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You haven't truly encountered colourful swearing, coarse sexual innuendo and gross slapstick humour until you've met these two. The vulgarity is breathtaking and the series is the most scurrilous thing streamed anywhere this year.
Overall, the sense is of an opportunity wasted - especially as the series wears on and there is no sign of any change or enlightenment, apart from tiny, insubstantial flashes from poor, downtrodden Doofus.
If it had dialogue more like, say, Derry Girls or Father Ted, or indeed Catastrophe, it could be sublime.
Frank of Ireland is under three hours of total bingeing - brief but still a long time to be deliberating on whether a show is a bad man-child comedy or a spotty parody of bad man-child comedies.
As new comedies go, you couldn't accuse Frank of Ireland of being a shrinking violet.
At the end of the day, Frank of Ireland never manages to elevate itself above what feels much like a familial inside joke.
a charming, fun, hilarious show that also hits you in the gut sometimes
It is never a good sign when a TV comedy references the movies, or tries too hard to shock. Both smack of student comedy and both featured in the first episode.
Fans of shows like both versions of The Office should enjoy this more, but the general public should give it a chance to see the Gleeson's work their magic. [Full review in Spanish]
As it stands, this is a mixed bag of a first season-but as it starts to find its voice, the laughs come thick and fast.
There are funny moments in Frank Of Ireland, but Frank is so cartoonishly awful that we wonder how he ever got friends or a girlfriend to begin with.
Audience Reviews for Frank of Ireland: Season 1
6d agoI laughed hysterically.
Apr 26, 2021Great writing with plenty of laugh out loud moments. Well worth a watch
Apr 23, 2021utter 'ironic' shite that stinks the place out; dear god how they got away with this is a mystery
Apr 23, 2021For fans of Gleensons and their weirdness
Apr 22, 2021Juvenile, and not in a good way....
Apr 21, 2021Frank of Ireland is incredible! The writing is some of the best I've ever seen. Everything is extremely efficient, reference heavy, layered, and has a proper setup/payoff. Nothing is in here to fill space, it's all used. There are jokes and threads that span several episodes. Doing that so smoothly in a show that has a new theme or movie/show it is spoofing in each episode is incredibly impressive. Lots of meta and layered content. The characters are so efficiently defined. In a series that's only 6 episodes we understand them well enough, and quickly enough, to have an entire episode with role reversal as the main comedic element. The story and flow of this series is so well thought out and cohesive. The series is circular and wraps up in a way that perfectly demonstrates its point. It puts the viewer through the disorienting cycles the characters are living and pathetically trying to break. The jokes and situations all seem to escalate at a perfect pace and end up at such a ridiculous-silly level. I love how each episode has a theme and spoofs or is a tribute to, another movie or show. This series built around references. This reference/tribute-heavy style is hard to pull off and rare for any show to get right or use often. Frank of Ireland achieves it in almost every episode. The rule of threes was relied on heavily. In the jokes, the characters, and the overall theme. Hitting a wall, trying to change, ending up back where they started. It was fun to see how well incorporated this rule was throughout the series. "And that auld triangle went jingle-jangle." There are lots of specifics and episodes that I could dive into, so much I enjoyed about this series. Even if you don't like the humor or this is not your type of comedy there is so much to appreciate here. Frank of Ireland did so many things well and at a level of competence and technical ability that might be unmatched.
Apr 19, 2021Funny tv show...especially if you live or have been to Ireland to understand it's humour. Both Glesson brothers are great at it. Enjoyed it. Looking forward to season 2!
Apr 18, 2021The first episode was a bit too "local" for me and the almost identical voices of Frank and Doofus made it a bit confusing at first, but it gets more and more fun with each episode, I get a lot of laughs, which under the circumstances is not an easy feat, loved the final episode
Apr 17, 2021Funny, but not for everyone. Laugh out loud, well-written jokes. Great acting.
Apr 16, 2021Ah lads ! This really is objectional stuff and totally unfunny. Words fail me.