30 user 14 critic

The Ricky Gervais Show 

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant talk to Karl Pilkington about important things in life whilst Karl provides anything but intelligent answers. Comedy at its finest with wonderful animation.

Watch Now

on Prime Video





3   2   1  
2012   2011   2010  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

More Like This 

An Idiot Abroad (2010–2012)
Documentary | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Brit Karl Pilkington has led a sheltered life. Not having done any traveling, he enjoys living within the comforts of what he knows, basically that being what is purely British. As such, ... See full summary »

Stars: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
The Moaning of Life (TV Series 2013)
Adventure | Comedy | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Karl is faced with the different aspects of life by travelling around the world and discovering how different people face life's challenges.

Stars: Karl Pilkington, John Montgomery, Richard Yee
Life's Too Short (2011–2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The show centers on Warwick Davis in his day-to-day life, complete with the frustrations he faces.

Stars: Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Derek (2012–2014)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Derek is a loyal nursing home care assistant who sees only the good in his quirky co-workers as they struggle against prejudice and shrinking budgets to care for their elderly residents.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl
Extras (2005–2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Andy Millman is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant
Sick of It (TV Series 2018)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Sick of It is a scripted comedy series that sees Karl Pilkington take on two roles - himself, and the voice inside his head, as he muddles through the mundane life he may have led if he hadn't met Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Stars: Karl Pilkington, Sondra James, Marama Corlett
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Ricky Gervais entertains a live audience in his first stand-up routine.

Director: Dominic Brigstocke
Stars: Ricky Gervais, Stirling Gallacher
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A year after Animals, Ricky Gervais comes back with his second stand up comedy tour: Politics.

Director: Dominic Brigstocke
Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ash Atalla
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The third part of Ricky's themed live stand-up shows.

Director: Dominic Brigstocke
Stars: Ricky Gervais
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The fourth part in Ricky's themed live stand-up shows.

Director: Ricky Gervais
Stars: Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais: Humanity (TV Special 2018)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Live performance of British comedian Ricky Gervais filmed in London's Eventim Apollo.

Director: John L. Spencer
Stars: Ricky Gervais
The Office (2001–2003)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager David Brent as they continue their daily lives.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook


Series cast summary:
Ricky Gervais ...  Himself 39 episodes, 2010-2012
Stephen Merchant ...  Himself 39 episodes, 2010-2012
Karl Pilkington ...  Himself 39 episodes, 2010-2012


Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant talk to Karl Pilkington about important things in life whilst Karl provides anything but intelligent answers. Comedy at its finest with wonderful animation.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The Animated Masterpiece Returns. (season 3) See more »


TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »


Official Sites:

HBO [United States]





Release Date:

19 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Show de Ricky Gervais See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Ricky met Karl for the first time when Karl was the radio technician set to work with Ricky See more »


Karl Pilkington: I think there are some bacteria that have better lives than that.
Stephen Merchant: That's GOT to be offensive.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

If you enjoyed "Friends", what are you even doing on this page?
22 February 2012 | by fedor8See all my reviews

(A suggestion: how about "Two Idiots Abroad" with Karl and Snooki? Or perhaps Karl becoming the 9th room-mate in the Jersey Shore house? Just a thought.)

Recently I'd finished watching both seasons of "An Idiot Abroad", and straight away thought, right, I'll never find anything as funny to follow this up with: it can only go downhill from here. I was having the first symptoms of "pilkingtonian withdrawal", a new pandemic whose existence I am sure other Pilko-fans can attest to. I figured I'd have no alternative left but to go back to re-viewing Karl's travelogue.

But then I luckily found out about the podcasts. Almost a decade old, and only now do I find out about them? In fact, I didn't even know who Karl was until a few months ago. Shame on me. What kind of a world do we live in which I learn about Kristen Stewart straight away, but don't find out about Karl until years later? Little did I know that TRGS would actually manage to surpass the high hilarity level in AIA. These animated podcasts contain some of the funniest material I have ever seen or heard. Every episode will make you laugh out loud, unless you're either autistic, asleep, totally soused, or a humourless g*t.

