A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Friendship and kindness are stressed on this show, sometimes explicitly as when Derek affirms that he's neither clever nor good-looking but that he is kind and that's more important.
Positive Role Models
Characters are kind to each other and solicitous of each other's feelings, if sometimes playfully mocking. Derek himself is sweet and loves his friends and the people at his work as well as the patients at the care home.
Violence & Scariness
Characters sometimes playfully cuff each other; in one scene a woman head-butts another who's picking on Derek at a pub.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters are shown naked with their private parts blurred in several nonsexual visual jokes; one character is very sexual and makes a lot of jokes and innuendos about his body parts and having sex with practically any woman around.
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Four-letter words are not bleeped: "Do you know the s--t I'd get into?" Curses are used jocularly rather than angrily.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke on-screen; scenes take place in Derek's favorite pub.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Derek is a sweet streaming series about a man who works in a senior residence home. There is some cursing, including unbleeped four-letter words, which are usually uttered in a jocular way rather than in anger or directed unkindly at other characters. There also are sexual jokes, including jokes about pregnancy, homosexuality, and venereal disease. One character is quite sexual and often expresses his desire for women in the cast in blunt, joking terms. Characters are sometimes shown nude in visual jokes, with their private parts blurred. There also is some cartoonish violence, such as when one character head-butts another to protest her insults toward Derek. Some scenes take place in a pub, and characters drink beer frequently on-screen. Kids likely will not get a lot of the jokes, which skew very British and require a knowledge of words such as "knackered" and what a "council flat" is. But Anglophiles and lovers of gentle sitcoms will warm to this material, and it could be great whole-family viewing that includes mature teens.
Is It Any Good?
Derek is a kindly if bumbling character with great love for his coworkers, his two best friends, and the seniors who live where he works. "Old people are nicer to me than other people," says Derek, who doesn't mind clipping their toenails or holding their hands until they fall asleep. Genuine sweetness on television sitcoms is pretty rare, as are characters who treat each other with love and kindness even while they crack jokes about "sex pudding" or annoy each other with unfashionable hairdos.
The gentle sweetness of Derek is leavened with British silliness; viewers who enjoyed the original Office also will probably enjoy this (and its format is a similar mockumentary style). Certainly there's nothing like it on television, and it's all the more surprising coming from a crass, often biting guy like Gervais, best known in America for playing a jerky boss and ticking people off as a Golden Globes host. Parents who can handle the cursing and sex jokes probably will enjoy watching with their older kids; if said kids can understand the characters' mumbling, deadpan style, they'll probably enjoy watching it, too.
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