Not-So-Gentle (Re)Viewer: Blackadder II (Season Two)
"The original may be dead... but now his bastard great-great grandson swaggers around Renaissance London with a big head and a small beard."
I believe that Season Two of the Blackadder series is my favorite, in part because I love the Elizabethan era. In addition, the Shakespeare references abound, with the first episode featuring a girl named Kate who is dressed up like a young man named Bob... very Twelfth Night, if I do say so myself.
Miranda Richardson plays an absolutely genius Queen Elizabeth I, and Stephen Fry also joins the cast this season. Watch it. Now. You'll be glad you did.