The BEST Episodes of Blackadder

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2020

Network: BBC One

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 - Aired Nov 2, 1989

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 8.47
746 votes
Directors: Richard Boden
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Duel and Duality

#2 - Duel and Duality

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 22, 1987

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 8.12
713 votes
Directors: Mandie Fletcher
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Plan E: General Hospital

#3 - Plan E: General Hospital

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 26, 1989

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

star 8.11
807 votes
Directors: Richard Boden
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Bells

#4 - Bells

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 9, 1986

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

star 8.00
1,197 votes
Directors: Mandie Fletcher
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Ink and Incapability

#5 - Ink and Incapability

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 1987

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

star 7.98
972 votes
Directors: Mandie Fletcher
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Plan B: Corporal Punishment

#6 - Plan B: Corporal Punishment

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 5, 1989

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

star 7.96
833 votes
Directors: Richard Boden
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Beer

#7 - Beer

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 13, 1986

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 7.92
765 votes
Directors: Mandie Fletcher
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Nob and Nobility

#8 - Nob and Nobility

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 1, 1987

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

star 7.88
751 votes
Directors: Mandie Fletcher
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Plan D: Private Plane

#9 - Plan D: Private Plane

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 19, 1989

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

star 7.82
815 votes
Directors: Richard Boden
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Chains

#10 - Chains

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 20, 1986

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

star 7.80
690 votes
Directors: Mandie Fletcher
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Money

#11 - Money

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 5, 1986

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

star 7.77
823 votes
Directors: Mandie Fletcher
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Sense and Senility

#12 - Sense and Senility

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 8, 1987

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 7.76
815 votes
Directors: Mandie Fletcher
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Plan C: Major Star

#13 - Plan C: Major Star

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 12, 1989

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 7.75
819 votes
Directors: Richard Boden
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
The Archbishop

#14 - The Archbishop

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 29, 1983

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

star 7.75
840 votes
Directors: Martin Shardlow
Writers: Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson
Head

#15 - Head

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 16, 1986

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

star 7.74
998 votes
Directors: Mandie Fletcher
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
The Foretelling

#16 - The Foretelling

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 15, 1983

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 7.70
1,270 votes
Directors: Martin Shardlow
Writers: Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson
Dish and Dishonesty

#17 - Dish and Dishonesty

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 1987

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 7.62
925 votes
Directors: Mandie Fletcher
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Amy and Amiability

#18 - Amy and Amiability

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 1987

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 7.61
745 votes
Directors: Mandie Fletcher
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Potato

#19 - Potato

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 23, 1986

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 7.57
770 votes
Directors: Mandie Fletcher
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Born to Be King

#20 - Born to Be King

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 22, 1983

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 7.55
874 votes
Directors: Martin Shardlow
Writers: Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson
Plan A: Captain Cook

#21 - Plan A: Captain Cook

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 28, 1989

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

star 7.53
931 votes
Directors: Richard Boden
Writers: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
The Black Seal

#22 - The Black Seal

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 20, 1983

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 7.35
618 votes
Directors: Martin Shardlow
Writers: Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson
The Queen of Spain's Beard

#23 - The Queen of Spain's Beard

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 6, 1983

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 7.35
775 votes
Directors: Martin Shardlow
Writers: Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson
Witchsmeller Pursuivant

#24 - Witchsmeller Pursuivant

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 13, 1983

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

star 7.34
837 votes
Directors: Martin Shardlow
Writers: Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson