Father Ted (1995–1998)

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Crazy sitcom about 3 priests and their housekeeper who live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland it seems!

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Complete series cast summary:
Dermot Morgan ...
 Father Ted Crilly (25 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Father Dougal McGuire (25 episodes, 1995-1998)
Frank Kelly ...
 Father Jack Hackett (25 episodes, 1995-1998)
Pauline McLynn ...
 Mrs. Doyle / ... (25 episodes, 1995-1998)
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Have mercy on poor Father Ted Crilly. He has so much to contend with when it comes to dealing with the folks of Craggy Island, Ireland. There's Father Dougal McGuire, who is as dimwitted as they come; and then there is Father Jack Hackett who lives for the simple pleasures of life (sleeping, drinking, and swearing). Ted tries to bring stability to his congregation as well as the surreal townspeople of Craggy Island. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Graham Linehan revealed in a Channel 4 documentary Father Ted: Unintelligent Design (2011), that Dougal was inspired as a cross between wide-eyed bartender Woody from Cheers (1982) and the roadsweeper Trigger from Only Fools and Horses.... (1981). For his portrayal of Dougal, Ardal O'Hanlon drew inspiration from Laurel & Hardy and Fawlty Towers (1975) bumbling waiter Manuel. See more »

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Father Dougal: It's like a big tide of jam coming toward us, but jam made out of old women.
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Crazy Credits

The first episode of the second season begins with the usual credits, but instead of Father Ted, the title reads: Father Ben. It then cuts to Dougal sitting in front of the TV, watching Father Ben. Ted comes in and makes fun of the character of Father Ben, saying he has no self-awareness at all. It then cuts to the normal credits. See more »

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Referenced in Scrubs: My Soul on Fire: Part 2 (2009) See more »

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Songs of Love
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Written by Neil Hannon
Performed by The Divine Comedy
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Impossible to dislike.
5 April 2003 | by (Ireland, and proud of it, may I add.) – See all my reviews

How anyone can fault this remarkably funny sitcom is utterly beyond me. The comedy ranges from the most crude to the superiorly intelligent. I particularly like Dougal's (Ardal O'Hannon) take on the death of Kurt Cobain, offensive as it was.

There is nothing to dislike about this; the characters are lovable (especially Dougal), they're hilarious and it is the most Irish humour possible. It's a big pity this show was not as renowned around the globe as it was in Ireland.

Eleven out of ten, just for showing us how unsophisticated comedy can win over every time.


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