Derry Girls’ third and final season finally has a release date on Netflix after much waiting. On October 7, the series will be available on the streaming service. Derry Girls was a huge success both when it debuted on Channel 4 in the UK and when it was made available on Netflix in North America. The final season of Derry Girls premieres on Netflix (outside the UK & Ireland) on October 7, according to a tweet from Netflix’s official account, which expressed sadness over the show’s ending. The show’s creator and writer, Lisa McGee, announced on Twitter last fall that the third season would be the final and that it had always been the intention to conclude the series after three.
The series follows five teenagers as they criticise their Catholic girls’ secondary school’s antiquated practises amid The Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. The returning cast members of the series include Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, and Dylan Llewellyn, however Coughlan’s role was scaled back due to Bridgerton commitments. Lisa McGee, the show’s creator, bases each episode on her own adolescence in Derry.
Despite having only 19 episodes overall, the series has had a significant cultural impact. Derry Girls was the most-watched series in Northern Ireland since current records began in 2002, in addition to receiving acclaim from the critics. The Derry Girls characters have even been painted on the side of Badger’s Bar in the actual town of Derry, which has gained notoriety for its politically charged artwork in the wake of The Troubles. The location has since become a popular tourist destination. In its final season, the show has even been successful in landing some noteworthy appearances.
The series has always done a good job of striking a balance between the ludicrous comedy and the intensely serious drama of its period and place. It might have even shed light on a conflict that American audiences were less familiar with. For her group of naive characters, McGee has said that a Derry Girls movie isn’t out of the question, but for the time being, the show has reached its conclusion. Finally, viewers in North America will be able to see how Derry Girls concludes, joining viewers in the UK and Ireland.