When the Ricky Gervais show "Derek" hit Netflix last year, I sat down to check out an episode and ended up binge-watching the whole season, captivated by the storylines set in an English nursing home. With the second season — on Netflix now — I had the opposite experience. The first few episodes didn't appeal to me, but the last few made me glad that I had stuck with the series. I was left misty-eyed and thinking about some significant long-term care issues, particularly the privacy implications of a "homelike environment."
I sat down to watch an episode or two of "Derek" over the weekend. I thought I'd write a blog about my impressions of this Ricky Gervais show set in an English nursing home, newly released on Netflix. I ended up binge-watching all seven episodes of the first season.