Father Ted - Complete Series 1
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Heaven help us, they're back! Those three disaster-prone priestsFathers Ted, Jack, and Dougalcontinue raising Cain on remote Craggy Island. In the second series of shenanigans, the clerics contend with such issues as abstinence from drinking, smoking, androllerblading?! DVD bonuses include the director's commentary, a photo gallery, and star biographies. Series 2 is 2-1/2 hours on 2 cassettes or 4 hours 10 min. on 2 DVDs. Series 1 is 2 hours 28 min. on 2 cassettes (not available in Canada).
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 DVD contains the entire first season of Father Ted--six episodes of inspired lunacy including a visit from the excruciatingly dull Father Stone, Mrs. Doyle's solemn recitation of all the bad language in Ted's favorite novel, and the death and resurrection of Father Jack. Packed with great lines and hilarious characters, Father Ted gets better with every viewing. --Simon Leake
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Three Irish Priests have been exiled to Craggy Island, off the coast of Ireland, as punishment for various misdeeds which you learn more about in episode 3. The show is full of crazy characters and strange visiting priests.
Dermot Morgan is great as Father Ted, who has the most sense of anyone in the parish house, but is quite selfish for a priest.
Ardal O'Hanlon is perfect as the clueless Father Dougal, and doesn't really seem to believe any of the things priests are supposed to believe - things like eternal life and all that.
Frank Kelly is Father Jack, always drunk and cursing and lustful.
Pauline McLynn plays Mrs. Doyle, the housekeeper who is always trying to force tea and sandwiches on the guests.
All in all, the show is weird and funny, but may appeal to those who really love strange British, or in this case, Irish humor.