Derry Girls is one of the best comedy series out there and it is the most successful Channel 4 comedy series since Father Ted. The series is created by Lisa McGee, and it follows four Irish girls and one English boy, who have named themselves the Derry Girls. The series is full of wacky antics and sarcastic jabs all set in the time when Northern Ireland was going through one of the most profound tragedies. While the historical background is really bleak and violent that doesn’t stop the series from having fun and really show how the kids can be happy even during such a bleak time. Derry Girls ended with its third and final season this year and I think most of us are already missing the series. So, here are more shows you could watch to pass the time and laugh until your stomach hurts.
Synopsis: Meet Otis Milburn – an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, a sex therapist. Surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis is a reluctant expert on the subject. When his home life is revealed at school, Otis realizes that he can use his specialist knowledge to gain status. He teams up with Maeve, a whip-smart bad-girl, and together they set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems. Through his analysis of teenage sexuality, Otis realises he may need some therapy of his own.
Synopsis: A warm family comedy about a young boy growing up in a chaotic and creative household in late 1980s Ireland. This semi-autobiographical series is written by and stars Chris O’Dowd as the imaginary friend of 11 year old Martin, the youngest child in the large, loud Moone family.
Synopsis: Will McKenzie is on a bad run. His parents have just divorced and, to make matters worse, his mum has moved him from a posh private school and into the sixth form at the local comprehensive. Despite the twin handicaps of being the new kid and carrying ‘an actual briefcase’, Will quickly makes new friends – Simon , Neil and Jay Unfortunately, they are far from the coolest kids at school.
On My Block
Synopsis: On My Block, co-created by Lauren Iungerich (Awkward), Eddie Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft, is a coming of age comedy about four bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high-school set in LA’s South Central neighborhood.
The End of the F***ing World
Synopsis: Inspired by a comic book, THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD, is a black humoured road movie-style drama with an unlikely love story at its heart. James and Alyssa are rebel teenagers running away from home. From dreary suburbia and rundown shopping malls to lush landscapes and big vistas, they’re on a quest to find a better life with Alyssa’s idol – her estranged father. This is an emotional coming-of-age drama where two outcast teenagers from a disillusioned generation come together and learn what it feels like to make a human connection for the very first time.
Synopsis: Tracey Gordon is a 24-year-old religious Beyoncé-obsessed virgin. Growing up through the church, with her strict preacher Mother, she has ended up rather ‘underdeveloped’ in certain areas – but Tracey wants more. We follow Tracey as she embarks on her journey into adulthood, crashing her way through what she should and shouldn’t be doing.
Synopsis: Fleabag is a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman, as she hurls herself at modern living in London. Award-winning playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars as Fleabag, an unfiltered woman trying to heal, while rejecting anyone who tries to help her and keeping up her bravado all along. Unfettered, unfiltered, and based on the play that won the Fringe First Award at Edinburgh, Fleabag is the thoroughly disarming confessional of a woman so totally detached, she’s utterly lost.
Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope
Synopsis: From Deadpan Pictures, producers of the International Emmy®-winning Moone Boy, comes this coming-of-age millennial comedy drama following two girls, Aisling and Danielle, as they navigate Dublin and the perilous waters of adulthood. Aisling O’Dowd (Seána Kerslake, A Date For Mad Mary) would rather be shot from an actual cannon than change her routine. She’s lived with best friend Danielle (Nika McGuigan, Philomena, Traders) all through college and ever since. They fit together like a perfectly constructed knife in its holster, protecting each other from the sharp edges of the world. But something is stirring. Danielle would never admit it but she is becoming less and less enamoured with the life they have created… The two girls have one thing in common – a fear of reality. They don’t know it yet. But reality has them firmly on its radar.
The Young Offenders
Synopsis: The Young Offenders television series follows the coming of age adventures of lovable rogues Conor & Jock (Alex Murphy and Chris Walley, reprising their roles from the smash hit feature film) as they navigate their awkward teenage years, hatching plans and adventures to help distract from their tough home lives and their inability to stay out of trouble at school. Conor’s long suffering mother Máiréad (Hilary Rose) tries to keep both her son and his best friend on the straight and narrow, with varying degrees of success.
Synopsis: A quirky, funny coming of age story that follows two groups of high school misfits, Everything Sucks! follows an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon. The series stars Peyton Kennedy (American Fable, The Captive) and Jahi Winston (The New Edition Story) as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil, with Patch Darragh (Sully, Boardwalk Empire) and Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Grimm) as their respective parents. The series also features Sydney Sweeney (“Emaline”), Elijah Stevenson (“Oliver”), Quinn Liebling (“Tyler”) and Rio Mangini (“McQuaid”).
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