Moone Boy is about a boy living in Ireland during the late 80s/early 90s. Here’s the catch… he’s got an imaginary friend in the form of Chris O’Dowd. Here are his very own words from series/season 1 “Ever wanted to be the imaginary friend of an idiot boy in the west of Ireland? Me neither. But there you go.”
I first heard about this marvelous show last year, during a critics’ roundtable discussion thing. One critic was asked what was their favorite new show of the season, and he blurted out Moone Boy, to switch I reacted because I had never heard of it. It’s only available on Hulu here in the states. So I immediately looked it up and finished it.
I instantly loved it and wanted more. So now season 2 is available on Hulu!
It’s Herman’s Head and Dream On meets Bobby’s World, but ya know… in Ireland. The protagonist of the show is Martin Moone, a twelve year old boy when the series starts, he’s going to school and dealing with all that that entails. Plus having older sisters to contend with, he’s got his work cut out for him, to help him through it all is his imaginary friend Sean ‘Caution’ Murphy. And a delightful time is had by all.
David Rawle is a delight to watch as he plays Martin, great comedic timing from a kid so young.
One of my favorite tertiary characters is this guy above, Padraic. His blank and optimistic stares go well with the comedic sensibilities of the show. There’s too many moments to mention, just watch out for Padraic while you watch the series, but here’s one gem I’ll leave you with, “The Big C got him … A car accident.”
What instantly drew me in to this series was Martin, his struggles with school and society are very relate-able, we’ve all been there, but we’re seeing how he’s going to tackle it with his imagination, more importantly, his imaginary friend. And even more importantly-ly is how unequipped Martin is to handle the real world and all that that entails.
I was remembering how much I like nostalgia… and being on this nostalgia kick, Moone Boy reminds me of a time when 16 was old, Martin exclaims that he’s turned “the big one-two.” Full of optimism, Sean then tells Martin, that his life will surely be better. It’s not and it doesn’t improve. But never has the harsh reality been delivered so humorously.
The comedy is the best surprise of this show, not that there is comedy, but where it’s coming from. Everyone is delivers the jokes, you’re definitely kept on your toes as to where the laughs are coming from. Here’s an exchange with the dad;
“I didn’t hear you come in.”
“I’m wearin’ mah church shoes.”
Seasons 1 and 2 are only 6 episodes each, come on, go watch it now.
“Look at me.
just see me once…
you won’t be disappointed.”