The series spans from the 15th century all the way up to World War I, with some stops in between, and one stop in the future. One of the most notable things about the series is the acidic tongue, and quick wit, of Edmund Blackadder, and the uncanny way in which he seems to have a hand in important situations of Europe's history and in the slick way he gets himself into and out of trouble.

He is accompanied through the series by one faithful bondsman, Baldrick, whose intelligence is comparable to that of a cabbage. Their families are intertwined in a centuries old relationship of servant and master. You can't help but wonder how the two families managed to reproduce.

Other familiar faces continually pop up over the centuries, such as Lord Flasheart, and Lord Percy. One viewer noted that Blackadder is to ordinary TV what being a millionaire aristocrat with the sexual capacity of a rutting rhino is to standing in the middle of a pond with a small painted wooden duck on your head.


Throughout history, England has been blighted by members of the Blackadder dynasty.

In The Blackadder, we meet Edmund (Rowan Atkinson), the slimy younger son of King Richard IV (Brian Blessed). He's accompanied by his friend Percy (Tim McInnerny) and his servant Baldrick (Tony Robinson).

In Blackadder II, we encounter Lord Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson), direct descendant of the odious Prince Edmund. He plots and schemes in the court of Queen Elizabeth I (Miranda Richardson), aided by his friend Lord Percy (Tim McInnerny) and his servant Baldrick (Tony Robinson).

In Blackadder The Third, Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkison) is butler to George, the Prince Regent (Hugh Laurie).

In Blackadder Goes Forth, Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) shares a World War I dugout with Lieutenant George Barleigh (Hugh Laurie) and Private Baldrick (Tony Robinson).