With the coronavirus putting the country on virtual lockdown, streaming TV has emerged as an unexpected godsend. There is clearly no upside to a global pandemic. But now we're all bunkered down, services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime - and even the often wonky RTÉ Player - have come into their own.
So as we look ahead to weeks and potentially months of confinement, here are some shows to discover.
Irish director John Carney (Once) channels the spirit of pre-cancelled Woody Allen with this anthology series about romance, its joys and complications, set against a swanky New York backdrop and adapted from a New York Times column (you may also be familiar with the spin-off podcast).
The dressed-to-chill tag team of Alexa Chung and Tan France (Queer Eye) host a reality show in which fashion designers vie for a $250,000 (€223,000) winner's cheque and a contract with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter. Competition is tense, but the hosts are charming and a sense of real bonhomie sets Next In Fashion apart from more cut-throat entries in the genre.
You enjoy science fiction but feel burnt out by the histrionic pyrotechnics of Star Wars and its ilk. Then try the thoughtful The Expanse, set in a far future where conflict bubbles among human colonies scattered across the solar system. Despite a huge fanbase and positive reviews, SyFy cancelled the series after three seasons until Amazon brought it back.
An old-fashioned thriller, set in a town near Manchester and adapted from a Harlan Coben novel. Adam (Richard Armitage) is an everyman living an everyday existence. That is until a mysterious outsider - a "stranger" if you will - pops up one day to reveal that his wife Corinne (Dervla Kirwan) isn't the woman he took her for. From there, things get darker, deeper and weirder in a mystery that pulls back the veils on suburban life.
If you want to steer your kids away from the psychedelic dross that too often passes for children's television today, The Dragon Prince is perfect. An epic fantasy full of courage, betrayal magic and, yes, dragons.
Widely agreed to be the greatest kids TV show ever. The Last Airbender is set in an alternative universe Asia, where warring kingdoms vie for dominance. Into this chaos walks a young boy with a unique ability to 'bend' air, that is make it obey his will. Avoid the dreadful 2010 movie version.
7. The Boys (Amazon Prime)
We could all do with a chuckle right now and this adaptation of Irishman Garth Ennis' cult comic saga is hilarious. It is also subversive, potty-mouthed and cartoonishly violent. The starting premise is that superheroes are real and have essentially replaced sports stars as our latter-day icons. But their flaws are superhuman too.
8. Father Ted (Ch4 box sets)
Obviously, we've all seen the Graham Linehan-Arthur Mathews comedy a zillion times. And even if we haven't, it - like The Simpsons - is referenced so often it feels part of our DNA. All that being said, right now feels like the perfect moment for a serving of absurdist comedy.
A slow-dripping mystery starring Julia Roberts and adapted from a hit podcast. Roberts is a caseworker at a secret US government facility where soldiers 'transition' back to civilian life. But what is it, exactly, that they are transitioning from? We aren't told and the enigma spirals deeper and deeper.
Emma Stone and Jonah Hill play adrift millennials who agree to undergo a series of experimental psychic tests. These involve journeying to a series of illusional worlds: a HP Lovecraft-style 20s mystery mansion, a Lord Of The Rings-type fantasy, a heist in 80s New Jersey, with, by turns, hilarious and gripping results.