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The Ricky Gervais Show

All Episodes

  • Ended
  • HBO
  • 2010-02-19T00:00:00+00:00
  • 25 mins
  • 15 hours, 38 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Animation, Comedy
Based on the series of podcasts that Gervais did with longtime partner Stephen Merchant, this comedy team convenes to bring HBO an animated series about their hilarious friend Karl Pilkington.

43 episodes

1x01 Space Monkey

  • Series Premiere

    2010-02-20T02:00:00+00:00 — 22 mins

Ricky and Stephen debate the merits of 20th century inventions with Karl; the guys introduce ``Monkey News.'

1x02 Knob at Night

  • 2010-02-27T02:00:00+00:00 — 23 mins

Stephen shares a news story about 42 midget warriors who were mutilated by a single lion in a Cambodian ring fight, as well as the latest email from a fan, Paul "The Party Animal" Parker, who describes a Serbian man who invented a sex machine for women. Karl ponders how to avoid being conned into donating to charities. That conversation segues into a discussion of sex and butt plugs. A dialogue about America's first nudist organization leads Ricky to critique naked gym jocks, inspiring a revelation from Karl. The guys debate if there is ever a good time to eat the penis of a kangaroo? In Monkey News: A pair of chimps are shot to death after viciously attacking a male visitor to an animal sanctuary, targeting his nose, limbs and genitals.

1x03 Charity

  • 2010-03-06T02:00:00+00:00 — 26 mins

Adding to his wish list of improbable inventions, Karl offers up a serum that ages dead people backwards. Also up for discussion: Do African families really want goats as charitable gifts? Is a space flight worth the money and effort? If you could have any super power, what would it be? How rare is it to see a Chinese homeless person? In "Monkey News," a Moscow network fired so many employees it had to hire a chimp to host a talk show, with Cher as one of the guests.

1x04 Dolphins

  • 2010-03-13T02:00:00+00:00 — 20 mins

Karl admits he's getting a face rub at a spa, but frets he'll end up getting an enema as well. Also: A discussion about the customs of undocumented tribes in New Guinea. Ricky and Karl's recent trip to an antiquities store, where Karl wondered, "What's the newest thing you've got?" An e-mail from an Australian fan insisting there are dangerous armed dolphins ready to do battle. In "Monkey News," Karl recounts the marital regrets of a sympathetic zookeeper who brings home a lonely monkey.

1x05 Glass Houses

  • 2010-03-20T01:00:00+00:00 — 24 mins

Karl answers questions from fans; Karl deciphers the true meaning of sayings; Karl’s New Year’s resolution; “Monkey News.”

1x06 Cobblers

  • 2010-03-27T01:00:00+00:00 — 26 mins

After receiving a fan letter asking what body part he could live without, Karl recalls when he tried to wash the dishes without using his thumbs. Other fan mail questions: If Karl could be anyone in the world, who would he be? What does he think of the philosopher Descartes? What does he make of the saying “a stitch in time saves nine”? In “Monkey News,” a builder complains when he discovers a chimp working at a new construction site, only to be told the chimp is a good worker.

1x07 The Diary

  • 2010-04-10T02:00:00+01:00 — 24 mins

Ricky and Stephen read passages from Karl's diary, which chronicles his daily observations, as well as profound thoughts. A fan letter asks the guys if they had any nicknames growing up; In "Monkey News": When one member of a bobsled team unexpectedly quits at the Winter Olympics, the team secretly replaces him with a monkey.

1x08 Nuts

  • 2010-04-17T02:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

A fan letter asks Karl: If he were on a sinking ship, and could only save either Ricky or Stephen, who would he choose? Karl finds a news report that hedgehogs will be extinct by 2025. Also up for discussion: the story of a man who has a transplanted kidney from a woman and now claims he has an increased interest in housework. In "Monkey News": The owner of an airline reportedly hired a monkey to fly as co-pilot during a strike.

