TV celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day: the 10 best themed specials
You’d think Saint Patrick’s Day would be bigger here in the UK than across the pond, but apparently those Yanks love a drink-fuelled celebration as much as we do. So while/if you’re still sober, why not kick off St. Paddy’s Day by reliving some of our favourite green-themed TV specials?
“St. Patrick’s Day”, The Office (Season 6, Episode 17)
“The closest that the Irish will ever get to Christmas” – Michael Scott. Whatever the holiday, you just know that Michael and the Scranton team will have some hilarious – if potentially culturally insensitive – antics surrounding it. Saint Patrick’s Day 2010 in the Dunder Mifflin office was a particularly memorable one, as Dwight converted his, Jim’s and Pam’s desks into one megadesk, and Erin and Andy had their first ‘date’.
“No Tomorrow”, How I Met Your Mother (Season 3, Episode 12)
Always one for a party, Barney wasn’t going to let the others’ more tame plans for a board game night stop him from drinking copious amounts of green beer in a green suit on St. Patrick’s Day. He and Ted later find themselves at a party where the famous Mother is present, and Ted discovers that, for one night only, the universe seems to reward him for every bad deed he does. What are they trying to say about the Irish..?
“Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment”, The Simpsons (Season 8, Episode 18)
This truly iconic episode doesn’t show the Irish in the most favourable light, as St. Patrick’s Day inspires the citizens of Springfield, including 10-year-old Bart, to get so drunk and rowdy that a new era of Prohibition is implemented; which of course welcomes in a new era of bootlegging. Who ordered the bathtub mint julep?
“Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes”, The Simpsons (Season 20, Episode 1)
An alcohol-free Springfield Saint Patrick’s Day parade is interrupted by a brawl between the Nationalist Irish and the Unionist Northern Irish, which sees Homer landed in jail for his involvement. Marge also becomes acquainted with the very Irishly named erotic bakery owner Patrick Farrelly in this second St. Paddy’s Day themed Simpsons episode.
“The Funcooker”, 30 Rock (Season 3, Episode 14)
In a scene similar to the previously pictured Kent Brockman broadcast, the Irish festivities stir up some trouble when Tracy and Jenna curse and pass out respectively during their live TV broadcast of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, creating a whole lot of PR chaos for Liz in this first of two St. Patrick’s Day-themed 30 Rock episodes.
“St. Patrick’s Day”, 30 Rock (Season 6, Episode 12)
In this second green-themed episode, Liz finally musters the courage to put her uncertainty aside and profess her true feelings to Criss while wearing the only green in her possession – this pair of Hulk hands.
“And the Kilt Trip”, Two Broke Girls (Season 3, Episode 19)
In an Irish-themed episode to take the piss out of the show’s resident Asian, Han dresses up as the holiday-appropriate mythical creature ‘Lepre-Han’, and is swarmed by women at the pub the gang heads to. Shame it takes that much booze to get the poor guy laid.
“Nights in Ballygran”, Boardwalk Empire (Season 1, Episode 5)
This landmark episode takes its title from the Irish folk song, Carrickfergus, which receives a stirring rendition at the Celtic Dinner; a gathering of local Irish bigwigs organised by Nucky and Eli, and featuring local dwarves hired to dress up as leprechauns.
“Pot of Gold”, CSI: NY (Season 6, Episode 17)
On St. Patrick’s Day Eve, while all the city turns green with celebration, the team faces two corpses of two young journalists drenched in red. They’ll lead them to discover a big secret about the gold making operation fraud that could prove deadly for Reed’s friend who saw the crime and was about to expose the secret.
“Bar Wars VII: The Naked Prey”, Cheers (Season 11, Episode 19)
St. Patrick’s Day is inevitably big news for a bar-based sitcom. This episode sees the annual battle of sales between Cheers and rivals Gary’s Olde Towne Tavern on the notoriously boozy date. Sam and the gang add an extra zero to the price of Gary’s beers, changing them to $5.00. However, this pales in comparison to what Gary’s have done: walled up the bar at Cheers (with Woody stuck inside)!