Originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK, the first two seasons of the comedy hit Derry Girls are now available on Netflix. And the third is on its way!
Created by Lisa McGee, it is an Irish comedy television series set in the city of Derry, Northern Ireland during the 1990s.
The show follows a group of teenage girls and one English boy as they navigate the ups and downs of adolescence amidst the backdrop of the Troubles, a period of political and social unrest in Northern Ireland.
It is an award-winning comedy that has millions of fans worldwide but what is it all about and is it worth watching?
What Is Derry Girls About?
The sitcom opens on the first day back to high school at Our Lady Immaculate College, 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 (Louisa Harland), Clare (Nicola Coughlan) and Michelle (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell) are joined by Michelle's cousin James (Dylan Llewellyn).
James is English but hilariously because they fear for his safety at the boy's school, he must now attend the girls-only school.
In the first season, the girls' lives are turned upside down when they learn that their school will be hosting a visit from Bill Clinton, the President of the United States. This sparks excitement and chaos as they all strive to make a lasting impression on the American leader.
Meanwhile, Erin's cousin James faces his own challenges as he tries to adapt to life in Derry and deal with the cultural differences between England and Ireland.
The group's misadventures include encounters with the local boys' school, romantic entanglements, school trips, and attempts at rebellion against authority figures, namely Sister Michael (BAFTA winner Siobhán McSweeney).
Amidst the comedy and lighthearted moments, the show also touches upon the serious and often tragic realities of living in a politically turbulent environment.
Throughout the series, the characters experience growth and self-discovery. Erin learns to value her friendships and embrace her unique personality. Clare, the studious and somewhat anxious member of the group, gains confidence and becomes more assertive.
Michelle, known for her wild and unpredictable nature, begins to realise the consequences of her actions. Orla, Erin's eccentric cousin, remains a constant source of amusement with her quirky behaviour.
Derry Girls Official Trailer
Is Derry Girls Worth Watching?
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?), the school talent show and teenage crushes.
Derry Girls captivates audiences with its witty dialogue, relatable characters, and authentic portrayal of teenage life in a politically charged era.
The series masterfully balances humour and drama, capturing both the absurdity and the poignancy of adolescence. It reminds us that amidst chaos and conflict, friendships and laughter can provide solace and strength.
It's simply a perfect blast from the past, and with a 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I'm clearly not the only one who thinks so.
So, join Erin, Clare, Michelle, Orla, and James on their hilarious and heartfelt journey through the ups and downs of teenage life in Derry. Prepare to laugh, cry, and reminisce about your own awkward and unforgettable moments of growing up.
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How Many Seasons Of Derry Girls?
Derry Girls has aired three seasons. As the second season unfolds, the girls face new challenges, including an unexpected appearance on a local radio show and an upcoming school trip to Paris.
Their relationships with each other and their families continue to evolve, providing both heartfelt and comedic moments.
In the third season, the girls deal with issues of sexuality, relationships, and growing up. They confront their own prejudices and learn to navigate a changing world.
The series concludes with a bittersweet ending as the girls come to terms with the imminent departure of their beloved school headmistress and the uncertainty of their future.
When Is Season 3 Of Derry Girls On Netflix?
The first two seasons of Derry Girls are already available on Netflix.
Season 3 will be added to the streaming platform on August 18th 2023.
Along with the usual six episodes, creator Lisa McGee added a bonus episode for the third and final series to complete the character's stories.
It picks up in 1998, a year after the events of the season 3 finale, Northern Ireland prepares to vote on the Good Friday Agreement.
Cast of Derry Girls TV Series
Saoirse-Monica Jackson as Erin Quinn, is passionate and ambitious but overly concerned with how others regard her.
Nicola Coughlan (Bridgerton) as Clare Devlin, is intelligent and studious and often the voice of reason in the gang. She is more intimidated than her friends by authority figures.
Louisa Harland as Orla McCool, Erin's detached and eccentric maternal cousin
Jamie-Lee O'Donnell as Michelle Mallon, the wild child of the group, she often gets her friends into trouble through her keen interest in sex, drugs, and alcohol.
Dylan Llewellyn as James Maguire, Michelle's cousin who has grown up in London but comes to live with his aunt in Derry just before the start of the series.
Siobhán McSweeney as Sister George Michael, a Catholic nun and the headmistress of Our Lady Immaculate College. She rules the school with an iron fist.
Tara Lynne O'Neill as Mary Quinn, Erin's mother and married to Gerry.
Tommy Tiernan as Gerry Quinn, Mary's husband and Erin's father.
Kathy Kiera Clarke as Sarah McCool, Orla's mother and Mary's younger sister.
Ian McElhinney as Joe McCool, Mary and Sarah's father, and Erin and Orla's maternal grandfather.
Leah O'Rourke as Jenny Joyce, a prefect and a suck-up despised by the friends.