Thursday, 21 July 2011

TV: Shows You Need to See #3 - An Idiot Abroad


Show: An Idiot Abroad (2010)
Genre(s): Travel, Comedy, Documentary
Star(s): Karl Pilkington, Steven Merchant, Ricky Gervais 
Concept: You've all seen travel shows where some good looking, all-around knowledgeable people go to a location around the world and experience some of the highlights of that region. Now imagine this - a simple minded person (Karl Pilkington) is forced to go to a foreign and sometimes dangerous land, is thrown into the culture against their will, and in turn mandated to complete difficult, horrifying and sometimes disgusting tasks related to the culture by his never seen but terrorizing planners (Steven Merchant and Ricky Gervais) before being allowed to leave.
Number of Episodes: 8 episodes in the first season, with a second season in the works.


Why You Should Watch:
  • I would say that this series was the first time I truly "got" Ricky Gervais. I had previously tried to get into the UK Office, and Extras, but I never seemed to break into his mind-set. But just going through this series, I think I really got a good grasp on his humor and will definitely go back to his other series.
  • If you love travel shows, this is literally the best thing you'll see in your life. It will change you outlook on travel shows within the first episode, and will make the old style travel shows seem so ancient and boring.
  • For fans of the Ricky Gervais podcast, this show is just a visual continuation of the trio after they are given money to spend for fun.
  • An all around unique show which for all intents and purposes, creates a totally new TV experience by combining travel, documentation, and true comedy in an unusual but awesome collection. You really just need to see it for yourself.


Those keen will recognize Steven Merchant as the voice of Wheatley in Portal 2.

  • Have you ever heard/seen this show?
  • Like/Dislike?
  • Excited for the second season, with the theme of completing "bucket list" activities.
  • Any other shows you would suggest?
Let me know below!




25 comments:

  1. hahahaa oh my god Karl Pilkington is my favorite British person. He's great. good blog +followed!

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  2. I saw every every one. very good show i liked it very much, sooo funny :) +1 :)

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  3. Never watched it, i will now. That looks very very funny. Im googling episodes right now :)

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  4. The first picture looks so funny :D. Hope that the series is as great as this picture.

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  5. Seems funny. I do like Ricky Gervais.

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  6. Love Ricky Gervais, this seems like a good watch, thanks!

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  7. it sounds funny and i'm going to seek it out.
    i usually go for scripted comedies like strangers with candy or summer heights high.
    i like ricky gervais though and will find this program-thanks, followed

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  8. This looks worth a watch, I'll definitely give it a go!
    Anyhow, following and supporting, mate!¨:)

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  9. I've never heard of it before, but I guess it's worth seeing :)

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  10. Whoa, this looks pretty interesting.
    followed.

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  11. Lol never heard of this! I gotta see it!

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  12. I've never heard of this show. I'll check YouTube for it and see if I like it. Following you!

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  13. Never heard of it either but Imma check it out

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  14. I'll have to check out the show. I've honestly never heard of it. But the biggest question is: does he drink his own piss?

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  15. Are these American TV Shows? I've never heard of them, +1.

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  16. I'm gonna admit I've never actually watched this show. I never really got The Office either, but lately events have forced me to accept that sometimes Gervais can be pretty damn funny. Maybe I'll check it out.

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  17. Watched a few episodes. Hilarious show!

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  18. I've not seen or heard from this show before but it sounds fun to watch

    Don't know if like.

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  19. I love Gervais myself but never heard of this show, going to check it out now.

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  20. I am going to have to find this show... I love Gervais works!

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  21. Pilkington is so endearing, love it.

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