"This is an S.O.S. distress call from the mining ship Red Dwarf. The crew is dead, killed by a radiation leak. The only survivors are: Dave Lister, who was in suspended animation during the disaster, and his pregnant cat, who was safely sealed in the hold. Revived three million years later, Lister's only companions are: a life form who evolved from his cat, and Arnold Rimmer, a hologram simulation of one of the dead crew."
"Red Dwarf" is a British Science-fiction comedy series that has been on the air for eight seasons. It is the brainchild of Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, who write and produce the show. Red Dwarf is a ship belonging to The Jupiter Mining Corporation and it is the size of a city. It is the home for the crew until they get killed when Rimmer fails to seal the drive plate releasing Cadmium 2 Radiation.
It is the story of the last living human, named David Lister. Holly the ships computer with an IQ 0f 6000, revived Lister from stasis (he was consigned to after smuggling a cat aboard the ship) when the danger from the radiation past three million years later. To give Dave company, Holly supports the hologram of Rimmer, a reproduction of his dead bunk-mate, Arnold Judas Rimmer. He is also accompanied by his non-human companions; “Kryten” series 4000 android they found on a crashed spaceship who’s favorite TV program is Androids and "Cat" a creature that evolved from Listers pregnant cat that was deep down in the cargo hold.
"Red Dwarf" is a science-fiction series comedy set three million years into the future. It is composed of eight seasons, each season lasting for six episodes. It was first aired on BBC2 on February 02, 1988. After winning cult status, the show swiftly achieved major international success.
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Red Dwarf, the BBC held a special 2 hour Red Dwarf Night (aired on February 15, 1998) filled with fun and excitement for all Dwarfers. The Friday night saw the airing of 'The End: ReMastered', the digitally enhanced version of the series pilot episode. The real entertainment began on the Saturday with host Patrick Stewart (Star Trek), a self confessed Dwarfer, kicking off the festivities.
There was a failed attempt in 1992 to make an Americanized version of the hit British sci-fi comedy. Two pilots were filmed after the producers replaced the actors playing Rimmer and Cat, but the series was never picked up, even with the involvement of the original creators, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. The story was an amalgm of several episodes but pretty much followed the original British pilot episode The End, except that Kryten is aboard the Red Dwarf from the start and the Cat is now a woman.