News: Iwatchonline alternative domain www.Iwatchonline.eu

Extras - S02E01

Drama . Comedy
 

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.

 
Episode Title: Orlando Bloom
Airs: 2006-09-14 at 09:00 pm
  • Ray Bennett

    Incisive, fearless and laugh-out-loud funny, "Extras" will appeal to anyone who liked "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    If you loved "The Office" you may have grave doubts that any followup comedy could be as good and as quote-the-dialogue funny. "Extras" is that - another triumph, and a perfect Sunday-night companion piece for "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    A looser show [than The Office], another comedy of frustration, but with a feckless sweetness (which is exactly what My Name Is Earl lacks). [17 Oct 2005, p.39]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Lee Siegel

    The most original and brilliant show on television.

    The New Republic Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    'Extras" is far less terminally existential than ''The Office," less depressing to watch.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    At once more modest and more ambitious than its predecessor; more focused on detail and yet more expansive. It is also excruciatingly funny, with an emphasis on excruciating.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

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

    Slate Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    A worthy and exhilarating new HBO companion to "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    It's got edge galore, but it's the kind that sneaks up on you and proves again that Gervais has the subtlest kind of brilliance, hard to categorize but easy to enjoy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    An instant chucklehead classic.

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Eric Neigher

    Not quite The Office II, not quite a wholly different breed, Extras should nevertheless please Gervais aficionados and newcomers alike.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    [Merchant and Gervais'] meetings are gemlike exchanges of deadpan incompetence and hair-pulling frustration, worthy of the bygone era of comedy teams.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    "Extras'' doesn't quite rise to the same level [as "The Office"], but it is very funny and Gervais plays another memorable character

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    Very British, coasting on quiet pauses, subtle digs and ironic discomfort -- a bonus for some, a strong negative for many.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Extras captures the stifling boredom and raging egotism of life behind the camera.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Gervais and Merchant excel at capturing scenes of quiet discomfort as well as palpable desperation in the face of near-constant rejection. Those qualities elevate "Extras""Extras" above the surface-deep "Entourage" or often-frustrating "The Comeback."

    Variety Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    Mr. Gervais has in no way lost his touch.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • No one can backpedal his way into a ditch quite like Gervais.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Not that the show will be everyone's English cup of tea, but there are enough "A" list Hollywood stars (making fun of themselves) each week to bring in even the most easily offended, but curious, viewers.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Though he's playing a smarter, wittier, more self aware character than he did in The Office, Gervais displays the same gift for the social faux pas, and the same inability to extract himself from increasingly improper conversations.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Tim Whitelaw

    Millman is closer to Gervais than Brent ever was, and Extras teases out compelling tension from his desperate efforts to enter the world of the glitterati.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Millman... is kind of an irritating guy, and the conceit of the show wears thin pretty quickly.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Joy Press

    Gervais is a comic genius specializing in the art of discomfort, but this new character doesn't have the same compelling anti-charisma as The Office's David Brent--in part because Andy is such a peripheral figure in his workplace, but also because he's a more subtle creation, a mixed bag of the admirable and reprehensible.

    Village Voice Full Review