Derek: Season 1 (2013)

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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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Air date: Sep 12, 2013
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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 (31) | Top Critics (17)

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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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…

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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