Entertainment The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland  

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List Rules Vote up the best scripted television shows that take place in either The Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

A combination of resources and how few new shows UK television puts out, in general, has limited the number of Irish television series. Luckily, more production companies are realizing that not only is Ireland is a gorgeous place with a heavy history, but more and more BBC and ITV series are being set in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, expanding the range of stories told in the UK. If you've ever thought of visiting Ireland or are curious about how the countries are portrayed on-screen, this list of the best shows set in Ireland can be your tour guide.

Whether it be centered around Dublin or Belfast, or somewhere much smaller, like Derry, there is a vibrant charm to Irish dramas and comedies alike. Many historical period series are set in Ireland, like the twin series Rebellion and Resistance, set around the first quarter of the 20th century. But some period pieces are set much more recently, such as Derry Girls, which uses music to remind the viewers that The Troubles were as recent as the early 1990s. Not all Irish shows are heavy-handed, there are plenty of sitcoms and comedies like Father Ted.

Which shows about Ireland should be at the top of the list? Vote up the best TV shows set in Ireland, then vote down the shows that don't deserve to be set in such a great place and add any great Irish shows that are missing.

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Father Ted is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Ardal O'Hanlon, Dermot Morgan, Pauline McLynn
Father Ted is a sitcom that was produced by independent production company Hat Trick Productions for British broadcaster Channel 4. Written jointly by Irish writers Arthur Mathews and Graham ...more
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Derry Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan, Louisa Harland
Derry Girls (Channel 4, 2018) is a British sitcom created by Lisa McGee. Features the personal exploits of a 16 year old girl, her family and friends during the Troubles in the early 90s.
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Moone Boy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Chris O'Dowd, David Rawle, Deirdre O'Kane
Moone Boy is an Irish sitcom created, co-written by and co-starring Chris O'Dowd for British broadcaster Sky. The series is co-written by Nick Vincent Murphy and is produced by Baby Cow ...more
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Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Rebellion Ruth Bradley, Michelle Fairley, Michael Feast
Rebellion (RTÉ, 2016) is an Irish historical fiction television miniseries. The show dramatizes the events surrounding the 1916 Easter Rising.
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Quirke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Quirke Gabriel Byrne, Aisling Franciosi
Quirke is a British-Irish crime drama television series that was first broadcast on BBC One and RTÉ One in 2014. The three-part series is based on the Quirke novels by John Banville, ...more
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Foreign Exchange is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Foreign Exchange Robert Sheehan, Zachary Garred, Joel Turner
Foreign Exchange is an Irish-Australian television programme broadcast by Southern Star from 5 November to 27 December 2004. It starred Lynn Styles as Hannah O'Flaherty, a feisty Irish girl, and ...more
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Killinaskully is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Killinaskully Pat Shortt, Joe Rooney
Killinaskully is an Irish television comedy which details the bizarre goings-on in a fictitious Irish village called Killinaskully located in the hills of Ireland. It was actually filmed on ...more
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Ballykissangel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Colin Farrell, Victoria Smurfit, Peter Caffrey
Ballykissangel is a BBC television drama created by Kieran Prendiville and set in Ireland, produced in-house by BBC Northern Ireland. The original story revolved around a young English Roman ...more
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13 Steps Down is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
13 Steps Down Luke Treadaway, Geraldine James, Elarica Gallacher
Thirteen Steps Down (ITV, 2012) is an Irish television thriller miniseries based on the novel by Ruth Rendell. This two-part series follows Mix Cellini (Luke Treadaway), a lonely, maladjusted ...more
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Bachelors Walk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Bachelors Walk Don Wycherley, Keith McErlean
Bachelors Walk was a comedy-drama about three single men living in a house in Dublin’s Bachelors Walk. The series was shot in and around Dublin. The programme was first broadcast on RTÉ ...more
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Resistance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Brian Gleeson Aoife Duffin Simone Kirby Natasha O'Keeffe Gavin Drea
