Derek: Season 1 (2013)

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Derek

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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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Critic Ratings: 32

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User Ratings: 199

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 12, 2013

Kindly, ever-cheerful caretaker Derek Noakes introduces himself and the hard-working staff of the nursing home where they are employed. -- (C) Netflix

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Air date: Sep 12, 2013

When the authorities cite bureaucratic budget cuts as a reason to lay off the staff and transfer the residents, Hannah, Derek and Dougie fight back. -- (C) Netflix

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Air date: Sep 12, 2013

Derek overindulges at his 50th birthday party; a rebellious teenage thief doing community service at the home discovers the power of self-respect. -- (C) Netflix

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Air date: Sep 12, 2013

The staff endures a painful loss that inspires Hannah and Tom to begin considering their on-again, off-again relationship in a more serious light. -- (C) Netflix

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Air date: Sep 12, 2013

Derek, Dougie and Kev take some residents to the beach, where they discover the power of sunshine, fresh air and writing dirty words on crabs. -- (C) Netflix

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Air date: Sep 12, 2013

A cabaret-style talent show at the home features Derek and pals as a familiar '80s pop band and an aspiring rapper who gains respect for his elders. -- (C) Netflix

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Air date: Sep 12, 2013

Derek's estranged father appears and wants to reconnect with the son he abandoned in childhood, but Derek uncharacteristically refuses to forgive him. -- (C) Netflix

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Series 1 follows the day-to-day life inside the modest facility, where Derek and his companions, care worker Hannah, handyman Dougie and local oddball Kev who have found a quiet, but maybe not ideal, refuge from society's judgements and vanity. In their stable corner of the world, life's small quirks become the central focus. Despite driving each other mad, the group's friendship shines through in the warmth of the eccentric little community they've created.

Critic Reviews for Derek Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (18)

Gervais is perfectly earnest in what he's set out to do with "Derek," and his heart is in the right place, but in trying to do right by these characters he ends up in danger of condescending to both them and the audience.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Derek... swiftly tracks a course from sweet to cloying to sugar coma.

Sep 11, 2013 | Full Review…
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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.

Sep 11, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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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.

Sep 13, 2013 | Full Review…
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Oddly, in fact, it's Derek's redeeming qualities that are the hardest to take - a sense of self-congratulation at the refinement of its own sentiments that has a little bit of the bully in it too.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The drawback of Derek is not that it is cruel about disability but that it is often soft on a character whose identity remains too vague.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…
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I felt myself not so much cringe as physically recoil.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

That talent could still be in there. But Ricky Gervais won't rediscover it until he puts down that giant foam mallet and picks up a pen.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

While the format may seem a bit too familiar, the character of Derek is a breath of fresh air from the egotistical, often obnoxious leads of past projects and it's his sunny charm that really sucks you to into the show.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Derek is an intriguing proposition without question, but...at present it feels like half a great idea.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It is unfortunately very dull indeed to watch all this niceness.

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…

So far the series seems to be a very sweet, beautifully realised little drama with the odd bit of humour--this is not some backhanded compliment, if anything it€™s real praise.

Sep 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Derek: Season 1

  • Aug 26, 2020
    Ricky Gervais is probably one of the best writers there is. This series made me laugh out loud and made me cry(which doesn't happen often). The fact that the "critics" have scored it so low shows you just how much you need to watch this if you already haven't. Can't wait to watch series 2.
  • Jul 06, 2020
    Loved the whole thing. It should be essential study in how to accept all people even when they are weird and bizarre.
  • May 24, 2020
    This series is slow to start, but if you are as faithful as the characters, you will be rewarded. It's an endearing refreshing change from the usual!
  • Apr 30, 2020
    I understand why people think that this is meant to be insincere but that misses all of the actual sentiment and subtlety that drives it. It probably helps to watch with subtitles because the dialogue is spitfire. I love that it raises the manner in which we will all eventually be treated as we age. We don't have to fear aging as we consistently have in popular culture. Derek's love doesn't have to be taken as a parody and of you allow yourself to experience it as a proper way to live then it changes the way that you view the show. If you're sick of calloused people and feel like crying through your tears then this might just be for you.
  • Jan 21, 2020
    Truly outstanding, Ricky Gervais is incredible as the title character.
  • Dec 27, 2019
    (all seasons) Gervais has crafted some interesting characters in "Derek", leading to several resonant moments, also thanks to the really good cast, yet the mockumentary style feels redundant, the laughs are few and the writing seems careless at times: the budget cut that is established early on magically never becomes a problem, hardly ever being mentioned again. "Derek" plays like a variation of what Gervais has done before: the trademarks are there ensuring the good quality but the spark is largely missing.
  • Jul 27, 2019
    That is an incredible show. It's humane and grounded. It's about good people. Just that. Good people. When I've read that some critics hated "Derek" because "it's mocking a person with disabilitiy", I was surprised. If you really see this show as "mocking" Derek - something is wring with you as human.
  • Jun 24, 2019
    You'll laugh....you'll cry.....you should love it. What a refreshingly different comedy, well done Ricky Gervais. The critics got this one wrong.
  • Apr 24, 2019
    I really liked this, got some humour, but some deep thinking and real life issues. More people should be like Derek.
  • Mar 22, 2019
    Boy do the critics have it wrong when it comes to Ricky Gervais. This show was beautiful and hilarious.

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