Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    90
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 80
    [It] passes quickly but gleefully.
  5. 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]
  6. 80
    [Season 2] is far better than the good but uneven first year of the show.
  7. "Extras" finally achieves the greatness expected of the Gervais/Merchant team with Season Two.
  8. 90
    "Extras" lives up to expectations and to its own lunatic traditions.
  9. It is even more excruciating -- which in this case means better -- than last year's.
  10. Few stars can write and play a kicked-in-the-mouth underdog as smartly as Gervais does here.
  11. 90
    Gervais' timing remains impeccable, and Ashley Jensen is wonderful as his shallow, lazy friend Maggie.
  12. There's more humiliation than comedy.
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Holcomb
    100
    The writers have shown that letting the characters drive the story can make a form as tired as the sitcom new again.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 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. Full Review »