That Mitchell and Webb Look – 2009
( Originally airing on Channel 4 )
The hilarity of Derry Girls is so powerful that it transcends language. The Irish sitcom, currently streaming on Netflix, follows four girls (and their teen guy accomplice) who are growing up in Northern Ireland during the last years of the Troubles. A good 74 percent of any given episode is likely unintelligible to anyone who didn’t grow up hearing an Irish accent; it took me a few episodes to admit defeat and finally switch on the subtitles. But subtitles or not, and my cursory knowledge of the Troubles notwithstanding, I still found myself cackling at one of my favorite new shows and falling in love with Erin, Orla, Clare, Michelle, and James.
Lana Lang: So, Clark. What are you? Man or Superman?
Clark Kent: I dunno…I haven’t figured it out yet.
Lunch break viewing. I’ve put off watching this show for over a year, because of Allison Mack’s various hi-jinks. Clhoe was one of my favorite characters, most of the time.
The Boys benefits from a strong cast, what had to have been a large budget, and a tone that confidently bounces between horror and humor. “What if superheroes were bad?” isn’t exactly a new idea, but this is one of the best mainstream takes on the idea I’ve ever seen.