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02-28-2011, 02:49 AM
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An Idiot Abroad (Season 3 begins Jan 19th!)

EDIT (1/19/13): Season 3 starts/started tonight! For me, it's on The Science Channel at 6pm/9pm/1am. In Canada, it's on Discovery Channel.

Below is my original post from the time when the first season came out:

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I've watched a few episodes of this "travel documentary" and it's pretty funny if you're a fan of British comedy. It's also rather unique. It was orchestrated by the executive producers of The Office (the original, British version) and was on Sky1 in the UK in the Fall, becoming a huge success (supposedly, a sequel may be in the works). Discovery picked it up for The Science Channel in the US and Discovery Channel in Canada (according to poster Seymour Skinner below). They started showing it (I think on Saturdays at 10pm for The Science Channel) about 4 weeks ago (it's 8 episodes in total), but they re-run each of the previous episodes each week, so you can easily record them all with your DVR. It's not for everyone, but if you're a fan of British/dry comedy, it's a riot and is worth checking out.

The following promo gives a good idea of the premise and style of the show and the type of humor.




The following are the "best bits" of all 8 episodes. If you liked the above promo, but don't get The Science Channel, you can amuse yourself by watching these, instead.

Ep1 "China" and Ep2 "India":


Ep3 "Jordan" and Ep4 "Mexico":


Ep5 "Egypt" and Ep6 "Brazil":


Ep7 "Peru" and Ep8 "Karl Comes Home":


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Awesome television. The Ricky Gervais show is not to be missed either.

Karl Pilkington for President of the World!

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Yeah its awesome. Good to see a man on the street look at travelling. not afraind to bad mouth stuff unlike other travel docs that glamorize it.

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LOVE IT... can't get enough. It's one of the only shows that i'll PVR

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A little bit let down by it.

I kinda prefer it when Merchant and Gervais are present to point out how absurd the **** he says is. The last episode was my favourite.

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The animated Karl is adorable makes me laugh, and then you see the real man, and he's just as funny looking. It's unreal how much of a baby he is. He's so funny.

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Karl is an absolute moron. Truly, an idiot abroad. Watched the last 3 episodes, the latest one being Brazil. I can't believe it almost, he's just stunned at life.

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Yeah its awesome. Good to see a man on the street look at travelling. not afraind to bad mouth stuff unlike other travel docs that glamorize it.
Indeed. Like he says at the Pyramids, when trash is flying around him in tornado fashion: "They don't show this in the brochure, do they?"

Speaking of glamorizing, shows often do that with the non-touristy, non-westernized areas of town. Sometimes, I think about how cool that might be to see the real country and the real culture, but this show reminds me, "No, you don't want to do that!" I'm sure that it's for some people, but I'm a pampered American who does not want, in a public restroom, to have to poop into a hole in the ground while everyone can see me. At least in non-westernized countries (like China and Egypt), I think that I'll probably be much happier sticking to the touristy areas of towns and this show reminds me of that.

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The TV show "What would you do?" did this. They had some actors portray the most ignorant southern American's possible in France. An American lady actually walked up to them and told them to stop making American's look bad and to stay home if they can't act appropriate in a foreign country.

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The TV show "What would you do?" did this. They had some actors portray the most ignorant southern American's possible in France. An American lady actually walked up to them and told them to stop making American's look bad and to stay home if they can't act appropriate in a foreign country.
But Karl isn't portraying anything. This is Karl Pilkington at his absolute finest.

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But Karl isn't portraying anything. This is Karl Pilkington at his absolute finest.
Oh I understand the other show was more of a reality thing and this is more of a comedy type thing, but I just found it funny that they basically used the same concept. It's a solid concept imo.

