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Missing ‘Bad Sisters’? Here are five shows that will fill the Sharon Horgan shaped hole in your life


By Sarah Gill
18th Mar 2024
Missing ‘Bad Sisters’? Here are five shows that will fill the Sharon Horgan shaped hole in your life

We’re dedicating this bank holiday watch list to the brilliantly witty Irish actress, Sharon Horgan.

Actress, writer, comedian, director, and producer — Sharon Horgan can be described as many things, but all-round legend is perhaps the most appropriate catch-all to sum up this Irish multi-hyphenate.

Throughout her lengthy career, Horgan has written, starred, and voiced many incredible characters, shows and films, and has co-founded her own production company, Merman. From appearing in Game Night alongside Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams to voicing Kathleen in the animated series Bob’s Burgers, her talent truly knows no bounds.

In fact, last summer, the actress received the Award of Excellence at Banff World Media Festival, also appearing as a Summit Series keynote speaker.

So, if you’re still pining for the return of Bad Sisters or are just looking for something to fill the Sharon Horgan-shaped hole in your life, here are five of her finest TV shows…

Bad Sisters

If you haven’t already binged the first season of her darkly comedic murder mystery series, Bad Sisters follows the tight-knit Garvey sisters as they become bound together by the premature deaths of their parents, and the promises they made to always protect one another. Co-starring Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle, Sarah Greene, and Eve Hewson, the series is written by Emmy Award nominee and BAFTA Award-winning executive producer and star, Sharon Horgan.

Catastrophe

Created, written and starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, Catastrophe follows two singletons as they become pregnant after a weekend fling in London. Across four seasons, we follow them through pregnancy and watch their romance progress as they iron out the logistics of living with someone they’ve only just met. In true Horgan fashion, the show marries hilarity with poignancy and co-stars Carrie Fisher, Ashley Jensen and Mark Bonnar. All four seasons are on Netflix.

This Way Up

There’s just something about Irish sisters, isn’t there? Starring opposite writer and star Aisling Bea in the aftermath of a nervous breakdown, the dynamic these two Irish actresses share is second to none. In the role of protective big sister, Horgan excels, and the second season sees her character enjoy a more fully realised plotline.

Motherland

Putting her writing skills to good use, Motherland was created by Sharon Horgan, Graham Linehan, Helen Serafinowicz, and Holly Walsh back in 2016. Focusing on middle-class parents and the everyday challenges they encounter, from the competitiveness of the morning school run to the sheer pandemonium of hosting a children’s party, Motherland gives an honest and amusing depiction of life as a modern-day parent to small kids.

Divorce

Created by Sharon Horgan and starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church, Divorce tracks a middle-aged couple living in New York City as they decide to separate. As you might imagine, their dislike for each other often results in hilarious situations.

Feature image courtesy of Apple TV+. This article was originally published in 2023.