1x09 The Jockey

  • 2010-04-24T02:00:00+01:00 — 24 mins

More e-mail questions for Karl, such as: If Karl could talk to any animal, which would it be and what would he say? Highlights from Karl's diary, including why he doesn't like meetings, and why he and his girlfriend always get in an argument after she gets a haircut. In "Monkey News": A story from the 1950s about a gangster who bought a racehorse. When none of the jockeys wanted to be involved with him, he got a monkey to race the horse.

1x10 The Fight

  • 2010-05-01T02:00:00+01:00 — 24 mins

Topics include: school curricula; physical altercations; human anatomy; whistling and happiness; birds and flight; Karl's thoughts on doppelgangers and the Big Bang; and the origins of the universe. Also: a "Monkey News" segment about eye surgery.

1x11 Beetles

  • 2010-05-08T02:00:00+01:00 — 24 mins

A fan letter asks Karl to reveal the most romantic thing he's done for his girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Another fan asks him to interpret Wittgenstein's statement "If a lion could talk, we could not understand him." From Karl's diary: He creates a jingle after giving a homeless man some change, and describes his trip to Malaga, Spain. In "Monkey News": Karl relates the story of Enos, a monkey who flew in the space shuttle in the 1960s.

1x12 Noises

  • 2010-05-15T02:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Stephen asks Karl questions posed to guests on "Inside the Actors Studio, leading to a discussion of organ donation. From Karl's diary: A news report from India about an elephant who had a giant pair of slippers, and Karl's belief that scientists should give up trying to kill germs because it will only make them stronger and bigger.

1x13 Freaks

  • 2010-05-22T02:00:00+01:00 — 24 mins

Another question for Karl from "Inside the Actors Studio": "If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you enter the pearly gates?" From Karl's diary: A news report that humans will have spoken to aliens by the year 2025 leads him to worry that aliens will try to read his mind, while a story about a baby who looked like a frog makes Karl think life would be more interesting if there were different types of humans. Plus, Karl's top five freaks.

2x01 Clive Warren

  • Season Premiere

    2011-01-15T02:00:00+00:00 — 23 mins

Topics include Karl description of his recent pitch to a movie studio and, from Karl's diary, reasons why he wouldn't like to travel to Australia, the story of the last time he went camping and a recent visit to his girlfriend's parents.

2x02 Doppleganger

  • 2011-01-22T02:00:00+00:00 — 23 mins

A listener's e-mail asks what Karl would do with his doppelganger; Ricky gives Karl a logic riddle to solve; entries from Karl's diary; Stephen discusses his recent trip to Rio de Janeiro.

2x03 The Fly

  • 2011-01-29T02:00:00+00:00 — 24 mins

Ricky reads little-known facts to Karl; Karl recounts medical news; entries from Karl's diary including his observations on the Congo, mishaps when ordering takeout and his visit to a gadget shop.

2x04 Onion

  • 2011-02-05T02:00:00+00:00 — 24 mins

Topics include interesting facts about animals; the brain’s role in everyday activities; and entries from Karl’s diary about mimes, a Chinese man who can’t be photographed and the wisdom of celebrating birthdays.

2x05 Insects

  • 2011-02-12T02:00:00+00:00 — 24 mins

Topics include Karl's encounters with insects; optimal animal sizes; "Inside the Actors Studio"; and entries from Karl's diary about a new sea creature and a poem about moths.

2x06 Kidneys

  • 2011-02-19T02:00:00+00:00 — 24 mins

Topics include Karl's bout with kidney stones; living things that resemble other things; Noah's Ark; romantic advice from Karl; and an entry from Karl's diary about a trip to the Cotswolds with his girlfriend.

2x07 Night Club

  • 2011-03-05T02:00:00+00:00 — 24 mins

Karl considers the height of actor Warwick Davis; Stephen discusses a night out; entries from Karl's diary.

2x08 Future

  • 2011-03-12T02:00:00+00:00 — 24 mins

Topics include Karl's thoughts on academics' predictions for the future; and what the guys would do on the day the world ended.

2x09 Natural History

  • 2011-03-19T01:00:00+00:00 — 24 mins

Topics include the value of discovering new species; Ricky's idea for a future car; Karl's speculation about alien involvement in the invention of the computer chip; and a documentary about a pregnant man.

