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The Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete First Season

From the Creators of 'The Office' and 'Extras' comes the new comedy series, The Ricky Gervais Show. The series is an animated version of Gervais' podcasts that earned a spot in The Guinness Book of World Records for the most downloads. It is voiced by Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and colleague and friend Karl Pilkington whose offbeat musings inspire many of the storylines which include the merits of 20th century inventions; Karl's suggestion for population control; how philosophy has evolved through the ages; Karl's round head; and his thoughts on charity.

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  • Actors: Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington, Stephen Merchant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049AF6UG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,376 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ricky Gervais Show: Season 1" on IMDb

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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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By V. Todd Miller on January 3, 2011
Format: DVD
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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