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** Nor is the crusade against the traditional sitcom as the show progresses. After a point it comes across less as Ricky and Steve espousing the merit of their style of show and more declaring their superiority to everything else. It's little wonder Ricky - the more visible of the pair - developed a reputation for having an ego.


** One of the ''Celebrity Series/BigBrother'' housemates in the Christmas Special is Lionel Blair, AdamWesting it up with the best of them. In 2014 he appeared on the show for real. ''Radio/TheNowShow'''s Sara Pascoe pointed out that while the parody episode only had him tapdancing around the house and complaining about being old, [[FreakierThanFiction the real thing had him pole-dancing dressed in latex.]]

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** One of the ''Celebrity Series/BigBrother'' housemates in the Christmas Special is Lionel Blair, AdamWesting it up with the best of them. In 2014 2014, he appeared on the show for real. ''Radio/TheNowShow'''s Sara Pascoe pointed out that while the parody episode only had him tapdancing around the house and complaining about being old, [[FreakierThanFiction the real thing had him pole-dancing dressed in latex.]]



* HollywoodHomely: {{Played with}}. Maggie often gets a number of disparaging comments about her appearance (especially by Creator/CliveOwen), even though Ashley Jenson is quite attractive. Of course, this trope is more {{Justified|Trope}} than usual considering she (by dint of her career in the film/television industry) ''is'' surrounded by extremely attractive women.
* HoYay: Darren and Barry.

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* HollywoodHomely: {{Played with}}. Maggie often gets a number of disparaging comments about her appearance (especially by Creator/CliveOwen), even though Ashley Jenson is quite attractive. Of course, this trope is more {{Justified|Trope}} justified than usual considering she (by dint of her career in the film/television industry) ''is'' surrounded by extremely attractive women.
* %%* HoYay: Darren and Barry.


* BrokenBase: Some felt that the second series suffered from becoming something of an AuthorTract about how all sitcoms that don't follow the single-camera ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' / ''Extras'' style are low-brow garbage. Note that the vast majority of critics agreed 100% with this viewpoint of classic {{Brit Com}}s and complimented Ricky Gervais on helping point out the flaws in other comedy shows; their main complaint was that it overtook the humour on this show. Conversely, some feel the second series is superior to the first, due to Stephen Merchant and Shaun Williams having larger roles, more varied celebrity appearances [such as the Bafta episode], greater character development for Andy [dealing with success] and the ''When the Whistle Blows'' parody segments.



* SeasonalRot: Though still considered pretty good overall, some felt that the second series suffered from becoming something of an AuthorTract about how all sitcoms that don't follow the single-camera ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' / ''Extras'' style are low-brow garbage. Note that the vast majority of critics agreed 100% with this and complimented Gervais on helping point out the flaws in other comedy shows; their main complaint was that it overtook the humour on this show.
** Conversely, some feel series 2 is superior to series 1 due to Stephen Merchant and Shaun Williams having larger roles, more varied celebrity appearances [such as the Bafta episode], greater character development for Andy [dealing with success] and the 'When the whistle blows' parody segments.


* SeasonalRot: Though still considered pretty good overall, many felt that the second series suffered from becoming something of an AuthorTract about how all sitcoms that don't follow the single-camera ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' / ''Extras'' style are low-brow garbage. Note that the vast majority of critics agreed 100% with this and complimented Gervais on helping point out the flaws in other comedy shows; their main complaint was that it overtook the humour on this show.
** Conversely, so think series 2 is superior to series 1 due to Stephen Merchant and Shaun Williams having larger roles, more varied celebrity appearances, greater character development for Andy [dealing with success] and the 'When the whistle blows' parody segments.

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* SeasonalRot: Though still considered pretty good overall, many some felt that the second series suffered from becoming something of an AuthorTract about how all sitcoms that don't follow the single-camera ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' / ''Extras'' style are low-brow garbage. Note that the vast majority of critics agreed 100% with this and complimented Gervais on helping point out the flaws in other comedy shows; their main complaint was that it overtook the humour on this show.
** Conversely, so think some feel series 2 is superior to series 1 due to Stephen Merchant and Shaun Williams having larger roles, more varied celebrity appearances, appearances [such as the Bafta episode], greater character development for Andy [dealing with success] and the 'When the whistle blows' parody segments.

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** Conversely, so think series 2 is superior to series 1 due to Stephen Merchant and Shaun Williams having larger roles, more varied celebrity appearances, greater character development for Andy [dealing with success] and the 'When the whistle blows' parody segments.


* HarsherInHindsight: Creator/OrlandoBloom's insecurity about Creator/JohnnyDepp, considering his film career was practically dormant in between ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' and ''Film/TheHobbit'' trilogies, while Johnny Depp had several leading roles in that time.
** Somewhat mollified in that Orlando Bloom basically was just enjoying the fruits of his success the entire time.
** Bloom's dislike of Johnny Depp also seems rather prescient since Depp was falsely accused of domestic violence in his marriage with Creator/AmberHeard, which caused much of his fanbase to turn against him overnight and his involvement in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' has [[OvershadowedByControversy overshadowed the film's success]]. By contrast, Bloom has no such controversy attached to his name (he and his ex-wife remain on good terms) and even found new fans with the ''Film/TheHobbit'' series.


