The BEST episodes written by Ricky Gervais

Humanity
star
10.00
31 votes

#1 - Humanity

Ricky Gervais - Season 1 - Episode 7

In his first special in seven years, Ricky Gervais slings his trademark snark at celebrity, mortality and a society that takes everything personally.

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Science
star
9.00
31 votes

#2 - Science

Ricky Gervais - Season 1 - Episode 5

The hilarious fourth smash hit stand up show from Ricky Gervais, following his complete sellout tour - filmed live at London's Hammersmith HMV Apollo. Never afraid to challenge comedy boundaries, Ricky is renowned for his acerbic observational humour and cutting delivery. Set on a stage designed to look like Frankenstein's castle laboratory, this show brings together thought-provoking rants and tongue-in-cheek political incorrectness about subjects as diverse as religion, racism and obesity.

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Robert Lindsay & Jonathan Ross
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8.50
300 votes

#3 - Robert Lindsay & Jonathan Ross

Extras - Season 2 - Episode 6

Andy has a new celebrity pal, chat show host Jonathan Ross. His friendship with Maggie is under strain and he's just about had enough of his useless agent. When Andy is pressed into visiting a sick child in hospital by a pushy mum, Andy meets Robert Lindsay who is less than impressed when the child and mum fail to recall his 70's sitcom. Andy is ready to fire his agent, however is offered a chance to meet his idol, Robert De Niro. Will Andy abandon his real friends to meet his hero?

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Out Of England
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8.50
62 votes

#4 - Out Of England

Ricky Gervais - Season 1 - Episode 4

Taped live before a sold-out audience at the WaMu Theater at New York Citys Madison Square Garden, Ricky Gervais: Out of England The Stand-Up Special is a high-spirited hour of offbeat observations and understated humor from the actor/comedian/writer/director. The show includes Gervais unique takes on such disparate (and often politically incorrect)issues as fund-raising, autism, fame, nursery rhymes, Nazis, moronic friends, obesity … and his penis size.

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The Year
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8.48
239 votes

#5 - The Year

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 3 - Episode 13

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.

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David Bowie
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8.41
270 votes

#6 - David Bowie

Extras - Season 2 - Episode 2

Andy is realising that fame is not all it is cracked up to be when his sitcom receives terrible reviews. The public provide him with encouragement when he's recognised by a homeless man and his "biggest fan" in a pub. However, when Andy and his friends head to a classy bar, he discovers that even David Bowie wants to mock him, in the form of a song "the little fat man who sold his soul".

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World Cup
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8.39
273 votes

#7 - World Cup

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 3 - Episode 12

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.

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Episode 6
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8.36
630 votes

#8 - Episode 6

After Life - Season 3 - Episode 6

An interview with a sick child hits Tony hard. Later, he makes a decision about Lisa's insurance money and joins his friends at the town fair.

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Episode 2
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8.24
726 votes

#9 - Episode 2

Life's Too Short - Season 1 - Episode 2

Warwick makes a humiliating guest appearance at a Star Wars wedding, but his fortune rises when Johnny Depp hires him to research a new movie role.

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Kate Winslet
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8.20
419 votes

#10 - Kate Winslet

Extras - Season 1 - Episode 3

Kate Winslet hopes her role as a nun in a film about the Second World War will guarantee her an Oscar. However, her meeting with Andy and Maggie leads her into a very embarrassing situation. Andy also finds himself in an embarrassing situation when a date with a fellow extra doesn't quite turn out as expected.

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Episode 6
star
8.20
820 votes

#11 - Episode 6

After Life - Season 2 - Episode 6

Grieving over another loss, Tony asks his friends and co-workers for space, not sympathy. Later, he wrestles with what it means to move on.

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Natural History
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8.16
461 votes

#12 - Natural History

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 2 - Episode 9

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.

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Law & Order
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8.12
270 votes

#13 - Law & Order

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 3 - Episode 7

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

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Episode  6
star
8.11
1114 votes

#14 - Episode 6

After Life - Season 1 - Episode 6

Making an earnest attempt to be happy -- or at least not miserable -- Tony gives some long overdue recognition to those who have stood by him.

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Les Dennis
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8.10
389 votes

#15 - Les Dennis

Extras - Season 1 - Episode 4

Andy gets a break when he lands the part of the Genie in Aladdin alongside Les Dennis. Andy soon finds himself in a dilemma when he sees Les' young fiancé in a compromising position with a stage hand. Andy decides to tell (a naked) Les what he has seen.

