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The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland

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List RulesVote 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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