Originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK, the comedy hit Derry Girls is now available on Netflix. It is set in the town of Derry, Northern Ireland in the 1990s. The show follows a group of teenage friends and their hilarious antics as they get through everyday life. With only six episodes in the first season, you can watch the entire thing in around 2 hours as they run at only 22 minutes each.
So what is Derry Girls about? The sitcom opens on the first day back to high school to the soundtrack of Dreams by The Cranberries. Quite quickly it becomes clear that the families in question are Catholic. It is important and very funny in the context of the troubles in the area at the time.
Erin (Saoirse Jackson), Orla, Clare and Michelle are joined by Michelle's cousin James. James is English but hilariously, because they fear for his safety at the boy's school, he must now attend the girls-only school.
The characters are great with Erin the most tempered of them all. Orla is an utter airhead, Clare is a constant worrier and Michelle is the loudmouth of the group. Poor James is the punching bag and the butt of all their jokes as he meekly tags along behind them. Sister Michael is undeniably one of the best-written characters with her scathing sarcasm ripe throughout the show.
Tommy Tiernan plays Erin's beleaguered father who is hated by his father-in-law Joe (played by Ian McElhinney from GoT). And along with them are the various parents of the girls who all pop up as the girls find themselves in never-ending trouble.
Derry Girls is laugh-out-loud funny. It is steeped in 1990s culture with an incredible soundtrack and is Channel 4's most successful comedy since Father Ted. What makes it so good is that it focuses on the little things that make up everyday life.
Arguing over how many bags of chips to get, not studying enough for exams, trying to collect photographs from the chemist (pre-mobile phone dilemma anyone?) and teenage crushes. It's simply a perfect blast from the past and with a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I'm clearly not the only one who thinks so.