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Derek: Season 1 (2013)




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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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 (15)

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.

September 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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

September 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.

September 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.

September 13, 2013 | Full Review…

I felt myself not so much cringe as physically recoil.

September 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.

September 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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