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Oh I understand the other show was more of a reality thing and this is more of a comedy type thing, but I just found it funny that they basically used the same concept. It's a solid concept imo.
It's loosely similar, but Karl actually tries hard to be a considerate guest (Larry the Cable Guy, he's not), doesn't want to be in these countries, doesn't appreciate anything about them (ignorant westerners are typically amazed at everything, often leading to them being so annoying) and isn't acting. These factors, IMO, give the show a much, much different feel than "What Would You Do?" (which I do really like) or Borat (which I hate, since it's taking advantage of good hosts for a laugh). I really haven't seen any show quite like this. It doesn't try to be funny, yet ends up so. I think that it's all thanks to Karl, who is the ultimate downer, killjoy and pessimist, yet, oddly, tremendously likable. I think that Merchant likening him to Homer Simpson is bang on.

Oh, I just have to mention that one of the funniest lines that I've heard so far is when Karl, in Egypt, honestly asks a merchant whether he can get a discount on a replica Sphynx statue because the nose was broken off. Good thing that I didn't have any liquid in my mouth or I would've spit it out.

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Sounds like a show I might be interested in. I'll check it out once I get home. I didn't mean to say it was the same as "What Would You Do?" (actually enjoy that show) as I haven't even seen this show yet, just saying based off what everyone's saying that the concept used in that one episode seems to be similar to what this show is all about.

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One of my favorite shows. I have to watch each episode at least 2 times because I miss a lot from laughing. Just watching his mannerisms is worth it alone. Karl Pilkington is the man.

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I've only seen half of the Brazil episode but I thought it was pretty funny. I'll try to catch the other episodes, it's on Discovery here in Canada.

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But Karl isn't portraying anything. This is Karl Pilkington at his absolute finest.
He's a character. Y'all realize that, yea?

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Downloaded them as they came out on Sky, great stuff.

Ricky in the intro to the show kills me every time

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He's a character. Y'all realize that, yea?
No, he's real! Don't take away my favorite human being on earth with your logic and facts! He's as real as Santa Claus.

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The TV show "What would you do?" did this. They had some actors portray the most ignorant southern American's possible in France. An American lady actually walked up to them and told them to stop making American's look bad and to stay home if they can't act appropriate in a foreign country.
Sounds like an awesome lady!

Anyway, I saw the episode from Jordan on TV a while ago, it was alright, not really my type of humour though.

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I thought that I'd bump my thread from last year, since I just learned that the 2nd series (or "season") is premiering in the US on The Science Channel this Saturday, January 21st, at 10pm. For Canadian viewers, I imagine that it'll be on Discovery Channel again, probably premiering the same night or soon.


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Watched the 2nd series when it was on here in the UK back end of last year.

They do a bucket list type thing, things people want to do before they die.

Just not things Karl wants to do before he dies.

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Watched the 2nd series when it was on here in the UK back end of last year.

They do a bucket list type thing, things people want to do before they die.

Just not things Karl wants to do before he dies.
That's pretty ingenious. They could've just sent him to 8 new countries and called it Season 2, but this is far more creative and makes things a little different. Now, instead of just seeing him squirm because he's in a foreign country, we can see him squirm because he's being made to do something that he's terrified of. It also explains why the first episode is called "Bungee Jumping."

Yeah, I know that this 2nd season has already been fully run in the UK and could be found online if I really wanted to watch it all right away, but I'd prefer to get the most out of it by watching it in the highest quality and over two months. I'm not impatient and am fine taking it as it's given to us here in NA, even if it's 4 months later than the UK.

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Can't wait for it on saturday night, been waiting for a second season since the first one ended

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The fact that some people don't like Pilkington and think he's JUST a moron who you're supposed to simply laugh AT makes a little piece of me die inside.

He has more of a Larry David impression on me. When he isn't saying something hilariously absurd (and sometimes when he is), he's absolutely right, and I almost wish more people would let their inner Pilkington out to keep things honest.

Obviously you're not going to agree with his crazy theories/explanations, but some of his frustrated moaning about more simple things like false fun, thrill-seekers, easily-offended political correctness, simple pleasures, mindless cultural habits absolutely dead on.

Love the guy.


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