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Extras is a British sitcom about extras working in television and film sets and in theatre. The series was co-produced by the BBC and HBO, and was created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais (Derek, The Office) and Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies, The Office) both of whom also starred in it. Extras charts the lives of Andy Millman (Gervais), his friend Maggie Jacobs (Ashley Jensen, Ugly Betty) and Andy’s substandard agent and part-time retail employee Darren Lamb (Merchant), as Millman rises to fame.
The series is filmed in a more traditional sitcom style than the mockumentary style used by Gervais and Merchant in their previous series The Office. Each episode has at least one guest star; a television or film celebrity, who play what Gervais and Merchant have referred to as “twisted” versions of themselves; an exaggerated or inverted parody of their famous public personas.
The show has been critically acclaimed, and has a Metacritic score of 81/100.