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on 8 July 2002
A real comedy treat, the first series of Father Ted mixes surreal images (both mental and physical) with a satirical view of the Catholic Priesthood in a house occupied by Fathers Ted Crilley, Jack Hackett, Dougal Maguire and their housekeeper Mrs Doyle. Battling with such problems as the tyrannical Bishop Brennan, the visiting Funland, Father Jack's drinking and the incredibly boring Father Stone, the entire series will have you laughing out loud.
You can't help but cringe along with the corrupt but likeable Ted who has been placed on his Craggy Island hell with the stupid Dougal and the abusive and alcoholic Jack following the disappearance of funds from a charity set up to send sick parishioners to Lourdes. (He claims the money was just "resting" in his account.) The escapades he and Dougal are forced into provide the basis for one of the most original and best written comedy series in the last twenty years. Still as fresh now as it was almost ten years ago - a comic masterpiece.
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on 28 October 2007
I'd never seen this when it was on tv, but it was given as a present to me. Didn't look like my kind of thing but then I finally got round to watching it and it really tickled me. It's not just the scripts or ridiculous situations, it's the small mannerisms and quick looks which give the characters such depth. I've watched it a few times over this year and have all the other series as well. If you haven't seen it, or find the prospect of a group of priests in the back of beyond to seem dull, please give it a chance. It's worth it!!!
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on 12 January 2006
This entire series is absolutely fantastic, pure classic comedy. I first watched it when I was at University which was about 10 years ago, but I still love every single episode. It's just funny. Funny. You should also check out other work by the same writers "Black Books" which is also very good although perhaps not as excellent as Father Ted.
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on 8 September 2004
Father Ted is something you will either Love or hate, there is no middle ground.
As such it's worth trying to see any episode or two before buying.
I love it, but probably not a good buy for the people sensitive about their religion, as it's no songs of praise!!!!
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VINE VOICEon 14 June 2001
The writing is superb and tightly done, the performances without fault and the situations the characters find themselves in are very entertaining. The episode where Ted thinks that the female novelist Polly Clarke is falling for him is worth the purchase price alone. It is just a damn shame that this has already been released in region 1 and I have acquired it. Why this was is a mystery. Dermot Morgan who played Ted, sadly no longer with us, will be sadly missed.
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on 2 September 2004
The person who gave Father Ted one star clearly has no sense of humour. Father Ted is one of the best comedy shows of the 90s. The comparisons made with 'Only fools...' (the most over rated UK comedy) and the dire 'Blue Line' are just silly. Father Ted is a different class to both. As for the supposed 'lack of inventiveness' well that's a laughable charge. Thank god for writers like Linehan and Matthews, who save us from being swamped with non-comedies like 'TTBL' and 'Vicar of Dibley'. Anyway buy all three series of Father Ted as they are hilarious and endlessly re-watchable.
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on 19 September 2007
How many sitcoms make you laugh out loud constantly? Not many I'd wager but this one does and every episode does.

If you don't laugh at this consult an undertaker as there's a good chance you're dead!
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on 5 January 2011
It is now nearly 20 years since Father Ted first arrived on our screens, and it still stands alongside Red Dwarf, Fawlty Towers and Blackadder as one of the greatest comedy programmes ever made. It is the magnum opus of both the actors and the writers.

At only 6 episodes long, this was the shortest of the 3 series, but it was still a cracking effort. The characters almost need no introduction and one of the masterstrokes was that the writers didn't spend an overly long time on the "getting to know you stage" and just launching with the gags. Meticulously observed, perfectly acted and timed to a tee, the delivery of the jokes is a lesson in comedy. In the episode "And God Created Woman" we get to see, at the start of the episode, one gag that is drawn out for the just the perfect amount of time; it carries on for several minutes in a Groundhog Day style, but it just manages to cease before it becomes self-indulgent. While none of the actors were well known outside of Ireland before the show, it launched several careers, not least of all Ardal O'Hanlon. It was a tragic shame that Dermot Morgan died after the end of the final series, as the comic talent he displays in this and the other series could have done so much more, though it would be a tough gig to do anything funnier than Father Ted.
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A great comedy series set on fictitious Craggy Island. This first series focuses on the stressed life of Father Ted Crilly. He is more interested in the likes of fame and wealth than any spiritual things. And he dreams of a better situation than he is in.
Ted is good natured but his patience is always being tested by young assistant the enthusiastic and rather thick Father Dougal McGuire. He is always taking things literally and this leads to disastrous consequences. Also in the house is the bad mouthed Father Jack Hackett who is an angry, wheelchair bound, alcoholic and crazed senior priest.
It would seem that the trio have all been exiled to this bleak island by the church they serve. Possibly because supposedly Ted embezzled charity money, Dougal has supposedly done something with some nuns, and Jack may have been involved in some sort of wedding ceremony outrage.
Also there is the comic character interest of their housekeeper Mrs Doyle who is always insisting they have a cup of tea and the occasional visit from Father Stone and Father Noel Furlong.
The series has a slight comic dig at the church and there is plenty of slapstick comedy. And generally speaking this is a classic and very original comedy.
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on 11 July 2001
If you like comedy you should definitely watch this. The first joke being Father Doughal having shaving foam on his face when he hasn`t even had a shave was brilliant. A truly excellent comedy, it relies on stupidity rather than crude references and a comedy you can watch over and over again!
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