In the Tudor court of Elizabeth I, Lord Edmund Blackadder strives to win Her Majesty's favour while attempting to avoid a grisly fate should he offend her.
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 Edmund Blackadder (6 episodes, 1986)
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 Lord Percy (6 episodes, 1986)
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 Baldrick (6 episodes, 1986)
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 Queen Elizabeth I (6 episodes, 1986)
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 Lord Melchett (6 episodes, 1986)
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 Nursie (6 episodes, 1986)
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 Minstrel / ... (6 episodes, 1986)
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Sixty years after the demise of Prince Edmund Plantagenet, Queen Elizabeth I, who's as insane as her ancestors, is England's current leader. Seductive, easy-to-impress, spoiled, and always seeking a husband, "Queenie" has a leading courtier: Lord Edmund Blackaddder, great-grandson of the original. Now, however, he is dryly cynical and intelligent, but still trying to become king; this time by marrying the queen. However, her right-hand-man, Lord Melchett, will always serve as fair competition for her hand. Blackadder is again assisted by the clueless but fashionable Lord Percy Percy and dung-eating, "cunning" peasant Baldrick. Written by Bloggers!

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The original may be dead... but now his bastard great-great grandson swaggers around Renaissance London with a big head and a small beard.

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Trivia

Although Black-Adder II: Bells (1986) was shot second, it was considered a stronger opening than the original first episode, Black-Adder II: Head (1986). While it was common to shift episodes around between production and airing since most sitcoms of the era lacked any episode-to-episode interplay, it did introduce a small continuity error by doing so. Lord Percy shaves off his beard in Bells, but it reappears in Head before disappearing again for the rest of the series. See more »

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Baldrick: I've been in your service since I was two and a half, my lord.
Blackadder: Well that is the why I am so utterly sick of the sight of you.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, a snake (a Mexican black kingsnake) slithers across a marble table (in a homage/parody to I, Claudius (1976), a historical/political drama series which starred Patsy Byrne). However, the snake doesn't go the way it should, and at the end is removed and replaced with an object (the object varies depending on the episode). See more »

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Referenced in Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988) See more »

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So good it hurts
10 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I adore this. It's about as funny as old-fashioned brutal British sarcasm gets. Not only that, but the characters themselves are fantastic, despite the theory that it is "being a true and japesome historie of Englande" is perhaps a little unlikely. Favourite episode? "Head", has both verbal and physical side-splitting hilarity, and although the lines are occasionally a little predictable, their fantastic delivery makes up for it. In my opinion, this is by far and away the best of all the Blackadder series if only for the Miranda Richardson factor(perhaps I am a little biased....) but I would recommend this to just about anyone in need of a laugh. Unless they had a heart condition.


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