Before moving to Ireland, I watched a couple episodes of Father Ted. It was entertaining, but not hilarious as I had heard a few Irish acquaintances rave. Oh well, not all cult favorites are funny to everyone, right? After living in Ireland for a few months I gave it another try and I was laughing so hard I started crying and actually rolled off the sofa onto the floor! Same goes for Black Books, actually.
For those readers in the U.S., Father Ted is a television series captures quirks, humor, and hilarity that seems to be uniquely Irish – or I would have ‘gotten’ the humor back in the States. And some of the lines from Father Ted have seeped into every facet of culture and conversation. Just yesterday, I was having tea with someone and she commented ‘Down with that sort of thing.’
If you fancy yourself Irish or feel you understand Irish culture and have not seen Father Ted, go on and buy it already. Go on. Go on. Go on. Available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com and just about any decent DVD shop in Ireland. It may even be streaming online somewhere like 4oD or RTE.