Critic Consensus: Despite being mercilessly mocked by Gervais and Merchant, the loveably pathetic Karl Pilkington remains the glue that holds The Ricky Gervais Show together.
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The series...suffers from crude animation that only gets in the way of enjoying Pilkington's far-fetched thoughts and Gervais' bewildered reactions. In this case, it's better to be heard and not seen.
The star is not the pompous Gervais or Merchant, who object and giggle throughout each segment, but the one member who never laughs or even smiles, yet entertains the heck out of us.
Far better than cartoon characters sitting around a table, would have been to place the real Gervais, Merchant, and Pilkington in the back booth of a smoky English pub.
Accompanied by such static imagery, Pilkington's unique idiocy loses its allure.
Pilkington's musings are sometimes amusing and always pointless, but the animation almost totally nullifies the first and intensifies the second.
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