The Ricky Gervais Show (Season 1) (2010)

Much like Ricky Gervais himself, “The Ricky Gervais Show” is not for everyone. Comprised of animated re-enactments to accompany a podcast previously recorded between himself, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkigton, the show is entertaining and hilarious. The concept itself is rather mean-spirited, as it pits the airy Pilkington against the sarcastic Gervais and sardonic Merchant, but there’s an undeniable charm to the finished product, as Pilkington has a variety of interesting perspectives on many aspects of daily life. Both Gervais and Merchant are blessed with rapid-fire humor, and while they’re both often downright demeaning to Pilkington, the dynamic between the three longtime friends makes it worthwhile.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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