Derry Girls

10 Best Episodes of Derry Girls

Amidst the political conflict of Northern Ireland in the 1990s, five secondary school students square off with the universal challenges of being a teenager.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 18, 2023.

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#12 - Episode 5 (Season 1 - Episode 5)

In episode five, it’s July 12th and the Quinn family are rushing to get out of Derry before the Orange Parades start. They’re packed and nearly ready to go when James, Michelle and Clare arrive as unexpected members of the escape party. Aunt Sarah has recently started reading tarot cards and is predicting disaster for this trip – and, for once, she might just be right… The question is only where and how will this disaster come?

The episode was rated 7.62 from 420 votes.

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#11 - Episode 3 (Season 1 - Episode 3)


The girls have been up all night cramming for a big exam. Some (Michelle and Erin) haven't studied for it enough whilst Clare's over-studied, leaving herself completely sleep deprived and slightly manic. Everyone is convinced they're going to fail. So when a distinctly dubious opportunity presents itself to get out of the exam they jump at the chance. Especially as it involves them spending time with the very beautiful Father Peter.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 469 votes.

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#10 - Episode 2 (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Everyone's really excited when Sister Michael announces the school trip this year is to Paris. Erin's keen to cultivate her writing (and a friendship with Charlene Kavanagh, the most popular girl in school), Clare and James want to improve their French, Orla thinks she's going to meet Nicole and Papa from the Renault Clio adverts and Michelle wants to ride a French fella. But they don't bank on the fact that the trip costs £375, each! Back at the Quinn house Uncle Colm, Granda Joe's extremely boring brother, is visiting and the whole family are losing the will to live.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 544 votes.

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#9 - Ms De Brún and the Child of Prague (Season 2 - Episode 2)


A new English teacher arrives at Our Lady Immaculate and the gang find themselves inspired

The episode was rated 7.74 from 373 votes.

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#8 - Episode 1 (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Quinn family are distraught - it's a huge inconvenience and Aunt Sarah may not even be able to get to her sunbed session. Erin and Orla head to school picking up their friends Clare, who's doing a sponsored fast for Ethiopia, and Michelle, who has her cousin James in tow. James is over from England and will be joining them at Our Lady Immaculate Girls School amid concerns he'd get beaten up at the boys' school 'because of the English thing...'.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 610 votes.

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#7 - The Concert (Season 2 - Episode 3)


Erin, Clare, Michelle, Orla and James are beside themselves with excitement as they have tickets to see Take That in Belfast. When Ma Mary forbids them to go they decide that they're going anyway.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 378 votes.

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#6 - Episode 4 (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Erin is so excited that teenage Katya 'a child of Chernobyl' is coming to stay, but Katya is not exactly grateful to be in Derry. And there's developments in Granda Joe's love life.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 434 votes.

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#5 - The Curse (Season 2 - Episode 4)


The Quinn family cause uproar at a family wedding, and the consequences of the girls' bad behaviour are very serious, especially for cousin Eammon.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 367 votes.

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#4 - Across the Barricade (Season 2 - Episode 1)

Erin and co are excited to attend an outdoor pursuits weekend as part of a peace initiative. But peace is the last thing on Michelle's mind once she finds out that there will be Protestant lads there!

The episode was rated 7.94 from 398 votes.

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#3 - The Prom (Season 2 - Episode 5)


Jenny Joyce organises a 50s style prom, but the girls are more intrigued by the arrival of a new girl. Erin, Clare and Michelle are looking for prom dates, but Orla has got someone special in mind.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 347 votes.

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#2 - Episode 6 (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Erin is over the moon when she becomes editor of the school magazine, Orla's obsessed by step aerobics, and Da Gerry is in trouble with Ma Mary. And there's romance for Aunt Sarah.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 396 votes.

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#1 - The President (Season 2 - Episode 6)


As Christmas nears, excitement in Derry is at fever pitch for President Bill Clinton's visit. James gets a surprise, and Granda Joe embarks on a mysterious plan.

The episode was rated 8.24 from 373 votes.

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