Derry Girls: Series 1 (2018)


Series 1
Derry Girls

Critics Consensus

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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 131
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Air date: Jan 4, 2018
Air date: Jan 11, 2018
Air date: Jan 18, 2018

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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 (4)

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…

Far from the gallows giggles a Troubles comedy might have portended, Derry Girls was messy, irreverent and given to wild mood swings - just like the teenagers whose growing pains it brought so endearingly to life.

Jan 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

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…

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…

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

  • Oct 01, 2019
    Laugh out loud funny
  • May 07, 2019
    Well written comedy, with sweet parts.
  • May 01, 2019
    Very well written. Lots of laughs and good characters.
  • Apr 26, 2019
    Derry Girls is brilliantly crafted on different levels. In 24 minute episodes, they are able to cram in teen angst, politics, religion and family drama and foremost, make it hilarious.
  • Mar 19, 2019
    Sad, bland and predictable. The sort of humour that only a braindead person would approve of.
  • Mar 18, 2019
    Derry girls is a GEM! Everyone should watch it
  • Feb 18, 2019
    Love this series and anxiously awaiting more episodes.
  • Feb 17, 2019
    If you can't understand the thick Irish accent, grip the slang or have a rudimentary understanding of the period's secular struggle, don't bother. It's quite funny, in a Benny Hill-like simplicity, the best humour is locked up in the subtleties that make up the Irish idiom.
  • Feb 11, 2019
    Bindged-watched last night. Nice, I'll gladly see a season 2.
  • Feb 03, 2019
    Watched 2 episodes. Awful don't waste your time. All characters are stupid and non-relatable. You're time is better spent watching Sex Education. Also this show lacks diversity.

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