The Ricky Gervais Show 3 Seasons 2010

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Season 1
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1. Space Monkey TV-NR CC

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant briefly explain the ongoing experiment of turning their pointless conversations with friend and colleague Karl Pilkington into an animated series - and then settle down to pointlessly discuss a range of topics.

Starring:
Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Runtime:
23 minutes
Original air date:
April 23, 2010

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Space Monkey

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Season 1
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    1. Space Monkey Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant briefly explain the ongoing experiment of turning their pointless conversations with friend and colleague Karl Pilkington into an animated series - and then settle down to pointlessly discuss a range of topics.

    TV-NR 23min April 23, 2010
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    2. Knob at Night Stephen provides conversation fodder in the form of fan emails, leading to discussions about a lion that laid waste to Cambodian midget fighters. Karl shares his experiences of being conned when he's given in to his charitable instincts.

    TV-NR 24min April 23, 2010
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    3. Charity Karl revisits his concept for improving the life cycle. Pilkington also shoots holes in the practice of donating a goat to an African family in lieu of giving a holiday gift, and finds flaw with the assumption that space travel is pleasurable.

    TV-NR 27min April 30, 2010
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    4. Dolphins Karl defends facials as more reasonable than enemas, and the friends discuss the customs of tribes in Papua New Guinea. Fan email raises the specter of armed dolphins and, in Monkey News, Karl relays the tale of a lonely monkey brought home by a zookeeper.

    TV-NR 21min May 7, 2010
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    5. Glass Houses Ricky and Stephen challenge Karl's interpretations of famous sayings such as, "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." Stephen questions Karl on what he's learned since his New Year's resolution to learn something new every day.

    TV-NR 25min May 14, 2010
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    6. Cobblers Karl considers what body part he could do without and explains why he likes to do the dishes. Other headier topics include Descartes and Plato's untimely demise, as well as Karl's feelings about the usefulness of the saying "A stitch in time saves nine."

    TV-NR 27min May 21, 2010
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    7. The Diary Karl is back from holiday where he decided to start a diary. Ricky begs to read some of it, revealing a new invention Karl has come up with: A watch that counts down the days and time to one's death.

    TV-NR 25min May 28, 2010
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    8. Nuts Responding to fan emails, Karl is put on the spot about whether he would choose Ricky or Stephen to rescue from a sinking ship. Other topics include: face transplants, Karl's lessons for children and suggestions for redesigning various creatures.

    TV-NR 26min May 28, 2010
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    9. The Jockey In "Questions for Karl," the anointed pundit discusses time travel and adult diapers. Stephen reads entries from Karl's diary, which entertain Ricky immensely. In Monkey News: A 1950s gangster was duped into using a monkey as jockey in an important race.

    TV-NR 25min June 4, 2010
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    10. The Fight Karl discusses his unusual approach to teaching. Examples of discussion topics include a dishwasher being found on Mars and dinosaurs as a form of population control. In Monkey News: A man with failing eye sight who ends up at a chimp doctor.

    TV-NR 25min June 4, 2010
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    11. Beetles Topics include Karl's Valentine's Day advice, interpreting Wittgenstein and the rights of fish. Stephen and Ricky explain Kafka's 'Metamorphosis,' and Karl ponders life as a beetle. In Monkey News: Karl announces this will be the final segment.

    TV-NR 25min June 11, 2010
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    12. Noises Stephen and Ricky have Karl complete the 'Inside the Actor's Studio' questionnaire which leads to lively discussion about worm and flower cognition. Karl ponders organ donation in light of the possibility of an afterlife. Stephen reads from Karl's Diary.

    TV-NR 26min June 11, 2010
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    13. Freaks Karl ponders his entry interview with God at the Pearly Gates. Stephen reads from Karl's Diary hi-lighting alien mind reading and whether having one's head on backwards is harder than having one's hands reversed. Karl offers his top five list of freaks.

