The Walshes was a recent three-part sitcom about a dysfunctional yet loveable Irish family.
I was initially drawn to this series because it was co-written by Graham Linehan, who is the absolute genius that brought us The IT Crowd. and Father Ted. The cast is made up of Diet of Worms: a comedy group that I had never previously heard of but will be looking into in the future. I especially liked Shane Langan, who plays Graham, as he was absolutely adorable and reminded me of a startled, timid sheep. I loved him from the beginning. I also thought Carmel, played by Phillipa Dunne, was very funny and Ciara (Amy Stephenson) was believable and generally sweet.
The fact it was only three episodes long was interesting because I feel any longer than that and it may have begun to slip into regular-sitcom-mode which is generally the point where I stop watching. So, due to the fact that The Walshes was only a mini-series, I found a lot more enjoyment in it: but maybe that’s because I lose interest in things quite easily.
I don’t watch Mrs Brown’s Boys (I don’t find it funny in the slightest) but wasn’t particularly reminded of it whilst viewing The Walshes despite there being comparisons drawn between them: I think this is a lazy conclusion to make. Sure, they are both Irish-family-sitcoms, but The Walshes was so much more.
Overall, I’m interested to see how this show will develop in the future as I found it very charming and heartwarming. I also hope Linehan will be writing some new stuff as I really do miss The It Crowd and need a replacement for it.