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OK, so it’s probably no surprise that what I really love is an antihero—give me a story led by a character who’s a complete and utter unpleasant nightmare and I’m all in—but in Apple TV’s comedy-ish thriller Bad Sisters, you get FIVE antihero(ine)s*, none of whom I want to have dinner with (quite literally; this set is very poison-y). And that’s before we even get to the villain, who is a villain of villains, the king of villains, the villainest villain who ever villained. He is not nice.

Set in Ireland, Bad Sisters has two timelines (one current, one in the recent past), five sisters (four of whom have pretty awesome houses, so if your attention wanders, you can always lamp-shop the sets), a kind-hearted neighbor, a dog, a kitten, an eye-patch, two half-brother insurance investigators, the most unsupervised medicine cabinet in hospital history, some roofies and an admittedly unlikely Silence of the Lambs basement with a walk-in freezer, all of which add up to a wild, loosey-goosey revenge story that does keep you guessing and hitting the pause button to loudly proclaim to your sister that you’ve “figured it all out!” as loudly as possible about every, oh, five minutes. (I brag: I figured out whodidit early, though I didn’t have the how worked out, because some of the how is hilariously nuts.)

The presence of Sharon Horgan (from Catastrophe) does trick you a bit at first into thinking it’s a comedy. And it is—it’s very very funny. But the tone of Bad Sisters is absolutely berserk and the whiplash switching from quite dry comedy to quite dark drama (sometimes in a single line of dialogue) can be a little disorienting; eventually you just give in and think, “oh, sure, grown women sit around a kitchen table and hatch murder plots over tea all the time, sure, sure, that old story, this is 100% healthy, sure, sure, girl power, mmm hmmm.” 

One thing about knitting to it: it does require a bit of attention because the two timelines are relatively close together; you don’t have differing hairstyles or whatever to help ground you in time. So remember: if the dead guy is alive, you are in the past. If the dead guy is dead, you are in the present. I think that’s a pretty good Life Rule to remember, actually, even if you are not watching Bad Sisters. But you should watch it. 


*I actually don’t think the Garvey sisters are antiheroes. Right up to the end, they make it a little tough to root for them, though. But: you do.

This thing is on Apple TV+ though I’m sure it was on something Britishy before that. What am I, TV Guide?


About The Author

DG Strong took up knitting in 2014. He lives in Nashville with his sister, her rat terrier and a hound dog named Opal. He has a blog of drawings and faintly ridiculous rambling called The Psychopedia—there are worse ways to spend your afternoon.


  • Dear DG, this hilarious show was a Belgian TV series called The Out-Laws which was also hilarious even with subtitles!
    Glad to hear you’re trying to knit to it, I can’t !

  • I am not subscribed to Apple TV, but this might be a reason to start. I especially like your insightful way of knowing the past from the present scenes. Good advice about the dead guy.

    • Sounds like just what I need right now!

  • I love this show! You forgot to mention the lovely Irish accents too. Sharon Horgan is the writer; she’s brilliant and the comedy is so dark. Can’t wait for season 2, although I can’t imagine where they’ll go with this storyline! Side note: one of the sisters is played by singer Bono’s daughter. Loved her in The Knick.

  • If you can get to see the Belgian (Flemish) original called “Clan” (or “Outlaws” in the UK), it’s even better and funnier.

  • Ah and there are some awesome sweaters worn in this show. Note last episode – the green peace sign sweater! Need to make this sweater – someone willing to make a similar pattern?!

  • I must find this.
    Love your recommendations!

  • This was , perhaps, my favorite series of the past year. Even bettr now that you can binge watch it and not have to wait a week between episodes.

  • I absolutely loved this show!!!! Highly recommend it!

  • Loved it! Thinking of watching again, I’m sure there’s funny references I missed the first go round. I advise turning on closed captions. “He’s like a cockroach! He just won’t die!”

  • I picked up AppleTV just for Lessons in Chemistry (which I love). I am definitely going to try this show!

    • While you have Apple+, you definitely need to watch Shrinking, too. Of course Ted Lasso is a must-see, and Still Up is darling

  • I’m so glad to be reminded of this program and plan to find out if it is as much fun the second time around. Bad Sisters was such good watching. And you have pegged the anti-heroes, the villain, and the whiplash. Delicious!

  • So funny! I love your reviews! Looking forward to watching the series & lamp shopping the set.

  • After Derry Girls and one of the funniest movies ever-Waking Ned Devine- I needed another thing on my list of “to binge through”! Side note- Sophie Shawl knitting is tv/closed caption friendly. I’m on my 4th one….

  • You’re not TV Guide, but one of the Supreme TV (music, book) Recommenders!
    Thanks, as always.
    (Most of the tv I watch these days is British).

  • This really is a delightfully juicy dark, suspenseful comedy! No doubt I will watch it again. Would that we all have a (well, less-murderous) tribe so lovingly focused on helping us to our best life. 🙂

  • I found it hilarious and not that dark. Oh, year, er, you’re a guy. Sorry. A lot of the comedy is gender related, methinks.

  • I watched Bad Sisters some time ago and it’s one of the best things available (second to Slow Horses, which is brilliant!). I saw myself in each of these women and the plot twists are so clever. Do try to watch anything associated with Sharon Horgan – she has the best verbal knives….. Will watch again after some other queued items. Anyone see “This England” with Kenneth Branagh playing Boris Johnson? Acidic reality of governments (worldwide as far as I’m concerned) messing up during Covid…worried about PR more than patients, etc.

  • OH, and I KNOW it’s IRISH and not BRITISH. Free articles = no copyediting. Capitalism at work!


      I fixed it.

      For free.

  • This sounds fun! I’m adding it to my to watch list. Thank you.

  • I loved this show so much. The sisterhood is real! I was mostly amazed at the swimming scene, though. They really swim in that water? It’s got to be SO COLD! And yet, the place was obviously very popular.

    Sharon Horgan is excellent, as always.

  • Will definitely check this out, DG. Your suggestions for both television & music have lead me to find some things I’ve really enjoyed and would never have found otherwise. Thanks!

  • Loved this show and have high hopes for season two!

  • OMG, What am I, TV Guide? I laughed so hard! I love you DG Strong. And I’m still listening to Desert Island Discs on those long road trips, too.

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  • I just binged the series. Thanks! Noted that knitting is an important factot in the end.

    Btw. My sisters and I are going to adopt the team name “bad sisters “ at our next trivia event.

  • I loved this show. I thought the ending was hard to swallow, but I fully embraced it because I wanted it to be true!


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