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Parents' Guide to

Derry Girls

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Irish teen comedy set in the '90s is raunchy but hilarious.

TV Netflix Comedy 2018
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 12+

A sitcom with a historical twist

Derry Girls will make you laugh, but it may also make you learn. It chronicles the lives of a group of girls (and a wee English fella) living in Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 1990s. It's best to do some research before watching the show. Without reading a bit into the Northern Ireland conflict, the show is still funny, but the historical significance of some groups, such as the IRA, may go unnoticed.
age 15+
Derry Girls is absolutely brilliant, absolutely hilarious and the show itself gets a 5 star rating from me, but I certainly would advise that only older teenagers from 15+ watch it. Despite other reviews it is not suitable from 11+ There is lots of sexual slang and innuendos in the show. I certainly wouldn’t let my 11 year old watch it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (28 ):

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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