An Idiot Abroad (2010–2012)
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Karl travels U.S. Route 66. Along the way, he participates in a high school production, a "snuggle party", gold mining, monster truck driving, Amish farming, and wing walking.


Jamie Jay Johnson


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Episode credited cast:
Karl Pilkington ... Himself - Presenter
Ricky Gervais ... Himself - Executive Producer
Stephen Merchant ... Himself - Executive Producer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valerie Gill Valerie Gill ... Herself - Cuddle Therapist
Gail Hart Gail Hart ... Herself - High School Vocal Coach


Karl isn't overly excited by his next trip, it to drive along Route 66, as he believes its general public mystique may be something manufactured by excitable Americans. He will drive the route west to east, starting in Santa Monica, California, but not in the type of convertible he was hoping. His first arranged stop he doesn't think will be a memorable one, but it ends up being memorable as what he considers one of the most embarrassing situations ever in his life. Two of the next three stops will show Karl that many man-made curiosities have popped up along the route. Those somewhat benign stops sandwich what ends up being an uncomfortable one, where, in a traditional hippie section of the route, he participates in cuddle therapy. Next, in a section of the route where the gold rush occurred, he meets with a modern day prospector, who has a few explosive off-road surprises for him. He trades up his vehicle at the next stop for a truck named "Nasty Boy" by its owner. He takes a 180 ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

25 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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RiSK Productions, Sky See more »
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Did You Know?


The caption indicates that Karl is in Mojave County, California which doesn't exist. More likely he is in Mohave County, Arizona, the home of Kingman which is mentioned in the famous song, Route 66. See more »


Karl: I like Jim, though. Had his vest on, ready for action. Three guns, a rifle. We're only having a barbeque.
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References Dragons' Den (2005) See more »


Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Written by Sting
Performed in the Glee (2009)-inspired high school stage musical
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Great adventure!

This may be my favorite episode in the series so far. Well-crafted and interesting journey by a common English bloke across America. It illuminated different cultures of America brilliantly.

After all the previous adventures this seems rather tame at first, and jarringly familiar to me as an American. To previously have had so many other cultures and adventures portrayed through Karl, Ricky and Steve's perspectives, I was curious to see how my part of the world was experienced and portrayed.

This episode exceeded my expectations and offered me a new and particularly interesting perspective on a country I felt I knew so well. But then I'm an American who would drive the freeway instead of Route 66 and not arrange to meet such interesting people along the way. More's the pity.

Interesting portrait of America. A bit jarring after seeing places I'd never been to see my own country portrayed. Made me realize how good the whole series really is. That was already clear of course, but this one hit home.

You'll be in stitches by end of this one. Those boys know how to have a laugh.

Thank you to everyone working on this excellent episode and series. Hope to see more!

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