Red Dwarf was a good show :), can not really recall any sci-fi comedies preceding it either. Sometimes I think that show wasn't quite as popular as it should have been! Well seems I have revealed that I am a Brit anyway ;).
Too funny! Did a Bing search for Arnold J. Rimmer and saw someone did a LinkedIn profile for him and lsited his occupation as Commander at Jupiter Mining Corporation Â· Mining & Metals. Wonder if NetFlix carries Red Dwarf?