The arrival of Graham Linehan's new comedy show The Walshes has been hotly anticipated these last few weeks - given that the writer has such stalworth credits to his name like Father Ted and The IT Crowd. Safe to say, expectations were high, but lets face it - unreasonably high. Nothing will and can ever live up to Father Ted in our national consciousness, once you can accept that, it's easier to enjoy other comedy offerings. However, if anyone was on Twitter last night during the show, you'll have very quickly seen what became... total annihilation
Look, I wasn't rolling around the floor laughing either last night, but it's early days. The best comedies often involve taking the time to get to know the characters and allow yourself to be endeared by them. Yeah okay, some of the jokes last night were a bit old school (going for 'the long stand'), but the ingredients and talent are there for something really good to grow. The actors behind it are the comedy troupe Diet of Worms, and if you've ever taken the time to watch any of their internet sketches, you'll understand why they have earned the right for a national TV time slot.
Some folk were tweeting their negative opinions on the show within five minutes of it being on air, five minutes. Give me a break. Give us all a bloody break. Dare I say, it is almost a cultural thing for us to slam down on our own homegrown talent just because, I don't know, we don't like people getting notions about themselves? Best to tell them they are shit, just in case they do.
It's not entirely an Irish thing though, the internet as fantastic as it is, also now gives everyone's opinion a platform, whether informed or not. This can obviously be a great thing at times, but other times you just want to roll your eyes, bang on somebody's door, just so you can say; 'Really?'
Thankfully, Father Ted and the gang didn't have to go through this internet scrutiny back when it was first aired, as not sure we would have even gotten a second series if it did. There are two more episodes left anyways, so let's reconvene then.
Here is just some of the reaction from last night:
11 seconds of #TheWalshes , what a load of bollox
— Darragh Hayes® (@dazza1984) March 6, 2014
#TheWalshes is the biggest pile of shit I have ever seen anyone who liked it needs their head read yis are still livin in 2 channel land !!
— toweliees muse (@BrettBlooder666) March 6, 2014
Bring back Upwardly Mobile!!! #TheWalshes
— Niamh (@NiamhPitts) March 6, 2014
"Graham, this is a bit embarrassing" You got that much right. Graham it's totally embarrassing. #TheWalshes
— Michael Coyne (@CoynesBar) March 6, 2014
I am watching #theWalshes to the bitter end to see the credits and find out what writers need to be shot with balls of their own shite.
— Anne Marie O'Connor (@Kitsgirl1) March 6, 2014
#thewalshes is to comedy what Amber is to happy endings. Makes Leave it to Mrs.O'Brien look like Frasier. Ha, he just drank the gravy. Gas!
— John Ward (@navigatourist) March 6, 2014
And of course the TV license guy...
— Irish Scouser (@seanyq2010) March 6, 2014
It wasn't all bad though there were some voices of reason:
Hating this abuse of The Walshes. Extremely funny so far. Even if it wasn't its far too early to judge it. #TheWalshes
— Mark Ibbotson (@IbboIbbotson) March 6, 2014
Reading the tweets about #TheWalshes would put you off trying to get stuff made. So many begrudgers out there these days its depressing.
— Kevin Sheppard (@Shepnosis) March 6, 2014
Not very fair, peeps slamming #thewalshes after only a few mins ..
— jpf (@JohnPFitzg) March 6, 2014
Ah goway with all yisser criticism of #TheWalshes. I laughed many a time and i have a great sense of humour <3
— sarah (@SarahLouiseHil) March 6, 2014