* In broadcast order, with Ganymede.tv's rating out of 52 episodes (Series 1-8) in parentheses.
** This is classic Red Dwarf in that it is a sublime mix of comedy and science fiction, with a human heart at its core. It also has amazing special effects, which contrast to the slicker, but soulless and unimaginative CGI of later episodes.
*** My guilty pleasure episode, but still I think the ideas are sound - not of parallel universes as such, but of gender politics. OK, they're not great, but they're interesting. Plus I always love episodes of shows where characters get drunk together!
**** That's right, no Back to Reality. It's a great episode and I like it a lot but had never taped it from the TV therefore it hasn't grown on me like the others have.
***** There are no good episodes after Series Six.
n = novel
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* The film version was retitled "The Incredible Shrinking Man" - and it is an excellent film.
** Philip K Dick also wrote the novels The Man in the High Castle, The Man Who Japed and The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike, which almost fit the format, but not quite.
** Like Terry Gilliam.
*** See the Alice in Wonderland bluray, for example.
**** And I heard he actually made Keith Richard's guitar for his pirates cameo.
Also, some films we've not quite caught up with yet:
Escape from L.A. (takes place in 2013)
Back to the Future Part II (in which they go forward to 2015)
Blade Runner (November, 2019)
Minority Report (2054)
And one episode of Ren & Stimpy that we're unlikely to catch up with:
'Space Madness' - takes place in "the amazing year 400 billion!"
* Or "...with which we have caught up", not actually preferable as it still ends with a preposition, and every good writer knows that's not something you should end a sentence with.
** Judgment Day was, according to Sarah Connor's opening voiceover, going to happen on 29 August, 1997; at least, that was going to be Judgment Day before we're told that it didn't actually happen then in Terminator 3 (which we've also caught up with, as it takes place in 2004). Also, a lot seem to happen in 1997 for some reason.
*** "It is the year 2005, and the Decepticons are now in control of Cybertron..." How far in the future that seemed in 1986!
And some other good ones that don't quite make the cut, having not-so-quiet verses or not-so-loud chorsuses:
Rape Me by Nirvana (only the final chorus is truly "loud")
Creep by Radiohead (the singing in the choruses is too gentle)
Whish Fulfilment by Sonic Youth (they're not that kind of band)
Self Esteem by Offspring (the verses are too loud, plus no words in the choruses)
Hitchin' A Ride by Green Day (not enough distinction between verses and choruses musically - having the same chords - and most choruses have no words)
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