Weekly What To Watch: Irish Sitcoms and that Summer Nostalgia

As a self-confessed streaming addict, I’m always running out of things to watch – more particularly – things to watch that are good. I understand that many other people in the world have that same problem. I’m here to help those people out.

Each week I’ll recommend a few pieces of TV or film that I believe are some quality picks. This isn’t just the latest release or what’s trending on Netflix’s Top 10; this is what I genuinely believe is worth your time.

To start us off: from an Irish sitcom to a refreshing summer throwback – here is your Weekly What To Watch.

Derry Girls (Season 3)

Derry Girls is a teen sitcom comedy that follows an ensemble of teens growing up in Derry, Northern Ireland in the 90s during the final years of the Troubles. Written by Lisa McGee, the episodes revolve around the normalcy of teenage life on the landscape of political violence and turmoil. It’s a clever and refreshing take on – not just teens and pop culture during the 90s – but also the endurance of adults living through the Troubles. And while the show doesn’t hide away from showing the politics, it’s not at the forefront. Instead, the comedy and the distinct and unique plots shine through and create a charming and easy-to-watch show that will not waste your time.

While the series finished airing on European TV a few months back, the finale to Derry Girls has just hit our Netflix subscription boxes. I must say, season three may just be the best. The 45-minute finale created one of the most satisfying and heartfelt endings to a TV series that most can never produce.

Derry Girls Season 3 is available to watch on Netflix now. 

The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist (Doco-Series)

At the height of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom; the Bling Ring ran rampant in the hills of Hollywood with light hands and deep pockets. The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist is a doco-series covering the events of the Bling Ring burglaries of 2008 with the criminals themselves telling the story. The perspective of two of the Bling Ring themselves – Nick Prugo and Alexis Neiers – brings an exciting edge of contradiction when the two stories converge in differing ways and makes you believe that you cannot trust these people.

If you love Hollywood culture and love an unreliable narrator, this three-episode limited series is the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist is available on Netflix now.

The Way, Way Back (2014)

With good weather slowly coming back to Adelaide, its time to start streaming those good ol’ summer movies that bring us a feeling of nostalgia. The Way, Way Back is my pick for the most criminally underrated summer film of all time and is a film I need everyone to drop everything for and watch this summer.

Directed by Nat Faxton and Jim Rash, this comedy-drama is the story of introverted 14-year-old, Duncan, who goes on a summer holiday to a vacation town with his mum and her new boyfriend. Duncan is faced with a decision: is he going to sit around and endure being around his mum’s overbearing boyfriend or is he going to make an adventure for himself?

While the whole “finding yourself over the summer” trope is very overdone, this film’s interpretation feels so genuine and heartfelt that it’s hard to get mad at it for being a stereotype. It’s a film filled with those nostalgic awkward encounters with girls and strangers that you have when you’re a teenager. It will surprise you at how charming and heartfelt it is. It’s also one of the only times where you get to see Steve Carell play an awful character and he pulls off playing the horrible boyfriend character shockingly well.

It really is a summer film for anyone and will bring back all the warm fuzzies you felt when you were a kid.

Watch The Way, Way Back on Binge, Stan or rent on YouTube.

That’s all for this week! From one streaming addict to another, I hope you enjoy my picks for what to watch this week. Make sure to check back next week for more fun recommendations.

This has been your Weekly What To Watch

Written by Jemma Jones