Critic Consensus: Derek is as irreverent as might be expected from a show starring Ricky Gervais, but this time he brings a surprising amount of depth and empathy to the title character.
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Derek... swiftly tracks a course from sweet to cloying to sugar coma.
With its own take on awkward pauses, misapprehensions and failed humor, Derek is actually just Gervais' latest angle on square pegs in a round-hole world.
Some schools of criticism hold that an author's intentions are as unimportant as his biography. In this case, smart viewers will just let themselves enjoy the lumps in their throats and the tears in their eyes.
If you can make it past the unbearably manipulative opening episode, there's authentic poignancy and a wistful melancholy in this world of lost and mostly forgotten souls.
There's an appeal to the gentle spirit of Derek but it would have a stronger pull if the plotting was less dull.
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