Ricky Gervais has made quite the living off comedy series that premiere in the United Kingdom and end up getting imported to the United States either in their original form or by way of an adaptation like NBC’s The Office.
Extras and Life’s Too Short made their way to Americans via HBO, and now Gervais’ most recent mockumentary-style comedy series, Derek, is heading to Netflix for a premiere sometime in 2013. Today we have the first trailer for the series – which we voted to be one of the most underrated TV shows of 2012.
Across the pond, Derek has received mixed reviews as the series features a learning-disabled protagonist, which is something guaranteed to rile up some audiences. But Gervais is not shy when it comes to pushing the envelope and has always done his best to portray honest comedy, even if it’s not the most accessible for people who are easily offended.
The series follows Derek Noakes, a tender, innocent man whose love for his job and the people he cares for shines through. He’s 49, adores animals, Rolf Harris, Jesus, Deal or No Deal, Million Pound Drop and Britain’s Got Talent – but his main hobby is autograph hunting. Working in a retirement home with his friend and landlord Dougie (played by Karl Pilkington), Derek cares deeply for the elderly and his best friend, Hannah (Kerry Godliman).
The show doesn’t seem as crass or lighthearted as Extras or Life’s Too Short, and it actually packs a bit of an emotional punch. Of course, the trailer does feature some alternate takes and riffs as has become standard on Blu-Ray/DVD releases of comedy films and series.
This is a big year for Netflix as it will see the premiere of House of Cards in February, Arrested Development in May and now this new treat from Ricky Gervais. We’ll have to wait and see how American audiences respond to Derek when it premieres on Netflix sometime this year.