In 2012, Ricky Gervais stepped away from his longtime writing partner, Stephen Merchant, for his new comedy-drama pilot, Derek. Only airing in the UK, Gervais plays the title character, Derek, a mentally disabled 50-year old who works in a senior citizen's home.
Although the pilot caused some controversy from people believing Gervais was simply mocking the disabled, the truth is that Derek is one of Gervais' strongest series since The Office and is equally as funny as it is touching.
What You Need to Know: Netflix picked up the series and will air it in 2013. (The pilot is available to those who Google its name.)