Picture the "Howard Stern Show" (in its heyday, not now), mixed in with "Dr.Katz" (with its animated flights of fancy), a touch of Steven Wright (the bizarre concepts and insane "logic"), and a speck of Peter Sellers of "Being There" – only funnier. TRGS might just be one of the best comedy series ever, or at the very least the best animated series of all times. Hugely original, totally unpredictable (except the "Monkey News", but that's the whole point), and refreshingly pointless.

Some people make the inane case for the original podcasts being better than their animated version because "one is left to one's own imagination". That is a ludicrous argument, the kind of idealistic babble that you might have heard from your apathetic English professor at school. Using that "logic", every good movie or TV show should be only heard, not seen, so that the viewer's experience doesn't get "impinged" by someone else's subjective visual imprint of the events. "Total b*ll*cks", as Gervais would probably say. Using this "logic", perhaps famous paintings should be described but never seen, so that the art-lovers "get to use their own imagination instead of someone else's". What poppycock. There's always someone to split hairs and nit-pick, even when an idea is totally flawless.

HBO's animation is imaginative, funny, colourful, spot-on brilliant, adding a whole new dimension of fun to the "bare bones" of the original broadcasts. The animators added a plethora of great new visual gags to the already existing top-notch material – so it mystifies me that anyone could possibly have a bone to pick with that. The drawing style is simple yet effective; the decision to go for a cheerful look as opposed to a grotesque (i.e. more "adult") style pays off vastly, because Karl's ravings are usually like that of a child anyway, a fact that would make any attempts to "darken" the tone of the show totally detrimental.

Is Karl a moron? I've already largely covered that in my "An Idiot Abroad" comment. Suffice it to say that Karl is weird rather than unintelligent, certainly an original thinker (in the broad sense of the term). Ricky calls him a "strange little creature", and that is a far more appropriate description of the round-headed fella than the somewhat crass "buffoon" label he gets in the opening credits. Pilkington is a very likable person, mellow and non-aggressive in his intentions (except when it comes to kicking a duck's butt), living in his own little world (which he luckily recounts in his ridiculous diary), and not every analysis he makes is daft. He jumps to conclusions, he tends to believe whatever suits him (rather than what makes sense), his general knowledge is poor (but so is that of much of the masses), and his wishful thinking gets the better of him in most cases (which makes him no different than most people, actually).

That particular affliction - wishful thinking – is something Ricky Gervais exhibits too. Ricky refers to himself as a "liberal"; left-wingers base their philosophies on wishful thinking, fearing to face a science-based politically-incorrect ugly reality that doesn't often go hand-in-hand with their idealistic notions of an eventual "perfect world" that they so desperately want to believe in.

In an ideal world, unguided by commercial restraints, this show would be called "The Karl Pilkington Show"; in fact, Gervais had said something to this effect. However, it is foolish to minimize the efforts of Gervais/Merchant, who not only bring out the best in Karl but who themselves offer a great number of clever observations and hilarious comments. After all, Gervais isn't just some random run-of-the-mill comedian who lucked out, i.e. "struck gold", by bumping into Pilkington one rainy English day in the monkey section of the Manchester Zoo; Ricky is currently the best stand-up comedian there is. Watch "Fame", "Animals", or "Out of England", and you can't go wrong.

The stand-out episode is s02e01, in which Karl describes the outline of his movie with Rebecca de Mornay. TRGS has to be seen to be believed. Just as I use "Friends" (the worst sitcom of all time) as a litmus test to weed out those with low(er) intelligence and a primitive/shoddy taste in comedy, likewise will I do from now on with TRGS: anyone who finds this program unfunny is either braindead or deeply depressed and on the verge of committing suicide. In fact, if you're depressed, you cannot possible want to jump off a bridge once you've seen an episode. You'll want to cancel your suicide – or at the very least postpone it until you'd seen all the (so far) 26 episodes.

15 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed