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Derek - S02 E05

Comedy . Drama

The Meadway animal rescue centre comes to visit, and for Derek that means playing with Ivor. Kev exercises his artistic talents, winding up Hannah in the process, while Derek deals with sad news.

Episode Title: Episode 5
Airs: 2014-05-21 at 10:00 pm
  • Diane Werts

    It's hilarious, and sad, and ironic, and rich.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    The dramedy's first season is alternately nuanced and maudlin, wise and sentimental. You can pick-pick-pick at it--too many metaphors, easy foils, and musical montages--but the whole is greater than the parts, and builds to a reflective, stirring conclusion that is mostly earned.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    It may be the nicest show you'll ever see.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    Gervais has written, produced and directed a thoughtful and thought-provoking dramedy that celebrates everyday heroes and the power of kindness while attacking materialism and the way society often forgets people "just because they're old and poor and weak."

    RedEye Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Even if his acting feels like a sentimental stunt, Gervais wrote and directed the series with gentle skill. [16 Sep 2013, p.41]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Derek is a fascinating, well-meaning mess, without being a particularly offensive one.

    Slate Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    In a way, Gervais himself is the weakest link in what’s otherwise a thoughtful, sometimes-moving seven-episode run.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    The existential aspects of Derek are its best traits (and yes, there will be a second season). The drama and comedy elements are more of a mixed bag.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Derek is engaging and sometimes very funny. Parts of it are ostentatiously sentimental, verging on gooey.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The ever-present but unseen film crew adds a layer of patronizing self-consciousness to a series that is at its best when it relaxes into the slow rhythms of the Broad Hill nursing home, whose residents aren't nearly as hopeless and forlorn as they look.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    There's an appeal to the gentle spirit of Derek but it would have a stronger pull if the plotting was less dull.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It's more of a character sketch than a fully realized story.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    It [the (pseudo-documentary) cameras] was effective in The Office; here it’s just repetitive and annoying.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Gervais's efforts to adhere to a coming-of-age formula with a bit of regard for life as it's actually lived are admirable, but his vision is incomplete and often borders on smug.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It is, by turns, hilarious and histrionic, illuminating and infuriating.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    The mush outweighs the wit, with episodes ending on tides of sentiment.

    The New York Times Full Review