The Black Adder was a television show broadcast in four series by the BBC. The first series, The Black Adder, takes place at the end of the 15th century and was first broadcast in 1983. The second series takes place during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) and was broadcast in 1986. The third series is set in the reign of King George III (the bloke what lost America) and was broadcast in 1987. The fourth and final series takes place in 1917, on the Western Front in World War I and was first broadcast in 1989.

The series were written by Rowan Atkinson (series 1), Richard Curtis (all) and Ben Elton (series 2, 3 and 4).

The episodes are:

In addition to the twenty-four regular episodes, there were two specials, "The Cavalier Years" (which I've seen) and a Christmas Special (which I haven't). "The Cavalier Years" takes place at the tail end of Charles I's rule.

[Editor's Note, 6/1/2002: adjusted some links.]

[Editor's Note, 13th June 2002: corrected details of who wrote which series.]

[Editor's Note, 11th March 2007: Corrected the titles of the latter three series.