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The Ricky Gervais Show Series 3 was released on DVD this week. To celebrate this final chapter I thought I'd tell the lovely readers of The Huffington Post the story of how we got here.

Written by Ricky Gervais. The Huffington Post, 16th May 2013

It may be hard to picture the usually unassuming Karl Pilkington as a ruthless boss who fires his employees with a single phone call - but that's where this little vignette from The Ricky Gervais Show comes in.

Written by Paul Jones. The Radio Times, 13th May 2013

I often watch this when I have a half-hour to fill, and it makes me chuckle. Karl Pilkington works better in an audio or animated context than live-action (An Idiot Abroad), although the quality of his anecdotes and left-field thinking has taken a dip this series. You have to wonder how many times they can pick his brains before, well, he runs out of brains worth picking.

Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 21st July 2012

This animated rendering of Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington's weird podcast ponderings still makes for great late-night viewing. This time around they discuss the Ancient Greeks and what it would be like if Karl was president of society. Heaven help us.

Metro, 10th July 2012

This animated version of Gervais's fantastic podcasts - which also features quick-witted Stephen Merchant and Karl 'head like a f**king orange' Pilkington - returns for a third series. And this opener is one of the most hilarious episodes yet, focusing primarily on Karl's attempt to sell his latest movie idea to a pair of fictional film execs, personified by Gervais and Merchant. For those of you who enjoyed Pilkington's idea for a bizarre sci-fi romance starring Clive Owen (or is that 'Clive Warren'?), just wait until you hear the pitch for Bryan's Brain starring none other than Tom Cruise. This writer genuinely shed tears of laughter.

Digital Spy, 6th May 2012

This episode is so funny that even Stephen Merchant's animated alter ego has to leave his seat for a moment to compose himself. The stupidity
once again hinges on Karl Pilkington's hypochondria and the pearls of wisdom he learned from a 'professional leg rubber'.

Sharon Lougher, Metro, 13th May 2011

We thought the joke of this animated podcast series would eventually wear thin but not so: there's no end to the bizarre logic and mutterings of whipping boy Karl Pilkington when prodded by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. This time, Ricky reads out some predictions for the future, prompting Pilkington to share his theories.

Sharon Lougher, Metro, 28th April 2011

The wonderful thing about Karl Pilkington's idiotic philosophy is that, occasionally, there's a glimmer of logic to it all. For instance, what's the point in going to Covent Garden and taking a picture of all the mime artists, when the static medium of a photograph technically renders them no different to everyone else? He also delves into the realm of psychology of self, as he ponders who he'd actually be if he had his head transplanted on to someone else's body. Something to think about. Sort of.

Sharon Lougher, Metro, 29th March 2011

The animated versions of Ricky Gervais's podcasts, featuring Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, return for a second run. The voice-over describes them as a "series of pointless conversations", which is about right. Still, they're funny men, it's not without charm, and the animations are amusing.

The Daily Telegraph, 9th March 2011

Hit animated comedy The Ricky Gervais Show returns to UK screens this week with a second series!

Written by Morgan Jeffery. Digital Spy, 9th March 2011

As The Ricky Gervais Show entered its second run, it failed to raise more than a few meagre chuckles.

Written by Rachel Tarley. Metro, 9th March 2011

As Ricky Gervais continues his mission to make his best friend Karl Pilkington an A-List celebrity, the second series of The Ricky Gervais Show dances back onto our screens, with more ridiculous animated ponderings than you could shake a Golden Globe at.

Written by James Cheetham. On the Box, 8th March 2011

We really can't abide the concept of Gervais, nowadays. Honestly. He's a once-fat irritant. The level of irony that he slathers everything in has become so pressing it actually crushes him. Which is, we suppose, ironic. He mocks everything that he is and he doesn't even realise it. Add to this, the fact this show shouldn't even have his name on it. It should obviously be called Bully Pilkington, and this really shouldn't be our 'Pick Of The Day'...

