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Ricky Gervais is back at it, and by "it" I mean creating awkward mockumentary comedy. His latest series, Derek, has already aired in the U.K., but will be available to stream on Netflix beginning September 12 at 12:01am. Gervais is credited as the creator, writer, director, and executive producer on the series, in addition to starring in it. The show has already been picked up for a second season across the pond.

Derek follows the life of Gervais's character, Derek Noakes, who is described as kind, tender, and innocent—three words that would never be used to describe the comedian's typical brand of humor. 

Derek is a 49-year-old bloke who works in a modest nursing home and obviously genuinely enjoys his job, often putting it before anything else. He's joined by his friends: Hannah (Kerry Godliman); Dougie (frequent Gervais collaborator/whipping-boy Karl Pilkington, in what might be his first attempt at actual acting), who's also a colleague and his roommate; and Kev (David Earl), a friend of Derek's who actually doesn't work at the nursing home. 


One thing the trailer doesn't make clear—and purposely so—is whether Derek is a "special needs" individual. I only bring it up because the series drew some ire during its U.K. airing, with some viewers alleging that the show makes light of the mentally handicapped—a complaint Gervais responded to with the claim that Derek is not intended to have a "specific and defined disability " It's clearly a touchy subject—especially now that various mental conditions and illnesses, both diagnosed and alluded to, are practically a trend among TV characters—but if you have any thoughts on the matter, I'd love to hear them in the comments!

 

Do you plan to check out Derek? U.K. pals: If you've already seen it, what'd you think?

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 5/30/2014

Season 2 : Episode 6

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Loved it.

If you're afraid Ricky Gervais is playing a mentally handicapped for cheap laughs you couldn't be more wrong. This show is actually nothing like that.

My respect for Gervais went up a few notches again.
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It does appear that Derek may be mentally handicapped but I'm not getting the impression (so far) that it plays that up for humor or anything but for sweetness.
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I love the fact that Ricky Gervais doesn't ever just stick to one thing for too long. So he's now built up such a great career. He should try to do another movie again as well.
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I watched a number of them and just really couldn't get into it, and I love gervais
Next project!!!
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Simple Jack.
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This is truly a wonderful show, I cried a few times throughout the show.

Karl is great as Dougie
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This looks like a sweet show. I'll definitely be checking it out.
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I absolutely love this show. Had me in tears a few times. Karl is so great. Surprisingly great actually.
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I'm going to have to miss this one. I liked The Office U.S. but not the U.K., maybe I just don't like Ricky Gervais.
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I was planning on watching this sometime, and it looks promising based on this trailer. I'm definitely looking forward to it.
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really ? ^^

Good luck ...
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Is this a mockumentary? I hate shows like that, IMO it seems like a cheap way to tell jokes.
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I'm very nervous for Karl Pilkington's acting debut. I really want it to be great.
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