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6 Reasons You Should Be Watching Ricky Gervais' Netflix Series Derek

The world would be a better place if we were all a little more like Derek Noakes, the titular character of Netflix's British import Derek.

That may be a surprising notion, given that Derek — a simple-minded man who works in an old-age home in Britain — is the creation of Ricky Gervais, whose stand-up comedy and past work on shows like The Office and Extras can be biting, to say the least. Even Gervais admits thatDerek, which he describes plainly (and accurately) as "a show about kindness," is less a departure from his previous projects and more a complete rejection of them.

"In recent years — and I'm culpable; I may even be one of the major driving forces in it — there's been a comedy of embarrassment, of excruciating social faux pas, the minutiae of human behavior, and usually the bad side," Gervais, who plays the lead role of Derek in addition to writing and directing the series, told TVGuide.com last week. "What's slightly different about [Derek] is, all those comedies and all the characters I've created before were sort of laughing at the blind spot, laughing at the difference between how the characters see themselves and how we see them. And with this, I've closed that blind spot. People are more sincere and more honest. ... The big theme is that kindness trumps everything."

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VIDEO: The Greater Good

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The Greater Good
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Length: 57:07
Aired: 2/25/2013

Rook is a desperate man – his government department will soon be a casualty to cutbacks unless he’s able to do something – so he’s off to China to find private investors. While he’s away, he needs the Honolulu Heights residents to look after his special charge, werewolf Bobby. Bobby’s been locked up in the archive for decades and is consequently more naïve and socially awkward than Tom ever was. For once, someone is in Tom’s thrall. Hal’s also entrusted with ‘sorting out’ vampire Crumb’s rampage. But when he loses faith in Crumb’s, and indeed his, ability to reform, it’s up to Alex to prove that it can be done. Even if that means going on a date with a repugnant vampire. watch

VIDEO: The Greater Good

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The Greater Good
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Length: 55:42
Aired: 8/3/2013

It's vampire rehab at Honolulu Heights when Crumb comes to stay. watch

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Year Title Description
2013 Being Human: The Trinity
Season 5, Episode 1
Episode, Actor
2013 Being Human: The Greater Good
Season 5, Episode 4
Episode, Actor - Ian Crumb
2013 Derek TV Show Series, Actor - Geoff
2012 Life's Too Short: Episode Five
Season 1, Episode 5
Episode, Actor - Bryan

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