List of The Ricky Gervais Show episodes

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The following is an episode list for The Ricky Gervais Show, which was at one time credited as the most-downloaded podcast ever, with "nearly 8 million" downloads, according to the BBC.[1][2][3] This record was set several years before podcasting had become a mainstream medium, and thus Gervais and his team are often considered trailblazers for the medium.[4] The series stars Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant of The Office and Extras fame, as well as Karl Pilkington. The series began as a free feature on the website of The Guardian, but a cost was added when the series was marketed by Audible for the second and third series.[3][5]

Podcasts / Audiobooks[edit]

Series 1[edit]

# Date Overview
101 5 December 2005 Bodcasts, iPods, Derek Acorah, dilapidated mansion.
Monkey News: Monkey astronaut.
102 12 December 2005 Cambodian Midget Fighting League, Paul 'The Party Animal' Parker.
Monkey News: The value of money.
103 19 December 2005 Chimp mauling, 'Knob at night'.
Monkey News: Monkey sanctuary.
104 26 December 2005 Christmas good will gift, superpowers, origins of the kiss at a wedding.
Monkey News: Chimp interviews Cher.
105 2 January 2006 Colonic irrigation, TV show "Tribes", armed dolphins, dance remix of 'Knob at Night'.
Monkey News: Ollie the chimp.
106 9 January 2006 The Chinese homeless (and lack thereof), the Pillow Man, 'a stitch in time saves nine'.
Monkey News: Chimp firemen.
107 16 January 2006 Washing up without using thumbs, Karl looks out of his apartment window and sees a naked woman, Bruce Willis, the cobbler, paper round dream job, Plato, testicular cancer.
Monkey News: Monkey workman.
108 23 January 2006 The Diary of Karl Pilkington, the watch that can predict your own death, 'Jimmy the Hat'.
Monkey News: Chimp bobsledding.
109 30 January 2006 Saving Ricky or Steve, Question for Karl, Steve's octopus dish.
Monkey News: Chimp pilots.
110 6 February 2006 The Karl Pilkington show, talking to animals, ice pop of death, adult nappies, Karl's litter tray, wrestling Karl, Karl Dilkington, a "wewe" (an ugly female ghost with drooping breasts).
Monkey News: Jockey chimp.
111 13 February 2006 Global village idiot, dishwasher on mars, re-introducing dinosaurs, fight over a girl, invention of the plane, sloths.
Monkey News: Chimp (cheap) doctors.
112 20 February 2006 Guinness World Records, meeting Suzanne, being trapped inside animals.
Monkey News: Enos the chimponaut (possible source: Archived 9 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine).

Radio 2 Holiday Shows[edit]

Gervais, Merchant and Pilkington broadcast two hour-long holiday specials on Radio 2 during the 2005 holiday season, the first airing on Christmas Eve and the second on New Year's Eve.[6]

Series 2[edit]

# Date Overview
201 27 February 2006 Karl worries about the stationery implications of relocating to another planet; Relativity and re-runs of the 1980 World Cup Final; Doppelganger – The Karl Who Haunted Himself; A brainteaser for a man with no brain; Extracts from Karl's diary; Plus, for the cognoscenti, the timely return of 'Rockbusters'.
Karl's diary:
202 7 March 2006 Karl Pilkington – the talk of tinsel-town; There's no news like no news; Karl's illustrated book of ages; Tall and pale and naked and waving; Karl's diary – Auntie Nora, cat criticism, unappealing ultrasound scans, the passing fad that is hoummous, mind/brain confusion and the elderly lady with the bent neck; and... Rockbusters.
Karl's diary: Auntie Nora, cats.
203 14 March 2006 Complaints relating to the perception of an inadequate frequency of expletives are addressed; Look who's listening; Social engineering at the North Pole; Questioning the credentials of TV pathologists; Karl's top twin tips; Plastic surgery at the deli counter; Risky dining and cancerous carnivore; Rockbusters.
Karl's diary: Congo confusion, vegetable timepieces, subterranean schoolfriends, porcine-pated ladies, beehive boozers.
204 21 March 2006 Genocidal anura; Anthropomorphism and Fluffy the poodle; Reflections on the inducement of camouflage-feedback in visually impaired chameleons; Karl gets his head around the concept of a multiverse; Steve the party animal; Rockbusters.
Karl's diary: The worrying mortality rate of Karl's pets; blind dates, lunar lunacy, quadrupedal enclaves, common or garden aliens.
205 28 March 2006 Karl's Freudian slip-up, Surgical quotas, Biblical logistics, designer loo-roll, bed & boredom, prandial sorbets for pretentious brats, inappropriate choices for vehicular nomenclature, cemetery sightseeing, Karl's secrets to a successful relationship, Steve's unsound method of obtaining sound advice, Rockbusters.
Karl's diary:Suzanne's Birthday Treat
206 4 April 2006 Some sad news about an elderly tortoise proves a versatile opener for conversation – sparking a discussion on suppressed memories, longevity and who if anyone is in charge of Karl's brain. Karl ponders his most favourite and least favourite words and proposes a lexicographical cull. Believing that octopuses aren't the friendly little creatures they're portrayed as in films, Karl considers some suitable terms of abuse, Rockbusters.
Karl's diary: Philosophers and their names; Lao Tse's advice for spectators.

