Last year, HBO’s The Ricky Gervais Show was probably one my favorite series to watch on TV. Every week I looked forward to another half hour of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant making fun of Karl Pilkington’s perfectly round head. What’s more, they examined what thoughts were thought up in Karl’s perfectly round head, and it made for great entertainment.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Year: 2010
Release Date: January 4, 2011
Run time: 390 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Spec: 1 DVD
Region: A

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.
Movie Content: 9/10

Special Features

  • Comedy Gala Animation
  • Episode Storyboard

Special Features: 2/10

Final Thoughts

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 found this animated version of the series to be very good.
Overall Rating: 8/10