The Ricky Gervais Show

Season 1 Episode 1

Space Monkey

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 19, 2010 on HBO
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Topics include Karl's take on population control, Monkey News!, paranormal activity (or "weird stuff", Karl dixit), including a cursed tankard, flies and a condom, and a spooky shopping list.

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  • It's a cartoon???

    Ok, I am not familiar with any preview nor any advertising of this show, and I just saw "ricky gervais show" and watched it.

    I was waiting for a stand up intro as they do usually, with of course some novelties and surprises, some innovations.

    What I was not expecting is a Cartoon show. Ricky Gervais is funny, ok, but most of is humour works with his Face Acting. Without his presence, the cartoon feels more like an avalanche of Inside Jokes, based on characters we do not even know.

    In short, I was alienated as soon as I saw that it was a cartoon.

    This show would probably please Hardcore Ricky Gervais Fans only.

    + Ricky Gervais should stop referring to the office, it's getting really lame. (Like Larry David referring non stop to Seinfeld is lame).

    Ok you both did A Great show, that's cool, we like those shows. But it's sure that you can do much more things, and you don't need to use them 24/7 as references. Be yourselves! Don't be "producer of a formally successful show! Every time you guys refer to this shows, it's sounds like you did them by chance, and you won't be able to do anything better.

    (Like George Lucas with Star Wars).

    Ok dudes, keep it cool, relax. And do more fun stuff and change this cartoon thing fast!

  • Complete cow ... well you know, not funny at all. HBO, and the entire cast and crew blew it on this one, sad to say.

    Complete cow ... well you know, not funny at all. HBO, and the entire cast and crew blew it on this one, sad to say.

    I don't think I can come up with the minimum one hundred words to describe how bad it was/is.

    Why did they even bother putting animation to this completely unfunny script/ad lib (or what ever drivel you want to call it). A waste of my time, and anyone elses who happens to give it a chance.

    Darn, another twenty words to go ... let me think ... ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, done.moreless
  • Absolutely hilarious; however, the banter is fast-paced and referential, so it's appeal is greater if you understand concepts like "Pavlovian Conditioning" and enjoy Gervais's acerbic humor

    I absolutely died laughing while watching this first episode, so I was surprised to see so many negative reviews on the site. I, however, went into the show knowing the premise beforehand while apparently others were expecting something completely different.

    This show is essentially Gervais/Merchant's famous podcasts-- animated in cartoon style and enhancing the stories/humor by actually visually portraying the off-the-wall events and jokes they are describing.

    While this might turn some people off, I found it fit the style of their conversations (which in-and-of-themseles are hilarious) and guides you through Karl's crazy theories and ideas, as well as Gervais and Merchant's deconstruction and mocking of them.

    I don't know which is funnier, the dim-witted Karl Pilkington's ideas or how the other two tear-down his world-views with logic and mockery, but all I know is that my insides were hurting with the amount I was laughing--and that I want to see more.

    I do understand some peoples apprehension and confusion, however. Their banter is quick and dirty, often filled with non-sequitur and referencing things (ie, Pavlovian Conditioning, early Apollo missions, Darwin, eugenics, etc.) that will leave some people in the dark, including fans of The Office.

    There is a good mix of low and high brow humor, but to fully enjoy it, requires a good base of knowledge and education. This isn't quite Annie Hall with references to F. Scott Fitzergerald's wife or Kafka, but it does occasionally stray into a similar ballpark.

    So while the show might not appeal to everyone, and many will be caught off-guard expecting something different, this is an absolutely hilarious ad-libbed masterpiece that will leave you in stitches if you're up for it. Being this funny in a non-scripted environment is a rare thing.moreless
  • The pilot.

    A show about banter for 30 minutes. If that sounds like something up your alley then you probably loved this. I enjoyed it, as I am a huge fan of Gervais and Merchant, but I am questioning how long this show can last. It is essentially the first five minutes of an episode of NCIS where everybody is joking around, before they start on the case.

    It was also just about hating on Karl Pilkington. Now, if that man was serious here then he is an idiot, but I think he might just be playing a character. Even if he is not though, I have to wonder how long this will be funny.

    In summary, decent start, but I see this only lasting one season.moreless
  • Absolutely fabulous!!

    This is excellent; can only second all the points made in claushouse's review. I was chuckling loudly throughout. The cartoon illustrations of the banter from the podcasts work really well.

    What struck me as truly interesting, though, is how the show juxtaposes the dimwitted and gullible, but likable Pilkington with the eminently informed and rational, but bullyish Gervais and Merchant. It is a good illustration of the chasm between all the "believers," such as creationists, new agers, Area 51'ers, etc. and the scientifically minded rationalists whose frustration with members of the former group is often expressed in less than charming ways.

    I agree with the fanof, though, that the show may be too narrow to have a long life, although I really hope I am wrong.moreless

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