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Indy Suggests: "Derry Girls"

February 10, 2019

While Netflix’s Sex Education has caught the attention of the general public with its cringey humor and steamy subject matter, a superior show has crossed the pond only to go unnoticed by American audiences. Derry Girls is a delightful little show from Northern Ireland, starring Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Ian McElhinney ("Game of Thrones"). Set in Ireland during the height of the conflict between the IRA and British Army in the 1990s, Derry Girls perfectly portrays a feeling we all face during our teenage years: “I just can’t catch a break.” Erin (Jackson), her escentric cousin, Orla (Louisa Harland), and their friends Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell) and James (Dylan Llewellyn) are constantly kicked while they’re down by a world that seems set against them. The tense political background heightens the humor of the girls’ daily struggle to impress boys, navigate a strict Catholic school, and casually insult James’ English origins. Unlike Sex Education, which arguably drags on after a few episodes, each installment of Derry Girls is a relentless 20-25 minutes, jam-packed with mini plotlines and jokes that the audience might miss until a second viewing. And while Sex Education may have more mainstream appeal, Derry Girls’ irreverent attitude speaks specifically to those who find humor in the bleakest of times and places. With amazing comedic performances by the entire cast, the show is a diamond in the rough. PSA: captions highly recommended on account of the cast’s thick accents.

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