Resistance (RTÉ One, 2019) is an Irish historical fiction television miniseries written by Colin Teevan. The five-part limited series dramatizes the events surrounding the Irish War of
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Life of Crime is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Life of Crime Hayley Atwell, Richard Coyle, Julian Lewis Jones
Life of Crime (ITV1, 2013) is a British television crime drama series. The three-part serial follows stars Denise Woods (Hayley Atwell), who tries to solve the murders of three seemingly ...more
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Murder in Eden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Murder in Eden Peter Firth, Alun Armstrong, Ian Bannen
Murder in Eden is a British television series directed by Nicholas Renton and featuring Ian Bannen, Peter Firth and Alun Armstrong. It was first aired on the BBC in 1991 in three episodes of 55 ...more
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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch
The Fall is a BBC drama television series set in Northern Ireland and created, written and, in its second series, directed by Allan Cubitt. The series stars Gillian Anderson as Superintendent ...more
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The Irish R.M. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Peter Bowles, Bryan Murray, Anna Manahan
The Irish R.M. refers to a series of books by the Anglo-Irish novelists Somerville and Ross, and the television comedy-drama series based on them. They are set in turn of the 20th century west ...more
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Can't Cope, Won't Cope is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Seána Kerslake, Nika McGuigan, Muiris Crowley
Can't Cope, Won't Cope (Netflix, 2016) is an Irish comedy drama created by Stefanie Preissner. In Dublin, friends Aisling (Seána Kerslake) and Danielle (Nika McGuigan) must come to terms ...more
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The Clinic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Saoirse Ronan, Chris O'Dowd, Robert Sheehan
The Clinic is a multi award-winning Irish primetime television medical drama series produced by Parallel Film Productions for RTÉ. It debuted on RTÉ One in 2003 to positive reviews ...more
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The Walshes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
The Walshes Rory Connolly, Phillipa Dunne, Niall Gaffney
The Walshes (RTÉ, 2014) is an Irish comedy television series, based on work by the comedy group Diet of Worms. The show follows the Walshes, a tight-knit family living in the fictional ...more
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Raw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Raw Dominique McElligott, Shelley Conn, Damon Gameau
RAW is an Irish drama television series which was broadcast on RTÉ. The show focuses on the staff at a Dublin restaurant. The first season featured six episodes shown on RTÉ Two in ...more
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Single-Handed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Ian McElhinney, Michael McElhatton, Pádraic Delaney
Single-Handed is an Irish television drama series, first broadcast on RTÉ Television in 2007. Set and filmed in the west of Ireland, it focuses on the life of a member of the Garda ...more
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Strumpet City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Strumpet City Peter O'Toole, David Kelly, Cyril Cusack
Strumpet City was a 1980 television miniseries produced by Irish broadcaster RTÉ, based on James Plunkett's 1969 novel Strumpet City. It was RTÉ's most ambitious and expensive ...more
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Seacht is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Seacht Alana Henderson, Andrew Kavanagh, Neasa Ní Chuanaigh
Seacht was a college drama series following the lives of seven college students at the Arts Department of Queen's University in Belfast. The drama was broadcast on Irish language state ...more
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Prosperity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Prosperity
Prosperity is a series of four one-hour dramas for television from director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Mark O'Halloran. Prosperity features "four powerful, moving and funny stories set on ...more
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Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Whistleblower Emma Stansfield, Adrian Dunbar, Charlene McKenna
Whistleblower is a two-part IFTA-winning fact-based RTÉ drama which focuses on the Michael Neary scandal that erupted in the 1990s. Neary is a retired Irish consultant ...more
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Wild Decembers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
Wild Decembers Matt Ryan, Owen McDonnell, Lara Belmont
Wild Decembers is an Irish feature-length television drama series which broadcast on RTÉ One on 29 December 2010. Described as a "dark tale of love and land" by the Irish ...more