It's interesting to note the admission in the Series XI synopsis that Red Dwarf had a 'golden age' (particularly as it implies that the more recent installments have been less-than-golden). I suppose it's a less contentious way of referring to the show's peak than is 'classic era' (which gets bogged down in the qualitative/quantative argument), so what would you consider this 'golden age' to be? Even though Series II is probably my favourite, for me it's got to be III-V. These were the series I watched first and have probably watched most over the years. Opinions obviously vary, but I find the quality of all three series consistently high and with enough in common between them to give the show its most distinctive look and feel. VI felt very much like a departure from this, so I personally wouldn't include it. Thoughts?