If you’ve been living under a rock recently, then you wouldn’t have heard of Channel 4’s latest hit Derry Girls. The hilarious sitcom is based in the North of Ireland during the Troubles, and follows the life of five teenagers, Erin, Orla, Michele, Clare and James as they battle teenage struggles as well as political matters in Liza McGees’s masterful series. It’s been a huge hit since it landed on our screens, and if you haven’t managed to watch it just yet, you really should.
Here’s five reasons why you need to see Derry Girls;
1. The Epic One-Liners:
This show is billed as a comedy from the start, and it’s easy to see why. Whether it’s when the girls find themselves in trouble with the head nun in school, pr when they become famous after seeing an apparition there is always a quick remark to be made in the form of an epic one liner. When Clare panics after the gang gets caught bullying a first year she asks, “what if we get expelled?”. Michele’s response sums up all you need to know about this show: “nobody ever actually gets expelled. Ronda Gallagher hasn’t been expelled and she’s in the Ira”, to which Erin responds “I’d say that’s probably why”.
2. The Style:
Any nineties kids out there will remember the days of Mom jeans, scrunchies, track tops, double denim and more. The show pays homage to the great fashion fails of the nineties through the five teens’ wardrobes. When Erin and Clare want to express their individuality by abandoning their school blazers for identical denim jackets, Erin’s mum is quick to shut it down with a threat all Irish kids know – the wooden spoon. The makeup, the big hair, the punk/rock chic looks, and the carefree style that went with them: they all scream nineties.
3. The Nostalgia:
Anyone out there who has attended an all girls school will relate to the show in more ways than one. The politics of girls, the snobbishness of the prefects, bullying first years, the segreagation between boys and girls, and having the hots for any male teacher that was decent looking and/or under 30 – in case a priest with great hair. What makes it so relatable is the dynamic between the group. These five friends support each other through thick and thin, even if it means embarrassing themselves in the process. It reminds us all of a time when we thought we could take on the world.
4. How It Deals With Major Issues:
The show is set in the troubles in Derry during a time when armed forces were a constant presence, and McGee shows viewers a lighter side of this. For instance, when there’s a bomb threat on a local bridge connecting to the other side of town, Erin’s family aren’t concerned for their safety but they’re annoyed at the inconvenience it will cause, particularly Erin’s aunt Sarah who has a tanning appointment across town.
It’s a show that doesn’t strike fear into its audiences eyes but presents quite a dark time in history in a refereshingly light hearted way. When one of the main characters comes out as a lesbian. it’s dealt with in a way that isn’t false to the characters, it shows that in the 90s there was a stigma surrounding homosexuality and gives an honest reaction from our protagonist, that proves while some were shocked to learn about this revelation it didn’t change a thing in terms of their friendship.
5. It Feels Good:
You need only watch one episode of this show in order to become hooked. It’s laugh out loud funny and a show to watch with your best mates on a Thursday night. Grab a bottle of wine, order a take-away and sit back because you will be howling with laughter. It’s a show that gives you hope that even if these five kids could make through such a dark time in Irish history then we can get through college just as easily. Plus it’s got a great cast, most of whom are from Derry or the Republic of Ireland.
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