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Noises
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8.06
348 votes

#16 - Noises

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 1 - Episode 12

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.

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Armed Forces
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8.02
379 votes

#17 - Armed Forces

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 3 - Episode 3

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

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Earth
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8.02
279 votes

#18 - Earth

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 3 - Episode 9

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.

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Sir Ian McKellen
star
8.00
270 votes

#19 - Sir Ian McKellen

Extras - Season 2 - Episode 5

While searching for credibility Andy gets a part in a play directed by Sir Ian McKellen. He soon discovers the play 'A Month of Summers', is the tale of love between two men and becomes uncomfortable with the part. Andy finds himself in a personally difficult situation when some old school friends come to see his performance.

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Politics
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8.00
31 votes

#20 - Politics

Ricky Gervais - Season 1 - Episode 2

Politics is the second of Ricky Gervais' stand-up shows. It was written and performed by the comedian Gervais. As the title suggests the show takes the political sphere as its central theme. Gervais toured the show in 2004 and it is now available on DVD.

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Episode 6
star
8.00
324 votes

#21 - Episode 6

Derek - Season 1 - Episode 6

A much-loved resident is in decline, which sets in motion a sequence of events culminating in the appearance of an unexpected visitor.

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Animals
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8.00
31 votes

#22 - Animals

Ricky Gervais - Season 1 - Episode 1

Animals is a stand-up show written and performed by the comedian Ricky Gervais. As the title suggests Gervais uses aspects of the animal kingdom as his central theme. The show toured in 2003 and is now available on DVD.

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Fame
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8.00
31 votes

#23 - Fame

Ricky Gervais - Season 1 - Episode 3

Fame is a stand-up show written and performed by Ricky Gervais. It ran for over 100 shows across the UK mainland, including a long stint in London and was followed by a number of shows at New York's Madison Square Gardens.

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Ben Stiller
star
8.00
599 votes

#24 - Ben Stiller

Extras - Season 1 - Episode 1

Andy and Maggie are playing extras in the film Ben Stiller is directing, which is based on the life of Goran, an Eastern European man whose wife and son were killed in the Balkans War. Andy attempts to get a speaking part by befriending Goran, who eventually gets Andy a spoken line. However, Andy gets in an argument with Stiller just before shooting his scene and is kicked off the set. Maggie, meanwhile, takes an interest in one of the crew but it goes wrong after Andy points out that her would-be beau has one leg shorter than the other.

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Route 66
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8.00
1427 votes

#25 - Route 66

An Idiot Abroad - Season 2 - Episode 6

Karl wants to drive along the legendary Route 66 in the USA in an open top Cadillac but Ricky and Steve have other ideas. Along the way they want him join a high school choir, hang out with New Age therapists, meet the Amish before ending his journey by Wingwalking.

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Training
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7.98
955 votes

#26 - Training

The Office - Season 1 - Episode 4

Wernham Hogg, Slough branch are having a training day. Rowan, an outside consultant tries his best. Dawn has other things on her mind...

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Dolphins
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7.97
515 votes

#27 - Dolphins

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 1 - Episode 4

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.

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Episode 5
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7.97
1114 votes

#28 - Episode 5

After Life - Season 1 - Episode 5

Brian (finally) convinces Tony and company to visit his apartment for a story. Meanwhile, Matt receives a distressing call from his son's school.

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Dolphin Swim
star
7.95
1396 votes

#29 - Dolphin Swim

An Idiot Abroad - Season 2 - Episode 3

Karl gets the chance to swim with some dolphins but with Ricky and Steve as the holiday planners there are a few surprises.

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Clive Warren
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7.94
608 votes

#30 - Clive Warren

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 2 - Episode 1

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.

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Meet a Gorilla
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7.92
1257 votes

#31 - Meet a Gorilla

An Idiot Abroad - Season 2 - Episode 5

Karl heads of to Africa to go meet a Gorilla. Before he travels to Uganda, Karl agreed to start in South Africa as he’s been there on holiday he heard it was alright. Ricky and Steve want Karl to have an authentic African experience so they arrange some time in a slum with a family and helping a charity rebuild a shelter. Karl visits Jessica the Hippo who lives with a family and Ricky sends him to join a Rhino conservation project before heading off traveling through the impenetrable forest in Uganda before coming ‘face to face’ with a Gorilla.

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The English
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7.91
356 votes

#32 - The English

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 3 - Episode 6

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.

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Society
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7.91
361 votes

#33 - Society

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 3 - Episode 10

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.

