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The Black Adder

The Black Adder

1983 - 1983
Comedy
History
TV Series
3h 15m
Seasons: 1, Episodes: 7 Episode List
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'. (imdb)
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The Black Adder

1983 - 1983
Comedy
History
TV Series
3h 15m
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Rated 05 Aug 2011
70
63rd
While not quite as bitingly funny as the series that followed, it's very good, and the volcanic presence of Brian Blessed adds some dramatic heft to proceedings.
Rated 07 May 2011
59
61st
Hit-and-miss. Brian Blessed is awesome though and everyone should watch him hosting "Have I Got News For You" on youtube.
Rated 18 Mar 2018
50
36th
I don't have to like this if I don't want to.
Rated 18 Jan 2011
60
52nd
Considerably weaker than the following BlackAdder series, but still laced with a little bit of the brilliance that made what followed this weak start so good.
Rated 24 Feb 2011
68
70th
The Black Adder, the first in a saga of miniseries starring Rowan Atkinson (usually as a courtier) in period settings, is cruder than the 2nd, 3rd and 4th series. At first I did not appreciate it as much as them, but after re-watching it several times over the years it has grown on me. On occasion, it is able to elicit a hearty guffaw, and while the rest is just silly, it becomes fun once you settle into it.
Rated 03 Nov 2012
70
53rd
Has the best intro...hahahahahahahahahahhahaa
Rated 22 May 2011
5
81st
Has a few spotty patches, but comes into its own in good time. Standouts are a weasily role from Atkinson & Brian Blessed being his awesome, bombastic self.
Rated 25 Sep 2015
95
98th
When I was younger, I used to view this as the poor season before the good ones started. Last time I rewatched it I was surprised to find out I rate it as highly as the rest now.
Rated 06 Mar 2011
70
69th
The first entry in the Black Adder saga is very enjoyable but decidedly inferior to the sheer brilliance of the other three: this Black Adder is essentially a clueless, slimy moron, a differentiation that does make for several great moments but without matching the non-stop hilarity of his later incarnations. Still, the show boasts an excellent cast and hints more than once at the genius in the making: the characters gel more and more and the humour at times shows shades of vitriolic subversion.
Rated 08 Jun 2019
60
51st
It has its moments but I found it just as annoying as I did funny.
Rated 04 May 2021
60
44th
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Rated 15 Feb 2011
55
53rd
Amusing TV series.
Rated 27 May 2011
0
8th
Ugh!
Rated 23 Feb 2013
78
55th
Hints of the future brilliance of Blackadder are here, but they're often left to fall flat by everything else. Funny, but not a candle to the subsequent three series.
Rated 28 Jun 2014
50
27th
Don't dismiss Blackadder based on this first series. It gets soooooo much better from here.
Rated 28 Oct 2014
50
15th
Terrible, but leads to greatness. Brian Blessed was good in it though
Rated 30 Apr 2012
70
59th
Often more irritating than amusing, but still showing the early signs of what the series would eventually become.
Rated 23 Mar 2015
70
82nd
Very good.
Rated 10 Feb 2015
70
76th
The writing, characters, story, and set direction are all highly superior to the series that follow
Rated 27 Jul 2012
80
75th
Sets the stage for the improved format of the three series that followed. Still enjoyable, but I like the balance of witty and awkward struck by II, III, and IV as opposed to the almost-entirely-awkward humor of this one.

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