Red Dwarf

10 Worst Episodes of Red Dwarf

The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 30, 2023.

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Red Dwarf - S12E4

#10 - Mechocracy (Season 12 - Episode 4)

When all the machines on Red Dwarf go on strike Rimmer and Kryten hold a Presidential election, while The Cat faces an identity crisis like never before when he discovers he needs glasses.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 432 votes.

Red Dwarf - S7E4

#9 - Duct Soup (Season 7 - Episode 4)


Kochanski is not adjusting very well to being on Starbug and Lister tries to make her feel better by building her a makeshift bathtub and finding some extra clothing for her. Kryten thinks that this means they are growing closer and soon will not need him so he 'accidentally' causes an engine failure, forcing the crew to crawl around in the air ducts to get to the engine room.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 233 votes.

Red Dwarf - S9E3

#8 - Back to Earth (3) (Season 9 - Episode 3)

The brand new three-part series concludes. Knowing they are destined to die, the Dwarfers track down those who created them to plead for more life.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 250 votes.

Red Dwarf - S1E5

#7 - Confidence & Paranoia (Season 1 - Episode 5)


A mutated form of pneumonia turns Lister's dreams into reality, raining herring upon the crew and summoning the sixteenth century Mayor of Warsaw who promptly explodes. The fever subsides, but not before inviting two unlikely guests to Red Dwarf: personifications of Lister's conflicted personality. Much to the chagrin of the snivelling Paranoia, the larger-than-life Confidence brings Lister closer than ever to finding Kochanski's hidden hologram disc - but at what cost?

The episode was rated 7.77 from 357 votes.

Red Dwarf - S12E1

#6 - Cured (Season 12 - Episode 1)

The boys discover a research centre where evil has been eradicated. They are bombarded by carbon copies of the infamous historical figures Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Vlad the Impaler and Valeria Messalina, who are now 'cured' of all evil and loving life.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 534 votes.

Red Dwarf - S11E1

#5 - Twentica (Season 11 - Episode 1)


The Dwarfers find themselves in an alternative version of America, where modern technology is prohibited, making Rimmer and Kryten illegal. The Dwarfers infiltrate the tech savvy underground, and try to bring down the authoritarian regime.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 807 votes.

Red Dwarf - S12E2

#4 - Siliconia (Season 12 - Episode 2)

A rogue ship full of mechanoids that have rebelled against their programming to seek freedom finds the Dwarvers. They 'free' Kryten and begin to integrate him to their leisurely world. They transfer the minds of Rimmer, Lister and Cat into droids who begin to lose their human attributes the longer they stay in their new metal bodies

The episode was rated 7.62 from 501 votes.

Red Dwarf - S9E1

#3 - Back to Earth (1) (Season 9 - Episode 1)


Nine years later the Red Dwarf crew are older but still none the wiser. Lister's busy day of annoying Rimmer is interrupted by the discovery of a dimension-hopping leviathan in the ship's mile-deep water tank.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 287 votes.

Red Dwarf - S9E2

#2 - Back to Earth (2) (Season 9 - Episode 2)

Rimmer's replacement, Katerina, is determined to guide Lister back to his home planet. But Earth in 2009 is not everything the boys had expected, and Rimmer has no intention of being replaced.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 261 votes.

Red Dwarf - S12E3

#1 - Timewave (Season 12 - Episode 3)


After the crew discover, name and take soil samples from a 'Helium-7'-rich moon (Planet Rimmer), Starbug is hit by a Time Wave, bringing them into contact with a Twenty-Third Century ship, the S.S. Enconium. However, there are two problems. First, the ship is set on a horrific collision course with Planet Rimmer. And second, upon the ship, all forms of criticism are punishable by life imprisonment or 'draining'.

The episode was rated 7.46 from 473 votes.

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