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Karl Comes Home
star
7.91
973 votes

#34 - Karl Comes Home

An Idiot Abroad - Season 2 - Episode 8

Karl is reunited with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant after returning home and he reflects on his experiences. There are also a few surprises.

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Orlando Bloom
star
7.91
357 votes

#35 - Orlando Bloom

Extras - Season 2 - Episode 1

Andy Millman is very excited at the prospect of his sitcom 'When the Whistle Blows', being made by the BBC. He wants it to be realistic and something the audience can relate to. However, the BBC have other ideas making Andy's character wear a wig and silly glasses. It's not long before the comedy is totally different to Andy's original idea. Meanwhile, Maggie is an extra on Orlando Blooms latest movie. Orlando is obsessed with himself and with Maggie. But she doesn't fancy him at all.

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Episode 7
star
7.90
567 votes

#36 - Episode 7

Life's Too Short - Season 1 - Episode 7

Warwick attends a charity event in the hope of hanging out with celebrities. However, in trying to impress Sting he ends up spending more than he can afford. Consequently he has to look for a new home and hopes Amy will see him again.

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Samuel L. Jackson
star
7.90
479 votes

#37 - Samuel L. Jackson

Extras - Season 1 - Episode 5

Andy is trying to avoid a fellow extra who is 'dull'. When the extra helps to get Andy a line of dialogue, Andy mentions he 'owes him one'. The extra suggests that they should go out for a meal to return the favour. Meanwhile, Maggie is going out of her way to show she isn't racist, whilst on a date with a black actor.

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Episode 4
star
7.90
432 votes

#38 - Episode 4

Derek - Season 1 - Episode 4

Derek decides to sell some of his autographs to raise money for the retirement home. But it doesn't go too well when he can't remember who the autographs belong to.

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Comic Relief
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7.90
391 votes

#39 - Comic Relief

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 3 - Episode 2

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.

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Medicine
star
7.89
324 votes

#40 - Medicine

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 3 - Episode 8

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

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Climb Mount Fuji
star
7.89
1313 votes

#41 - Climb Mount Fuji

An Idiot Abroad - Season 2 - Episode 7

Karl’s last “thing to do” is seeing Japan’s most spiritual destination: Mount Fuji. On arrival in Japan Karl gets lost in Tokyo. Ricky and Steve put him up in a ‘capsule’ hotel, send him to a Sumo wrestling stable, arrange for Karl to meet a Zen Master and send him on the world’s steepest rollercoaster. And he has to attempt to climb Mount Fuji.

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Charity
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7.88
852 votes

#42 - Charity

The Office - Season 2 - Episode 5

It's Comic Relief Day and the staff of Werhnam Hogg all do their bit to raise money including Dawn, whose 'kisses for 1' stand finally provides Tim with the opportunity he's been waiting for. But when David can only produce a draft of his new gameshow concept in place of an important company report, Neil and Jennifer draw the line and inform him that he is being made redundant.

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Doppleganger
star
7.88
491 votes

#43 - Doppleganger

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 2 - Episode 2

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.

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Art
star
7.87
397 votes

#44 - Art

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 2 - Episode 12

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

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Interview
star
7.86
789 votes

#45 - Interview

The Office - Season 2 - Episode 6

Although slightly peeved that the staff seem to be taking his redundancy in their stride, David's spirits remain high as he plans his future while also being interviewed for an article in 'Inside Paper'. Tim takes drastic action when he learns that Dawn has resigned in order to move to the USA with boyfriend Lee. However, when David is told that his services as a motivational speaker are also no longer required he sinks to his lowest ebb and begs Neil to reconsider the dismissal. But is it too late?

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Knob at Night
star
7.86
790 votes

#46 - Knob at Night

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

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The Fight
star
7.85
358 votes

#47 - The Fight

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 1 - Episode 10

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.

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New Girl
star
7.84
904 votes

#48 - New Girl

The Office - Season 1 - Episode 5

Brent decides to take on a new secretary despite the spectre of redundancies in the Slough branch. He can choose between some bloke that's turned up for interview and a pretty young blonde. The day is rounded off with a trip to Chasers nightclub...

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Episode 5
star
7.84
779 votes

#49 - Episode 5

After Life - Season 2 - Episode 5

The curtains go up on the community theater revue and things go about as well as can be expected. Tony receives devastating news.

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Future
star
7.83
546 votes

#50 - Future

The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 2 - Episode 8

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

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