It was very good, don't get me wrong, but not so good that after 10 or 12 years i should still hear at least one unfunny cúnt a day referencing it
Good old Irish humour, eh.
Not overrated. When it came out, it certainly was one of the best comedies around - however, I do have to say that for me personally, it certainly has lost something over the past decade. That doesn't make it any less of a seminal piece of work.
It produced a lot of memorable one-liners, it was the first of a great batch of 'Irish' British comedies, and it helped the word 'feck' take off in Britain. It used some innovative staples of modern comedies - including meta jokes like 'Father Ben', film take offs like the episode with Father Dougal as a milkman - as well as being able to fall back on both slapstick (e.g. all the preist-on-preist violence from Father Jack) and surrealism (e.g taking in the roads on the island when it rains).
Certainly, I do think it will be looked at with scholarly eyes in years to come.
But, for me, time has dulled it. Part of the joy was not knowing what was coming next. Now, more than decade on, all we have are repeats. Another part of the joy was contemporary issues being raised or even serving as background to the jokes (e.g. the whole Eurovision episode was a lot more relevant and ponted when Ireland was winning the Eurovision every year). And pop-culture references (e.g. the Ballykissangel stuff) are often badly dated.
I have to disagree with you on this. I'm English and I absolutely love Father Ted. I think being raised a Catholic helps get some of the jokes but the quality of the comedy overall was superb. My family all love it including my staunchly Catholic Grandmother who would chuckle along when it was on.
There are so many classic bits that spring to mind: Father Noel and Riverdance, Pat Mustard (the priests saying mass alongside the milk float!) Bishop Len Brennan, my lovely horse and Fr Dougal's general cluelessness about what the Catholic faith involves.
I've lurked on boards for ages because I like reading an Irish perspective on things but reading this I had to register and share the love for Ted and especially the genius Dermot Morgan (RIP) from the other side of the Irish Sea.
"Wait a minute...they're not REAL hands!"
and these can feck off...;-)
applehunter, Bodhisopha, Chad ghostal, Dutchie, exaisle, Fighting Irish, mlumley, OKeeffer, Red Right Hand, Richard Dower, shockwave, Teclo
Were the names revealed of the No vote?????
Btw...i voted NO just for a laugh, i really do like it.
Yeah, just click on the amount of votes in the poll and you're there in all your unglory!
Does anyone have the photo of Fr Dick Byrne giving the Ted the middle finger with a smile on his face in the Song For Europe episode. That always cracks me up!!
Down with this sort of thing !
While I do think it was brilliant for its time, I can see the pov that it may seem a bit dated now. We have been so battered by years of sex abuse scandals and bishops fathering kids, taking the piss out of the clergy is the norm now, and has been for a long time. But by jazus, when it first came out, it was ground breaking stuff.
Saw the Brendan Grace tribute (yes I know, I have no life) on the Late Late last month. Best thing he ever did was his stint on Fr Ted. Shame it got no mention & all that Bottler shyte did.