2x10 Leg Rubber

  • 2011-03-26T01:00:00+00:00 — 23 mins

Topics include Karl's opinion of a science report about blind mice that can see; his visit to a "professional leg rubber"; and his recollection of the time his father scored a huge quantity of a popular candy.

2x11 Mrs. Battersby

  • 2011-04-02T02:00:00+01:00 — 23 mins

Topics include the two sides of the brain and ESP; Karl's childhood encounter with a ghost named Mrs. Battersby; and an entry from Karl's diary about his mother's request to find a UFO magazine.

2x12 Art

  • 2011-04-09T02:00:00+01:00 — 23 mins

Topics include art; and suggested adaptations of literature and film featuring the Muppets.

2x13 Munchies

  • 2011-04-16T02:00:00+01:00 — 23 mins

Topics for the second-season finale include virtual reality, happiness and Karl's wish for the British TV show "Jim'll Fix It."

3x01 Bryan's Brain

  • Season Premiere

    2012-04-21T02:00:00+01:00 — 24 mins

Topics for the third-season premiere include Karl's theory on museum collections; an invention for a mug coaster; and a fashion-trend disappointment. Also: Karl's movie idea about a man whose brain is transplanted into Tom Cruise's body.

3x02 Comic Relief

  • 2012-04-28T02:00:00+01:00 — 24 mins

Topics include Karl's thoughts on wills and suggestion of marriage as a tax shelter. Also: Stephen recalls a costume from his childhood; Karl pitches an idea for charitable pursuits.

3x03 Armed Forces

  • 2012-05-05T02:00:00+01:00 — 24 mins

Karl explains why he'd like to join the Army and recounts his most harrowing acts of bravery.

3x04 Room 102

  • 2012-05-12T02:00:00+01:00 — 23 mins

Topics include Room 102, based on George Orwell's Room 101 from "1984"; an idea for stopping overweight people from eating late-night snacks; and what Karl would take to a desert island.

3x05 Karl's Day

  • 2012-05-19T02:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Karl describes a typical day in his life, which includes spending time alone working on do-it-yourself projects.

3x06 The English

  • 2012-05-26T02:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Ricky, Stephen and Karl share their definitions of what it means to be an Englishman. Also: Karl explains why, if he wasn't English, he'd rather be Italian.

3x07 Law & Order

  • 2012-06-02T02:00:00+01:00 — 24 mins

Topics include Karl's views on capital punishment; Ricky's observance of the Ten Commandments; and how Karl would deal with a hostage situation.

3x08 Medicine

  • 2012-06-09T02:00:00+01:00 — 23 mins

Topics include Karl's thoughts on medical advancements; sickness; and an idea for a machine that would enable physicians to feel their patients' pain.

3x09 Earth

  • 2012-06-16T02:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Topics include the origins of the universe and the evolution of creatures other than humans. Also: Karl discusses the downside of recycling; world travel; and restroom encounters.

3x10 Society

  • 2012-06-23T02:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Topics include the laws of society and what Karl would do if he were in a position of authority. Also: Stephen asks Karl how he would have reacted had he been on the bus with Rosa Parks in Alabama in 1955.

3x11 Wartime

  • 2012-06-30T02:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Topics include Karl's thoughts on the importance of historic artifacts and how his book will be viewed in the future. Also: Karl ponders the meaning of popular wartime expressions and what life is like for a soldier's spouse.

3x12 World Cup

  • 2012-07-07T02:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Ricky and Stephen reminisce about watching the World Cup in a hotel room, and the awkward situation of sharing the bed. Karl, Ricky and Stephen discuss the problem of overzealous sports fans, as well as cheating in sports and life. Ricky shares the story of when he tried out for soccer as a kid; Karl recounts how he recently tested how much saliva he could produce.

3x13 The Year

  • 2012-07-14T02:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Topics include Karl’s thoughts on the insect world; and Stephen’s embarrassment when buying condoms. Also: entries from Karl’s diary about cutting avocados, dating twins and visiting his parents. Series finale.