If you aren’t British, then you likely didn’t see get Blackadder when it was originally broadcast. But these days many clips and full episodes exist on the endless time-suck of YouTube, which means you now have no excuse to miss seeing Colin Firth get punched in the face and Hugh Laurie wearing a blonde wig.
Here are six of the best clips to get you started:
1. The Black Adder
Set during the Middle Ages, Blackadder‘s initial series introduces the character as a scheming ex-Duke. Desperate to escape his past, he settles on a new identity and gets a horrifyingly awful bowl cut.
2. Witty, Wordy Sex Jokes
When Blackadder accidentally executes the wrong person, he impersonates the deceased in order to avoid the executioner’s ax. By doing so, he almost kinda sorta gets a blow job.
3. Especially When Those Witty, Wordy Sex Jokes Involve Translation
Blackadder attempts to get out of marrying the Spanish king’s daughter by ordering a conspirator to deflower her. Throughout the skit, her attendant translates her commentary before, during, and after the act.