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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 19, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Summary: Ricky Gervais returns with an animated comedy that began as a radio show, continued in his podcasts, and now exists as a cartoon with collaborators Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilington.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Animation, Talk & Interview
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jan 14, 2011
    Gervais serves as a bullying sidekick to Mr. Pilkington and steps out of the way, letting his strange and funny collaborator take the lead. The series is not a full-blown comedy show; it's a collection of Web-styled sketches and proof that big laughs can come in small doses.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 14, 2011
    Media Rights Capital, an independent production company, took an offbeat idea and made it work surprisingly well.
  3. Reviewed by: Aubry D\'Arminio
    Jan 14, 2011
    This '60s-style animated edition of their record-breaking podcast, featuring cartoon versions of the duo and idiot savant sidekick Karl Pilkington, magnifies everything venal and childish about the original (jokes about dildos on sticks and monkeys on benders) while masking its incredible wit.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 14, 2011
    That a premise so slight yields as much amusement as it does is a tribute to Gervais and Merchant's quick wits and to Pilkington's blend of extreme gullibility and offbeat quirkiness....The purposely retro animation, which turns Gervais into a more cheerful Fred Flintstone, not only adds nothing to the mix--it subtracts.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 14, 2011
    Animation would seem to be an ideal vehicle for this, but there's only so much it can do--in part because there's no adhesive to the episodes. The three guys sit and bullshit for 20-some-odd minutes--at times entertainingly--until the program simply ends.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 14, 2011
    The chats are amusing, quirky and strangely obsessed with monkeys (which, granted, is always a funny topic), but the illustrations tend to overemphasize the throwaway moments, draining them of spontaneity and often of their original humor.
  7. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    Jan 14, 2011
    The static nature of three talking heads (even in cartoon form) is dull, and the intermittent non-studio interstitials used to illustrate the discussion fail to provide enough of a change. Watching cartoon characters laugh at one another feels recursively silly, and not in a good way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 3, 2011
    Very, very funny. Karl Pilkington is an idiot. See through skin, SERIOUSLY!!! You know what, he may be the funniest, but without Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant setting up the jokes then he wouldn't be funny at all. But luckily, it is a hilarious show! 10/10 Expand
  2. Jun 21, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Amazing show, I couldn't stand the cartoon thing at first so I ignored it. However after watching an idiot abroad I had to watch it and it's amazing! I love Ricky Gervais's humor and Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkinton all together is outstanding. Best line ever is "alright Louis, alright superman, ermm who are you superman?... I can't tell you Louis" OMG my sides were hurting. I hope Ricky Gervais makes more shows or carry's on making this and an idiot abroad with Stephen Merchant as they are genius! I would like to add that the golden globe show from the states was hilarious and the Americans need to watch more of RG to understand his humor. Ricky, Stephen and Karl I love you all, if you read this please do an autograph signing somewhere as I would love to meet you! At the end of the day if there were more shows like this then tv would be good again as right now it's either "we've got no" talent shows or endless repeats of top gear on Dave. That about sums up my sky subscription. "well your not coming back here f**k off" looooool they have done it before haha. WATCH THE SHOW! Expand
  3. Jul 14, 2011
    Extremely funny. Every single episode is absolutely hilarious. I don't live in the UK so I didn't hear the radio show but I've been watching it on HBO and it is awesome. 10 out of 10 Expand
  4. Dec 19, 2013
    Those of you that listened to the podcasts on-line will quickly realise that much of the material in this first series is repeated but when it is as funny as this who really cares?

    The only thing added by the TV show are the animations to go along with Karl Pilkington's crazy stories and ideas but these really do add the entertainment often making it even more funny. If you've never listened to Karl Pilkington you are really missing out and I would definitely recommend you pick up this animated comedy gem.
  5. Aug 12, 2011
    Absolutely hilarious show! I've never heard the radio show before but the cartoons really add to the jokes as well. The show proves that Karl is more or less a moron but he's likeable and the show wouldn't be anything without him. Also if you like this show, definitely watch An Idiot Abroad. Expand
  6. Mar 3, 2013
    This is great, very funny the animation does really add a lot to the podcasts and even tho i have listened to the podcasts i had no problem watching this in parts the animation made it even funnier. Expand

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