 ('Elizabethan'), 3 ('Regency'), and 4 ('Great War') were probably better overall, this was the series that introduced Edmund Blackadder to the TV-watching world twenty years ago. In series 1, however, it was Edmund who was spineless and Baldrick who really did have the sense; in subsequent series these roles would be somewhat reversed and the idea then really took off.

    I do like series 1 for the following reasons: strong casting aside from Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Tim McInnerny; this series included Brian Blessed, Robert East as regulars and guests like Peter Cook (brilliant in the very first episode), and Alex Norton (as McAngus). The eagle-eyed will also spot a very young Angus Deayton in the St Leonard's Day episode. While the three following series were sharper and more studio-based (not always a good thing ...) I do think the wild open spaces of The Black Adder helped enormously to get some sense of the Middle Ages into comedy, even if all four series have played havoc with historical fact!
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    Windforge

    I first saw Black Adder when it was broadcast on A&E, in the mid-80's. It was a fun show, but not quite as good as the second series, also broadcast on A&E, at that time.

    The series does establish the historical satire and even sends up Shakespeare. Prince Edmund is a schemer, but is more inept than his descendants. In this version, Baldrick is the smarter of the two, a situation reversed in later shows.

    The acting is first rate, although Brian Blessed chews more scenery than a regiment of moths. Rowan Atkinson is superb, as always, as is Tony Robinson as Baldrick. Great guest appearances by Peter Cook and Frank Finlay.

    The show gets better as it progresses, but, I still prefer the later series. I find it interesting that each succeeding Black Adder is worse off than the last. He starts out as a prince, is reduced to a lord, then a butler to the Prince Regent, then a captain in the army. Granted, he recoups the family fortunes at the turn of the Millenium. Definitely worthwhile.
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    Low_Skill_But_Happy_Deagle

    The first series of Black Adder reminds me a lot of Monty Python films - full of hilarious moments but somehow not quite all there as a whole. I'm not a huge Bean fan and there's too much Bean here for my liking.

    On the other hand, the second, third and fourth Blackadder series represent some of the best British comedy around (different script writer) and so the first series is worth watching just to introduce the characters. Watch this, but don't be put off the others if you don't like it!
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    ndup

    Season one will always be my favorite as it started an excellent series of Blackadders. The episodes improved throughout season one culminating with the Black Seal. The episodes look very dated as they didn't use sets and filmed in various locations, subsequently changed after the first season in an effort to save money. The scripts are absolutely perfect though, you can read the Black Seal and find it hilarious as it is so well written. This is also the last season as well where Baldric is the intelligent one increasingly becoming more thick as the series continues.

    10/10 overall. Some of the best writing ever. Very British and clever along the lines of top comedies out of the UK. Glad the BBC kept up the series and allowed this wonderful show to continue.
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    Thetahuginn

    Ah, so this is how the Blackadder series got started(And it's a good start, too!). Rowan Atkinson(Best known as Mr. Bean) stars as Edmund Blackadder, a cunning yet slimy Duke of Edinburgh out to overthrow his father, Richard IV(Brian Blessed) and become King of England. He has two assistants named Baldrick(Tony Robinson) and Percy(Tim McInnerny), who maybe dumber than bricks but are loyal to their master. My favorite episodes are Born to be King and the Queen of Spain's Beard. There's also Princess Leia of Hungary, who is probably the cutest reference to the Star Wars franchise I ever seen. The plot is original, all the characters make me laugh, but the ending is kind of sad. This is part one of the Blackadder series.
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    Nagor

    (Entire series) I first saw Blackadder on PBS (in the US) in the late 1980's. I was hooked from the start. All episodes, throughout the first 3 series, are without a doubt the most clever programs ever written for television. The structure of the 4 original series (excluding Back & Forth) is brilliant - Edmund believes he is destined to be king of England; with each successive generation, though, his family drifts another stage further away from the crown, but ironically, with each generation the main character (Blackadder) is more intelligent, and had the family remained close to the crown he no doubt would have found a way to become king. My favorite series overall is Blackadder III, though this may be a result of my literary background and the use of literary themes in this series. I dare you to not laugh uncontrollably at "Sense and Senility".
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    Yozshujind

    This is such a highly original and entertaining series. The first time I saw it, I had no idea what it was. I thought it was a documentary about the War of the Roses but once I started watching, I knew something was amiss!! It seems Edmund Black Adder and his family are supporters of Richard III BUT the story diverges a lot from the Shakespearian version when first Edmund accidentally kills Richard III and then Edmund's father becomes king--NOT Henry VII. The narration explains that history is wrong--it was deliberately changed by Henry to exclude the short reign of Black Adder's awful father, Richard IV.

