The BEST Episodes of The Ricky Gervais Show

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 5, 2020

Network: HBO

Based on the series of podcasts that Gervais did with longtime partner Stephen Merchant, this comedy team convenes to bring HBO an animated series about their hilarious friend Karl Pilkington.

The Year

#1 - The Year

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 13, 2012

Topics include Karl’s thoughts on the insect world; and Stephen’s embarrassment when buying condoms. Also: entries from Karl’s diary about cutting avocados, dating twins and visiting his parents. Series finale.

star 8.52
240 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
World Cup

#2 - World Cup

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 6, 2012

Ricky and Stephen reminisce about watching the World Cup in a hotel room, and the awkward situation of sharing the bed. Karl, Ricky and Stephen discuss the problem of overzealous sports fans, as well as cheating in sports and life. Ricky shares the story of when he tried out for soccer as a kid; Karl recounts how he recently tested how much saliva he could produce.

star 8.39
279 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Law & Order

#3 - Law & Order

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 1, 2012

Topics include Karl's views on capital punishment; Ricky's observance of the Ten Commandments; and how Karl would deal with a hostage situation.

star 8.17
283 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Natural History

#4 - Natural History

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 18, 2011

Topics include the value of discovering new species; Ricky's idea for a future car; Karl's speculation about alien involvement in the invention of the computer chip; and a documentary about a pregnant man.

star 8.16
465 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant
Noises

#5 - Noises

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 14, 2010

Stephen asks Karl questions posed to guests on "Inside the Actors Studio, leading to a discussion of organ donation. From Karl's diary: A news report from India about an elephant who had a giant pair of slippers, and Karl's belief that scientists should give up trying to kill germs because it will only make them stronger and bigger.

star 8.10
356 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Earth

#6 - Earth

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 15, 2012

Topics include the origins of the universe and the evolution of creatures other than humans. Also: Karl discusses the downside of recycling; world travel; and restroom encounters.

star 8.07
288 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Armed Forces

#7 - Armed Forces

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired May 4, 2012

Karl explains why he'd like to join the Army and recounts his most harrowing acts of bravery.

star 8.04
389 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Dolphins

#8 - Dolphins

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 12, 2010

Karl admits he's getting a face rub at a spa, but frets he'll end up getting an enema as well. Also: A discussion about the customs of undocumented tribes in New Guinea. Ricky and Karl's recent trip to an antiquities store, where Karl wondered, "What's the newest thing you've got?" An e-mail from an Australian fan insisting there are dangerous armed dolphins ready to do battle. In "Monkey News," Karl recounts the marital regrets of a sympathetic zookeeper who brings home a lonely monkey.

star 8.01
525 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Clive Warren

#9 - Clive Warren

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 14, 2011

Topics include Karl description of his recent pitch to a movie studio and, from Karl's diary, reasons why he wouldn't like to travel to Australia, the story of the last time he went camping and a recent visit to his girlfriend's parents.

star 7.96
612 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant
The English

#10 - The English

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 25, 2012

Ricky, Stephen and Karl share their definitions of what it means to be an Englishman. Also: Karl explains why, if he wasn't English, he'd rather be Italian.

star 7.95
368 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Society

#11 - Society

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 22, 2012

Topics include the laws of society and what Karl would do if he were in a position of authority. Also: Stephen asks Karl how he would have reacted had he been on the bus with Rosa Parks in Alabama in 1955.

star 7.94
367 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant
Doppleganger

#12 - Doppleganger

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 21, 2011

A listener's e-mail asks what Karl would do with his doppelganger; Ricky gives Karl a logic riddle to solve; entries from Karl's diary; Stephen discusses his recent trip to Rio de Janeiro.

star 7.93
496 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant
Comic Relief

#13 - Comic Relief

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 27, 2012

Topics include Karl's thoughts on wills and suggestion of marriage as a tax shelter. Also: Stephen recalls a costume from his childhood; Karl pitches an idea for charitable pursuits.

star 7.91
399 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Medicine

#14 - Medicine

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 8, 2012

Topics include Karl's thoughts on medical advancements; sickness; and an idea for a machine that would enable physicians to feel their patients' pain.

star 7.91
329 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
The Fight

#15 - The Fight

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 30, 2010

Topics include: school curricula; physical altercations; human anatomy; whistling and happiness; birds and flight; Karl's thoughts on doppelgangers and the Big Bang; and the origins of the universe. Also: a "Monkey News" segment about eye surgery.

star 7.89
365 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Knob at Night

#16 - Knob at Night

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 26, 2010

Stephen shares a news story about 42 midget warriors who were mutilated by a single lion in a Cambodian ring fight, as well as the latest email from a fan, Paul "The Party Animal" Parker, who describes a Serbian man who invented a sex machine for women. Karl ponders how to avoid being conned into donating to charities. That conversation segues into a discussion of sex and butt plugs. A dialogue about America's first nudist organization leads Ricky to critique naked gym jocks, inspiring a revelation from Karl. The guys debate if there is ever a good time to eat the penis of a kangaroo? In Monkey News: A pair of chimps are shot to death after viciously attacking a male visitor to an animal sanctuary, targeting his nose, limbs and genitals.

star 7.86
806 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Wartime

#17 - Wartime

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 29, 2012

Topics include Karl's thoughts on the importance of historic artifacts and how his book will be viewed in the future. Also: Karl ponders the meaning of popular wartime expressions and what life is like for a soldier's spouse.

star 7.86
357 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant
Art

#18 - Art

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 8, 2011

Topics include art; and suggested adaptations of literature and film featuring the Muppets.

star 7.86
400 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant
Future

#19 - Future

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 11, 2011

Topics include Karl's thoughts on academics' predictions for the future; and what the guys would do on the day the world ended.

star 7.84
551 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant
Insects

#20 - Insects

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 11, 2011

Topics include Karl's encounters with insects; optimal animal sizes; "Inside the Actors Studio"; and entries from Karl's diary about a new sea creature and a poem about moths.

star 7.84
438 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant
Munchies

#21 - Munchies

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 15, 2011

Topics for the second-season finale include virtual reality, happiness and Karl's wish for the British TV show "Jim'll Fix It."

star 7.83
394 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant
Charity

#22 - Charity

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 5, 2010

Adding to his wish list of improbable inventions, Karl offers up a serum that ages dead people backwards. Also up for discussion: Do African families really want goats as charitable gifts? Is a space flight worth the money and effort? If you could have any super power, what would it be? How rare is it to see a Chinese homeless person? In "Monkey News," a Moscow network fired so many employees it had to hire a chimp to host a talk show, with Cher as one of the guests.

star 7.83
610 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Mrs. Battersby

#23 - Mrs. Battersby

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 1, 2011

Topics include the two sides of the brain and ESP; Karl's childhood encounter with a ghost named Mrs. Battersby; and an entry from Karl's diary about his mother's request to find a UFO magazine.

star 7.82
428 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant
Glass Houses

#24 - Glass Houses

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 19, 2010

Karl answers questions from fans; Karl deciphers the true meaning of sayings; Karl’s New Year’s resolution; “Monkey News.”

star 7.82
440 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Kidneys

#25 - Kidneys

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 18, 2011

Topics include Karl's bout with kidney stones; living things that resemble other things; Noah's Ark; romantic advice from Karl; and an entry from Karl's diary about a trip to the Cotswolds with his girlfriend.

star 7.80
434 votes
Directors: Dan Fraga
Writers: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant