Episodes

The Preview Show

Ricky and Stephen quiz “idiot” Karl on his global misadventures.

The Alright Wall of China

Idiot traveler Karl visits China’s Great Wall, learns kung fu and eats toad.

The Taj Mahal - World's Biggest Guilt Trip

Karl travels to India to check out the Taj Mahal and enjoy local festivals.

Jordan and Israel - An Unholy Man in a Holy Land

Karl visits Jordan to experience ancient Petra where he gets himself kidnapped.

Mexico - Karl's Quest for Beans

In this episode of An Idiot Abroad, Karl travels to Mexico. He visits the famous Chichen Itza site, tries his hand at lucha libre wrestling (with hilarious results) and looks for the truth behind Mexican jumping beans.

Egypt - Balk Like An Egyptian

Highly reluctant British traveler Karl Pilkington is sent to exotic spots around the globe by comedians Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. In Egypt: Karl visits the Great Pyramids, looks for aliens, and stays in an awful hotel.

Brazil - Karlnival

Highly reluctant British traveler Karl Pilkington is sent to exotic spots around the globe by comedians Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. In Rio de Janeiro, Karl checks out Christ the Redeemer, Carnival, and a very nude beach.

Peru - Karl and the Cannibals

Highly reluctant British traveler Karl Pilkington is sent to exotic spots around the globe by comedians Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. In Peru, Karl braves the Amazon, bugs, snakes, and cannibals on his way to Machu Picchu.

Karl Comes Home

"An Idiot Abroad" follows the misadventures of highly reluctant British traveler Karl Pilkington as he's dispatched to exotic spots around the globe by comedians (and friendly tormentors) Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Now Karl returns to London after surviving his trips to the Seven Wonders of the World and shares his experiences directly with Ricky and Steve, while getting grilled by them on whether he learned anything... anything at all. Over bonus footage of all his hilarious stops, Karl reveals his newfound, if not profound, insights ("Most of the world is grim. It's hard to let people know how bad it is."), reflects on cultural differences around the world ("I thought street food meant you have chefs on the street cooking food. They don't mean that. It's street food: whatever's crawling around on the street they grab and eat."), and shares his impressions of the people he's met ("Mental... proper mental."). Karl reminisces about the dangers he's faced and reveals that when he was kidnapped in Israel his life did not, in fact, flash before his eyes because "I had a bag over me head... I couldn't see a thing." Karl wonders, "Is anywhere safe?" and surmises that, "if Louis Armstrong had seen what I've seen... he wouldn't have written What a Wonderful World." Karl relives the moment when he emerged from the Amazon and was told the show title was being changed from Karl Pilkington's Seven Wonders to An Idiot Abroad. Ricky and Steve try to tempt Karl into doing a second series. Karl takes one last trip, this time local, as he recreates one of his favorite childhood vacations: staying at a holiday park in Wales. Unfortunately, it's not as great as he remembered and he worries that seeing the world might have ruined him for the simpler things: "Have I sort of messed up the fact that I used to like simple things and now... if Susanne books a holiday, I'll be going 'Never mind. Forget having a swim in the pool... where's the local tribe?'"

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