|The Ricky Gervais Show|
|Created by|| Ricky Gervais |
|Directed by||Craig Kellman (season 1)|
Dan Fraga (seasons 2–3)
|Voices of||Ricky Gervais|
|Theme music composer||Glyn Hughes|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||39 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22–25 minutes|
|Production companies|| WildBrain Entertainment |
Media Rights Capital
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network|| HBO (US)|
Channel 4/Children 4 (UK)
|Original release||February 19, 2010 –|
July 13, 2012
The Ricky Gervais Show is a British comedy animated series produced for and broadcast by HBO and Channel 4.The series is an animated version of the popular British audio podcasts and audiobooks of the same name, which feature Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant (creators of The Office and Extras ) along with colleague and friend Karl Pilkington, talking about various subjects behind the microphone. The TV series consists of past audio recordings of these unscripted "pointless conversations," with animation drawn in a style similar to classic era Hanna-Barbera cartoons, presenting jokes and situations in a literal context.
The animated Ricky Gervais Show aired 39 episodes across three seasons starting in 2010. There were some plans for a possible fourth season which would have used newly recorded audio,but this was shelved in June 2012. Series 3 of The Ricky Gervais Show premiered on 20 April 2012 on HBO, and on 8 May 2012 on E4.
After the first series of The Office was broadcast in 2001, creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant returned to local radio station XFM London, where they used to host their own radio show. as of March 2011 [update] .For this revival of The Ricky Gervais Show , Karl Pilkington worked as radio producer, and steadily became a more and more important part of the show. After years of the three doing the radio show, in 2005, they started doing a series of free podcasts, and later paid audiobooks, available to download on the Internet. The Show consistently ranked as the number one podcast in the world and previously held the Guinness World Record as the most downloaded podcast ever with over 300 million downloads
Discussions about the animated series began in 2008; Gervais first mentioned the project on his blog in November 2008.Earlier collaborations with HBO include the co-production of the Gervais/Merchant series Extras together with the BBC, as well as Gervais's Out of England stand-up comedy special. The first preview clip of the series was shown on Late Show with David Letterman , in November 2009.
The episode "Knob at Night" was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||19 February 2010||21 May 2010|
|2||13||14 January 2011||15 April 2011|
|3||13||20 April 2012||13 July 2012|
Each season of The Ricky Gervais Show consists of 13 episodes. The series premiered in the United States on 19 February 2010 on HBO. The second season started on 14 January 2011. and the third on 20 April 2012. In the United Kingdom, the first season was shown on Channel 4, with the following seasons airing on its counterpart, E4 first. Though a co-production, Channel 4 air HBO's edit rather than making their own with their own name in the credits.
The first season was released on region 2 DVD on 19 July 2010.The region 1 (North American) DVD was released on 4 January 2011. Extras on the region 1 release include a short piece of animation created for the Channel 4 Comedy Gala, and the storyboard version of episode 3, "Charity", showing what the animation looks in the middle of production. The region 2 DVD contains all these, along with a number of videos where the three friends chat, as well as original HBO commercials and trailers for the show.
The Series 2 DVD had initially been made available only through Warner Archive as a "made-to-order" DVD (meaning the disc is only produced once it is ordered).The three-disc set includes as extras storyboard versions of Episodes 8 ("Future") and 13 ("Munchies"), two of the HBO promotional interviews with Ricky Gervais, and a two-question interview of all three stars. The second series was eventually given a wide release on 25 June 2012 in the UK.
The Series 3 DVD was released in April 2013.
All three seasons can be purchased through Amazon Prime in HD.
In June 2012, Ricky Gervais stated on his blog that he was not sure whether there would be a fourth season, because he felt that he had used up all the good material. However, the series had not been ended for certain.
"I think the show has steadily grown in both quality and popularity and I'd love to go out on a high so to speak. My worry is that as we've used up all the best material we'd have to record hours and hours of new stuff and it might ruin the naivety of the whole thing. Never say never though, like The Office. But certainly for now."
– Ricky Gervais.
In July 2012, Ricky Gervais stated on Twitter that the third season of The Ricky Gervais Show would be the last:
"Bad news: Last Ricky Gervais Show tonight on E4."
Ricky Dene Gervais is an English actor, comedian, director, producer and writer. He is best known for co-creating, co-writing and acting in the British television mockumentary sitcom The Office (2001–2003). He has won seven BAFTA Awards, five British Comedy Awards, two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and the Rose d'Or twice, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. In 2007, he was placed at No. 11 on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups, and he was placed at No. 3 in their 2010 list. In 2010, he was named in the Time 100 list of the world's most influential people.
Comedy Central is an American basic cable channel owned by ViacomCBS through its domestic network division's MTV Entertainment Group unit, based in Manhattan. The channel is geared for mature audiences and carries comedy programming in the form of both original, licensed, and syndicated series, stand-up comedy specials, and feature films. It is available to approximately 86.723 million households in the United States as of September 2018.
