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The Best Episodes of An Idiot Abroad

Every episode of An Idiot Abroad ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of An Idiot Abroad!

An Idiot Abroad is a British travel documentary television series broadcast on Sky1 and Science, as well as spin-off books published by Canongate Books, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and starring Karl Pilkington. The ongoing theme of both the television series and the books is that Pilkington has no interest in global travel, so Merchant and Gervais make him travel while they stay in the United Kingdom and monitor his progress.

Genres:ComedyDocumentary
Network:Sky One

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "An Idiot Abroad" is "China", rated 8.2/10 from 609 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "China" aired on 9/23/2010 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Mexico".

  • China
    8.2/10 609 votes

    #1 - China

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2010-09-23

    Karl Pilkington's journey begins in the Far East. As well as casting his verdict on The Great Wall of China, he immerses himself in the culture with laugh-out-loud results.

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  • Mexico
    8.2/10 426 votes

    #2 - Mexico

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2010-10-14

    Karl travels to Mexico where he pays a visit to Chichen Itza. He also tries his hand at wrestling, learns how to become a cowboy, and hunts for a Mexican jumping bean.

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  • Meet a Gorilla
    8.2/10 301 votes

    #3 - Meet a Gorilla

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2011-10-21

    Karl heads of to Africa to go meet a Gorilla. Before he travels to Uganda, Karl agreed to start in South Africa as he’s been there on holiday he heard it was alright. Ricky and Steve want Karl to have an authentic African experience so they arrange some time in a slum with a family and helping a charity rebuild a shelter. Karl visits Jessica the Hippo who lives with a family and Ricky sends him to join a Rhino conservation project before heading off traveling through the impenetrable forest in Uganda before coming ‘face to face’ with a Gorilla.

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  • Karl Comes Home
    8.2/10 279 votes

    #4 - Karl Comes Home

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2011-11-11

    Karl is reunited with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant after returning home and he reflects on his experiences. There are also a few surprises.

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  • Route 66
    8.1/10 317 votes

    #5 - Route 66

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2011-10-28

    Karl wants to drive along the legendary Route 66 in the USA in an open top Cadillac but Ricky and Steve have other ideas. Along the way they want him join a high school choir, hang out with New Age therapists, meet the Amish before ending his journey by Wingwalking.

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  • Karl Comes Home: The Debrief
    8.0/10 351 votes

    #6 - Karl Comes Home: The Debrief

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2010-11-11

    Reluctant globetrotter Karl Pilkington is reunited with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to reflect on his journeys to the seven wonders of the modern world, considering whether travel has truly broadened his mind.

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  • India
    7.9/10 491 votes

    #7 - India

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2010-09-30

    Karl travels to India and gives own unique verdict on its ancient customs and vibrant culture.

    Director: N/A

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  • Jordan
    7.9/10 451 votes

    #8 - Jordan

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2010-10-07

    This week, Karl Pilkington's voyage takes him to Petra in Jordan, by way of Israel. What will he make of the 'rose-red city half as old as time'?

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  • Brazil
    7.8/10 382 votes

    #9 - Brazil

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2010-10-28

    Tag along with Karl Pilkington as he takes up temporary residence in Rio de Janeiro. On his way to Christ the Redeemer, he experiences a back wax and Brazil's famous beaches.

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  • Peru
    7.8/10 369 votes

    #10 - Peru

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2010-11-04

    Reluctant explorer Karl Pilkington visits Peru, where he is unhappy with the Amazon jungle's toilet arrangements, and fails to impress a local tribe with his hunting skills. Arming himself with oxygen, the Mancunian then sets off on a high-altitude, eight-hour trek to witness Machu Picchu, the fortress city of the ancient Incas.

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  • Climb Mount Fuji
    7.8/10 290 votes

    #11 - Climb Mount Fuji

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2011-11-04

    Karl’s last “thing to do” is seeing Japan’s most spiritual destination: Mount Fuji. On arrival in Japan Karl gets lost in Tokyo. Ricky and Steve put him up in a ‘capsule’ hotel, send him to a Sumo wrestling stable, arrange for Karl to meet a Zen Master and send him on the world’s steepest rollercoaster. And he has to attempt to climb Mount Fuji.

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  • The Short Way Round: China
    7.8/10 240 votes

    #12 - The Short Way Round: China

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2012-12-14

    It's the final part of the journey as Karl and Warwick get ready to make their way to China. A surprise makes sure that the series ends on a high.

    Director: N/A

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  • Egypt
    7.7/10 398 votes

    #13 - Egypt

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2010-10-21

    Karl Pilkington's journey continues in Egypt, where Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have arranged for him to sample the local culture. He tastes delicacies including rabbit meat, takes a boat ride down the Nile and is entertained by a belly dancer, before visiting the pyramids

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  • Trans-Siberian Express
    7.7/10 340 votes

    #14 - Trans-Siberian Express

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2011-09-30

    Karl takes a trip on the Trans-Siberian Express. He is expecting luxury, but Ricky and Steve have other ideas for the trip.

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  • Dolphin Swim
    7.7/10 322 votes

    #15 - Dolphin Swim

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2011-10-07

    Karl gets the chance to swim with some dolphins but with Ricky and Steve as the holiday planners there are a few surprises.

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  • Desert Island
    7.6/10 373 votes

    #16 - Desert Island

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2011-09-23

    Karl makes his way through the 'Bucket List' that has been created. First up he ends up spending a a night on a private island.

    Director: Luke Campbell

    Writer: N/A

  • Whale Watching
    7.6/10 306 votes

    #17 - Whale Watching

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2011-10-14

    Karl isn’t really prepared for the arctic conditions in Alaska. Ricky and Steve have also planned some dog sledding, a meeting with Innuits and a visit to the North Pole. When Karl finally gets to catch his whale watching cruise, he learns that Ricky and Steve have stuck him on a deep sea fishing trawler.

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  • The Short Way Round: Venice
    7.5/10 275 votes

    #18 - The Short Way Round: Venice

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2012-11-30

    Karl is joined by Warwick Davis as they attempt to follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo. They begin their adventure in Venice.

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  • The Short Way Round: India
    7.5/10 250 votes

    #19 - The Short Way Round: India

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2012-12-07

    Karl and Warwick's journey continues as they make their way to India. Laughing yoga and parts in a Bollywood film are trumped after Karl experiences his first holiday highlight.

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