Parents' Guide to

The Ricky Gervais Show

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Animated series is an acquired (and foul-mouthed) taste.

TV HBO Comedy 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Dying of laughter

This is one of the funniest shows I've ever seen. My favorite bit is when Carl predicts the future.

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Great role models
age 17+

Perfect for adults wanting something a bit more engaging

I absolutely love the "Ricky Gervais Show." It is a breath of fresh aire from all the same old comedies out there and I look forward to every episode. Despite it's apparent sophomoric humor, I find it intelligent and fun. Anyone out there can write silly one-liners and basically dumb sexual teen comedy, but it takes intelligent writers like these to make jokes out of history and thoughtful maters.

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Too much swearing
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (9):

In the first episode of The Ricky Gervais Show, Karl Pilkington is talking about a monkey who single-handedly launched a rocketship when an incredulous Ricky Gervais blurts out, "Karl, you are living in a cartoon world!" And maybe that's why someone thought animating Karl's imagination would make good television -- or at least a good cartoon. The animation style is reminiscent of old Jay Ward shorts of the 1960s (think The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show's "Fractured Fairy Tales"), and it does, at the very least, give the viewer something to look at while Karl rambles on with his stories and misguided theories.

That said, it will take a real fan of these three to truly love this series; anyone else will be mildly perplexed at best. But whatever you make of it, it's not like the narrator at the beginning of each episode (who calmly explains that you're about to see one of a series of "pointless conversations" recorded over the past few years) didn't warn you. Besides, Gervais and Co. already know their show has no real purpose -- or any kind of plot, for that matter. But they still think you might want to see it. So there's that.

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