Extras

Extras

  • TV-MA
  • 2005
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.3  (53,373)

Extras is a mockumentary style comedy set in the less than glamorous world of the movie extra. Produced and directed by the renown comedy team of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Gervais plays the protagonist, Andy Millman, who is a bitter but ambitious aspiring actor. Stuck doing extra work while he waits for his big break he is constantly on the lookout for opportunities. He and his best friend Maggie, played by Ashley Jenson, are small fish in a big pond, attempting to rub shoulders with the famous actors that star in the productions they work on. Each episode features a big name actor guest starring as a fictionalized version of themselves, including such luminaries as Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sir Ian McKellen. Merchant also appears onscreen, in the role of Millman's less than effective agent.

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The Extra Special Series Finale
7. The Extra Special Series Finale
December 16, 2007
Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. Case in point: Andy Millman, the sitcom star who wants desperately to be taken seriously as an actor, and is willing to do anything--including pulling the plug on his hit show--to do it. Emmy(R) Award-winner Ricky Gervais is back as Andy in the special finale of the acclaimed HBO comedy series. The stellar cast includes Ashley Jensen who returns in the comical role of Andy's best friend Maggie Jacobs, Stephen Merchant as Andy's clueless agent Darren Lamb, and Shaun Pye as Andy's arch-nemesis Greg Lindley Jones, a fellow extra who has suddenly hit the dramatic big time...to Andy's chagrin.
Jonathan Ross
6. Jonathan Ross
October 19, 2006
Andy appears to have lost his down-to-earth personality when he decides to fire long-time agent Darren, and Maggie is hurt when he starts to leave her behind in favour of spending more time with his new celebrity friend Jonathan Ross.
Ian McKellen
5. Ian McKellen
October 12, 2006
Desperate for respect, Andy looks for work in the theater, and ends up getting cast by Sir Ian McKellen in a new play.
Chris Martin
4. Chris Martin
October 5, 2006
Chris Martin shills a Coldplay LP on Andy's show; Maggie gets a new dress; Andy and Ronnie Corbett get the BAFTA boot.
Daniel Radcliffe
3. Daniel Radcliffe
September 28, 2006
Attempting to appear grown-up, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe makes Maggie an offer she certainly can refuse.
David Bowie
2. David Bowie
September 21, 2006
David Bowie offers some home truths to Andy as he finally realises his dream of TV success. However, it is soon apparent to the former background artist that fame comes at a price and he is devastated to learn that stardom isn't quite how he expected it to be.
Orlando Bloom
1. Orlando Bloom
September 14, 2006
Andy finally catches a break and busies himself making a classy sitcom that he hopes will stand the test of time. The BBC, however, has different ideas.
Description

Extras is a mockumentary style comedy set in the less than glamorous world of the movie extra. Produced and directed by the renown comedy team of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Gervais plays the protagonist, Andy Millman, who is a bitter but ambitious aspiring actor. Stuck doing extra work while he waits for his big break he is constantly on the lookout for opportunities. He and his best friend Maggie, played by Ashley Jenson, are small fish in a big pond, attempting to rub shoulders with the famous actors that star in the productions they work on.

Each episode features a big name actor guest starring as a fictionalized version of themselves, including such luminaries as Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sir Ian McKellen.

Merchant also appears onscreen, in the role of Millman's less than effective agent.Extras is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on July 21, 2005.

Extras is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Extras on demand at Netflix.

  • Premiere Date
    July 21, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (53,373)