Red Dwarf – The US pilots

Red Dwarf USA

A little while ago, we bemoaned the McG version of Spaced. That only made it to the pilot stage thankfully.

Of course, it wasn’t the first time the US has unsuccessfully tried to remake a British TV series. Back in the 90s, there were two attempts to remake Red Dwarf, with two completely different casts. The first was a full-length pilot, with only Robert Llewellyn returning to play Kryten. Oddly, they did get Jane Leeves (Daphne in Frasier) to play Holly.

When that didn’t go down well, a shorter “greatest hits” alternative with another cast (including Terry Farrell from Star Trek: DS9 as the Cat) got made. And that didn’t go down much better either, so it never went to series.

To see why, here they both are on YouTube. Enjoy. If you can.

The first one

The second one