    The series is amazingly silly and compelling. Particularly funny episodes are the one where Edmund is to marry the incredibly gross Spanish Infanta (but in the end gets married to a 7 year-old princess instead) and the one where he is accused of being a witch (look very carefully at ALL the members of the audience). The only negative is the final episode, which is a real downer! If this sort of ending is too sad, see what happens to Edmund at the end of the 3rd series (the only one to end well for Black Adder).
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    Winasana

    If you liked "MR. BEAN" you will love Rowan Atkinson in the epic tale of Prince Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh. A scrawny little man just two steps from being King, (his father and older brother). This black sheep bumbles his way through many affairs of chaos in the hopes of being great. You will find yourself laughing out loud at the cast of looneys. The fun does not stop there, this is but the first of four series that follows the intrepid Edmund Blackadder through time. I hope you will enjoy the antics of Rowan Atkinson as much as I have.
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    Moonshaper

    That said, it's not too bad; just not the classic mixture that gelled in the next series. As others have said: too much Bean, not enough Blackadder. If you already liked Rowan Atkinson, you'll enjoy his facial muggings; but aficionados will miss the stylish, scheming sociopath we came to know and love.

    My pick, for those who want to check it out, is "The Queen of Spain's Beard", with Miriam Margolyes as the Spanish Infanta. Very funny, and full of the sort of quotes we associate with the later series.

    Thank God the BBC had the foresight to see its potential and schedule a second series because, as we all know, the rest is history.
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    Cerar

    This gem of a mini-series (the first of four) is perhaps my all time favorite comedy show, next to "Fawlty Towers". IMHO the following three get consecutively worse, with "Blackadder II" also being very good and the last two pretty dull. Forget Mr. Bean, this is Rowan Atkinson doing what he does best: verbal, intelligent comedy!
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    Larosa

    I've always liked epic things, be they on TV, film or even in computer games, and this is really a cross between "Lord of the Rings" and "Monty Python". Though the show's epic settings aren't there for humour - just to bleed the BBC dry of money - they really do make this the best series to look at visually, and there are some good special effects on show (Richard III's head flying off its body is pretty well done). But this is meant to be COMEDY - and unfortunately, this is the least funny series, if I must admit. Episode 1 "The Foretelling" ain't too great, but Episode 6 "The Black Seal" is brilliant - I hugely enjoyed Edmund's attempts to take over the throne. There is no doubt at all that the series gets better as each episode passes. Get a load of the epic settings while you can - the second series is going to be much cheaper, but it will also be funnier as well. This first series is a good start, and should be watched because it is unique to all the other Blackadder series, but if you aren't used to seeing Blackadder stupid, Baldrick smart, and no Stephen Fry or Hugh Laurie in the cast, you would be best off watching this series first.

    The Black Adder is very funny in parts, but all things get better as they go along, and whereas we do have some good episodes in this first series, the following three series are funnier and sharper. On the whole - good. 8/10
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    Bralore

    This was the first series of the popular sitcom written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson. Set in the Dark Ages, the series see snivelling coward Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh, aka The Black Adder (Atkinson) constantly trying to find a way to rise to greatness, and weasel his way out of tricky situations. With the help of his sidekicks Baldrick (Tony Robinson) and Percy (Tim McInnerny), he plots his rise to hopefully become king, instead his father King Richard IV (Brian Blessed), who replaced Richard III (Peter Cook). Also starring Elspet Gray as The Queen and Robert East as Harry, Prince of Wales, with guest stars including Miriam Margoyles and Jim Broadbent. I think the problem with this problem is that the character became much more funny in the following series, he is too much like a Mr. Bean replica, and it is odd to watch at times, but I suppose parts are funny. Rowan Atkinson was number 18 on The 50 Greatest British Actors, he was number 24 on The Comedians' Comedian, and he was number 8 on Britain's Favourite Comedian, (the nastier) Edmund Blackadder was number 3 on The 100 Greatest TV Characters, and he was number 3 on The World's Greatest Comedy Characters, and the three following series were more focused as number 2 on Britain's Best Sitcom. Worth watching!
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    Felolv

