What better way to dive head first into St. Patrick’s Day than to take a quick look at some brilliant Irish sitcoms. Following in the footsteps of Graham Linehan’s Father Ted in the mid-90’s and the more recent Mrs. Brown’s Boys from Brendan O’Carroll, comes the drop-dead funny, Moone Boy from Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy. For those unfamiliar with the series, Moone Boy is a semi-autobiographical depiction of O’Dowd and focuses on a young boy’s life growing up in Boyle, County Roscommon in Ireland in the late 1980s and the early 1990s.
Meet the Moones
Winner of the International Emmy Award for Best Comedy, Moone Boy revolves around the story of Seán (O’Dowd), the imaginary friend of 12-year-old Martin Moone, the youngest child of a family living in a small town in the rural Ireland. Martin, aided by his imaginary friend, has a unique perspective on life. His imagination comes into play both in his childish drawings, which come alive through animation, and in the ridiculous schemes he comes up with, against Seán’s better judgement. With Seán’s help, Martin negotiates life as the youngest in a somewhat chaotic, scatter-brained family.
Filmed in Series 3 filming began in the Fall of 2013 in Chris O’Dowd’s hometown of Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland, The first two series of Moone Boy have had a limited U.S. run on Hulu+ but will begin airing on a number of public television stations beginning in April 2014.