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The Ricky Gervais Show (PREVIEW)

The Ricky Gervais Show

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Grade:
C+

Ricky Gervais along with Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington sit down in a room and just talk, the results of those sessions is what you get when you watch “The Ricky Gervais Show”.

The idea & execution of this show are very simple. Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant pretty much just sit there mercilessly making fun of everything Karl Pilkington says. Granted Karl does come up with some pretty odd, impractical, and not well thought out ideas. It just felt very high school lunchroom, let’s find a kid that isn’t the smartest and bring him over here to laugh at what he says and the great thing about it is he won’t even put together that were are only sitting with him to make fun of him. Now I’m not saying there is nothing funny going on; but I’m just trying to explain how it works.

Having two men sitting at a table cracking up over what a third man is talking about so seriously though would be boring. It would be almost like watching talk radio. So to counter the boringness of what is on screen they turn everyone into animated characters. This way they are able to animate the crazy, ridiculous topics and stories that are being told and give you more to keep your entertained.

Does it work? Well somewhat. There are some moments that are really quite funny and others that might get a slight chuckle from you. Ricky Gervais fans should know that the show does not revolve around him like the title will have you believe. Most of the material comes from Karl Pilkington and Ricky & Stephen just play off of that. The animation is basic almost Flintstones like but that actually works for a show like this.

The biggest thing about this show though is I just can’t see people tuning in week after week. The three episodes I saw were all very similar, and they even have a reoccurring topic with their “Monkey News”. It’s one of those shows that fans of Ricky Gervais will tune into too for the first maybe even the second episode and then slowly fade off, occasionally remembering from time to time that it is airing. The other people that will watch are those channel surfing, desperately hoping to find something worth watching on a Friday nite and stop trying to figure out what is happening. I'm sure that this worked great for Podcasts; but that does not mean it will be the right fit for TV.

Here is a clip of the show that I feel accurately gives you a depiction of what you will get out of all the episodes.

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