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Top 5 moments of 'Derek,' season 1

Season 1 of Derek is an unexpected joy. Full of excellent performances, deft writing and the ability to tug heart strings without being corny or cheesy, Derek is a rare breed. Over the course of seven episodes, we’ve laughed, wept and cheered the kindest caretaker ever to grace a retirement home. Here are the top five moments from the first season of an exceptional program:

5) Mr Fucking T (Episode 4): Dougie has a number of “attack the asshole” moments, but this is the best. After Shelly, a cold-hearted wench, takes back her mother’s ring (which she gave to Tom), Dougie tells her off in wonderfully satisfying fashion. Rather than a slew of curses, Dougie confronts her awfulness and forces her to face it. She didn’t care, she has the ring, now beat it. One of the best lines in the series tops it off and adds a needed laugh to an otherwise brutal episode.

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4) The Headbutt (Episode 1): We witness Hannah’s sisterly protection of Derek multiple times throughout the series, but her Charles Bronson–style headbutt in the pilot is the best. While sharing a pint with Derek at his favorite pub, a trio of tramps start making mean comments. Derek innocently asks Hannah what he’s done wrong and after she leads him out of sight, she goes back to the ringleader and delivers the knockout blow. The music cues and timing are perfect, as is Hannah’s assurance to Derek that the ugly chick is sorry. Oh, I’m sure she is.

3) Kev’s Crab Painting (Episode 5): Destined for the list due to its pure absurdity, Kev’s painting of crude words on the backs of beach crabs is wonderfully strange. Forget swimming, tanning and building sandcastles. Kev’s idea of seashore fun is drawing curse words on crustaceans. Dougie is constantly challenging Kev’s disgusting behavior, but here he simply sighs and admires Kev’s handiwork. Dougie decides to let go for once, and we get a fun moment of juvenile ridiculousness.

2) The Reunion (Episode 7): The culmination of everything good and pure about Derek, the forgiveness of his long-absent dad is powerful, emotional and poignant. After an episode of Derek’s refusal to reunite, he gives in to his bottomless capacity for kindness, creating the ultimate expression of the show’s central theme. Mixed with a perfectly timed Coldplay song and phenomenal shot direction, the finale of Derek is one for the ages.

Derek S1 Top 5 - Derek and Dad

And now, before we get to the best moment of Derek, season 1, here are some Honorable Mentions:

Blood Sausage (Episode 4): Kev has dozens of quotable moments, but his description of his penis as eight ounces of “purrrre blood sausage” is the funniest and creepiest. Why this isn’t a meme or a Twitter hashtag is beyond me.

Furry Friends (Episode 2): When the local animal shelter brings some puppy love to the day room, it’s a sweet affirmation of an animal’s ability to holistically heal. Since I come from a family of animal lovers, volunteers and vets, this is a personal favorite.

The Final Kev Confessional (Episode 7): As the most irredeemable of the nursing-home crew, Kev’s final breakdown exposes his inner struggle. His understanding of Derek’s most important gift is the whole point of the series. It’s always better to be kind.

Hamster on a Piano (Episode 1): Yep. That’s now in your head. You’re welcome.

And the best moment of the first season of Derek is:

1)   Joan’s Passing (Episode 1): In a very tight race for the number-one spot, Joan’s death is the moment we realize, as an audience, Derek isn’t just a fun, quirky comedy. It’s going to be emotionally honest and, at times, heartbreaking. When Derek learns of his favorite person’s passing, his uncontrollable tears and symbolic pat of the head are masterfully acted, written and directed. The moment is also constantly referred to, and serves as a launch pad for seven episodes of laughter, tears, love and forgiveness. Joan always told Derek that it’s better to be kind than to be clever, and that central theme is the soul of the series. It’s a sentiment we can all learn from and aspire to.

The second-season recaps begin next week. Until then, always try to #BeLikeDerek.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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