TV Review: “Derry Girls”

TV Review: “Derry Girls”

Olivia Moody, Newspaper Editor

The pains of growing up are difficult as it is, but for five teenagers growing up in Londonderry in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, it can be excruciating. 

The Netflix series “Derry Girls” is my favorite show because of how it keeps a light and comedic tone, while respectfully and accurately portraying life in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. 

For those that do not know, The Troubles happened from the 1960s to the 1990s in Northern Ireland where the Protestants and the Catholics were conflicted in their opinions about where Northern Ireland should lay their loyalties. The Protestants wanted Northern Ireland to be a part of The United Kingdom, whereas the Catholics wanted it to be a part of the Irish Republic. This conflict led to street fights, riots, bombings, roadblocks and a lot of bloodshed. 

I highly recommend watching this show because of the wonderful job it does with portraying what it is like to grow up among conflict, when young people only yearn for peace, which they have never truly experienced. The show is one of the funniest I have ever watched, but it also opened my eyes to a conflict I was not aware occurred.