I loved Derry Girls. So what's next in the Irish TV queue?
October 16, 2019 11:20 PM   Subscribe

I want to keep the Irish TV thing going. Not British TV (though I loved IT Crowd and Gavin and Stacey, etc) but IRISH. What other TV series are out there for me to watch - drama, comedy, other - that's more insight into Irish culture? Or at least features some strong Irish characters and themes? Besides Father Ted I mean. Already feckin did that one.
posted by rileyray3000 to Media & Arts (23 answers total) 53 users marked this as a favorite
Bridget & Eamon
posted by essexjan at 11:25 PM on October 16, 2019 [3 favorites]

Catastrophe, which is set mostly in London but which has the marvellous Sharon Horgan and features her mad Irish family.

And This Way Up, another Horgan sitcom, so it's funny and dark, as all her work is.
posted by essexjan at 11:28 PM on October 16, 2019 [8 favorites]

Love / Hate
Hardy Bucks
Soupy Normn
Bachelor's Walk
posted by fshgrl at 11:58 PM on October 16, 2019

Another vote for Bridget and Eamon - we liked it so much we names our cats after it.
posted by stillnocturnal at 12:13 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]

Not a show but it felt like a short series- Young Offenders is a good movie, I think its on Netflix.
posted by Chaffinch at 12:53 AM on October 17, 2019

... The Great Irish Bake Off
posted by trig at 1:02 AM on October 17, 2019

Moone Boy is the sweetest thing.
Black Books
Father Ted
Jack Taylor
The Fall
posted by fireandthud at 1:26 AM on October 17, 2019 [4 favorites]

Dylan Moran - Like, Totally
posted by flabdablet at 2:01 AM on October 17, 2019 [3 favorites]

Young Offenders is both a TV series and a movie! I suppose it's the closest you'll get to a male equivalent of Derry Girls, though the setting is Cork city (in Irish terms that's a very long way from Derry).
posted by EtTuHealy at 2:13 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]

London Irish - written by Lisa McGee before Derry Girls.
posted by rongorongo at 3:48 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]

Can't Cope Won't Cope is two seasons of a pair of best friends figuring out their young adult lives in Dublin. Hilarious and streaming on ... something in the US.
posted by travertina at 3:56 AM on October 17, 2019 [4 favorites]

Moone Boy is pretty great and is available on Hulu (in the US, at least).
posted by Johnny Assay at 4:10 AM on October 17, 2019 [2 favorites]

Dublin Murders is a series based on a Tana French book that just this month started airing in the UK (BBC One) and Ireland (RTÉ 1). It'll be on Starz in the US in November. It's probably the best reviewed Irish drama since the aforementioned Love/Hate.
posted by rollick at 4:57 AM on October 17, 2019 [3 favorites]

Yeah, Moone Boy, for sure.
posted by briank at 5:51 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]

Trivia was terriffic.
posted by Vade101 at 6:20 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]

Ballykissangel (available in USA for purchase on Amazon Prime or their Britbox subsidiary)
posted by seasparrow at 7:05 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]

If you’re up for a gentle kids’ show, Puffin Rock is lovely and is narrated by Chris O’Dowd from The IT Crowd and Moone Boy.
posted by bananacabana at 8:52 AM on October 17, 2019

I don't have a TV series to offer, but how about Metal Heart, an Irish movie from earlier this year. It's about twin sisters in Dublin; one is blonde and popular, the other is a brooding goth, and in the summer after whatever they call high school, their lives get switched by circumstances. Dylan Moran is their dad, if nothing else sold you, but the parents are barely in the movie.
posted by Sunburnt at 9:30 AM on October 17, 2019

It’s a horror movie, but I enjoyed The Hole in the Ground (2019)
posted by fireandthud at 11:25 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]

If you're up for a violent, amusing crime series featuring Chris O'Dowd, check out Get Shorty the series. Not particularly Irish-focused, though (outside of some flashbacks of dear old dad teaching him how to be a thug back in Ireland).
posted by Bron at 11:26 AM on October 17, 2019

Single-Handed is a very good cop show set in rural Ireland.
posted by Corvid at 1:38 PM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Loving so many of these. And given I've watched Black Books and the new Get Shorty I'm looking forward to all the rec's with Dylan Moran and Chris O'Dowd. THANKS TO ALL
posted by rileyray3000 at 1:42 AM on October 18, 2019

Black Books and The Fall are incredibly English, fyi.
posted by fshgrl at 10:03 PM on October 19, 2019

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