    Good start to the series but if you want it to get funnier, view the following 3 series of the blackadder. Rowan was good and considering this was Richard Curtis's first sitcom he did well to make it good. Overall I'd give it 7 out of 10.
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    Otrytrerl

    "Baldrick, why do dislike the first, original series of The Black Adder?"

    "I dunno. I suppose it's because the Baldrick character is smart and Black Adder character is stupid."

    "Why does that bother you so much?"

    "Well I suppose that it's more funny to see a stupid guy being made to look stupid who isn't in charge of anything."

    "Go on."

    "In the first series the Prince looks stupid, but he's in charge of things so they go wrong. In the other series, Blackadder looks smart because he has all these cunning plans, and so things go wrong."

    "Brilliant. A brilliant analysis considering that your body contains absolutely no brain tissue!"
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    Bulace

    A good start to a great show.

    Set during the War of the Roses, and featuring scenes that may be familiar to readers or watchers of Shakespeare's Richard III, the story of a minor nobleman (and I use the word "noble" very broadly) in Richard III's court. Prince Edmund, aka The Black Adder.

    Hilariously funny, with some iconic skits. Rowan Atkinson as Black Adder brings his full range of snarky wit to bear. Ably supported by Tony Robinson as Baldrick, Brian Blessed as King Richard IV and Tim McInnerny as Percy. Peter Cook appears as Richard III.

    Seasons 2-4 were better but this is where it all started.
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    Zonama

    The history were taught at school was untrue; Richard III wasn't the last of the Plantagenet's; that honour truly goes to Richard IV; a king erased from history by the dastardly Tudors! This series shows us King Richard IV's reign by following his second son; the snivelling Edmund; Duke of Edinburgh and self-titled 'Black Adder'. We learn that it was actually Edmund who killed Richard III and accidentally helped the defeated Henry Tudor escape. Over the course of the series Edmund has to deal with the problems of the time; clashes between the church and the crown, an arranged marriage and an accusation of witchcraft to name but three. Along the way he is accompanied by dim-witted friend Lord Percy Percy and servant Baldrick.

    This is often considered the weakest of the Blackadder series but I really enjoy it; perhaps because I watched it when it first aired and obviously had no idea how the character would develop in later years. This fictional history is packed with hilarious moments and a fine cast which includes Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Tony Robinson and Tim McInnerny. Rowan Atkinson is great as Edmund and Brian Blessed is hilariously over-the-top, in a way only he can be, as the King and Tony Robinson makes the role of Baldrick his own. Tim McInnerny is also fun as Percy; a roll surprisingly different to the type or roll he seems to get these days. The rest of the cast does a decent job too; mostly playing slightly less comic characters. Overall I'd say this classic comedy is well worth watching; preferably before watching the later series although that isn't essential.
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    Kalrajas

    Let's face it. Blackadder is one of the best sitcoms ever put on television, with consistently excellent and brilliantly funny scripts all the way through........well, from Seasons 2-4 at least.

    The first Season of Blackadder, simply titled "The Black Adder", focusing on some sort of secret history where Henry Tudor was never king until later and he re-wrote history to eliminate his predecessor Richard IV (played by the legend that is Brian Blessed) from the history books, is generally regarded as the weakest season, and it is easy to see why. The show was a lot sillier back in this season, and the character of Edmund (the "Black Adder") is pretty much a snivelling, unlikable toad rather than the witty character we would see in later seasons.

    That said, despite the first seasons many faults, it was still entertaining, so I guess that allows me to give it at least a 6/10. But the show hasn't yet reached its classic status until Season 2.