Studio:Warner Home Video Year: 2011 Cast: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Karl Pilkington Director: Craig Kellman Release Date: January 04, 2011 Rating: Not Rated for language Run Time: 06h:30m:00s Genre(s): comedy
The content of the show is fairly simple. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant sit down with Karl Pilkington and ask him questions or lead him into conversation. Hilarity ensues and there is simply no telling where the threads are going to lead when the three get going. A large part of comedy is the bullying of Karl by Ricky in his aggressive way and Stephen in his passive way. Many of their insults pertain to the roundness of Karl's head. Some of it can be a bit mean-spirited, but there is no doubt that Ricky Gervais has one of the most infectious laughs on television.
Movie Grade: B
DVD Grade: B
Season One of The Ricky Gervais Show is a hilarious diversion. In its original form, it was a comedy audio show starring Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant that started back in 2001 and continued for several years on radio until being adapted to a podcast series. In 2006, it consistently ranked number one among podcasts in the world and has been recognized in the Guiness World Records as 2007's most downloaded podcast. Karl Pilkington joined the show as a producer early on. Although hired to just to "press the buttons", Ricky and Steve got Karl involved more and more with the show over the subsequent weeks and soon became fascinated with his personal life, unconventional childhood and ridiculous stories. By the end of the first season Karl has become a crucial part of the show's success. In fact, recently when Gervais was making the talk show rounds to promote his upcoming gig as host of the Golden Globes, he also was quite delighted to talk about Karl and the show.
The Ricky Gervais Show was developed as an animated TV series, which premiered on February 19, 2010, on the American channel HBO and on the British channel, Channel 4 on Friday 23 April 2010.
The show's animation is drawn in a style similar to classic era Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Often the more extended jokes and stories are described jokes in a very amusing literal context. For example, a story about Paris might actually show the three sitting at a table in a cafe in the French city. The show won an Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Emmy Award for Andy Bialk's designs.
The first season featured such topics as sex, animals, inventions, population control, midgets and philosophy and recurring features like "Monkey News," all about where a monkey has been involved." The first episode has Karl describing how describes how banana-trained monkeys launched and piloted space vehicles before humans.
The DVD set consists of 13 episodes on two discs, along with special features about Comedy Gala Animation and Episode Storyboard. Subtitles are available in English and French.
The second season started airing on 14 January 2011.