An Idiot Abroad

10 Worst Episodes of An Idiot Abroad

Karl Pilkington is sent to foreign countries under the guise of visiting the New Seven Wonders of the World. Most of each episode focuses on Karl’s reactions to cultural differences and idiosyncrasies in the countries he visits.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 06, 2023.

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#10 - India (Season 1 - Episode 2)

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

The episode was rated 7.83 from 412 votes.

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#9 - Karl Comes Home: The Debrief (Season 1 - Episode 8)


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.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 224 votes.

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#8 - Mexico (Season 1 - Episode 4)

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.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 337 votes.

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#7 - China (Season 1 - Episode 1)


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.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 533 votes.

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#6 - The Short Way Round: India (Season 3 - Episode 2)

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.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 250 votes.

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#5 - Dolphin Swim (Season 2 - Episode 3)


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

The episode was rated 7.80 from 280 votes.

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#4 - Egypt (Season 1 - Episode 5)

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.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 310 votes.

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#3 - Peru (Season 1 - Episode 7)


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.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 278 votes.

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#2 - Whale Watching (Season 2 - Episode 4)

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.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 248 votes.

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#1 - The Short Way Round: Venice (Season 3 - Episode 1)


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

The episode was rated 7.64 from 324 votes.

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