Derry Girls’ Ending Captured the Hearts of Critics

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The final episode of the Derry Girls has been met with positive reviews from critics.

The Channel 4 sitcom ended after three series on Wednesday, and it was met with five-star reviews from critics. Many said that the show’s writer/creator, Lisa McGee did an excellent job wrapping up all loose ends while still making it laughable. 

“The extended finale had it all,” said Anita Singh from The Telegraph. “It was poignant, heartwarming and hilarious.” 

“It took the elements that have always made up the show – the Troubles and the growing pains of teenage friends – to a higher level. Never did I think hearing a Corrs song would reduce me to tears, but here we are.” 

Derry Girls, which debuted in 2018, stars Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, and Dylan Llewellyn. 

The two last episodes of the show focused on Orla and Erin’s joint 18th birthday party and the group’s effort to get tickets for Fatboy Slim’s performance at Derry’s Halloween Festival. 

Yet, the finale’s events occurred against the backdrop of the Good Friday Agreement, which took a conclusion to a duration of the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles. 

“It will have brought many viewers right back to 1998,” wrote Derry Journal’s Brendan McDaid, “the signing of the Good Friday Agreement (as narrated by real-life journalist Donna Traynor) and the subsequent referendum which put the public seal of approval on a new dawn for the north of Ireland, with people north and south voting overwhelmingly in favour.” 

“The finale was packed with special moments,” he further stated. “They have all done Derry proud.” 

The Belfast Telegraph’s Maureen Coleman stated: “This final instalment is a fabulous piece of work that had me howling with laughter one minute and weeping the next. 

“McGee has made this ability to flip our emotions her calling card, and she does it so well. It’s a gift.” 

“Rather than resting on its laurels, it pushed itself to new heights,” wrote Rebecca Nicholson of The Guardian, as she hailed the finale “a triumph” in her five-star review. 

“It took a while for Derry Girls to establish itself as that rare thing, a modern comedy classic, but now it feels like it has always been there. There’s a strong sense that though it will be missed, it hasn’t outstayed its welcome. Instead, it has been absolutely cracker.” 

The finale received a four-star review from Rachael O’Connor or Metro, saying, “It’s been an absolutely wild ride with dazzling cameos, laugh-out-loud moments and devastating scenes centred around the undercurrent of the Troubles.

“It was a serious feat to successfully set a sitcom to the backdrop of the horrors in Northern Ireland and struggle for peace, but creator Lisa McGee never put a foot wrong,” she added. “The show has always been at its strongest when combining the insulated, selfish lives of teenagers and their personal dramas with the earth-shattering real-life atrocities of the time.” 

“What a farewell,” said The Times’ Carol Midgley, who also gave the show’s finale five stars. “Derry Girls bowed out forever in a finale special that was funny, profound, sharp, political, sentimental, and pretty much perfect.

“Practically every beat of Lisa McGee’s comedy was exquisitely judged, balancing just the right amount of pathos with wit and a good dose of Uncle Colm, the world’s most boring man, who feels like a Father Ted character.”