    TV-NR 25min June 18, 2010

Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Craig Kellman
Starring Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Supporting actors Karl Pilkington
Season year 2010
Network Warner Bros.
Executive Producer Loren Bouchard
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Goofy and fun.
Robert Odear
The animation works brilliantly as they illustrate scenes and ideas that are being discussed.
AF
It is very funny and I love Karl! :-)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Duncan on February 20, 2011
Format: DVD
A few Amazon reviewers have claimed to find The Ricky Gervais Show merely mean spirited. I'd like to discourage anyone from heeding that criticism. If Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant seem uncharitable to poor Karl on first impression, it's all in the service of a greater good. That greater good is the structure and content of Karl's worldview. Karl Pilkington as everyman is a bizarre misnomer. He is a world unto himself. There's really no one else like him (at least that I've ever met...), and of course Ricky and Steve see this. Their efforts mainly exist to draw Karl out, to get him going on whatever subject strikes home, and to extract his comic visions and reinventions of the mundane. Not to say Karl doesn't say stuff that seems ridiculous and idiotic--he does, and often, but more often than not there is a bit of strange wisdom in his blather. But this is what makes the show so interesting! Because, for all the erudition and educated skepticism displayed by Gervais and Merchant, it's Karl who has anything of interest to contribute to the conversation. An idiot savant of the ordinary, the idiot sage for our time (the real deal, no character, at least I hope not), Karl is in the spotlight here, and it's no sideshow attraction.
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I'm going to start things out on a controversial note. I love Ricky Gervais and, honestly, I'd watch anything with his name on it. But "The Ricky Gervais Show" is a bit of a curiosity. While I definitely enjoyed it (these 13 episodes originally aired on HBO), I'm not sure the program was entirely necessary. Before you start to beat me up and send me hate mail--let me explain. The show uses material previously introduced on the famously outrageous Podcast starring Gervais and his long time partner Stephen Merchant. In essence, "The Ricky Gervais Show" is just an animated Podcast. None of the comedy stylings or interactions are new--only the visual representations of them are. Mind you, I don't think too many people will complain as both new and old material meld together well to create different levels of humor to the cracking wise.

Gervais definitely plays to his strengths here. And his primary strength is the ever daft Karl Pilkington. Pilkington is a perpetual guest on the Podcast, and every episode of this show is designed around his skewed world view. Merchant and Gervais taunt and mock Pilkington mercilessly--it seems to be, literally, the reason that this show exists. I'd feel sorry for the little guy if it wasn't so darned funny. Pilkington is a truly original voice and the series' MVP. Half the time you'll think he's putting you on with his wacky declarations, but I'm not so sure.

I also enjoyed the running gag of "Monkey News" which never gets old when spinning ridiculous "news" stories involving primates. Bottom line, if you enjoy Gervais' particular brand of humor, I can't imagine that you wouldn't like "The Ricky Gervais Show." From a visual standpoint, it can be somewhat stagnant--at least 60% of the animation is the three guys sitting in a studio. But the humor is top notch. Funny, sometimes insightful, I liked hanging out with this trio in 30 minute intervals. Hopefully, you will too. KGHarris, 12/10
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By V. Todd Miller on January 3, 2011
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Having been a fan of the BBC's "The Office" and HBO's "Extras", it was natural that I would tune into "The Ricky Gervais Show" upon its premier last year. Even though I never listened to the original podcast, I expected to get a more than a few laughs out of the animated version of the series.

What I did not expect was to laugh so hard downstairs that my roommate upstairs phoned her sister to ask her advice if she could come down and check on me or to leave me alone because it sounded like I was crying like a family member had died (true story).

When my roommate came down eventually my eyes were still watering and my face was red from laughter. She, I, and our friends from that point forward DVRed the show and watched it every Sunday. We were never disappointed with the lunatic musings of Karl Pilkington and the brilliant way Gervais and his comedy partner Stephen Merchant egged him on, then skewered him. Some may feel sorry for Pilkington, but he is such an amiable recipient of the ridicule and so steadfast in his beliefs that no matter what, you want to hear more. The whimsical animation adds the perfect touch to the proceedings.

I cannot wait for season two to begin in a few weeks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2013
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Karl Pilkington, whether he is acting or not, whether this is rehearsed or not, is a comedy genius. Ricky and Stephen speak for themselves with all their success. Bringing Karl to the limelight was a fantastic idea. Love it!
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I'm going to start things out on a controversial note. I love Ricky Gervais and, honestly, I'd watch anything with his name on it. And "The Ricky Gervais Show" is a bit of a lark. While I definitely enjoyed it (these 13 episodes originally aired on HBO), I'm not sure the program is a great value if paying by the individual episode. Before you start to beat me up and send me hate mail--let me explain. Each episode clocks in at slightly over 20 minutes--I know they drop and raise on-demand prices, but it seems that (generally speaking) the DVD might work out a better deal if you're genuinely interested in the program. The show uses material previously introduced on the famously outrageous Podcast starring Gervais and his long time partner Stephen Merchant. In essence, "The Ricky Gervais Show" is just an animated Podcast. None of the comedy stylings or interactions are new--only the visual representations of them are. Mind you, I don't think too many people will complain as both new and old material meld together well to create different levels of humor to the cracking wise.

Gervais definitely plays to his strengths here. And his primary strength is the ever daft Karl Pilkington. Pilkington is a perpetual guest on the Podcast, and every episode of this show is designed around his skewed world view. Merchant and Gervais taunt and mock Pilkington mercilessly--it seems to be, literally, the reason that this show exists. I'd feel sorry for the little guy if it wasn't so darned funny. Pilkington is a truly original voice and the series' MVP. Half the time you'll think he's putting you on with his wacky declarations, but I'm not so sure.

I also enjoyed the running gag of "Monkey News" which never gets old when spinning ridiculous "news" stories involving primates.
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