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Universal acclaim- based on 70 Ratings

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  • Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen
  • Summary: Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the creative team behind the acclaimed British series "The Office," both wrote and star in this new comedy (in which Gervais plays Andy Millman, a movie extra seeking a speaking role and Merchant plays his agent) that is a joint production of HBO and the BBC. Look for numerous celebrity cameos from the likes of Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. If you loved "The Office" you may have grave doubts that any followup comedy could be as good and as quote-the-dialogue funny. "Extras" is that - another triumph, and a perfect Sunday-night companion piece for "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
  2. Incisive, fearless and laugh-out-loud funny, "Extras" will appeal to anyone who liked "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
  3. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    90
    Even if Extras never accedes to The Office's heights of comic sublimity, it's still a rare find on American TV: a series that combines the ascendant genre of cringe comedy with Gervais' rich comic gifts, and his trademark humanism.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    Gervais and Merchant excel at capturing scenes of quiet discomfort as well as palpable desperation in the face of near-constant rejection. Those qualities elevate "Extras""Extras" above the surface-deep "Entourage" or often-frustrating "The Comeback."
  5. No one can backpedal his way into a ditch quite like Gervais.
  6. 75
    Not that the show will be everyone's English cup of tea, but there are enough "A" list Hollywood stars (making fun of themselves) each week to bring in even the most easily offended, but curious, viewers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Aug 16, 2010
    10
    Sir Ian ... Sir Ian ... Sir Ian "Wizard, you shall not pass!" Sir Ian ... Sir Ian ... Sir Ian.

    Brilliant! The wig, the glasses, the
    catchphrase, brilliant. Expand
  2. Officefan
    Feb 3, 2007
    10
    Still better than anything that Hollywood produces. 10X better than Curb. But, OK, not as amazing as the Office. Even so, it is brilliant and I can not remember laughing out loud so much when I watched the Office. Expand
  3. JoshP
    Oct 8, 2005
    10
    I wish people would rate shows on their own basis, rather than comparing it to the other show a person did. The Kate Winslet and the Patrick Stewart episodes are the best. Sorry couldn't wait. I just hope this series goes on for more than two series. The Office was too short and hoping the American version would live up to the British is a waste of a wish. Expand
  4. Mar 24, 2011
    10
    Another one of Ricky Gervais' genius creations, Extra's is absolutely awesome!! Comparisons to The Office are pointless, its different and deserves to be treated so because its another work of art by the legend that is Ricky Gervais. Superbly well written from start to finish and the guest stars throughout play their parts to perfection. All round it is simply sensational, reaffirming Ricky Gervais' place as one of the greatest comic writers off all time. Expand
  5. timf
    Nov 1, 2006
    9
    Great stuff. Please don't compare it to the office. It seems most people who gave it a 7 or less didnt give much or any of a reason. i can guess why. whatever argument they put up would immediately show their poor taste in tv programs. if u don't like this show go watch crap like lost and dont bring down the average rating for this comic genius Expand
  6. Mar 3, 2013
    8
    Amazing UK comedy Ricky and Steve have done it again this was a joy to watch i will agree with other tho that it wasn't as good as the office but it is still amazing. Expand
  7. GurjS
    Sep 15, 2006
    0
    poor man's curb

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