Red Dwarf is a science fiction comedy. For those who have never seen the series, you can consider it as 'Blackadder in space' (if you have seen Blackadder).
All the crew of Red Dwarf have died due to a radiation leak, except for David Lister, who was is stasis during the accident and Arnold J. Rimmer, a hologram of his dead bunkmate, brought back by Holly, the ships computer with an IQ of 6000. The radiation caused Listers cat, Frankenstein, to evolve into a sapient being. The Cat is the result of this.
Because the radiation levels were too high, Holly kept Lister in stasis for 3 million years. Now Lister, Rimmer and the Cat (and Holly of course) find themselves far from home in an hostile enviroment.
Check out the crew of Red Dwarf and the Ships. If my page has bored you to dead (I hope not), you can follow the links to other Red Dwarf pages.