Small or far away

One of the best things about living in the UK is the comedy. As long as you’re on board with sarcasm and a certain pessimistic (or realistic, depending who you ask) outlook on things, British comedy is the best. No matter what kind of TV you like, there’s a comedy show for you, from awkward school sitcoms like Bad Education to the character-driven ridiculousness of Fawlty Towers to sci-fi/horror spoofs like Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Despite the huge amount of choice, most people can agree that one of the best comedy sitcoms is about three priests living on a rural island off the coast of Ireland.

Despite having first aired almost ten years ago, Father Ted is still hilarious. The eponymous Father Ted is the only relatively sane character; he lives with Father Dougal, who is incredibly dim, and Father Jack, a dirty old man who is constantly drunk on whatever he can find.

They also have a housekeeper, Mrs. Doyle, whose mission in life is to make as much tea for as many people as possible. The three priests are pretty much the worst priests anywhere, and were exiled to Craggy Island so as not to further embarrass the church. They still manage to get into scrapes, of course, and there are lots of jokes at the expense of the Catholic Church, rural living, and the British way of life.

Even if you don’t get all the cultural references, the show is definitely worth watching.


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