The New Yorker has praised the hit show “Derry Girls,” which follows a group of Catholic teenagers in Northern Ireland during the 1990s.
The show, which was the most-watched television series of all time in Northern Ireland last year, what picked up by Netflix, and began airing in the US in December. A second season is on the way.
Set in Derry during the time of the Troubles, the comedy follows four foul-mouthed Irish girls and a male English boy stuck in an all-girls Catholic school.
The New Yorker writes,”There’s a specific obliviousness that comes from being sixteen, when you’re swept up in anxiety but just lucky enough not to know how unkind the world can be. Derry is a town beset by soldiers, stowaway rebels, and even bombings, but these five teen-agers are busy scheming to get out of a history exam, or trying to get jobs to pay for a school trip to Paris that their families can’t afford. The hilarity lies in their righteous outrage and in the wholesomeness of their shenanigans—devoid of malice, but still spanning the spectrum of adolescent lunacy.
“‘Derry Girls’ is a reformed teen’s delight, not just for its fizzy, crackling comedy but for the tenderness with which it treats both the manic restlessness of its teen-age dirtbags and the haplessness of the olds trying and failing to keep them in tow.”
Check out the trailer for season two!