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Product Details

  • Actors: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn, Tony Guilfoyle
  • Format: Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 640 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TWMXY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Father Ted - The Holy Trilogy" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Every episode on 5 discs
  • Commetary by Graham Linehan and Ardal O'Hanlon on five episodes
  • "Fundraising with Father Dougal"
  • Ted and Dougal Host "Comic Relief '97"
  • Interview with writers Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan and Ardal O'Hanlon
  • Photo galleries

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Join Fathers Ted, Dougal and Jack, three Irish priests exiled by the church to their own private purgatory, a twisted lump of rock called Craggy Island, as penance for indulging their daft vices. With the help of the world's most devoted housekeeper, Mrs. Doyle, they tend a demented flock of island dwellers and try to make a heaven out of their rocky piece of hell.

This five-disc DVD set includes every episode from the outrageous, award-winning comedy series, plus the hour-long holiday special "A Christmassy Ted".


Father Ted is one of those rare sitcoms that defies categorization--it owes as much to Flann O'Brien and Samuel Beckett as it does to Monty Python--and its blend of satire, character comedy, and anarchic surrealism has made it a cult favorite around the world. Exiled to remote Craggy Island, Father Ted Crilley shares a house with the breathtakingly stupid Father Dougal and the constantly inebriated Father Jack, who has a small vocabulary and a taste for furniture polish. Their housekeeper, Mrs. Doyle, takes care of them with a never-ending supply of tea and sandwiches: "Go on now, Father, won't you try one? They're diagonal." Together they fight boredom by dressing up as Elvis, startling ducks at the fair, and provoking nuns. This set compiles the entire three-year series. --Simon Leake

Customer Reviews

One of the best TV shows ever made.
E. Corcoran
Feel the excitement as Ted and Dougal kidnap Father Jack from an Old Priest's Home!
I was laughing so hard I was crying!
Dawne M. Charters

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2004
As other reviewers have noted, Father Ted remains one of the most consistently funny TV shows ever. Of course, there were only 25 episodes (counting the Christmas special), so it never had a chance to vary in quality as longer-running series have. Comparisons with The Simpsons are apt, but Father Ted owes more to Fawlty Towers than to any other series. If you like either of those shows, you won't be disappointed with this one.
The quality of the DVDs is surprisingly high considering the relative obscurity of the show in the U.S. The series is spread amply over five discs, and you should definitely invest in The Holy Trilogy, rather than buying the seasons separately. (If you're not sure you want to make the bigger investment, then you should go with Season 2, which was the funniest.) The transfers are as good as can be expected from a TV show, which is lower in quality than film because of differences in source quality.
The extras are quite good, though never as good as the episodes themselves. (After all, how many times is anyone going to see Father Dougal's Fundraising Speech for PBS?) But Father Ted was a writer-centered show, and the best extras are a long interview with Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews, the show's creators, and the commentary provided by Linehan for Seasons 1 and 2. No commentary for Season 3; I suppose he ran out of stories.
My only major complaint is that, when Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Dougal) joins the commentary for five episodes on Season 2, he did not seem to be miked up properly, so he is very hard to hear. A second, minor complaint is that there is no tribute to the late Dermot Morgan (Father Ted himself), which would seem appropriate considering how keenly his loss is still felt in both Ireland and the UK. Neither of these shortcomings detracts from the collection, though. It is a great investment for anyone interested in unique sitcoms or Irish/British humor. Highly recommended!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Mike on July 15, 2004
The series explores the antics of a trio of priests and their loyal if insane housekeeper stranded on Craggy Island (just of the coast of Ireland, "where they dump the old glow in the dark"). When I first saw the trailers for it I thought it would not be that funny, but a friend convinced me to watch an episode. The blend of the surreal story-lines and tight scripts make it a comic masterwork. The box should include a warning that it may induce loss of bladder control.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jake Bell on October 25, 2005
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I kid you not when I say this DVD set nearly killed me. I've never had asthma or other breathing problems, but people who do might want to pick up something more formulaic like Full House or Family Matters that's guananteed not to make you laugh.

From the first episode, I found myself not just chuckling, but full-out laughing at this show and before I was done with the first of the five discs, I was convinced the set was worth every cent I'd paid.

Somewhere during the second season, tragedy nearly struck. During Ted and Dougal's caper of hiding a herd of wild bunnies from a bishop who is afraid of rabbits, a series of jokes were grouped too closely together! I hadn't stopped laughing from the first when the second hit me. By the time the scene culminated in an impeccibly delivered punchline, I couldn't breathe and fell to the floor gasping and choking for air. My girlfriend, who watched the entire event in disbelief, declared it a miracle I hadn't wet my pants.

I heard great things about this show and put this set on my Wish List almost a year before finally purchasing it after several failed attempts to have a friend tape a few episodes off BBC America. I wish I hadn't waited so long. Take the plunge and buy it blindly.
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I want to shower you with Sugar Lumps and ride you over FENCES

Polish your hooves every single day and take you to the horse DENTIST

My Lovely Horse your a pony no MORE

Running around with the man on your back, like a train in the night, like a train in the (hold on I can play this bit) NIGHT

That is the funniest episode of Father Ted, A Song For Europe with the "obligatory video", but there are so many great episodes of Father Ted you really have to own them all. Possibly my favourite comedy of all time, although I already owned series 1&3 on video as soon as I saw this box set I knew it was a must buy. Father Ted first aired back in 1995 and to be honest I didn't find the first series that funny, it was alright and I watched every episode but I wouldn't have called it essential viewing.

However as soon as I saw the first episode of the second series I knew the series had hit the big time. It was called "Hell" and feature the first guest appearance from Graham Norton as Father Noel Furlong, it was hilarious. Every episode from then on until Dermot Morgan's tragic death was superb. I don't know what makes it so funny, there's just something about three completely incompetent priests sharing a house in a backwater parish. You have Father Jack Hackett who is an Alcoholic and generally only utters the words "FECK", "AR*E" or "GIRLS", the incredibly stupid Father Dougal Maguire and then of course Father Ted. I don't know how popular the show is in America but over here they are still showing repeats on Channel 4's various other channels.
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