St Patrick’s Day in lockdown will without doubt involve a lot more TV time than normal years. Unfortunately our national broadcasters are doing nothing to help our lockdown predicament, with a disgraceful St Patrick’s day line up that will no doubt have the whole country cursing their TV license! Both RTE and Virgin Media appear to have a very poor St Patrick’s Day selection with no notable Irish films or Shows to even choose from. So it looks like we are going to have to find our own St Patrick’s Day fun!
Last week on social media I asked you to vote for your favourite Irish TV shows and you voted in your hundreds. Thank you so much to each and every person that took part as it allowed me to bring you this super list of choices. So put on that green hat, let that drink chill and begin streaming! Here are your top 12 shows:
12. Can’t Cope Won’t Cope
In 12th position is Can’t Cope Won’t Cope. The series is currently available on Netflix proving that someone must find it worthwhile watching! Personally I never understood the hype around it but it did attract a lot of attention so check it out and decide for yourself.
11. Hardy Bucks
Slightly ahead of Can’t Cope Won’t Cope was Hardy Bucks. The fictional series follows a group of young men from a small town and is filmed in ‘mockumentary’ style. The show was a big hit and indeed the The Hardy Bucks Movie was the most successful Irish film of 2013. Worth checking out. You’ll know very quickly whether it is your cup of tea or not.
10. Red Rock
Red Rock aired from 2015 to 2018 with 3 series and 117 episodes. The show certainly warranted the great popularity that it received and would definitely have featured higher up the list only for the difficult vote pairing it was put in. If you have never seen it, it is well worth a look but don’t expect to get through it all on St Patricks’ Day!
9. Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor finished in a respectable 9th place. The show which aired from 2010 to 2016 has 3 seasons and only 9 episodes. The show initially received mixed reviews but continues to attract a lot of attention due to its availability on Netflix.
8. Mrs Brown’s Boys
I have honestly never understood the hype around Mrs Brown’s Boys but I seem to be in the minority. The show has experienced incredible international success and so it comes as no surprise that it features in the list of favourite Irish TV shows. Certainly a nice light hearted choice for a lockdown St Patrick’s Day.
7. The Fall
The love you showed for this one really surprised me. Had it not have been paired against Normal People in the first round it would definitely be appearing further up the list. A number of you felt so passionate about The Fall that you messaged me to complain about its vote pairing! The show first aired in 2013 and has 3 seasons with 17 episodes. Given your responses, this is top of my list for downloading this St. Patrick’s Day!
6. Dublin Murders
I was quite surprised that Dublin Murders made the semi-final. So much so, that I downloaded a few episodes to further explore the hype and I was not disappointed. The show aired in 2019 and to date has had just one series with 8 episodes. So it’s not a significant time investment. Well worth a look.
5. The Young Offenders
The Young Offenders celebrated it’s third season in 2020. The show originally launched in 2018 and has had 19 episodes to date following two best friends as they navigate their awkward teenage years. Again, a nice light hearted St Patrick’s Day pick that you will either love or hate!
4. Normal People
Having never watched Normal People I cannot relate to the massive cult following that it attracted when it aired throughout lockdown last year. People seem to either completely love it, or they don’t understand the hype at all. But huge credit to all involved because in just one season the show has received significant national and international acclaim.
The final episode of Love/Hate aired in November 2014 so it is highly commendable that it took third place, 7 years later. It continues to be one of the best Irish programmes ever produced that had us watching on the edge of our seat, covering our eyes, wanting to protect the villains and falling around laughing all in one show. It is a perfect production in every way, shape and form and has yet to be beaten 7 years on.
2. Derry Girls
It was no major surprise to me that Derry Girls took second place in this contest but it is quite a remarkable achievement given that the show has only had 12 short episodes. If you have not watched it, you need to download it right now and prepare for a laugh out loud St Patrick’s Day as you watch one of the most hilariously relatable Irish TV shows of all times.
1. Father Ted
26 years after it’s first release, Father Ted remains your most popular Irish TV show. With just three seasons, the show was tragically cut short after the death of Dermot Morgan and we will never know what might have been. But we will forever be thankful for the 25 episodes of pure television gold gifted to us by this fantastic cast and exceptional writers. What better way is there to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than with a bit of light hearted Irish genius!
As mentioned previously our Irish TV channels aren’t bringing us anything worth talking about so if you don’t feel like downloading one of the above, there are a handful of very worthy Irish TV shows and films on Netflix including the award winning ‘Cardboard Gangsters’. Not for the faint hearted but a super production.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this list. Thanks again so much to everyone that took part and most importantly, I hope that you all have as great a St Patrick’s Day as you possibly can until we can all celebrate together once more.
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