Howdy everybody, welcome to another instalment of You Should Be Watching. The series where we let you know what shows you should keep your eye on. We’re in sitcom country this week because I think that you should be watching Derry Girls.
What’s a Derry Girl?
Derry Girls is a 2018 Irish teen sitcom created by Lisa McGee and is loosely based on her own experiences. The series follows five teenagers in the mid 90s as they attend school in the town of Derry. After reading that you’re probably thinking that this premise sounds more like a cartoon than anything else. I wouldn’t blame you because I did as well, however, Derry Girls is able to take this premise and not only make it entertaining on an episodic basis but has allowed the series to get into its third season.
Who are Derry Girls?
One of the standout aspects of Derry Girls would have to be the characters and their interactions with one another. Seeing as the series is based in Ireland, the cast is filled with the local talent. From Saoirse-Monica Jackson as Erin to Dylan Llewellyn as James, each actor brings great performances that’ll make you at least crack a smile. Even after three seasons, this series will still find new ways to put you in a better mood (granted that could mostly be the Irish accents though). Regardless, the performances from everyone involved is definitely one of the main reasons you should check this show out.
Why the Derry Girls?
The series is loosely based on the creators’ own experiences growing up in Ireland. This definitely adds a sense of realism to the series as a whole and also helps other people who went to school in 90’s to relate. The series even uses archival footage for key figures from the past such as former US President Bill Clinton which is funny on its own. They even filmed the series in a real school in Derry as well which makes the series feel even more real. There’s also no annoying studio audience laughter. You know what I’m talking about, that stuff gets annoying very quickly.
And that’s that, a couple of reasons why you should be watching Derry Girls. From the entertaining characters to the surprisingly real story, there’s something for everyone. Especially if you find the Irish accent always funny like I do. The first two seasons are on Netflix with the third airing new episodes weekly on the service as well.