Derry Girls: Series 1 (2018)


Series 1
Derry Girls

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A perfectly curated cast and raw writing drive Derry Girls's dark humor as creator Lisa McGee makes frenetic light of teen life in 1990s Northern Ireland.



Critic Ratings: 24


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User Ratings: 193

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Air date: Jan 4, 2018

It's the early 1990s and the first day of a new school term, and a terrible start for 16-year-old Erin as she wakes up to find her cousin Orla reading her diary. It's not so great for everyone else either as Granda Joe announces there's a bomb on the bridge.

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Air date: Jan 11, 2018

Everyone's really excited when Sister Michael announces the school trip this year is to Paris. Erin's keen to cultivate her writing; Clare and James want to improve their French; and Orla thinks she's going to meet Nicole and Papa from the Renault Clio advertisements.

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Air date: Jan 18, 2018

The girls stay up all night cramming for a big exam, but some haven't studied enough, while Clare's over-studied, leaving herself completely sleep-deprived and slightly manic.

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Derry is welcoming the 'Children of Chernobyl' - teenagers, affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, who have been sent from their contaminated homeland for a few weeks of fresh air to, as Sister Michael puts it 'give their wee lungs a clear out'.

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it's the 12th July and the Quinn family are rushing to get out of Derry before the Orange Parades start. They're packed and nearly ready to go when James, Michelle and Clare arrive as unexpected members of the escape party.

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Erin is over the moon when she manages, through dubious means, to secure herself the position of editor of the school magazine, The Habit. Especially when she uncovers an explosive story.

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A candid comedy focusing on a Northern Irish family set against the spectre of The Troubles.

Critic Reviews for Derry Girls Series 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

The specific setting gives Derry Girls its extra layer of complexity, as well as some of its funniest lines.

Jan 12, 2018 | Full Review…

But where Derry Girls feels fresh is the way it puts these girls - girls and not, as usual, teenage boys - centre-stage and is then so truthful to the raw aggressions, the sudden insecurities, the wild yearnings and hapless confusions of being 16.

Mar 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The writing by creator Lisa McGee is top-notch, the show's searing one-liners and tonally perfect '90s soundtrack as fantastic as its predominantly female cast.

Mar 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Created by real-life Derry girl Lisa McGee, it's sweet, sassy and very funny.

Jan 23, 2019 | Full Review…

There is a multitude of great gags and characters that make this small comedy into one of the best series of the year. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 3, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It's very funny and imaginative, the kind of half-hour sitcom that goes by too fast.

Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

By and large, life in all its unimaginable and bizarre glory goes on. The series maintains a reckless and irreverent tone and is never weighed down by politics or nostalgia.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Watching the squad covet hot guys, set curtains on fire, sneak tequila, and altogether act in 'unladylike' ways provides no end of amusement.

Jan 16, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The big appeal of this show is that these characters' self-centered concerns feel so real. There are bombs in the streets, but they're more upset when a nun confiscates a lipstick that's been discontinued.

Aug 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Irish teen comedy set in the '90s is raunchy but hilarious.

Jun 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Derry Girls is further proof that Britain's best comedy is written and led by women.

Mar 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Derry Girls is a good reminder that humor can be a tool for resilience.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Derry Girls: Series 1

  • Aug 30, 2020
    Just laugh out loud hysterical! Fantastic!
  • Aug 24, 2020
    Lovely and enjoyable. honestly Derry Girls made me laugh so hard! Highly recommended
  • Aug 12, 2020
    This show is so awful it comes across like a Brit trying to show how vulgar, lazy, provincial, and deceitful Irish Catholics are. Not a single likable character. I cant believe people like this sleazy show. It makes Irish Catholic culture look pathetic and amoral.
  • Aug 05, 2020
    Fun show with some standout characters. Uncle Colm alone is worth the watch. No surprises once it settles into its rhythm but it does what it does well enough
  • Jul 29, 2020
    A teen comedy during the Troubles is already an original idea. As usual in a comedy series, we have a group of girls with different personalities and they all have their values. The situations they get into are quite funny, giving us a little bit of info about life in the beginning of the 90s, with occasional real life events as background. Also, the nun in charge of the school is a star. Her deadpan style and cynical view of things are so funny!! I always avoid teen series, but this one is definitely worth watching
  • Jul 26, 2020
    Claire and Sister Michael are the stand outs for me. Erin's facial expressions are also great.
  • May 20, 2020
    I really liked this season it's a great comedy with lots of laughs. I think when dealing with such a serious topic as the Irish troubles it gives it the respect it deserves (especially the last scene of the last episode that really hit me) whilst still providing so much good comedy. A definite recommend for anyone into teenage sitcoms like the Inbetweeners or Fresh Meat etc.
  • Apr 15, 2020
    One of the funniest tv show i've seen in the last decade!
  • Apr 04, 2020
    As a teenager of the troubles in the north of Ireland in mid 90s Lisa Magee masterfully creates a rich tapestry combining the unique social and cultural essence of this era. From the outfits, to the music, the dialogue, the accents, the scenes, the senarios and the characters this is on point. People have commented on the over use of swearing and the over exaggerated characters but having grown up in this era and this country nothing about this is over egged. This is an effective black comedy and I feel so much of the humour is as subtle as it is obvious. If you've ever been to an ni town, wake or school you will understand how clever this show is. Hats off to Lisa for an amazing and accurate narrative of a time filled with bitter sweet memories and history ! This literally reflects my formative years. Lisa Magee gives Phoebe Waller bridge a run her money.
  • Mar 19, 2020
    The acting is painfully over the top goofy. I honestly can't believe so many people love this show.

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