Derry girls are one of the incredible shows I have ever watched. The Raunchy humor in the trailer caught my attention and I watched it all in one sitting. There are fairly 6 episodes each having 30 minutes. However, with such a short running time, the show does an amazing job of progressing without it feeling rushed. It’s a show that doesn’t waste time getting too sweet or sentimental however the last episode tears at the heart. The soundtrack is fantastic, the editing and photography are fantastic.
A GLIMPSE OVER THE CHARACTER
The characters are endearing with a sweet combination of teenage awkwardness, mild rebellion, and vulnerability. What is most likable is that the adults aren’t portrayed as the hopeless buffoons that so many shows cast them as these days. Also, there is a real connection between friends and family members. When the kids get into trouble at school, all of the parents are called in and they all show up! The kids are held accountable for their misdeeds; no parents threatening litigation against the school or trying to defend their child as falsely accused of any misbehavior. Also, teens are shown as ultimately being respectful of their parents. All of this with some silly British humor and some somber references to the conflict in Northern Ireland makes this show with some unexpected and refreshing nuance.
A LOT MORE TO SEE OTHER THAN “ COMEDY”
There’s a lot more going on than comedy. The script and acting are second to none. The background of the troubles in Derry is the premise that keeps the watcher on a slight edge. Heavily armed soldiers appear from time to time. Even on a school bus where they execute as inspection, all the while being eyed up the curious school girls as nothing but boy candy. The show represents a shift in the change in the people of NORTHERN IRELAND.
It offers humor, happiness, friendship, the perks of growing up, and a bit of history. The show is unbelievably funny and you become attached to each of the characters. And there are such bittersweet moments between the gang that shows the true meaning of friendship. The show will make you book a flight and move to Ireland. The beautiful scenery and big personalities are really something.
The show is a laugh –out funny program. It helps if you have a passing familiarity with the Irish Troubles and a cursory understanding of English/Irish politics, but it’s not vital. The show is not sexualized at all despite staring Catholic school girls. Very true to the adolescent experience at the time. The parents of the main character play large important roles and really make it believable.
Only the sad part is that there is currently only two seasons available!