The main four characters are Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), Father Dougal Maguire (Ardal O'Hanlan) and Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly) and their housekeeper Mrs. Doyle (Pauline McLynn) who seems to never stop making tea. These three priests were exiled on the island for various past incidents. The set was on the fictional remote location of Ireland's west coast island where they lived together in the parochial house.
Father Jack is a rambling old drunk while Father Dougal is said to have less common sense than a toddler even he means well, which that leaves Father Ted as the only sane member of the trio. The series also featured a number of contemporary Irish actors and comedians.
The show won the BAFTA award for Best Comedy in 1996 and 1999 while Best Comedy Performance was given to Morgan. The show also won the Best New TV Comedy at the British Comedy Awards in 1995 with O'Hanlon was awarded with Top TV Comedy Newcomer Award. McLynn also received the Top TV Comedy Actress Award and the show got the Top Channel 4 Sitcom Award at the 1996 British Comedy Awards. Father Ted also got the Best Channel 4 Sitcom Award in 1997 and Channel 4 viewers voted for it as the No. 1 in C4's 30 Greatest Comedy Shows in August 2012.