Missing ‘Bad Sisters’? Here are five shows that will fill the Sharon Horgan shaped hole in your life
12th Nov 2022
Since news landed that the darkly comedic murder mystery series Bad Sisters by Sharon Horgan has been renewed for a second season, we’re dedicating this weekend’s watch list to the brilliantly witty Irish actress.
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.
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.
On the renewal of the series, Sharon Horgan said: “If you’d have told me three years ago that I’d be making a series about five murderous sisters chasing a man around Ireland trying to kill him I’d have said; yeah, that sounds about right.
“The response to our show had been beyond what we could have hoped for. It gave us the opportunity to shine a light on stories that don’t always get such a global platform. I look forward to getting chilly in the Irish Sea one more time.”
Throughout her lengthy career, Horgan has written, starred, and voiced many incredible characters, shows and films. 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.
So, if you’re looking for something to watch that will fill the Sharon Horgan-shaped hole in your life, here are five of her finest TV shows…
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 you’ve only just met. In true Horgan fashion, the show marries hilarity with poignancy and co-stars Carrie Fisher, Ashley Jensen and Mark Bonnar.
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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.
Putting her writing skills to good use, Horgan was created by Sharon Horgan, Graham Linehan, Helen Serafinowicz, Holly Walsh back in 2016, and is currently on its third season. Focussing 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.
Across two seasons that ran from 2006-2009, Pulling follows three single female friends living in East London. Co-written by Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly, Horgan plays the role of Donna, who has a drunken revelation on her hen night and decides that she has been missing out on the single life. So, with just days to go, she calls off her wedding and moves in with her best friends Karen and Louise.
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.
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