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After the British series of The Office came to an end, co-creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant were faced with an enviable problem: After making the most influential and acclaimed sitcom of the past decade, what do you do next? Amazingly, they've actually created an equally brilliant show: Extras, in which Gervais plays Andy Millman, an frustrated actor who can only get work as a "background artist"--i.e., an extra. Not only does the role continue to mine Gervais' gift for self-humiliation (which, staggeringly enough, may be even more excruciating than his David Brent's behavior in The Office, because Andy is more socially capable yet still can't avoid moments of jaw-dropping embarrassment), but Gervais has also persuaded a glorious variety of stars to tweak their own images. High points include Kate Winslet (Sense & Sensibility) teaching Andy's best friend Maggie (Ashley Jensen, Ugly Betty) how to talk dirty and Patrick Stewart (X-Men) describing his new screenplay about a man who uses psychic powers to remove women's clothing. But Ben Stiller, Samuel L. Jackson, Ross Kemp (sort of the British version of Michael Chiklis), and Les Dennis (sort of the British version of...well, there may not be an American version of Les Dennis) all also turn in deliciously ego-bursting turns. Merchant plays Andy's deliriously dense agent, but the core of the show is the relationship between Andy and Maggie. Over the course of six episodes, the interplay between this hapless, starry-eyed pair grows into a wonderfully tender portrait of friendship that perfectly balances the show's so-funny-it-hurts humor. The extras are few but worth watching: Along with a behind-the-scenes featurette, genuinely funny deleted scenes, and the usual clips of everyone forgetting their lines and swearing, there's a very funny sequence of Gervais and Merchant desperately trying to replace Jude Law (who had to drop out of an episode) with Leonardo DiCaprio. All in all, Extras: The Complete First Season is essential viewing. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

Deleted Scenes: Never-before-seen deleted scenes featuring Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Stewart. Over 20 minutes of exclusive outtakes. Other: "The Difficult Second Album" behind-the-scenes featurette. "Finding Leo" -- Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant?s desperate attempt to secure a guest appearance by one of Hollywood?s top celebrity?s. Featurette: The Difficult Second Album- Behind the scenes of EXTRAS Finding Leo- featuretteDeleted Scenes: Never-before-seen deleted scenes featuring Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Stewart. Over 20 minutes of exclusive outtakes. Other: "The Difficult Second Album" behind-the-scenes featurette. "Finding Leo" -- Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant?s desperate attempt to secure a guest appearance by one of Hollywood?s top celebrity?s. Featurette: The Difficult Second Album- Behind the scenes of EXTRAS Finding Leo- featuretteDeleted Scenes: Never-before-seen deleted scenes featuring Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Stewart. Over 20 minutes of exclusive outtakes. Other: "The Difficult Second Album" behind-the-scenes featurette. "Finding Leo" -- Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant?s desperate attempt to secure a guest appearance by one of Hollywood?s top celebrity?s. Featurette: The Difficult Second Album- Behind the scenes of EXTRAS Finding Leo- featuretteDeleted Scenes: Never-before-seen deleted scenes featuring Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Stewart. Over 20 minutes of exclusive outtakes. Other: "The Difficult Second Album" behind-the-scenes featurette. "Finding Leo" -- Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant?s desperate attempt to secure a guest appearance by one of Hollywood?s top celebrity?s. Featurette: The Difficult Second Album- Behind the scenes of EXTRAS Finding Leo- featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2014
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJ4DDM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,659 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Extras - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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Very smart funny!!!
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Watching this show (much like watching "The Office") you might find yourself watching with a mouth open instead of laughing out loud.
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Some of the best comedy ever!
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109 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Hirst on October 27, 2006
Format: DVD
Well, let me help you out! As a British ex-pat living in the USA perhaps I can shed some light on who these "famous" people are:

Ep. 3 Ross Kemp: A former regular cast member of BBC soap "Eastenders", he played tough-thug-with a-heart-of-gold Grant Mitchell ('e loved 'is Mum, 'e did!) for many years, then went on to front a TV show about fishing. Hmm.

Ep. 3 Shaun Williamson: Another Eastenders regular, he played failed son of a second-hand car dealer Barry Evans, who (in the show) married Natalie, who had an affair with Ricky, who was married to Samantha Mitchell (Grant's sister). Oh, and Barry's father was married to Ricky's mother, Pat. It's all true!!

