Critic 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.
Tv Season Info
as Andy Millman
as Maggie Jacobs
as Darren Lamb
as Jackie Greer
as Lady Hamilton
as Woman in bar
as Film Director
as Old Lady
as Female extra
as Woman in queue
"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.
''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.
Clueless at some points, quick-witted at others, Andy Millman does not feel consistent.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Extras: Season 1
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