A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The friends and families depicted in Derry Girls might drive each other up a wall, but it's also clear that these are people who ultimately love and support one another. The girls act up a lot, and definitely face consequences for it.
Positive Role Models
The show is pretty remarkable in the way it centers almost entirely on female characters, and the characters are written as fully-realized, believable people -- not always the case when it comes to comedies.
Violence & Scariness
A recurring theme throughout the series is the dangers faced by Catholics in Northern Ireland, references to the IRA and terrorist bombings. Military checkpoints with soldiers brandishing weapons are shown, characters joke about smuggling "incendiary devices" in their backpacks. Erin's parents watch TV news footage covering the aftermath of a bombing, references to death. A character is the victim of a "home invasion"-style robbery, but his description of the event is retold comedically.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity or sex scenes, but frequent sex jokes and references which can sometimes be graphic. A male character is frequently referred to as "the gay lad" and such, although he keeps protesting this isn't the case.
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"Damn" and "hell" are probably the mildest words uttered in this "f-bomb" heavy series. The girls are pretty foul-mouthed on the whole although some terms are regionally based and might not register with American audiences (such as "fanny", which has a very different meaning in Ireland). A character goes through a phase of constantly using the term "motherf---er" after viewing a bootleg copy of Pulp Fiction.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke; one of the girls in particular always seems to have a bottle of something alcoholic stashed away on her person. Characters eat weed-infused scones in one episode.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Derry Girls is an Irish comedy series centered on a group of high school girls in the early 1990s, against a backdrop of the Northern Ireland conflict (commonly referred to as "The Troubles"). The show references guerilla warfare, bombings, and the military but it is presented very matter-of-factly and at times like an inconvenience (a character's parents seem more concerned about a potential bomb scare causing the school bus to be delayed than about the actual bombing). The girls often joke around about sex and make crude references -- one talks excitedly about a potential class trip to Paris in terms of all the Frenchmen she'll be able to "ride," their male sidekick is constantly being referred to as "gay" against his many protestations), but there's no nudity or actual sex scenes. Some "funny scones" are eaten (think the Irish version of pot brownies), characters smoke and drink (and have hangovers to prove it).
Is It Any Good?
The jokes come fast and furious in this series, delivered by a crew of actors with the chemistry and comedic chops to pull them off; that so many of the characters are female is a wonderful bonus. Derry Girls explores teenage life from a lowbrow, imperfect, fully-realized-female point of view; which is a perspective that's unfortunately not seen very often in the comedy milieu. These girls are by various turns wisecracking bullies, sensitive cream-puffs, pretentious blowhards and flighty eccentrics, but they're all treated with an underlying tenderness no matter how outrageous their antics may get (burning up a neighbor's apartment thanks to a clumsily-handled tray full of flaming shot glasses and faking a religious apparition to get out of taking a test come to mind). There's an impressive amount of comic lunacy packed into each 30-minute episode, making the series an ideal choice for a weekend binge-watch.
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