When Ash bought Red Dwarf, he told me that he liked it as a kid and thought it was hilarious. He also said he remembered thinking, “Why isn’t Doctor Who funny too?” Since Ash has Red Dwarf and we only have one television, I get to watch Red Dwarf all the time now.
The show begins with the Red Dwarf space ship flying around with a big crew, a floating computer head, and a hologram that has an “H” stuck to his forehead. There are two incompetent crew members named Lister and Rimmer. Rimmer is the truly incompetent one, and Lister is a lazy slob. Lister also has a smuggled cat on board, which gets him in trouble. For his punishment, Lister is thrown in a time-freeze jail. While Lister is in stasis, Rimmer accidentally causes an explosion that kills everyone onboard except for Lister, who is frozen, and Lister’s cat, which just had kittens.
Three million years later, the computer lets Lister out of the jail when the radiation is gone. To keep him from being lonely since everyone else is dead, the computer brings Rimmer back to “life” as a hologram. They also encounter one of the descendants of Lister’s cat from 3 million years ago. Cat is a narcissistic humanoid with pointy teeth and loud suits. Together, the human, hologram, computer, and cat go on adventures through space.