At TCA earlier this month, I was excited for Science Channel‘s presentation of An Idiot Abroad, a new series coming to the U.S. that provides a unique look at the world through the eyes of Karl Pilkington, friend to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Of course, I expected big laughs from Ricky (two words: Golden Globes), but I was equally charmed by Karl (as were the critics who attended).
Dubbed the most elaborate practical-joke-turned-sociology-experiment in television history, Ricky and Stephen sent Karl (they liken him to a real-life Homer Simpson) on a trip around the globe to visit the Seven Wonders of the World. Despite Karl’s resistance, he’s shipped to exotic locales (from the Great Pyramids of Egypt to the Great Wall of China) to learn the history of each Wonder and immerse himself in the local customs.
As viewers join Karl on his journeys, they can also check-in on GetGlue each Saturday night (series airs at 10pm ET/PT) to earn location-specific An Idiot Abroad stickers.
Check out a preview of the series below, and scroll down further if you want more laughs (courtesy of Science Channel’s TCA panel).