Fr. Ted almost reaches my own standards of pastoral care.
I have always been of the opinion that the whole three series should be absolutely mandatory on all ministerial training courses (speaking as the ex director of studies of our training course in the diocese of Carcaroth. I have always been fond of the duplicity of John and Mary as they try to conceal the full horror of their marital 'relationship' from Fr. Ted.
I undertand that there are parts of Ireland where the series was initially received as serious social satire ...
Retired priest in the Diocese of Baradurbury, Anglican Church of Mordor.
Gosh, where to start with favourite Ted characters? I love Father Fintan Stack, he's just so awful. And Father Todd Unctuous - that scene where Mrs Doyle has to guess his name is a classic (based on a scene in Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman). But my favourite has got to be Pat Mustard, I think.
Even though they do have catchphrases within the series, I think they have done well to not lean on them too hard. Some programmes are all catchphrase and no other substance. I say "Down with that sort of thing!"