** Bloom's dislike of Johnny Depp also seems rather prescient since Depp was accused of domestic violence in his marriage with Creator/AmberHeard, which caused much of his fanbase to turn against him overnight and his involvement in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' has [[OvershadowedByControversy overshadowed the film's success]]. By contrast, Bloom has no such controversy attached to his name (he and his ex-wife remain on good terms) and even found new fans with the ''Film/TheHobbit'' series.

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** Bloom's dislike of Johnny Depp also seems rather prescient since Depp was falsely accused of domestic violence in his marriage with Creator/AmberHeard, which caused much of his fanbase to turn against him overnight and his involvement in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' has [[OvershadowedByControversy overshadowed the film's success]]. By contrast, Bloom has no such controversy attached to his name (he and his ex-wife remain on good terms) and even found new fans with the ''Film/TheHobbit'' series.


* EarWorm: The theme song to ''When The Whistle Blows.''
** Not to mention "See his pug-nosed face! ''(Pug, pug! Pug, pug!)'' Little fat man with the pug-nosed face!"


** Bloom's dislike of Johnny Depp also seems rather prescient since Depp was accused of domestic violence in his marriage with Creator/AmberHeard, which caused much of his fanbase to turn against him overnight and his involvement in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' has [[OvershadowedByControversy overshadowed the film's success]]. By contrast, Bloom has no such controversy attached to his name and even found new fans with the ''Film/TheHobbit'' series.

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** Bloom's dislike of Johnny Depp also seems rather prescient since Depp was accused of domestic violence in his marriage with Creator/AmberHeard, which caused much of his fanbase to turn against him overnight and his involvement in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' has [[OvershadowedByControversy overshadowed the film's success]]. By contrast, Bloom has no such controversy attached to his name (he and his ex-wife remain on good terms) and even found new fans with the ''Film/TheHobbit'' series.


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** There's a general vibe (especially in Series 2) that people who are easily amused should be a prime target of mockery. In the years since ''Extras'' ended, Ricky Gervais has swung in the other direction and his comedy stylings are now about mocking people who are either easily offended or who simply don't laugh at every single joke they hear. You've got to wonder if Ricky even knows what reaction he wants from an audience.


* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: When Andy brusquely denies Darren an on-stage pass to see him, Maggie lets Darren down gently with a few white lies that paint Andy's refusal in a kinder light. She clearly isn't comfortable doing so, but she pulls it off just fine and Darren accepts it at face value. Her BadLiar tendencies, which invariably result in embarrassment and social disaster for Andy, [[{{Troll}} might have been deliberate]].

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When Andy brusquely denies Darren an on-stage pass to see him, Maggie lets Darren down gently with a few white lies that paint Andy's refusal in a kinder light. She clearly isn't comfortable doing so, but she pulls it off just fine and Darren accepts it at face value. Her BadLiar tendencies, which invariably result in embarrassment and social disaster for Andy, [[{{Troll}} might have been deliberate]]. deliberate]].
** Though they seemingly remain on good terms after Andy's apology in the first season, Damon's infamous changes to ''When The Whistle Blows'' that ultimately harm it and Andy's reputation could be seen as an attempt to subtly spite Andy for his "too gay" comment.


** Bloom's dislike of Johnny Depp also seems rather prescient since Depp was accused of domestic violence in his marriage with Amber Heard, which caused much of his fanbase to turn against him overnight and his involvement in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' has [[OvershadowedByControversy overshadowed the film's success]]. By contrast, Bloom has no such controversy attached to his name and even found new fans with the ''Film/TheHobbit'' series.

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** Bloom's dislike of Johnny Depp also seems rather prescient since Depp was accused of domestic violence in his marriage with Amber Heard, Creator/AmberHeard, which caused much of his fanbase to turn against him overnight and his involvement in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' has [[OvershadowedByControversy overshadowed the film's success]]. By contrast, Bloom has no such controversy attached to his name and even found new fans with the ''Film/TheHobbit'' series.

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** Bloom's dislike of Johnny Depp also seems rather prescient since Depp was accused of domestic violence in his marriage with Amber Heard, which caused much of his fanbase to turn against him overnight and his involvement in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' has [[OvershadowedByControversy overshadowed the film's success]]. By contrast, Bloom has no such controversy attached to his name and even found new fans with the ''Film/TheHobbit'' series.


* SeasonalRot: Though still considered pretty good overall, many felt that the second series suffered from becoming something of an AuthorTract about how all sitcoms that don't follow the single-camera ''Series/TheOffice'' / ''Extras'' style are low-brow garbage. Note that the vast majority of critics agreed 100% with this and complimented Gervais on helping point out the flaws in other comedy shows; their main complaint was that it overtook the humour on this show.

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* SeasonalRot: Though still considered pretty good overall, many felt that the second series suffered from becoming something of an AuthorTract about how all sitcoms that don't follow the single-camera ''Series/TheOffice'' ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' / ''Extras'' style are low-brow garbage. Note that the vast majority of critics agreed 100% with this and complimented Gervais on helping point out the flaws in other comedy shows; their main complaint was that it overtook the humour on this show.

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** Somewhat mollified in that Orlando Bloom basically was just enjoying the fruits of his success the entire time.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: When Andy brusquely denies Darren an on-stage pass to see him, Maggie lets Darren down gently with a few white lies that paint Andy's refusal in a kinder light. She clearly isn't comfortable doing so, but she pulls it off just fine and Darren accepts it at face value. Her BadLiar tendencies, which invariably result in embarrassment and social disaster for Andy, [[{{Troll}} might have been deliberate]].

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