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Ricky Gervais is 'Derek': Watch a sneak peek of his Netflix series -- VIDEO

Netflix seems to be taking this whole “original content” thing very seriously.

After nabbing some major Emmy nominations and showing Hollywood that it’s a force to be reckoned with, Netflix has acquired comedian Ricky Gervais’ new show, a mockumentary-style comedic drama called Derek. The show has been met with some criticism over in the U.K., mostly due to the fact that Gervais’ character is seemingly disabled, but it looks like Netflix is ready for a Sept. 12 debut.

Gervais stars as the titular character, a sweet man working as a caretaker for the elderly. The trailer looks like a depressing Office episode, so consider me signed up. Check it out below:
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Ricky Gervais in 'Derek' -- Watch the trailer for the new comedy series

Sometimes it seems like England gets all the cool stuff — The Beatles, texting, Downton Abbey — just a little bit earlier. Back in April, the UK got a glimpse of Ricky Gervais’ new series Derek when a pilot episode aired on England’s Channel 4. Written and directed by Gervais, the mockumentary-style comedy about a nursing home caretaker drew mixed reviews and no small amount of criticism for Gervais’ portrayal of a learning disabled character. Still, the boundary-pushing project got a 2013 series order from Channel 4 and was preemptively picked up by Netflix for Gervais’ US fans — who can finally get their first look at it in a new teaser trailer that the comedian tweeted out yesterday.

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