Being Human: The Vampire Show You Should Be Watching

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It's unclear whether humans were capable of sexual feelings before vampire myths came into being, but everyone is surely feeling very sexy these days thanks to all the sharp-toothed shadow dwellers taking over screens big and little in Twilight, the Vampire Diaries and True Blood. Not ones to leave behind a piece of the pie, NBC is developing a new adaptation of Dracula, which has been described as "Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors." You know, for the girls who still prefer their vampires in period dress.

Of course, television networks don't want to overwhelm you with too much vampire-centric programming, so they've begun some bold diversification into other supernatural monsters with witches in The Secret Circle, whatever the creatures are in the Munsters reboot and up to eight different remakes of Frankenstein. But the best among them is the hour-long BBC show Being Human, now with three seasons streaming on Netflix (not to be confused with the North American SyFy version of the same name).


The story centers around Mitchell, the stereotypically dreamy vampire, George the werewolf and Annie the ghost. The three roommates share an apartment in Bristol and sometimes the show can be as down to earth as that suggests. Being Human leaves behind the now trite sexiness of back-lit supernatural dramas, and instead trades on alternating laughs, genuine scares and relatable existential struggle. The first few episodes are heavy on the exposition, but as the suspense builds and characters are developed, themes of isolation and addiction become more pronounced.

In Season One, a clan of vampires works to persuade Mitchell to give in to his dark nature and what makes that plotline interesting is that he is not just some golden hero like Angel, who though brooding, always did the noble thing. Instead, Mitchell makes the mistakes and then faces the consequences. All the supernatural happenings are metaphors, of course, but what differentiates the show from the rest in its genre is how effective they are. That and the fact that everything sounds better in an English accent.

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