Originally Posted by Molokov
Hey now, VIII had some great bits of comedy in it, but the plots let it down. And you have to admit that the whole show started off as "The Odd Couple in Space".... I always think the funniest bits are the long sequences of dialogue between characters, especially Lister & Rimmer.
It is a pity that Back to Earth was such a disappointment. On rewatching it, I have seen some parts that could have been great, but I think the lack of an audience meant too many jokes fell flat due to either poor dialogue or poor delivery. This also was a failing (in part) of VII, although that definitely had some good scripts in it. I think X may do better, returning to a live audience.
Hmm, personally I've always admired 'Red Dwarf' for its science-fiction elements above the broader sexual gags presented by Doug Naylor, following his split from Rob Grant. This most likely explains why I love series VII and 'Back to Earth', yet despise series VIII.