RD Target Audience Age

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  1. SweatyChimpBoy

    SweatyChimpBoy Second Technician

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    What age group is Red Dwarf catered towards? I've always thought of it as an adult comedy show, however... when Doug includes things like Cat dancing with Blue Midget and the Rimmer Munchkin Song I begin to feel like it's intended towards a younger target audience.

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  2. Pembers

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    I think generally it’s aimed at young adults and above, probably 15 and over but keeps it mostly clean so as to be watchable under ‘parental guidance’ for kiddywinks
     
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    My son was watching by the age of about 8. By DJXX he will be 21 and even more of a fan.
    (Only with more understanding of the jokes)
     
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    I started at around thirteen I would believe.
     
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    I started around nine years old. All the other idiots were talking about crap like Power Rangers but me and my friends played Red Dwarf at Primary School. We were weird kids

    However, I think the target age was probably young adults 18-25 initially. These days I'd say the target age is more 25-45. I really don't think many below age 25 give a crap about Red Dwarf any more to be honest.
     
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    I started watching RD after my dad got the series 1 VHSs for Christmas 1993. So it was a few weeks later in the New Year of 1994 - when I was 9 - that I started viewing RD for the first time. It was a great place to start with series one obviously and then I worked all the way through the VHSs. I remember I got the series 3 videos for my tenth birthday and then it was great that the series 5 vids were released for the first time later that year!

    In terms of the actual target audience obviously what I am trying to say is pre-teen children tend to watch it too as well as adults. But although back in the 00s Red Dwarf was brought back partly also due to the demand from the children of that generation after viewing the repeats on Dave, probably now eight years on I would agree, less under 25s care about RD I suspect. But still there remains to be a massive, fanatical fan base like us to support it!
     
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    My daughter has just turned 5. I hope she will enjoy watching it one day with me. Ideally by the time she’s 10.
     
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    My little brothers 21 and also a Red Dwarf fan. He's been watching since he was little. He'd more into Doctor Who classic then Red Dwarf. He and the rest of my family saw Red Dwarf before me because I didn't have the channel it was airing on when I was living in the middle of nowhere.

    I was 18 when I discovered Red Dwarf. Mum put it on for me and said I'd probably like it because my favourite movie at the time was Bill and Ted.
     
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    I started at 7 (when it first aired), and have introduced my own kids to it ages 5 and 7. A lot of the humour they probably won't get because of their age, and there's some swear words that I have to mute out when I know they're about to happen, but they keep asking to watch it :-)
     
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    I was about 13 or 14 when I got into it. Would have been around the first airing of series 2, because I remember it seemed like forever until I finally got to see series 1 - they just never seemed to repeat it. In fact I don't think I saw it till it came out on video.
     
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    Early/mid thirties for me. Maybe late twenties. But in any regard I was a grown adult when I first saw Red Dwarf. Knew It was my kind of show within minutes and have been a fan every since.
     
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    I think that first series was ment for people 20+ and then younger people started watching the show.

    Good question is what is target audience in the Czech republic. RD was ussualy broadcast around midnight, so it feels like some semi-porn swear TV show. But people recorded it and then watched with their children.

    I joined Red Dwarf in age of 15. Ifound it myself on internet
     
  13. AJ Smegface

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    My first memory of Red Dwarf was seeing Back in the Red (I think Part 3), probably back when it first came on in 1999. Literally the first thing I saw (or at least remember) is the claymation version of Lister. I would have been about six, and I was kinda always into the show from that moment without actually properly watching it for years (I'd always catch a scene or two on Gold and think "I wonder what the H on that guy's head stands for").

    I'm not entirely sure what the Red Dwarf taget audience age is, I think (or at least hope) it's just one of those shows which was aiming for a more broad appeal. Certainly though, I think younger viewers (as in kids and teens) might have been drawn by the looks and visuals of the show, series III onwards.
     

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