Frank of Ireland: Season 1 (2021)


Season 1
Frank of Ireland

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Despite twice the Gleeson power, Frank of Ireland's initial incendiary chaos quickly burns itself out in a way that some viewers may find more irksome than entertaining.

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Critic Ratings: 16

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User Ratings: 18

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 16, 2021

Frank enlists his friend Doofus to help him win his ex back by learning MMA. He takes on his first gig playing at her grandmother's funeral.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2021

Frank and Doofus feed Mary sleeping pills so they can do their chores in silence. They begin to wonder whether they have accidentally killed her.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2021

Frank and Doofus set out to expose P-B and collect evidence against him.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2021

Doofus is asked to create the music for a local performance of 'Twelve Angry Women'. Frank wants to get in on the act, but his new songs aren't as popular as he hoped.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2021

Frank discovers that Mary intends to sell their home, forcing him out on his own. He decides to barricade himself inside the home, but he can't stay there forever.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2021

Doofus, Mary, and Aine decide to hold an intervention for Frank's birthday. They want him to embrace a new life.

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Tv Season Info

Frank of Ireland follows Frank, a 33-year-old catastrophe and misanthropic fantasist in arrested development who's convinced that the world owes him. He's also our hero. He has a tenuous hold on reality, a single room in his mother's home, an ex he can't get over and a loyal best friend, Doofus. This is the hilarious story of a man's hapless search for respect. We don't want him to succeed, but it's fun to watch him try.

Cast & Crew

Brian Gleeson
Frank Marron
Pom Boyd
Mary Marron
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Peter-Brian
Sade Malone
Zoe
Paul Forman
Stéphane
Matt Ryan
Sound Technician
Colette Lennon Dougal
Jan
Elaine Murphy
Laundrette Lady
Odhran McNulty
Delivery Man
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Critic Reviews for Frank of Ireland Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Apr 21, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 16, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If it had dialogue more like, say, Derry Girls or Father Ted, or indeed Catastrophe, it could be sublime.

Apr 16, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 16, 2021 | Full Review…

As new comedies go, you couldn't accuse Frank of Ireland of being a shrinking violet.

Apr 16, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

At the end of the day, Frank of Ireland never manages to elevate itself above what feels much like a familial inside joke.

Apr 26, 2021 | Full Review…

a charming, fun, hilarious show that also hits you in the gut sometimes

Apr 23, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 23, 2021 | Full Review…

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]

Apr 22, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 22, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 16, 2021 | Full Review…

All good cheeky fun, way off-kilter in the most appealing way and highly recommended.

Apr 16, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Frank of Ireland: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    I laughed hysterically.
  • Apr 26, 2021
    Great writing with plenty of laugh out loud moments. Well worth a watch
  • Apr 23, 2021
    utter 'ironic' shite that stinks the place out; dear god how they got away with this is a mystery
  • Apr 23, 2021
    For fans of Gleensons and their weirdness
  • Apr 22, 2021
    Juvenile, and not in a good way....
  • Apr 21, 2021
    Frank 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, 2021
    Funny 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, 2021
    The 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, 2021
    Funny, but not for everyone. Laugh out loud, well-written jokes. Great acting.
  • Apr 16, 2021
    Ah lads ! This really is objectional stuff and totally unfunny. Words fail me.

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