2,376 votes


BBC One 1983

Through four series and a few specials, Edmund Blackadder and his greasy sidekick Baldrick conjure up cunning plans as Edmund tries to take advantage of desperate times. These situation tragedies had obvious parallels from the Dark Ages to Elizabethan times, the rule of mad George III, and The Great War.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Blackadder

Blackadder - S4E6

#1 - Plan F: Goodbyeee (Season 4 - Episode 6)

Blackadder tries everything he can think of to get sent back to England when orders come in to go over the top in the first charge against the Germans since 1914.

The episode was rated 8.70 from 187 votes.

Blackadder - S4E2

#2 - Plan B: Corporal Punishment (Season 4 - Episode 2)

Edmund is sentenced to death by firing squad for shooting and eating the General's favorite messenger pigeon.

The episode was rated 8.42 from 213 votes.

Blackadder - S3E6

#3 - Duel and Duality (Season 3 - Episode 6)

The Duke of Wellington has challenged the Prince to a duel for seducing his daughters and the Prince offers Blackadder anything he wants to take his place.

The episode was rated 8.42 from 186 votes.

Blackadder - S2E5

#4 - Beer (Season 2 - Episode 5)

Blackadder's rich and Puritanical aunt and uncle pay him a visit to discuss his inheritance the same night he has a beer drinking contest.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 206 votes.

Blackadder - S4E3

#5 - Plan C: Major Star (Season 4 - Episode 3)

Blackadder grabs yet another opportunity to return to England by organizing a morale-raising music hall show, including Baldrick's Charlie Chaplin impersonation and George's appearance as a lady songstress who captures the General's heart.

The episode was rated 8.22 from 199 votes.

Blackadder - S4E1

#6 - Plan A: Captain Cook (Season 4 - Episode 1)

Blackadder tries painting and cooking as ploys to avoid the scheduled big push out of the trenches.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 249 votes.

Blackadder - S4E5

#7 - Plan E: General Hospital (Season 4 - Episode 5)

Blackadder is assigned to find the spy working out of the hospital.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 186 votes.

Blackadder - S2E6

#8 - Chains (Season 2 - Episode 6)

Blackadder and Lord Melchett are kidnapped by a German spy right after the Queen decides she will pay no more ransom to kidnappers.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 192 votes.

Blackadder - S2E4

#9 - Money (Season 2 - Episode 4)

The Queen hampers Blackadder's efforts to raise cash to pay off a debt to a sadistic bishop.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 201 votes.

Blackadder - S2E3

#10 - Potato (Season 2 - Episode 3)

After Sir Walter Raleigh takes the Queen's fancy by bringing her a potato, Blackadder decides to become an explorer with the aid of a legless sea captain.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 210 votes.

Blackadder - S2E1
#11 - Bells
Season 2 - Episode 1

Blackadder feels a funny attraction for his manservant and decides to marry when he discovers he is a she.

The episode was rated from 265 votes.
Blackadder - S3E1
#12 - Dish and Dishonesty
Season 3 - Episode 1

Blackadder becomes involved in politics by getting Baldrick elected MP, in an effort to stop the new Prime Minister, Pitt the Younger, from striking the Prince off the Civil List.

The episode was rated from 243 votes.
Blackadder - S3E4
#13 - Sense and Senility
Season 3 - Episode 4

The Prince Regent hires a pair of actors to teach him to give better speeches and earn the people's respect after an anarchist tries to blow him up at the theatre.

The episode was rated from 194 votes.
Blackadder - S3E5
#14 - Amy and Amiability
Season 3 - Episode 5

After Parliament cuts off the Prince's money he decides to marry a rich lady who obtains her money by moonlighting as a notorious highwayman.

The episode was rated from 186 votes.
Blackadder - S3E2
#15 - Ink and Incapability
Season 3 - Episode 2

Blackadder has one weekend to rewrite a dictionary the Prince Regent is sponsoring after Baldrick burns the only copy.

The episode was rated from 227 votes.
Blackadder - S3E3
#16 - Nob and Nobility
Season 3 - Episode 3

After the Scarlet Pimpernel gets high praises Blackadder makes a bet that he can go to France and rescue aristocrats, too.

The episode was rated from 192 votes.
Blackadder - S2E2
#17 - Head
Season 2 - Episode 2

After the Queen appoints Blackadder Lord High Executioner, he finds himself in trouble when the Queen pardons someone he executed ahead of schedule.

The episode was rated from 222 votes.
Blackadder - S4E4
#18 - Plan D: Private Plane
Season 4 - Episode 4

Blackadder and the boys join the Royal Air Corps, where they are promptly shot down behind enemy lines.

The episode was rated from 194 votes.
Blackadder - S1E3
#19 - The Archbishop
Season 1 - Episode 3

Edmund is appointed to the post of Archbishop of Canterbury after the king has the last one killed.

The episode was rated from 219 votes.
Blackadder - S1E4
#20 - The Queen of Spain's Beard
Season 1 - Episode 4

The King decides that Edmund should marry a Spanish Princess, who Edmund finds unattractive, in order to secure a treaty between Spain and England which will allow an invasion of France.

The episode was rated from 185 votes.

Last updated: aug 08, 2022



Utterly and outright hilarious. The forth series had a serious undertone which made it stand out a bit I think. And the final minutes are so outstanding. Altogether one of the best comedy shows of all time and one you can watch more than once.


Once it finds its footing in the second season, Blackadder is a wonderfully cruel and funny romp through history following different incarnations of the same evil bastard. I like Mr Bean, but to me this is definitely Rowan Atkinson's greatest character role.


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