Best Irish TV shows you probably haven’t heard of

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Finding a television show that’s so good you have to binge watch it all is a great feeling. There are so many shows out there, however, that it can be hard to know what to watch.

Some of the best television shows come not from the United States or even England – they come from Ireland. Ireland is well known for a lot of great exports, but it should also be recognised for some of its TV shows.

Let’s take a look at just some of the best Irish TV shows that you probably haven’t heard of.

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Fair City

If you are a lover of soaps and a spot of drama, you’re likely to love Fair City. This series is set in a Dublin town and follows the lives of all who live there. As you may well know from watching other soaps, life can be hard for all of the characters.

Some characters love to have affairs, some like to spend a lot of time in the local pub, others like to gamble and win big. Okay, so many of us would like to gamble on sites such as and win big. However, it seems that a lot of television characters are quite lucky in this respect.

When it comes to the production of Fair City, you’ll probably notice that the budget is not very big. This, however, does not stop this 30-year-old show from being one of Ireland’s most popular. Spend a few minutes watching it and you’ll soon see why.

After those few minutes of watching, you’ll probably make your way to the end of the first episode. Chances are you’ll watch another, and another. This is what Fair City seems to do to everyone who watches it. Just so you know, you can find most, if not all of the episodes online.

Moone Boy

Moone Boy is what many people would call a coming of age comedy. This charming show spends almost all of its episodes focused on a 12-year-old along with his imaginary friend. The main character’s friend is a grown man who may have gotten older but certainly hasn’t grown up.

This feel-good show is one of a kind and it’s truly hilarious. Moone Boy’s gentle comedy will no doubt leave you feeling good. Set for the most part in an Irish primary school, Moone Boy is not to be missed. It is a little over the top in some places, but that’s what you get with gentle comedy from time to time. It’s harmless, it’s silly, but it’s a whole lot of fun.

Normal People

Launched back in April of 2020, Normal People has been a very popular series, thanks to its well-written storyline. Based on a novel by Sally Rooney, the series takes a look at life in rural Sligo.

The main characters, Marianne and Connell, are in their last year of school and hope to go to university. Drawn to each other despite being from different social groups (there’s a real similarity to Romeo and Juliet here), their love is complicated, heart-warming and occasionally downright hilarious.

This is a series that is nothing short of charming and will no doubt be a series you’ll have to binge watch all day. The plot is realistic in some respects, but also very make-believe in others. Either way, it retains its charm and with any luck, there will be a second series on the way very soon.

Soft Border Patrol

This very funny Irish television show is loosely based on the kerfuffle that surrounds Ireland‘s and Northern Ireland’s borders. The main characters on this show are part of the Soft Border Patrol. They take part in this make-believe documentary and bring with it a feel that is similar to The Office. In other words, viewers should expect this show to be very funny and realistic.

Every episode is 30 minutes long and you can expect to see a lot of action in each one. Yes, some of the issues are quite far-fetched, but that’s the beauty of Soft Border Patrol – it laughs at a somewhat stressful situation in a charming and realistic way.

If you are looking for something great to watch, tune into some Irish television shows. Some of these shows are downright funny, whereas others are very touching. If you don’t tune in, there’s a very real chance that you will be missing out, so make an effort to watch a couple of the shows mentioned here as soon as you get the chance.

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