Blackadder has given us some of the very greatest moments in British Comedy, and so choosing the best Blackadder episodes is no easy task. This is what we have come up with.
The Best Blackadder Episodes
We’ve put together 10 of the very best Blackadder episodes, along with our favourite scenes from each.
This list of Blackadder episodes are in no particular order, although in our opinion, the final episode of Blackadder Goes Forth is the very pinnacle of both British Comedy and British drama.
1. Witchsmeller Pursuivant
Most people agree that the first series of Blackadder was certainly nowhere near the best!
It did have its moments though, and the fifth episode was probably the best.
Starring Frank Finlay as the Witchsmeller Pursuivant himself, Prince Edmund or the Great Grumbledook as he is accused, is put on trial.
Interesting note – This episode is one of the first times that Baldrick uses the words ‘I have a cunning plan‘.
The first episode of the second series of Blackadder stands out for two reasons.
The first, is that you can tell almost immediately that the writing has stepped up several notches in terms of quality.
Many people consider Blackadder II to be the best Blackadder season – although it’s a close call with series 4!
Potato from the second series is another one that ranks highly among the best episodes of Blackadder. Lord Blackadder strives to gain favour with the Queen – and ends up sailing around the world!
This episode is notable for Tom Baker’s magnificent performance as Captain Redbeard Rum.
At the time, Tom Baker was dismayed at his performance, but we hope he’s changed his mind since then.
Beer is another great episode from the second series of Blackadder. It really did have some amazing episodes!
It again features some great cameo appearances, but in all honesty, it’s the comedy breasts that make this for us along with the turnip shaped like a thingy!
5. Dish and Dishonesty
The genius thing about the first episode of the third series of Blackadder, is that the quotes can still be used for every election that crops up!
In fact, in recent years, the electoral candidates in Blackadder seem slighter more realistic than the current batch of politicians we all seem lumbered with.
6. Ink and Incapability
Dr. Johnson, a dictionary, and a large orangey thing under the mantelpiece. What could possible go wrong?
In this choice of one of the best Blackadder episodes, we are introduced to some novel new words. We’ll be back interfrastically.
7. Duel and Duality
The final episode in the third series of Blackadder sees a guest appearance by Stephen Fry as the Duke of Wellington.
This was almost certainly a pre-runner to the famous General Melchett character in the fourth series.
Remember, there’s only one way to win a campaign – Shout, Shout, and Shout Again!!
8. Private Plane
Whilst we rather liked the sound of the Women’s Auxiliary Balloon Corp, Blackadder did sign up for the 20 minuters in Private Plane.
One of the best Blackadder episodes for many reasons, not least because Rik Mayall again came in to steal the show!
9. General Hospital
Miranda Richardson took on a cameo role in this episode, where Blackadder was given the mission to find a German spy.
There’s so many quotes here we don’t know where to begin, but the Pooh Pooh scene still has us in stitches to this day!
What can we say about the final episode of Blackadder that hasn’t been said before?
Funny, moving, emotional, sad, brilliant.
Even all these years later, it never fails to move anyone watching it. In our opinion, easily the best Blackadder episode ever made.
You might also be interested in these other Blackadder posts. And we have the Blackadder full episodes scripts on this site for you to search through as well:
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- Captain Darling
- Nigel Planer in Blackadder
- Blackadder Trivia
- Funny General Melchett Quotes
- Blackadder Best Insults
- Blackadder Series Ranked
- Hugh Laurie in Blackadder
This list of Blackadder episodes might have sparked some questions about the TV series. Here’s a few commonly asked ones:
Which season of Blackadder is best?
Many people consider to be the second season of Blackadder to be the definitive one, as it set that stage for the subsequent seasons. As time has gone on though, more fans seem to prefer Blackadder Season 4 as their favourite.
What order should I watch Blackadder?
The series and the specials can be watched in chronological order: Series 1: The Black Adder, Series 2: Blackadder II, Series 3: Blackadder the Third, Series 4: Blackadder Goes Forth, the Specials, Live stage performances, Red Nose Day 2023.
How accurately does Blackadder reflect history?
As with all good comedy, Blackadder mixes factual events with a humorous angle. This means that while some things are very accurate in Blackadder, such as certain historical figures, liberty has been taken with the facts other times!
What is the famous ending of Blackadder Goes Forth?
The end of Blackadder Goes Forth sees the boys go charging over the trenches and into no-man’s land. They are met with a hail of bullets and artillery and the field is covered with smoke, to be slowly revealed as a field of poppies. It is one of the most emotional scenes in British TV.