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Universal acclaim- based on 76 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: 30 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 3 out of 33
  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. KK.
    Sep 19, 2007
    10
    Brilliance.
  3. RickH
    Oct 19, 2005
    10
    No other show makes me laugh so hard and for so long as this show. Some of these monologues (Andy to the Priest, Maggie to her black date, Both of them to Sam Jackson), are just utterly briliant as we watch them wind themselves into the most absurd mess that often, their only choice is simply to walk away. Nobody else can do dialogue like this. Expand
  4. Aug 28, 2011
    10
    Smart, hilarious, sad, and heartwarming. A brilliant show. It ended with me wishing for more. Ricky Gervais is absolutely hilarious in this show. Deserved the emmy. Acting is great, the guest performances are hysterical, couldn't ask for more from "Extras." Collapse
  5. AnonymousMC
    Oct 13, 2005
    9
    this show is funny too. Different than the Office, but wonderful in its own way. This show and CYE pretty make hbo worth having.
  6. May 3, 2013
    9
    Another great show from the Gervais, Merchant comedic duo. If you enjoy comedies that have something to say, fame isn't all that its cracked up to be' you'll enjoy this show. Expand
  7. GurjS
    Sep 15, 2006
    0
    poor man's curb

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