Series 3[edit]

# Date Overview
301 22 August 2006 Insects, insects and more insects.

Karl's diary: Karl writes a poem to sum up his day.

302 29 August 2006 Kidney Stones and Stick Insects.

While Karl is in hospital for treatment of Kidney Stones, he is given time to think. He asks Ricky and Steve if leaf insects were insects that had just been "havin' it off" with a leaf. Steve tries to yet again persuade Karl that insects do not have consciousness and fails.

303 5 September 2006 Karl's kidney-induced epiphany; Karl uses his spare time to brush up on his ant facts; Survival tactics; Super-evolving jellyfish inspire some bardic utterances; Fact or fiction? Karl ponders storytelling.

Karl's Diary: Displaced llamas and fussy eaters.

304 12 September 2006 Karl is accused of not pulling his weight by Ricky and Steve and his TV programmes are criticised in the press. Steve's dancing skills are the subject of some tabloid mockery and Ricky doubts the merit of Karl's clip-on mug mat.

Karl's diary: The doctor who doesn't open his eyes much

305 19 September 2006 Karl's contribution to the British Library; A man whose skull "fell out"; Karl pimps his forehead; Steve's big night out.

Karl's diary: Monkey toll-booth, a slug's life, and how to get attention in a corner shop.

306 26 September 2006 Karl wonders how he'd react to meeting one of his many celebrity fans; Karl explores the concept of equal opportunities; From determinism to morning goods in one fell swoop.

Karl's diary: In-depth coverage of Karl's recent relapse.

The Podfather (Series 4)[edit]

# Date Overview
401 (Halloween) 31 October 2006 Ghostly drivel abounds as Steve consults a text-based oracle, Karl experiences a kidney probing, Steve visits Bristol, Karl becomes a Godfather and Ricky tells of some lighter moments at the morgue.
402 (Thanksgiving) 23 November 2006 Karl launches a campaign for a calendar-free society, Ricky explains the origins of Thanksgiving, prompting a question as to which 5 current well known people Karl would choose to start a new society. Steve brings up the sterling work mice are carrying out in the name of medicine.
403 (Christmas) 24 December 2006 Karl reflects on the past year and singles out an unlikely highlight; Steve stocks up on yuletide essentials; Karl advocates an anarchic Christmas; Karl's diary draws to a close with revelations of bothersome footwear and worry-holes ... and Ricky provides an emotional exit en route to the orphanage.

Fame special[edit]

A special podcast was made available as a giveaway to people that went to see Gervais' standup tour Fame. On 12 October 2007 this was made available as a free download to the general public, via the same subscription as the video podcasts.

# Date Overview
Special 12 October 2007 Karl discusses his boiler and his film pitch, Steve reads extracts from Karl's book 'Happyslapped by a Jellyfish and Other True Stories', the three also discuss the possibility of bringing the show back for a fourth series in 2008.

Hour Long Bonus Podcast[edit]

Originally released as an extra on the audio CD release of series one, it was later made available free through iTunes.

# Date Overview
Special 25 November 2007 A special free one-hour-long podcast originally available only on audio CD. Ricky and Steve continue to probe Karl with questions from Inside the Actors Studio.

NME Radio Show[edit]

Ricky, Steve and Karl recorded a two-hour radio show as part of the test transmissions for the new radio station NME Radio. This was recorded on Thursday 5 June in London and premiered on Monday 9 June 2008, 12 pm (BST).