But then we had to preview it for another publication. And we watched it and laughed. Three or four times. There's no denying that on its own terms, The Ricky Gervais Show is funny. There's something there. Whether it's the simple prodding of Karl or his extended, mixed-up ideas, there's something there. And it is okay, as soon as it's over you can easily go back to loathing Gervais. We did, no problem.

tvBite, 8th March 2011

The Hanna-Barbera-style animated version of Ricky Gervais's podcast returns for a second series. The cartoon conversations focus mainly on Karl Pilkington's childlike ignorance and dopey ideas. As Gervais and Stephen Merchant goad him on, Pilkington lays out his daft theories while the other two shoot him down with the kind of merciless mockery that anywhere else would be considered bullying. It's a ritual that is easy to dislike but it delivers laughs. "It really is the ramblings of a mental case!" Gervais squeals, as Pilkington outlines his idea for a film about brain transplants starring Clive Warren (he means Owen) and Rebecca De Mornay. Odd casting aside, it's not a bad idea.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 8th March 2011

Karl Pilkington's star has risen since the first series of this Hanna-Barbera-style animation set to his podcasts with Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais, mostly thanks to his excruciatingly funny Sky1 series An Idiot Abroad. There is an allusion to that new-found fame in this opener, in which Pilkington explains his latest, splendidly baffling film pitch that starts as a Frankenstein thriller and segues into a lesbian drama, and which Gervais and Merchant waste no time picking holes in. A lo-fi treat, as ever.

Sharon Lougher, Metro, 8th March 2011

Series two for this Gervais vehicle, which has turned the podcasts Ricky did with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington into a Flintstones-style cartoon. First up, Karl pitches a film where the hero has a brain transplant, and there's more from Monkey News.

Richard Vine, The Guardian, 8th March 2011

The animated version of Ricky Gervais's podcast, which featured Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington and earned a Guinness World Record for the most downloads, returns for a second series. It's the usual banter as Pilkington pitches a peculiar idea for a film and Merchant reads extracts from Pilkington's diary, in which he shares his thoughts about Australia, camping and the in-laws.

Rachel Ward, The Daily Telegraph, 7th March 2011

Chances are you noticed the furore surrounding Ricky Gervais's hosting of this year's Golden Globes ceremony.

The Western Mail, 5th March 2011

As a new series of the cartoon The Ricky Gervais Show returns to our screens, we catch up with Karl Pilkington to find out more...

What's On TV, 3rd March 2011

Bod lookalike Karl Pilkington is the star of the show - and the butt of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's jokes. But who's really having the last laugh? TV Choice chatted to doleful Mancunian Karl to find out...

TV Choice, 1st March 2011

Comedy trio Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington and Stephen Merchant have seen their programme The Ricky Gervais Show find a celebrity audience in the States. They talk to Newsbeat about their success.

BBC Newsbeat, 22nd July 2010

Xan Brooks talks to Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington about The Ricky Gervais Show, an animated series based on the trio's massively popular podcasts, which launched on guardian.co.uk and is released on DVD on 19th July.

Written by Xan Brooks. The Guardian, 12th July 2010

It's the end tonight of what should obviously have been called The Karl Pilkington Show, with Ricky and Stephen Merchant reduced to playing straight men in the face of Karl's non-stop stream of logical gibberish.

In the last two animated podcasts Karl's riffing on how his arrival in Heaven might pan out. "Do you think God is a fan of this podcast?" Gervais wants to know.

I'd go further than that - I'm absolutely certain that God will have taken some of Karl's suggestions for how the human race might be improved and will be attempting to pass them off as having been all his own ideas just a couple of millennia from now.

Fans of Karl's inimitable brand of round-headed, out-of-the-box thinking don't need to worry about having to do without him for too long - Karl Pilkington's Seven Wonders Of The World, will be coming to Sky1 this autumn.

Jane Simon, The Mirror, 18th June 2010

They are little snatches of comedy nothingness, these cartoon conversations between Gervais and his mates. At the start of each one it feels as if there's nothing there, just inconsequential chat, blokes sitting around, as they will, talking nonsense. But gradually each programme draws you in and you find yourself wanting more. It's like eating travel sweets: you don't expect great substance or nourishment, but they're pleasant and they pass the time. This week gullible sage Karl Pilkington offers his thoughts on Papua New Guinea, antiques and nurses "carrying lungs about", as well as relating an unlikely tale about armed dolphins. As Gervais and Stephen Merchant try to shatter the urban myths, the animation brings each quirk of the banter to life.

David Butcher, The Radio Times, 7th May 2010

The worst thing about the series is that it didn't really need to happen in the first place. The podcasts were brilliant as they were so, if you did find yourself chuckling, treat yourself to the podcasts and let your imagination do the rest.. I gaurntee it'll look better than the slapdash animation here.

The Custard TV, 3rd May 2010

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