We get it, you have a lot of television to watch. But clear your schedule and dig in to the hilarious and heartwarming Durrells in Corfu, a sleeper hit in the UK and your future new favorite dramedy. Don’t trust the 5.9 million average audience of British viewers? Then check out these six reasons you have to watch The Durrells in Corfu!
It's Like the Bizarre Lovechild of Modern Family and Transparent
Like the abovementioned shows, The Durrells in Corfu is heartwarming by way of biting humor and flawedwho, above all, love one another in the very best ways that they know how. Dysfunction meets devotion in the Durrells.
It's Pure Escapism
Did you ever dream of packing up and leaving it all behind? The Durrells did, so you don’t have to; simply tune in as Louisa Durrell and her band of wayward kids abandon dreary Bournemouth for the unspoiled beaches and fauna of Corfu. In the great tradition of Mamma Mia and Shirley Valentine (and the schlock ’80s guilty pleasure, Summer Lovers, enjoy blue skies and azure seas, olives and honey, and the romance and adventure of island life.
It's Based on My Family and Other Animals
Naturalist Gerald Durrell’s charm-infused autobiographical account of his family’s years in Corfu, My Family and Other Animals, is basically the UK version of The Catcher in the Rye, in that every English person between the ages of 12 and 75 seems to have read it—and loved it.
Note: Downton Abbey’shimself narrates the audiobook!
Actor Milo Parker is the Cutest Kid Ever
Move over, kids of Stranger Things, this 13-year-old Brit is the most endearing and natural child actor to hit the small screen. And he’s now an official ambassador for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Puppies, Accordions, This Dress, Sprat
The Durrells in Corfu has puppies and accordions (and even better, making fun of accordions). It has this dress. Which even has a cape. And it has actor Jeremy Swift, Downton Abbey‘s. Bananas!
Most of all, The Durrells in Corfu will leave you feeling so good, it’ll have you hailing friends and strangers alike with a bright and sunny “Kalimera!”