The crew of the mining space ship Red Dwarf are wiped out by a radiation leak. Dave Lister, who was concealed in suspended animation during the accident, emerges 3 million years later to discover that he's the last human being alive.
In the second series, broadcast shortly after the first, the crew meet Kryten for the first time. Holly's new invention of the 'Holly Hop Drive' promises to take Red Dwarf back home to Earth in a mere instant. What it manages, however, is to flip the ship across the fifth dimension divide and into a parallel universe.
The team go back in time, get marooned, fight a shape-changing mutant, swap bodies, experience different lives and battle a new, more advanced android trying to replace Kryten. Oh, and Holly the ship computer is now a female.
In the fourth series, the Dwarfers try and date a green blob, cause trouble with a DNA altering machine, play a game of pool with some planets, meet Arnold 'Ace' Rimmer and end up fighting a waxwork war.
Rimmer visits a Holoship, tries to justify his existence to a moody guy called The Inquisitor, visits a planet made up of his mind, contracts a holo virus and comes face to face with a Rocky Horror version of himself!
The Dwarfers get into more trouble in the 1993 series. Their adventures include meeting a creature called a psiren, saying hello to a really nice guy called Legion, dealing with yet another ship virus, meeting older versions of themselves and braving the fearsome and ugly 'Kinitawowi' tribe.
The crew were back for a seventh series in 1997 after a four year break. They had to face such disasters as the ship running out of curry, a fatally wounded Ace Rimmer, and the Epideme bug. Plus Christine Kochanski is back thanks to a rip in the space-time continuum.
The final Red Dwarf series for a decade was broadcast in 1999. The entire crew of Red Dwarf had been re-created by the Nanobots and so Kryten, Cat, Rimmer and Lister had a whole host of people to try and avoid again including Captain Hollister and the Space Corps. Trouble is, they're in jail. This series was considered a low point for the show, and the programme was axed after this series.
Revived for digital channel Dave, Back To Earth - a short, three episode series - marked the return to Red Dwarf, and the first shows since the millennium. It was filmed using single-cameras and without a studio audience giving it a cinematic feel... but perhaps losing the feeling of being a sitcom in the process.
After a long wait, we return to mining vessel Red Dwarf for a tenth series... with the show back in the studio recorded in front of a live audience. Space battles, quantum entanglement, and love triangles with snack dispensers - just some of problems facing the four Dwarfers in this series.