1,429 votes


BBC Two 2005

Andy Millman gave up his day job five years ago in the hope of achieving the big time, but he’s yet to land a speaking part, let alone saunter down the red carpet to pick up an Oscar. He remains optimistic however, as rubbing shoulders with the A-list on-set only serves to reinforce his belief that the big time is just a job or two away.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Extras

Extras - S1E3

#1 - Kate Winslet


Season 1 - Episode 3

Kate Winslet hopes her role as a nun in a film about the Second World War will guarantee her an Oscar. However, her meeting with Andy and Maggie leads her into a very embarrassing situation. Andy also finds himself in an embarrassing situation when a date with a fellow extra doesn't quite turn out as expected.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Extras from 204 votes.

Extras - S2E2

#2 - David Bowie


Season 2 - Episode 2

Andy is realising that fame is not all it is cracked up to be when his sitcom receives terrible reviews. The public provide him with encouragement when he's recognised by a homeless man and his "biggest fan" in a pub. However, when Andy and his friends head to a classy bar, he discovers that even David Bowie wants to mock him, in the form of a song "the little fat man who sold his soul".

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Extras from 166 votes.

Extras - S2E1

#3 - Orlando Bloom


Season 2 - Episode 1

Andy Millman is very excited at the prospect of his sitcom 'When the Whistle Blows', being made by the BBC. He wants it to be realistic and something the audience can relate to. However, the BBC have other ideas making Andy's character wear a wig and silly glasses. It's not long before the comedy is totally different to Andy's original idea. Meanwhile, Maggie is an extra on Orlando Blooms latest movie. Orlando is obsessed with himself and with Maggie. But she doesn't fancy him at all.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Extras from 158 votes.

Extras - S2E6

#4 - Robert Lindsay & Jonathan Ross


Season 2 - Episode 6

Andy has a new celebrity pal, chat show host Jonathan Ross. His friendship with Maggie is under strain and he's just about had enough of his useless agent. When Andy is pressed into visiting a sick child in hospital by a pushy mum, Andy meets Robert Lindsay who is less than impressed when the child and mum fail to recall his 70's sitcom. Andy is ready to fire his agent, however is offered a chance to meet his idol, Robert De Niro. Will Andy abandon his real friends to meet his hero?

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Extras from 134 votes.

Extras - S1E6

#5 - Patrick Stewart


Season 1 - Episode 6

Andy has written a script for a sitcom. While working on a production with Patrick Stewart, he gives him the script and asks if he can help by passing it on to people in the business. Stewart is able to "make it so". The BBC shows interest and Andy is asked to write a pilot. While working on the script with an editor from the BBC, who Andy finds difficult to tolerate because he is "too gay", Andy makes the mistake of mentioning this to Maggie.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Extras from 170 votes.

Extras - S2E3
#6 - Daniel Radcliffe
Season 2 - Episode 3

First comes success, then the backlash and the British press aren't about to change the rules. Andy has incurred their wrath and searches for ways to lift his profile. Meanwhile, on the set of his new film, Daniel Radcliffe is trying his staggeringly poor chat-up lines on anyone female.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Extras from 154 votes.

Extras - S1E5
#7 - Samuel L. Jackson
Season 1 - Episode 5

Andy is trying to avoid a fellow extra who is 'dull'. When the extra helps to get Andy a line of dialogue, Andy mentions he 'owes him one'. The extra suggests that they should go out for a meal to return the favour. Meanwhile, Maggie is going out of her way to show she isn't racist, whilst on a date with a black actor.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Extras from 168 votes.

Extras - S1E1
#8 - Ben Stiller
Season 1 - Episode 1

Andy and Maggie are playing extras in the film Ben Stiller is directing, which is based on the life of Goran, an Eastern European man whose wife and son were killed in the Balkans War. Andy attempts to get a speaking part by befriending Goran, who eventually gets Andy a spoken line. However, Andy gets in an argument with Stiller just before shooting his scene and is kicked off the set. Maggie, meanwhile, takes an interest in one of the crew but it goes wrong after Andy points out that her would-be beau has one leg shorter than the other.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Extras from 282 votes.

Extras - S2E5
#9 - Sir Ian McKellen
Season 2 - Episode 5

While searching for credibility Andy gets a part in a play directed by Sir Ian McKellen. He soon discovers the play 'A Month of Summers', is the tale of love between two men and becomes uncomfortable with the part. Andy finds himself in a personally difficult situation when some old school friends come to see his performance.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Extras from 140 votes.

Extras - S1E4
#10 - Les Dennis
Season 1 - Episode 4

Andy gets a break when he lands the part of the Genie in Aladdin alongside Les Dennis. Andy soon finds himself in a dilemma when he sees Les' young fiancé in a compromising position with a stage hand. Andy decides to tell (a naked) Les what he has seen.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Extras from 175 votes.

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First season was pretty good and had some good laughs, but it was the second season that sold it to me. I haven’t laughed so hard in a while. XD


work of art


Started out really great, smart jokes and funny stuff, then went downhill with cheap jabs and awkward comedy. Like any other Ricky Gervais show apparently.


[spoiler] Are you having a laugh? Is he having a laugh! [/spoiler] The 3rd and the half wall breaking comedy does seems like something that is supposed to be _just watch and get over_, this ain't that. The characters aren't really much far from their real life counterpart, so its a fun and enjoyable show. The [spoiler] Big Brother (Christmas Special finale) [/spoiler] episode however was over the top, since that's what he had been feeling from the end of Series 1.


Rather unknown but this is Ricky Gervais like he always is. Only two short seasons but you will love it. Totally underrated!


Really a great take down of how real stars/Celebrities send themselves up. Gervais is wonderful.


First season was fantastic. Second showed signs of hilarity but was more sad and frustrating at times. (via TV Blaze for WP)


It builds and builds until a surprisingly emotional climax in the Christmas Special.


Took me a couple of episodes to get into it. Finished first season now and really like it. Not comperable to any US sitcom, this is british which you either like or you don´t. The "guesstars", although only having very few scenes in every episode, are kind of self-mocking (hope it`s the right term) which is cool. And I really think Ashley Jensen, who plays Maggie, is awesome in her role. Give it a try.

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