The Best Episodes of Blackadder

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2018

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.

Plan F: Goodbyeee

#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.

star 8.78
174 votes
Directors: Richard Boden
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Duel and Duality

#2 - 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.

star 8.49
174 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
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Plan B: Corporal Punishment

#3 - 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.

star 8.42
199 votes
Directors: Richard Boden
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Beer

#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.

star 8.34
189 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
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Plan C: Major Star

#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.

star 8.27
183 votes
Directors: Richard Boden
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Plan E: General Hospital

#6 - Plan E: General Hospital

Season 4 - Episode 5

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

star 8.24
173 votes
Directors: Richard Boden
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Chains

#7 - 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.

star 8.16
175 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
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Plan A: Captain Cook

#8 - 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.

star 8.15
230 votes
Directors: Richard Boden
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Money

#9 - Money

Season 2 - Episode 4

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

star 8.11
186 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
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Bells

#10 - Bells

Season 2 - Episode 1

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

star 8.07
251 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
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Potato

#11 - 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.

star 8.06
191 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
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Amy and Amiability

#12 - 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.

star 8.01
169 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
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Plan D: Private Plane

#13 - 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.

star 8.00
179 votes
Directors: Richard Boden
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Ink and Incapability

#14 - 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.

star 7.99
207 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
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Dish and Dishonesty

#15 - 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.

star 7.98
224 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
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Sense and Senility

#16 - 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.

star 7.97
183 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
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Nob and Nobility

#17 - 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.

star 7.96
175 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
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Head

#18 - 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.

star 7.93
208 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
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The Archbishop

#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.

star 7.73
197 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson
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The Queen of Spain's Beard

#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.

star 7.60
166 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson
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The Foretelling

#21 - The Foretelling

Season 1 - Episode 1

After arriving late for the Battle of Bosworth Field, Edmund kills King Richard III (whom he thinks is stealing his horse) and secures the crown for his father.

star 7.57
338 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson
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Born to Be King

#22 - Born to Be King

Season 1 - Episode 2

With his father away at the Crusades, Edmund comes up with a plan to prove his brother is illegitimate, thus making him Prince Regent.

star 7.57
227 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson
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The Black Seal

#23 - The Black Seal

Season 1 - Episode 6

After the King takes away Edmund's title of Duke, he recruits the 6 most evil men in the land to take the crown by force.

star 7.41
163 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson
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Witchsmeller Pursuivant

#24 - Witchsmeller Pursuivant

Season 1 - Episode 5

Percy and Baldrick are to be burned at the stake with Edmund, when he is accused of being a witch.

star 7.31
167 votes
Writers: Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson
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