An Idiot Abroad

2010 TV-14 2 seasons

An Idiot Abroad

2010 TV-14 2 seasons
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In a twist on the travelogue genre, comedian Ricky Gervais sends his "idiot" friend Karl Pilkington to a series of exotic locales around the world. The result is an amusing social experiment that forces Karl to confront his cultural hang-ups.
Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (2010) - 2 discs

When Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send their unsophisticated friend Karl Pilkington around the world, he runs up against unexpected local rituals and cuisine, surviving in the Amazon jungle and much more in this comedic series.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this comedic travel series follows a sheltered, narrow-minded man in a journey around the world to capture his discomfort and ignorance for the sake of humor. Although his viewpoint is played strictly for laughter, kids may pick up on his perspective as a viable way to view the remarkable diversity and beauty present across the globe. For older kids able to understand the humor, the series presents a clever travelogue of some amazing locations with a healthy dose of laughter.

Sexual Content

Some blurred non-sexual nudity.


Some painful scenarios -- fire massage, genital twisting, kung fu feats -- but nothing actually violent.


Use of gateway language such as "damn" and "hell," as well as British slang such as "bloody," and "shat" -- occasional stronger words bleeped out.

Social Behavior

The show focuses on one man's inability to understand the cultural differences of others, and his narrow-minded comments are played for laughs. On the other hand, the fact that the series routinely mocks his narrow viewpoint actually supports and encourages diversity.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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