Through four series and a few specials, Edmund Blackadder and his greasy sidekick Baldrick conjure up cunning plans as Edmund tries to take advantage of desperate times. These situation tragedies had obvious parallels from the Dark Ages to Elizabethan times, the rule of mad George III, and The Great War.
Blackadder tries painting and cooking as ploys to avoid the scheduled big push out of the trenches.
Edmund is sentenced to death by firing squad for shooting and eating the General's favorite messenger pigeon.
Blackadder grabs yet another opportunity to return to England by organizing a morale-raising music hall show, including Baldrick's Charlie Chaplin impersonation and George's appearance as a lady songstress who captures the General's heart.
Blackadder and the boys join the Royal Air Corps, where they are promptly shot down behind enemy lines.
Blackadder is assigned to find the spy working out of the hospital.
Blackadder tries everything he can think of to get sent back to England when orders come in to go over the top in the first charge against the Germans since 1914.