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on 22 September 2017
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on 13 June 2017
Ricky Gervais at his cringeworthy best !
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on 23 August 2014
Great series. Would recommend if you enjoyed The Office.
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on 5 October 2017
After a good, if flawed series 1, Gervais and Merchant move things up a gear in this superb second run.
Stephen Merchant is upgraded to a full co-star and pretty much steels the show with his hilariously inept management [such as his Richard and Judy interview in episode 3]. Shaun Williamson is very game and hilarious, willing to throw himself into humiliating positions to great comic effect.
The more varied storylines are an improvement on series one, with the highlight being the horribly spot on 'When the whistle blows' which is simply brilliant, especially if you remember noughties' hits My Family and Green Green Grass. Gervais's Andy comes more into his own with his slow corruption of fame and while Maggie doesn't get much development, Ashely Jenson is great and likeable.
The celebrity cameos are more frequent and possibly funnier than the first series, with Ronnie Corbett ['Trouble, it's always Corbett'] and Robert Lyndsay ['You don't know Citizen Smith!] being the stand out with David Bowie, Chris Martin, Warwick Davis and Daniel Radcliffe [A ring means nothing to me] being almost as good.
Episode 2 [With Bowie's horribly excruciating song] and episode 3 [with its take on tabloid media] are my favourites but most of the episodes are a joy. There are flaws: Greg [this show's version of the office's Neil] doesn't really work as a character for me and a few jokes [Old people being rude, Maggie lack of tact] are repeated too often. But it's still an excellent run.
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on 27 September 2016
lacks the spontaneity of series 1, as it revolves mostly around the "sitcom" written by central character Andy Millman -- who has acquired anger since the first series, where he was a laid back shrinking violet. This simply shows that the "Office" docu-drama format for Gervaise/Marchant sitcoms has had its day and bog-standard sitcom format works best, and they've drifted over to that. Cameos by well-known hollywood faces are still amusing, they've somehow agreed to become the "opposite" characters to what they are in real life. So Ricky still has clout with his showbix friends. I remember when he played the part of a foul-mouthed roving news reporter on a channel 4 sketch show....he's come down a lot since those days.
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on 25 March 2016
delivered following day, as good as expected
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on 21 April 2011
As good as the first series was this is even better. Andy Millman finally gets his dream of becoming an actor although the harsh realities of fame and fortune seem come to haunt this character. His truly awful catchphrased show is actually so bad its good.

Ricky and Steve give "Barry" a bigger part which is genius and he steps up to the mark beautifully. Whole host of great cameo's and my favourite is Keith Chegwin who is amazing!!

Deniro stars in the final episode now and does realy well at subtley playing his part of big time holywood actor.

The only downside is that this was the final series, you feel sad at the end and it doesn't seem they will go back to this character again. As a body of work its beautiful and will stand the test of time a wonderful, clever, witty show that everyone just simply must watch.
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on 27 March 2016
We like Ricky Gervais. He is a brave, unflinching comedian. But his humour is so excruciating to watch and this second series even more so than the first. Sometimes it's almost unbearable to sit and watch it unfold. His agent is wonderfully , horribly inept - the most dreadful agent an actor could ever have, ditto his incredibly dim lady friend. He makes it all so horribly fascinating, so you just have to watch it.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 April 2007
Ricky Gervais actually managed to top himself with season one of "Extras," all about a struggling actor trying to catch a break.

Well, in the second season of "Extras," his character has finally gotten one. But obviously it's not smooth sailing for the stressed-out extras, who continue to stumble through odd jobs and exaggerated celebrities. It's full of hilarious spoofery of the entertainment biz, and is pretty much hysterical from start to finish.

In the opening episode, Andy (Gervais) has finally gotten his own sitcom, "When the Whistle Blows," and is over the moon. Problem is, the BBC decides to dumb it down and make him use funny costuming to achieve cheap laughs. As the season goes on, Andy struggles to keep "When the Whistle Blows" afloat and approved of, since the reviews are atrocious.

Meanwhile, Maggie (Ashley Jensen) has a tiny part in an absurd courtroom drama starring Orlando Bloom, and the arrogant Bloom starts pursuing her when she expresses a lack of interest. ("They're basically just doing it because you're famous." "Well, they're not just doing it because I'm famous -- no, it's my looks as well!"). When he's not making fun of Johnny Depp ("I've got scissors for hands!")

He and Maggie continue to tangle with a bunch of other celebs -- a sex-obsessed Daniel Radcliffe (who accidentally snaps a condom at Diana Rigg), Warwick Davis, a self-promoting Chris Martin, and Robert De Niro. He also gets mocked by David Bowie in a pub, and his sitcom is criticized by Stephen Fry. He even stars in a play directed by Ian McKellen, but neglects to notice that it's a gay romance with a man-man kiss.

It's sort of pleasant that Gervais didn't pound the "barely employed actor" thing to death after the first season of "Extras." Instead, he uses Andy's sitcom to open new storylines (and new disasters) for his increasingly embittered character, as he tries to straddle the fence between success and being a genuine actor.

Gervais continues to write wonderfully squirmy dialogue ("'TV bully kicks dwarf in face.'" "Accurate, but as you say there's no such thing as bad publicity") and horribly embarrassing situations. It's all filmed in a very natural style, except that now we have some looks inside Andy's sitcom, a sort of lowbrow, widely-watched comedy with a random celeb cameo.

Poor Andy has a rough time in this season, and so Gervais really brings out his frustration and dissatisfaction with the way his poor show has been mutilated. Not to mention his tendency to embarrass himself. And Jensen is wonderful as the sweet, flaky Maggue, while Stephen Merchant is great fun as Andy's inept agent.

But the best is the stuff uttered by the actors -- Radcliffe and Bloom are hysterical as clumsily woman-chasing, self-obsessed parodies of themselves, and it's hard not to adore them for it. Bowie's "pathetic little fat man/nobody's laughing" song is just hilarious. And McKellen steals the show, whether it's discussing his "method" ("How did I know what to say? They had my lines written down on a SCRIPT") or accidentally making it look like he and Andy had an intimate encounter.

"Extras: Season Two" is a solid follow-up to the outstanding first season, with our "extras" continuing to struggle in the surreal world of showbiz. Definitely worth seeing!
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on 12 November 2015
Excellent, upset no more series thought after this. Very dry humour so don't buy if you don't like that kind of thing.
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