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The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland

Updated November 5, 2019 366 votes 108 voters 7.3k views26 items

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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    Derry Girls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Derry Girls

    Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan

    Premiered2018

    Derry Girls (Channel 4, 2018) is a British sitcom created by Lisa McGee. Erin (Saoirse-Monica... more on Wikipedia
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    Father Ted is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Father Ted

    Ardal O'Hanlon, Dermot Morgan

    Premiered1995

    Father Ted is a sitcom that was produced by independent production company Hat Trick... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    The Fall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    The Fall

    Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan

    Premiered2013

    The Fall (BBC Two, 2013) is a British-Irish crime drama television series created by Allan... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Love/Hate is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Love/Hate

    Aidan Gillen, Charlie Murphy

    Premiered2010

    Love/Hate is an Irish crime drama series broadcast on RTÉ Television. The show premièred on 3... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Moone Boy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Moone Boy

    Chris O'Dowd, David Rawle

    Premiered2012

    Moone Boy is an Irish sitcom created, co-written by and co-starring Chris O'Dowd for British... more on Wikipedia
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    Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Rebellion

    Ruth Bradley, Michelle Fairley

    Premiered2016

    Rebellion (RTÉ, 2016) is an Irish historical fiction television miniseries. The show... more on Wikipedia
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    Killinaskully is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Killinaskully

    Pat Shortt, Joe Rooney

    Premiered2003

    Killinaskully is an Irish television comedy which details the bizarre goings-on in a... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Clinic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    The Clinic

    Saoirse Ronan, Chris O'Dowd

    Premiered2003

    The Clinic is a multi award-winning Irish primetime television medical drama series produced... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Resistance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Resistance

    Brian Gleeson Aoife Duffin Simone Kirby Natasha O'Keeffe Gavin Drea

    Premiered2019

    Resistance (RTÉ One, 2019) is an Irish historical fiction television miniseries written by... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Quirke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Quirke

    Gabriel Byrne, Aisling Franciosi

    Premiered2014

    Quirke is a British-Irish crime drama television series that was first broadcast on BBC One... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Ballykissangel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Ballykissangel

    Colin Farrell, Victoria Smurfit

    Premiered1996

    Ballykissangel is a BBC television drama created by Kieran Prendiville and set in Ireland,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Walshes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    The Walshes

    Rory Connolly, Phillipa Dunne

    Premiered2014

    The Walshes (RTÉ, 2014) is an Irish comedy television series, based on work by the comedy... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Bachelors Walk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Bachelors Walk

    Don Wycherley, Keith McErlean

    Premiered2001

    Bachelors Walk was a comedy-drama about three single men living in a house in Dublin’s... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Irish R.M. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    The Irish R.M.

    Peter Bowles, Bryan Murray

    Premiered1983

    The Irish R.M. refers to a series of books by the Anglo-Irish novelists Somerville and Ross,... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    2

    Whistleblower

    Emma Stansfield, Adrian Dunbar

    Premiered2008

    Whistleblower is a two-part IFTA-winning fact-based RTÉ drama which focuses on the Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Raw is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Raw

    Dominique McElligott, Shelley Conn

    Premiered2008

    RAW is an Irish drama television series which was broadcast on RTÉ. The show focuses on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    13 Steps Down is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    2

    13 Steps Down

    Luke Treadaway, Geraldine James

    Premiered2012

    Thirteen Steps Down (ITV, 2012) is an Irish television thriller miniseries based on the novel... more on Wikipedia
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    Murder in Eden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Murder in Eden

    Peter Firth, Alun Armstrong

    Premiered1991

    Murder in Eden is a British television series directed by Nicholas Renton and featuring Ian... more on Wikipedia
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    Single-Handed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Single-Handed

    Ian McElhinney, Michael McElhatton

    Premiered2007

    Single-Handed is an Irish television drama series, first broadcast on RTÉ Television in 2007.... more on Wikipedia
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    Can't Cope, Won't Cope is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Can't Cope, Won't Cope

    Seána Kerslake, Nika McGuigan
    Can't Cope, Won't Cope (Netflix, 2016) is an Irish comedy drama created by Stefanie Preissner.... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Seacht is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Seacht

    Alana Henderson, Andrew Kavanagh

    Premiered2008

    Seacht was a college drama series following the lives of seven college students at the Arts... more on Wikipedia
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    Wild Decembers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Wild Decembers

    Matt Ryan, Owen McDonnell
    Wild Decembers is an Irish feature-length television drama series which broadcast on RTÉ One... more on Wikipedia
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    Prosperity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Prosperity

    Prosperity is a series of four one-hour dramas for television from director Lenny Abrahamson... more on Wikipedia
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    Foreign Exchange is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Foreign Exchange

    Robert Sheehan, Zachary Garred

    Premiered2004

    Foreign Exchange is an Irish-Australian television programme broadcast by Southern Star from 5... more on Wikipedia
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    Life of Crime is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Ireland
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    Life of Crime

    Hayley Atwell, Richard Coyle

    Premiered2013

    Life of Crime (ITV1, 2013) is a British television crime drama series. The three-part serial... more on Wikipedia
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