An Idiot Abroad 3 Seasons 2011

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Season 1
(136) IMDb 8.3/10
Available in HD

1. China TV-MA CC

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send reluctant Karl Pilkington to see the Great Wall of China. En route Karl is forced to experience traditional fire massage, l earn the ancient art of Kung Fu, and discovers a disturbing fact about his future.

Starring:
Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais
Runtime:
46 minutes
Original air date:
January 22, 2011

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Reality TV, Documentary, Comedy
Director Krishnendu Majumdar
Starring Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais
Supporting actors Stephen Merchant
Season year 2011
Network BBC America
Producers Simon Arnold, Mike D'Rews, Ricky Gervais, Dan Goldsack, Benjamin Green, Krishnendu Majumdar, Stephen Merchant, Celia Taylor, Richard Yee
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Laugh out loud funny!
Colleen M. Schneider
In his honest and "colorful" observations of the world and cultures he experiences on his travels, Pilkington is fantastically hilarious and - thankfully!!
Long Ago
I laugh out loud every time I watch it!
Brook B. Petersen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
Fans of Ricky Gervais will undoubtedly be familiar with daft and mercilessly funny Karl Pilkington. Gervais and partner Stephen Merchant have transformed Pilkington into an international superstar in previous programming--most notoriously, he is the undisputed star of their podcasts which have also been turned into "The Ricky Gervais Show" for HBO. Pilkington has a precious and skewed world view which combines faulty logic with unsubstantiated facts, yet for all its absurdity--there is often a nugget of wisdom in Pilkington's ramblings. An endless source of mockery and taunts from his co-workers, you might be inclined to feel sorry for the maligned Pilkington if he weren't so darn funny. A certified homebody, never having traveled further than Wales, Gervais and Merchant designed a new and inspired way to torture their little buddy. Why not send him around the world, ostensibly to view the Seven Wonders, and put him into situations that he will absolutely hate? Thus, "An Idiot Abroad" was conceived.

I must admit, the cruelty in the idea is apparent from the start--Gervais even relishes in it. But Pilkington is a willing stooge, and off he goes. Expected fish out of water hilarity ensues, but don't be surprised if Pilkington is up for the challenge. There is very little that he refuses to do--and in those instances where he puts his foot down, I am in full agreement. There are moments that remain fresh and absolutely memorable--cave dwelling in Jordan, a visit with cannibals along the Amazon, avoiding the dangers of a street festival in Mexico, an unexpected spiritual dip in an Indian river. Pilkington, always reluctant if not outright resistant, generally embraces the tasks he's given with a more open mind than I felt possible.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Leroy Trims on February 23, 2011
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This Blu-Ray set is not region-coded, but it runs at 50i, so it does NOT PLAY in most Blu-Ray players sold in the USA. On my Sony Blu-Ray player, the opening logos play and then it shuts off. After a long backorder I was thrilled to receive this amazing show on Blu-Ray and I can't watch it!

This is an incredibly funny show, but Amazon needs to wait until they release it properly at the correct framerate! Or at minimum, label it properly! It should be labeled as a PAL-framerate set!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By MadMacs on March 19, 2011
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This might be, and with absolutely no hyperbole, the funniest thing I have ever seen in my entire life. X-D

Without trying, completely spontaneous and genuinely insightful - our man Karl Pilkington is hands down the funniest guy living on Planet Earth today.

Certainly there have been moments - in my own life and those that come from the entertainment field - that have had me in tears, crying so hard from laughing. The first time I saw the late Sam Kinison, the moment when a friend ate his entire meal then discovered a fat cockroach at the bottom of his bowl, the combat/spear and hippo birth scenes in 'Ace Ventura, When Nature Calls'. Moments that I'll carry with me the rest of my life.

But this guy Karl - this guy is beyond humorous. He's like the Dalai Lama of comedy, delivering the rawest, most truthful, insanely funny things ever uttered by man.

He's added to my moments of hilarity by a hundred fold.

And to be fair, everyone who 'gets' this show, owes a debt to Ricky Gervais. Despite the fact that he's a self-absorbed, cruel, arrogant smartass, the bottom line is: Without his efforts there would be no one outside of England who would understand, could possibly understand, the phenomenon of Karl Pilkington.

There is NO WAY any single post or review can adequately capture the essence of Karl - the purest laughs he creates. No way.

So I'll say this: Watch, listen and be in awe.

I only wish there were a 17-star rating on Amazon.

UPDATE 6.1.
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Note: This particular Blu-Ray is NOT designed for most United States players.

Fans of Ricky Gervais will undoubtedly be familiar with daft and mercilessly funny Karl Pilkington. Gervais and partner Stephen Merchant have transformed Pilkington into an international superstar in previous programming--most notoriously, he is the undisputed star of their podcasts which have also been turned into "The Ricky Gervais Show" for HBO. Pilkington has a precious and skewed world view which combines faulty logic with unsubstantiated facts, yet for all its absurdity--there is often a nugget of wisdom in Pilkington's ramblings. An endless source of mockery and taunts from his co-workers, you might be inclined to feel sorry for the maligned Pilkington if he weren't so darn funny. A certified homebody, never having traveled further than Wales, Gervais and Merchant designed a new and inspired way to torture their little buddy. Why not send him around the world, ostensibly to view the Seven Wonders, and put him into situations that he will absolutely hate? Thus, "An Idiot Abroad" was conceived.

I must admit, the cruelty in the idea is apparent from the start--Gervais even relishes in it. But Pilkington is a willing stooge, and off he goes. Expected fish out of water hilarity ensues, but don't be surprised if Pilkington is up for the challenge. There is very little that he refuses to do--and in those instances where he puts his foot down, I am in full agreement. There are moments that remain fresh and absolutely memorable--cave dwelling in Jordan, a visit with cannibals along the Amazon, avoiding the dangers of a street festival in Mexico, an unexpected spiritual dip in an Indian river.
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