Extras

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  • TV-MA
  • 2005
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.3  (60,591)

Extras is a British television comedy series that aired on HBO from 2005 to 2007, consisting of two seasons totalling 13 episodes. The show was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who also co-starred alongside Ashley Jensen, Shaun Williamson and Shaun Pye.

The show follows the life of Andy Millman (Gervais), an aspiring actor who is currently working as an extra on film and television sets. Each episode follows a different production that Andy is working on, with celebrity cameos and references to the world of entertainment littered throughout the show.

Andy's best friend and fellow extra is Maggie Jacobs (Jensen), who shares his passion for acting but struggles to find consistent work due to her appearance. Along the way, Andy's career takes a number of twists and turns, as he attempts to make it as an actor whilst also maintaining his integrity.

The show was praised for its sharp writing, humour and frequent use of celebrity cameos. Throughout the series, a number of high-profile actors make appearances as exaggerated versions of themselves, including Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet, Patrick Stewart and Orlando Bloom.

One of the most memorable episodes sees David Bowie appearing as himself, offering Andy some sage advice on his acting career whilst performing a song in the background. The show's ability to attract such famous faces was a testament to Gervais and Merchant's growing reputation within the entertainment industry.

Despite its comedic tone, the show also tackled some more serious topics in a sensitive manner. One episode sees Andy debating whether to take a role in a sitcom that he feels is offensive, which leads to a discussion on the morality of comedy and the balance between making people laugh and pushing boundaries too far.

The final episode of the show is often cited as a standout moment, as Andy achieves his dream of fame and fortune, but at a cost to his personal relationships and sense of self. The episode is a fitting ending to the show, which frequently examined the sacrifices that actors have to make in order to achieve their goals.

Overall, Extras is a hilarious and thought-provoking comedy series that examines the world of entertainment from a unique perspective. With a talented cast, sharp writing and numerous celebrity cameos, the show is a must-watch for fans of British comedy and anyone with an interest in the entertainment industry.

Extras is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on July 21, 2005.

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Seasons
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.
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Where to Watch Extras
Extras is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Extras on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, FuboTV, Crackle and Peacock.
  • Premiere Date
    July 21, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (60,591)