Stephen James Merchant is an English actor, comedian, director, presenter and writer. Alongside Ricky Gervais, he was the co-writer and co-director of the British TV comedy series The Office (2001–2003), and co-writer, co-director, and co-star of both Extras (2005–2007) and Life's Too Short (2011–2013). With Gervais and Karl Pilkington, he hosted The Ricky Gervais Show in its radio, podcast, audiobook, and television formats; the radio version won a bronze Sony Award. He also provided the voice of the robot Wheatley in the 2011 video game Portal 2. Merchant co-developed the Sky1 travel series An Idiot Abroad (2010–2011) and co-created Lip Sync Battle (2015–present).
Karl Pilkington is an English television presenter, author, comedian, radio producer, actor and voice actor.
Extras is a British sitcom about extras working in television, film, and theatre. The series was co-produced by the BBC and HBO and was created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, both of whom starred in it. Extras follows the lives of Andy Millman (Gervais), his platonic friend Maggie Jacobs and Andy's substandard agent and part-time retail employee Darren Lamb (Merchant) as Millman muddles through life as an anonymous "background performer" who eventually finds success as a B-level sitcom star.
Loren Hal Bouchard is an American animator, writer, producer, television director, and composer. He is the creator of several animated TV shows such as Bob's Burgers and Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil. He is also the co-creator of Home Movies with Brendon Small.
Robin Ince is an English comedian, actor and writer, known for presenting the BBC radio show The Infinite Monkey Cage with physicist Brian Cox, his appearances alongside Ricky Gervais, and his stand-up comedy career.
Squiddly Diddly is an anthropomorphic animated octopus created by Hanna-Barbera, who was featured in his own cartoon segment on The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show beginning in 1965.
The Ricky Gervais Show is a comedy radio show in the UK starring Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington, later adapted into a podcast and a television series. Despite being named after the more famous Gervais, it mostly revolves around the life and ideas of Pilkington. The show started in August 2001 on Xfm, and aired in weekly periods for months at a time throughout 2002, 2003, 2004, and mid-2005. In November 2005, Guardian Unlimited offered the show as a podcast series of 12 shows. Throughout January and February 2006, the podcast was consistently ranked the number one podcast in the world; it appeared in the 2007 Guinness World Record for the world's most downloaded podcast, having gained an average of 261,670 downloads per episode during its first month. According to the BBC, by September 2006, the podcasts of the series had been downloaded nearly 18 million times. As of March 2011, the podcast has been downloaded over 300 million times. An animated series based on the podcast and adapted for television debuted for HBO in the U.S. and Channel 4 in the U.K. in 2010.
Podcasting, previously known as "audioblogging", has its roots dating back to the 1980s. With the advent of broadband Internet access and portable digital audio playback devices such as the iPod, podcasting began to catch hold in late 2004. Today there are more than 115,000 English-language podcasts available on the Internet, and dozens of websites available for distribution at little or no cost to the producer or listener.
Life's Too Short is a British sitcom mockumentary created and written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, from an idea by Warwick Davis, about "the life of a showbiz dwarf". Davis plays a fictionalised version of himself, and both Gervais and Merchant appear in supporting roles as themselves. The show began airing on BBC Two on 10 November 2011. Premium cable channel HBO, which co-produced the series with the BBC, have the US rights and began airing the series on 19 February 2012.
The Life & Times of Tim is an American adult animated sitcom which premiered on September 28, 2008 on HBO. The series was created by Steve Dildarian, and is about a hapless man in his mid-20s named Tim who lives in New York City with his girlfriend Amy. Throughout the series, Tim constantly finds himself in increasingly awkward situations in both his work and personal life.
Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants is a 2009 American documentary film directed and co-written by Patrick Creadon. The special was released on VH1 on July 14, 2009 and July 23, 2009 on Nick at Nite. It was also included on SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes DVD released in North America on September 22, 2009. The documentary chronicles the popular culture success of the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. It features commentaries from series creator Stephen Hillenburg and celebrity fans.
Dan Fraga is a comic book artist, storyboard artist, concept artist, and animation and film director originally from Martinez, California. He also hosts a Youtube show called, "Couchdoodles Show". Immediately after high school, he was hired to work as an illustrator for Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Studios; one of the founding partner studios that made up Image Comics. Dan was one of the youngest creators to be a part of the beginnings of Image Comics. He worked in the comic book industry for many years and worked on titles such as Spider-Man, Bloodstrike, Black Flag, Kid Supreme, Superman, Black Panther, Witchblade, and Wolverine.
The Adam Carolla Show is a comedy podcast hosted by comedian and radio-television personality Adam Carolla. Its first episode went online on February 23, 2009. The show is the flagship program of Carolla Digital.
An Idiot Abroad is a British travel documentary comedy television series broadcast on Sky One, as well as a series of companion books published by Canongate Books, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and starring Karl Pilkington. The ongoing theme of both the television series and the books is that Pilkington has no interest in global travel, so Merchant and Gervais make him travel while they stay in the United Kingdom and monitor his progress.
Derek is a British comedy-drama television series starring, written by and directed by Ricky Gervais. The pilot was produced by Derek Productions Ltd. for Channel 4 and aired on 12 April 2012. Channel 4 describes the show as "A bittersweet comedy drama about a group of outsiders living on society's margins".
[...] apparently The Ricky Gervais Show has been downloaded over 300 million times.
The Ricky Gervais Show Audiobooks are to be made into an animated series for American TV.
Did Letterman last night and he showed the world premiere of a clip of the animation.