Extras: Season 1 (2005)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Nothing is off-limits when it comes to Extras, as Andy, Darren, and Maggie touch on every taboo in the book with the help of each episode's featured celebrity.



Critic Ratings: 34


Audience Score

User Ratings: 26
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Air date: Oct 2, 2005
Air date: Oct 9, 2005
Air date: Sep 25, 2005
Air date: Oct 30, 2005
Air date: Oct 16, 2005
Air date: Nov 6, 2005

Tv Season Info

Series 1 sees Andy and Maggie starring as extras in various television series' with stars that include; Ben Stiller, Ross Kemo, Vinnie Jones, Kate Winslet, Les Dennis, Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Stewart. Late in the series, Andy sells his script for a sitcom to the BBC.

Critic Reviews for Extras Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (22)

"Extras" was one of our first peeks behind the curtain in a century that would showcase many meta industry narratives, and few could compete with Gervais' deft blend of charming original characters and hilarious Hollywood commentary.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

''Extras" goes as much for pathos as it does for open laughs, as its backstage nobodies strive for their close-ups. Something extra lurks around the edges of Gervais's show, and that would be desperation.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The real key is the characters that Gervais and Merchant have created, people you may not always like but understand totally, even at their worst moments.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Even if Extras never accedes to The Office's heights of comic sublimity, it's still a rare find...a series that combines the ascendant genre of cringe comedy with Gervais' rich comic gifts, and his trademark humanism.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

More worryingly, Extras was so reliant on its characters offending minorities that it looked as if Gervais and co-creator Stephen Merchant were having their cake and eating it.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The most gut-busting BBC comedy to come from the other side of the pond since The Office.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Gervais' usual wit and observation are brought to the table in a fresh, exciting context, and even if you find yourself hating Extras, chances are you'll at least appreciate what Gervais was attempting to do.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Maggie was very much the heart of Extras - unconditionally kind and completely free of malice, yet constantly getting in trouble due to her naivety, lack of internal censor and ineptitude in social situations.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Winslet puts in one of the strongest performances throughout the entire Extras series.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It takes a while to get used to the British accents, but once that issue is solved "Extras" solidly hits its mark.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What keeps Extras from being unbearably bleak is one genuine, affectionate relationship: between Andy and his best friend Maggie...Their sweetness balances out the sourness of the show's take on show business.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Extras will probably always be underappreciated. But I think it's Gervais' best work and a culmination of the skills he possesses: being funny, making a point about something and moving beyond "having a laugh" to be dramatically effective.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Extras: Season 1

  • Jan 08, 2018
    Ricky Gervais has to be the absolute master of 'awkward comedy' and is able to relate to his audience on a personal level. Extras is a 2 season tv series. In the first season, Gervais plays the character of a background extra being paid next to nothing and is able to break through with a screenplay where he then becomes a 'somebody' in the business during season 2. A very funny series that is smothered in great comedy and is also relatable on a human level at the same time (something Gervais is able to do time and time again). Highly recommended.
  • Dec 30, 2017
    (both seasons) The masters of cringe comedy strike back. Each episode has at least one guest star attracting the attention and some of these appearances (e.g. Kate Winslet) are brilliant, but the high point of "Extras" ends up being the recurring characters. The show slowly but surely invests in them, culminating in the excellent special. There may be a couple of weaker (still good) episodes throughout but the show can be great at combining humour, stupidity, drama, affection and biting social commentary.
  • Jul 16, 2017
    These kind of humor makes you think about the world. It shows how can one live outside of the expectation of the society. I never laughed so hard on a TV show.

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