I love Red Dwarf, and I get to see it on BBC America (carried by my satellite TV provider) every do often. Absolutely hilarious. Maybe not quite on par with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novels, but definitely a good show. I have one of the books, Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers, and I will buy more as I find them.
I’ve never heard of an American version, but I would’ve watched it for sure.
I also enjoy Red Dwarf on BBC America. My only complaint is not with the show, but with the fact that I’ve only seen non-sequential episodes. I’m dying to see the early seasons (especially Ep. 1) and see the progression of their adventures.
Does anyone out there know if there are RD episodes on video?
It’s been popular fare on PBS over here, which is where many of us see British imports in the US. KTEH (San Jose) has aired Red Dwarf on and off for years. They just started cycling it again on Sunday nights, beginning all the way from the first season. PBS stations will often use Red Dwarf at pledge time, and push Red Dwarf tapes, tee shirts, etc. as pledge gifts.
Female American Red Dwarf fan checking in here. Yes, I get it. I used to love it, but I didn’t like the later seasons as well as the earlier. I particularly love the Cat, but then, I’m an animal person. I would be interested to see the unaired American version. I’ll have to see if I can get my hands on it.
AFIK, there is only one other book: Better than Life. IMHO, the first book (IWCD) is a must read for anyone who plans to watch the show. Sets up the entire situation better and even features Rimmer & Lister’s first meeting, with Lister as some futuristic cabbie.
Y’all know about the movie that’s in production, yes? There’s a rumor that Doug Naylor is trying to use the movie to jump-start versions of the series in other markets. Maybe we’ll see one in the US within the next couple of years.
Love it! I have a couple seasons on VHS - not nearly enough, and only catch the program erratically on PBS. I haven’t seen it listed on BBC America - I’ll have to look more closely at BBC America, I have the channel, but haven’t ever noticed RD advertised.
Another female fan here! I haven’t seen very many episodes as I don’t know when it is on. I seem to just catch it by accident sometimes on PBS. I really should look into getting the books and the video cassettes. I’d love to see a movie but I am a bit wary of an American version. I’d watch it but I think that British show to American show may fare even worse than book to movie. I’m basing this on Robot Wars to Battelbots.
Does anyone know of any other Bristish show to American show that I can use as a comparison? I’m sure I’m missing plenty but I can’t seem to think of any right now. I had heard at one time that Absolutely Fabulous was going to be Americanized (with Roseanne Barr as Edina for God’s sake!). Thank God they brought back the original instead.