Series 5[edit]

Four episodes of season five were released on 15 September 2008 through the iTunes Store.

# Date Overview
501 15 September 2008 Karl philosophizes about minimalism and relates picking out songs for his iPod to Ricky’s usage of 'dead owls' to fill empty living space. The trio revisits a previously discussed topic of useless inventions. Finally they discuss gay marriage; Karl is asked to make a difficult choice about marrying a gay man.
502 15 September 2008 Ricky revisits Karl’s slighted and heartbroken hypothetical gay husband. Ricky, Steve, and Karl play Room 102; slugs and breast milk pushers are banished, Karl also bemoans the lost potential of peoples' brains and his restless leg syndrome. Finally Karl is given the opportunity to pick which scientific research is allowed to continue.
503 15 September 2008 The trio discusses the obesity epidemic and possible remedies. Ricky reminisces about his earlier days as a fit, energetic youth, and his fashion escapades with home-made clothing. Karl discusses exotic fruit consumption by children and the general availability of food.
504 15 September 2008 Ricky talks about a spider-infested village in Indonesia; Karl discusses his mother’s pet spider with "Tipp-Ex on its back". Steve discusses living under the Nazi regime. Karl is asked to consider whether he would harbour Anne Frank. Finally, Karl muses on learning new vocabulary on a desert island.

The Ricky Gervais Guide to...[edit]

The latest series starring Gervais, Merchant and Pilkington is called The Ricky Gervais Guide to...

Series 1[edit]

# Date Overview
601 31 December 2008 The Ricky Gervais guide to... Medicine
602 21 January 2009 The Ricky Gervais guide to... Natural History
603 24 February 2009 The Ricky Gervais guide to... The Arts
604 17 March 2009 The Ricky Gervais guide to... Philosophy
605 23 April 2009 The Ricky Gervais guide to... The English

Series 2[edit]

# Date Overview
701 3 November 2009 The Ricky Gervais guide to... Society
702 1 December 2009 The Ricky Gervais guide to... Law and Order
703 29 December 2009 The Ricky Gervais guide to... The Future
704 26 January 2010 The Ricky Gervais guide to... The Human Body
705 23 February 2010 The Ricky Gervais guide to... The Earth
706 12 June 2010 The Ricky Gervais guide to... The World Cup (free download)
707 6 March 2011 The Ricky Gervais guide to... Comic Relief (free download)

A Day in the Life of Karl[edit]

A special one-off podcast where Ricky, Steve and Karl discuss a day in the life of Karl.

# Date Overview
Special 28 October 2010 A special one-off podcast. Karl describes a day in his life.

Video podcasts[edit]

# Date Overview
1 24 March 2006 Ricky asks Karl to choose between letting Ricky tie his head to his knees and be locked in a cage until he was permanently deformed into that shape, or, to allow Ricky to perform facial surgery to sew up his mouth, nose and eyes and remove his ears.
2 2 April 2006 Ricky Gervais uses the video podcast to advertise his and Karl's forthcoming book Ricky Gervais presents The World of Karl Pilkington. While Ricky talks to the camera and behaves with charmless superiority, Karl quietly sits beside him, answers questions, and sketches out some drawings for the book.
3 7 April 2006 This video podcast was an animation of Monkey News from the seventh episode of Podcast Series 1.
4 24 April 2006 A short acceptance film where Steve presents Ricky with the Aerial award and discusses Ricky's charity contributions.
5 26 April 2006 Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington settle down on the sofa to watch Brokeback Mountain, but Karl has trouble understanding how gay relationships work.
6 1 May 2006 Ricky Gervais presents The World of Karl Pilkington, showing the viewers some snippets of what would be going into the book, including visual representations of the famous big headed kids, and the pillow man, one of Karl's favourite freaks.
7 20 May 2006 Beginning with an audio clip from the very first podcast, where Karl tells Ricky and Steve about a run-down stately home, that doubled-up as a mental institution. In this house Karl discovered 3000 flies and a condom, which Ricky and Steve found hilarious and incredulous. In this video, Karl visits the house and shows the world proof that his story wasn't a lie.
8 10 June 2006 Direct from the set of the second series of Extras, Ricky and Steve give an update of how filming is going, while back at Ricky's house, Karl is hoovering when he discovers some illustrations for a new Flanimals book, Flanimals of the Deep, providing some of his challenging opinions of animal and flanimal life.
9 24 July 2006 Karl spends four minutes complaining about how spoilt Ricky's cat Ollie is. The podcast includes clips of when Jonathan Ross gave Ricky the cat on his chat show.
10 9 August 2006 Ricky, Steve and Karl catch up after their summer apart and spend a little time daydreaming.
11 1 September 2006 A short trailer advertising Extras series 2.
12 1 September 2006 A second short trailer advertising Extras series 2.
13 7 September 2006 The video begins with an audio clip from Podcast Series 1, Episode 6 where Karl talks about how there is too much choice in restaurants now and people are now taking risks with what they eat. Afterwards a clip is shown of Karl cooking breakfast and elaborating on the conversation played previously.
14 Unknown date A short trailer advertising the book, The World of Karl Pilkington.


