Father Ted

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  • TV-14
  • 1995
  • 8.7  (43,645)

Father Ted is a hilarious British comedy series that tells the story of three Catholic priests living together on a remote island off the coast of Ireland. The show premiered in 1995 and became an instant hit, entertaining viewers with its unique brand of humor and eccentric characters.

The show's central character is Father Ted Crilly, played by Dermot Morgan. Ted is a witty and often sarcastic priest who has been exiled to the island after being accused of embezzlement. He is joined by his two fellow priests, Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O'Hanlon) and Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly). Dougal is a naive and clueless young priest who often misunderstands Ted's instructions and gets himself into comical situations, while Jack is a foul-mouthed and drunken old priest who spends most of his time in a stupor.

Together, the three priests face a variety of strange and hilarious challenges on the island, including dealing with overzealous housekeepers, participating in a football match against their Protestant rivals, and organizing a fundraising event to save a local school from closure. They also have to contend with the disapproving attitudes of their superiors, who are constantly checking up on them from the mainland.

The show's supporting characters are equally quirky and entertaining. Ted's housekeeper, Mrs. Doyle (Pauline McLynn), is a devoutly religious woman who is obsessed with making tea and forcing it on anyone who crosses her path. Father Dick Byrne (Maurice O'Donoghue) is a rival priest who is constantly trying to get one up on Ted and his colleagues, while the island's resident oddball, Father Fintan Stack (Brendan Grace), is known for his bizarre behavior and devotion to Elvis Presley.

One of the show's most memorable episodes involves the priests getting lost in the largest lingerie department in Ireland, while another sees them mistakenly becoming involved in a political protest. The humor of Father Ted is often surreal and absurd, but it is always grounded in the personalities and relationships of the characters, making it both hilarious and empathetic.

The show was sadly cut short when Dermot Morgan passed away suddenly in 1998, but it remains a cult classic and has continued to gain new fans through re-runs and streaming services. Its legacy is one of subversive humor and a celebration of the quirks and peculiarities of human nature. Father Ted is a must-watch for any fan of British comedy or off-beat humor.

Father Ted is a series that is currently running and has 2010 seasons (29 episodes). The series first aired on April 21, 1995.

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January 1, 2011
Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Graham Norton and many others reminisce as Father Ted's creators return to Craggy Island to visit some of the key filming locations
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Father Ted is available for streaming on the BBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Father Ted on demand at Peacock Premium, Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel Free, Apple TV, Crackle, Peacock and Plex.
  • Premiere Date
    April 21, 1995
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (43,645)