Ep. 3 Vinnie Jones: Actually you may have heard of him - he was recently seen in X-Men 3: The Last Stand as Juggernaut. He was also in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (debt collecting) and Swordfish (random thug). In the UK however, Jones is best known for playing football (sorry, Soccer...) for Wimbledon and grabbing fellow UK football star Paul Gascoigne by the scrotum during a game (all true and caught on film). I realize it may be confusing for those who associate Wimbledon only with Tennis, but the place is well known for its (now defunct) football team and Wombles (but that is another tale for another day).

Ep. 5 Les Dennis: Les came to the public eye as part of a comedy/impersonations duo with Dustin Gee on Russ Abbott's Mad House (old-fashioned British humor from the eighties, say no more), which led to their own show "The Laughter Show". Their best known skit featured impersonations of Vera Duckworth (Gee) and Mavis Riley (Dennis) from UK soap Coronation Street.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By wendy sullivan on November 1, 2006
Format: DVD
As a huge fan of The Office, which I think is one of the best sitcoms ever, I was anxiously anticipating Extras by the brilliant Ricky Gervais.

Extras follows Andy Millman who earns a living as a "background artist" in film and television. Andy wants to break out into bigger and better parts but first needs to at least get one line in a feature that won't end up on the cutting room floor. Andy's best friend Maggie, played by the adorable Ashley Jensen shares Andy's dream but is also in search of a relationship she can maintain past the two week mark.

Gervais' underacheiving Andy is not a cringe-worthy David Brent knock off but a multi-dimensional character whose struggles are shared by the audiance albeit in a unique field. Each episode features a relatively big named star such as Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller, Samual L Jackson and Patrick Stewart, though some stars such as Les Dennis and Vinny Jones are less well known here in the United States, though we get the general idea, Andy wants a speaking part and tries to befriend each of the stars in order to snag a speaking part.

Andy, pretending to be catholic, or "the "C" word" as he calls it and claiming that Michael Flatly was his childhood priest certainly remind us of David Brent but moments such as keeping suicidal Les Dennis company for the night or taking a more pathetic and desparate extra to dinner show Andy isn't quite the narcissist Brent was. Watching highly acclaimed and well respected actress Kate Winslet offer phone sex suggestions to Maggie is one of the most hilarious moments in television. Ben Stiller as a control freak threatening to shoot a childs mother in order for the child to act better and Samual L Jackson putting up with Maggie calling Louis Armstrong Sasquatch are refreshing and original compared to most watered down sitcoms.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 26, 2007
Format: DVD
For those of you familiar with Ricky Gervais, the man behind the original and best BBC Office, Extras is a real treat. For those of you unfamiliar with Gervais, Extras may take some time getting into, but once you do, you'll find a rewarding and comedic experience. Gervais plays Andy, a bit actor who desperately wants to make the big time. His partner throughout most of his antics is Maggie (Ashley Jenson), whose acting troubles are overshadowed even more by her man troubles. Andy's woes are only exasperated by his useless agent (Stephen Merchant), who seems to be doing Andy's would-be career more harm than good. The real highlight of Extras besides the excellent Gervais is the celebrity guest spots playing themselves on every episode that are brilliantly done. Ben Stiller is a scream, as is Samuel L. Jackson, while Patrick Stewart is laugh out loud hilarious as he tells Andy of his plans of writing a screenplay where he has mental powers and women have no clothing. It's Kate Winslet though that will leave you doubling over in laughter, as she attempts to help Maggie in the "talking dirty" department. Though it's only six episodes long, the first season of Extras is superb hilarity all the way, and this DVD set deserves to be picked up by fans of Gervais old and new.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on October 20, 2006
Format: DVD
Which is?...make you laugh. And, for fans of "The Office" and deadpan English humour who haven't had the opportunity to catch it yet, this DVD is a real treat. Different, opaque to start off with, but almost as good, the six episodes hold together as a "story" and, as you start to understand what's going on, the three main characters just get funnier & funnier. Ricky Gervais' acting is superbly understated, Ashley Jenson is his perfect foil as the "put upon" extra, Stephen Merchant (Gervais' co-writer of The Office) is a perfectly cast comic revelation as his fast-talking but hopeless agent, and the idea of making famous stars make fools of themselves is excruciatingly embarrassing and, as a result, brilliantly funny.

Sure, some episodes work better than others - and, for non-English viewers several of the "star" actors will be totally unknown, making what's going on even more difficult to fathom out - but, with the possible exception of Fawlty Towers, no "classic" English comedy series has hit the bull's-eye every single time and there are more than enough winners here to put it straight into "classic" status. The result? A full evening's worth of great comedy that you'll watch over & over again. Not bad for a follow-up.
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