Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. As with the Gervais-Merchant "The Office," the more time you spend with the characters in "Extras," the more you feel their pain as well as laugh at their expense.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Holcomb
    The writers have shown that letting the characters drive the story can make a form as tired as the sitcom new again.
  3. Few stars can write and play a kicked-in-the-mouth underdog as smartly as Gervais does here.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Despite mining what appears to be a played-out lode (yet another showbiz-insider comedy, complete with self-effacing celebrity cameos), the pair find hearty laughs in discomfort, elicit riotous turns from their guest stars and even manage a touch of pathos in the travails of the show's hapless hero.
  5. It is even more excruciating -- which in this case means better -- than last year's.
  6. 90
    "Extras" lives up to expectations and to its own lunatic traditions.
  7. 90
    Gervais' timing remains impeccable, and Ashley Jensen is wonderful as his shallow, lazy friend Maggie.
  8. "Extras" finally achieves the greatness expected of the Gervais/Merchant team with Season Two.
  9. 88
    Andy's humiliations as a minor celebrity aren't quite as funny as was his earlier shame at being a nobody, but as a satire of showbiz vanity, Extras can still be described as (what else?) stellar. [29 Jan 2007, p.43]
  10. 80
    [Season 2] is far better than the good but uneven first year of the show.
  11. 80
    [It] passes quickly but gleefully.
  12. There's no question that "Extras" is a hoot, especially for anyone who spends much time observing the ins and outs of fame and the media, but Gervais is correct that less is more.
  13. There's more humiliation than comedy.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. GlenH.
    Mar 8, 2008
    The funniest sitcom since Seinfeld, this show is absolutely imperative watching. Really makes the audience take a second look at how we view celebs, I think this is a very important production by the best comedy duo since Larry and Jerry. Hilarious cameos, great stories, amazing physical comedy from Merchant. Extras has it all, though it might not be for everyone (ie. if you love Raymond, King of Queens, etc.) There's no laugh track, the jokes aren't written like that and a studio audience would ruin the subtle awkward moments that you'll be laughing at anyway. Full Review »
  2. Mar 3, 2013
    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. Full Review »
  3. MarkB.
    Sep 19, 2008
    I can't believe Dave C. Laugh tracks? His comment needs a laugh track. He's either an astronomical genius (effecting in the reader that disorienting feeling of a missed punchline in order to illustrate his point about the necessity of a laugh track) or...well...I just don't know...Regarding the show: brilliant. Full Review »