Life's Too Short: Season 1 (2011)

Season 1
Life's Too Short

Critics Consensus

Life's Too Short is enjoyably crass, but borrows heavily from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's previous work.



Critic Ratings: 32


Audience Score

User Ratings: 52

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Air date: Feb 19, 2012
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Air date: Jul 5, 2013

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This mockumentary follows the life and work of actor and little person Warwick Davis, whose career isn't what it used to be since the days of "Willow" and "Star Wars." Making matters worse are a crumbling marriage and money troubles brought on by an inept accountant. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant costar, playing themselves. The star-studded season features appearances by Sting, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp and Liam Neeson.


Warwick Davis
as Warwick Davis
Ricky Gervais
as Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
as Stephen Merchant
Jo Enright
as Sue
Rosamund Hanson
as Cheryl
Steve Brody
as Eric Biddle
Shaun Williamson
as Shaun Williamson
as Himself
Peter Bonner
as Little Pete
Jon Key
as Anthony
Val Kilmer
as Val Kilmer
Donal Cox
as Priest
Anthony Welsh
as BBC Director
Nicola Redmond
as Real-estate agent
Keith Chegwin
as Keith Chegwin
Victoria Hollins
as BBC Presenter
Ramin Karimloo
as Scientologist
Les Dennis
as Les Dennis
Dean Whatton
as Little Jesus
Javone Prince
as Passerby
Binde Johal
as Brokeback #1
Steve Haze
as Brokeback #2
Rupert Holliday-Evans
as Police Officer
Rupert Holliday Evans
as Police Officer
Jack Binstead
as Justin Palmer
Christian Stevens
as Little Lord
Kerry Shale
as Film Director
as Nobby
The Shend
as Nobby
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Critic Reviews for Life's Too Short Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (15)

Life's Too Short is an acquired taste worth acquiring.

Feb 19, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Gervais and Merchant's comedy does have a habit of growing on you.

Feb 19, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There are some funny bits, while Gervais expertly fashions his own comeuppance for last year's Golden Globes' roast.

Feb 19, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Laugh, wince and tune in for more of Gervais' insightful and intentional pushing of our buttons.

Feb 19, 2012 | Full Review…

Life's Too Short is an intermittently funny but mostly mediocre retread of the themes and humor from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's previous shows.

Feb 19, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

We're glad to be on this side of the screen, laughing through their pain.

Feb 19, 2012 | Full Review…

It's very hard to write when tears are streaming down your face.

Feb 19, 2012 | Full Review…

Comedy isn't pretty, but in the Short run, it can be painfully hilarious, even when it feels like Gervais is retreading some awfully familiar material here.

Feb 19, 2012 | Full Review…

It still leaves me feeling down because this first season could've done so much more.

Feb 19, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This could be, you'll excuse me, huge.

Feb 19, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Life's Too Short: Season 1

  • Sep 04, 2018
    Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's brand of comedy is still alive and kicking in "Life's Too Short" if slightly more familiar after the overall meatier "The Office" and "Extras". Warwick Davis's acting fits their type of humour very well, and the three of them succeed in combining some hilarious moments, acute social awareness, emotional resonance and A-list guest stars deconstructing themselves, yet "Life's Too Short" doesn't have the consistency or originality that would make it essential.
  • Aug 23, 2017
    Warwick Davis is hilarious and accompanied by Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais with guest stars in every episode. This show is quite humorous with elements of untouched comedy. I watch these episodes over and over, wanting more.
  • Aug 05, 2017
    Funny series. I wished I knew about it when it first came out.
  • Jul 18, 2015
    Ricky Gervais is NOT funny. he is a horrible sadistic disgusting person. His shows are not funny, they are Felonies. Ricky is an awful creepy troll who ought to be deported as a sadistic creep.

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