Several special video podcasts have been released, most of which to promote Ricky's Fame tour.

# Date Overview
Fame 1 29 June 2007 This is an advert starring Ricky, wearing the same attire as he did for his shorts promoting Live 8, using the same white background.
Fame 2 29 June 2007 Ricky gets Robin some sportswear in preparation for his new training regime, and then laughs at him in it, on the treadmill, and running up a hill.
Fame 3 11 July 2007 Ricky takes Robin to the beach for his birthday, and gets someone to dig him a 'swimming pool' to sit in whilst the tide rises. Ricky constantly reminds Robin how lucky he is to have his own swimming pool and be at the beach, in February.
Fame 4 13 July 2007 Ricky and Steve bring news of the Extras Special, which turns into a talk about how the viewers aren't to be respected. Profanities abound.
Fame 5 18 July 2007 Karl gets bothered by builders whilst working on his book, Ricky kindly offers his house as a refuge. One part of this podcast memorably has Ricky trying to vacuum Karl's face.
Fame 6 18 July 2007 Ricky back to annoying Robin again, finishing with Ricky repeatedly running around the house, singing the Tufty Lovely Song.
Fame 7 30 July 2007 Robin surprises Ricky during his live standup by walking onto the stage and presenting him with a children's book award for Flanimals, and giving him a live feed to the awards show whilst his own audience watches on.
Special 6 December 2007 A special podcast entitled "The real extras." It shows Karl on the set of Extras.

Television series[edit]

The Ricky Gervais Show podcasts and audiobooks have been developed into The Ricky Gervais animated television series, produced for and broadcast by American channel HBO. The TV series consists of audio from past podcasts and audiobooks, with animation drawn in a style similar to classic era Hanna-Barbera cartoons,[7][8] presenting jokes and situations in a literal context.

The animated Ricky Gervais Show has aired three 13-episode series since it premiered in the United States on 19 February 2010. The third series started on 20 April 2012. On 16 June 2012, Ricky Gervais announced he has decided not to do a fourth season.[9][10][11] All three series have been released on DVD, and the entire series has been made available in HD from streaming services, including Amazon Prime.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gervais puts a stop to podcasts". BBC News. 22 September 2006. Archived from the original on 23 September 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
  2. ^ Plunkett, John (6 February 2006). "Gervais podcast in the record books". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Gervais claims new podcast record". BBC News. 22 June 2006. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
  4. ^ Anibaba, Samee (25 July 2020). "Spotify opens 'Sound Up', podcast training programme to black women and other marginalised voices". Mysite. Archived from the original on 13 April 2021. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  5. ^ Audible to Sell Podcast of Ricky Gervais Show » Telecommunications Industry News Archived 15 January 2013 at
  6. ^ Deans, Jason (8 December 2005). "Gervais to host Radio 2 Christmas show". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 3 January 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  7. ^ Brooks, Xan (12 July 2010). "The Ricky Gervais show: 'Here we go again, flogging something'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 3 October 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2011.
  8. ^ Desowitz, Bill (23 March 2010). "Ricky Gervais Gets Animated". Animation World Network. Archived from the original on 15 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011. Page 2 Archived 16 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Gervais, Ricky (15 June 2012). "Out With the Old, In With the New". HuffPost. Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  10. ^ "The Ricky Gervais Show gets a third series". The British Comedy Guide. 8 April 2011. Archived from the original on 11 April 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  11. ^ "HBO Renews Animated Comedy Series 'The Ricky Gervais Show' for Third Season" (Press release). HBO. 8 April 2011. Archived from the original on 18 April 2022. Retrieved 14 April 2011.

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