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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I wanna be normal
What do you get when you put a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf in the same apartment?

No, there isn't a punchline, because it's not actually a joke (unless you really, really hate urban fantasy). It's the description of "Being Human," a bittersweet little dramedy about a little supernatural gang trying to live their lives in an mundane world -- pretty good...
Published on May 16 2010 by E. A Solinas

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3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
Although I love the concept of this season the acting was not the best. And when the werewolf would scream when he changed was so annoying that we would mute and fast forward it. Hopefully they got rid of it during the next seasons.
Published on Dec 24 2012 by Sally E. Kitchen


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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I wanna be normal, May 16 2010
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Being Human: Season One (DVD)
What do you get when you put a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf in the same apartment?

No, there isn't a punchline, because it's not actually a joke (unless you really, really hate urban fantasy). It's the description of "Being Human," a bittersweet little dramedy about a little supernatural gang trying to live their lives in an mundane world -- pretty good acting, a cool concept, and a slow-building plot about some rather ambitious vampires.

A youngish vampire named John Mitchell (Aidan Turner) and his werewolf buddy George (Russell Tovey) move into a nice rented house, and find themselves with a third roommate -- a ghost named Annie (Lenora Crichlow) who becomes almost solid as she hangs around the guys. George and Mitchell work a pair of low-level hospital jobs, and attempt to do normal things like date, go out to pubs, and keep house.

However, the trio still have supernatural problems to deal with: Mitchell is struggling to stay "on the wagon," George is in denial about his beastly transformations, and Annie longs to see her ex-fiance (as well as trying to find out what her earthly tie is). And they have to deal with enraged mobs, more ghosts, homeless werewolves, and the local vampire community (why are they in communities and the wolves are "alone"?), who are planning something major.

"Being Human Season 1" is one of those shows that isn't brilliant, but it IS clever and fun -- especially the whole idea of watching a werewolf, vampire and ghost trying to live "normal" lives ("What is it about us that says 'we need jam'?"). And the writers have some fun mocking the cliches of the urban fantasy genre (where else will you see a "little old lady" vampire?) while also delving into the painful issues of temptation, loss, and what it means to be human.

The first four episodes are a smooth mix of comedy and drama, with some hilarious dialogue ("Who looks in their salad cooler, sees their tomatoes are on the turn and thinks 'Oh no, I'll hang on to those in case some paedos move in opposite'?"). But there's a darker subplot about Vampires Seeking World Domination twined with the one-off plots. And in the fifth episode the storyline suddenly blossoms into a dark, harrowing little plot. Good stuff.

And the main actors do pretty good jobs -- Tovey is quite good as a geeky, mild-mannered werewolf who tormented by his inner beast, and Crichlow is very endearing as a fluttery, brave ghost. Turner is also good as a laddish vampire with a playful side ("The SHIN, George!"), but he doesn't quite have the punky anorexic glamour of Guy Flanigan (the original Mitchell... boy was he sexy!).

There really isn't enough vampire/werewolf stuff on television, and "Being Human Season 1" is a clever little addition to the genre. Not brilliant, but definitely fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Being human is hard work if you're not., Jan. 19 2011
This review is from: Being Human: Season One (DVD)
"So," says the baddie at the end of season one. "A werewolf, a ghost and a vampire decide to live like humans do. They get jobs, a house and a TV license."

But that doesn't mean that it's easy for George, Annie, and Mitchell. Far from it. Not only do they have to go to work every day (except for Annie, who can't leave the house she died in), but they have another full time job.
Making sure that no-one finds out who, or what, they are. And it's hard work. George actually has to leave his old life behind, because he wouldn't be able to hide his true nature from his family.

And that's the sadness of the series, that no-one can know a freak except another freak, and to reveal yourself leaves you open to ridicule or danger (or both). Who couldn't feel for these three, trapped in their own lonely little island in a sea of humanity?

But don't think it's all moping around. The flip side to werewolf George is he's one of the fussiest people around, constantly cleaning and arranging things. Mitchell tries to befriend the entire neighbourhood to stake (pun intended) his claim on humanity, and Annie makes endless cups of tea, leaving them all over the house, as well as being totally useless at haunting.

There are some really really funny lines 'The only reason why I haven't torn your face off yet is because I've just done the hoovering in here.' claims one villain. Or Annie and Mitchell, talking about George. "We've got work and then it's his time of the month." says Mitchell. "Oh I used to hate that." Annie says to George. "Curl up on the sofa, Pride and Prejudice, if anyone spoke to me I'd bite their head off. Of course, that's probably likely for you. The, the biting."

This supernatural series has it all. Good looking cast? Check. Hot accents? Check. Small focus stories? Check. Big picture stories? Check? Heartwarming moments? Check. Triumphant moments? Check.

Check (pun intended again) it out if you love Doctor Who, Sherlock, or Supernatural.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern take, Oct. 17 2010
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This review is from: Being Human: Season One (DVD)
If you like the unusual, appreciate British television, and open for an honest, never-done-before take on the 'unnatural', then look no further! I recommend Being Human (both seasons). A non-glamorous look at the life of a ghost, a vampire and a reluctant lycan. Funny, sad, and witty, will keep you entertained throughout the season.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Being Human Season 2, March 9 2011
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The characters are so human that you don't even realize you are watching a vampire, ghost, and werewolf, until of course Mitchell attacks someone. George's love for Nina is heartbreaking at times and Annie's humour is priceless. Once again the Brits have proved their humour is far superior. The United States has also come out with a remake of Being Human but it is no where even close as enjoyable as the British version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasantly new twist on the lycanthropy, ghost & vampire plotlines, Oct. 20 2010
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Having just seen season 1 of this British series, I can heartily recommend it to those who enjoy a good supernatural tale coupled with excellent acting & good special effects. The subplots & addition of some witty banter between the three main characters also add much to the story. Russell Tovey, as the conflicted werewolf who is trying to cope with his condition in an as socially acceptable way as possible is especially noteworthy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok, Dec 24 2012
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Although I love the concept of this season the acting was not the best. And when the werewolf would scream when he changed was so annoying that we would mute and fast forward it. Hopefully they got rid of it during the next seasons.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique show. Strong first season. Well worth checking out., Oct. 28 2012
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This review is from: Being Human: Season One (DVD)
Very inventive series, which morphs along the way during it's first 6 episode season.

A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost all share a small house in England. They desperately want to simply fit in, be
accepted and not hurt anyone. It's got a lot of dry wit, and real emotions as well, with strong performances throughout.

Someone remarked it's like `Seinfeld' with undead characters, and that is part of the appeal early on, seeing these kinds of
characters more in human, often humorous ways than in scary supernatural ones.

But over the course of the season, the supernatural and darker tones become more and more prominent. This leads to a
confusion of tone at times, along with some messiness as to just what the rules of the game are for these creatures.
There's also a few hard to take leaps of faith (e.g. a human character who hardly seems fazed when he leans the true identity
of our three leads.).

As it turned from `dramedy' to drama, and the supernatural elements began to grow stronger I was very disappointed at first,
as it seemed like the show was losing what made it unique. But then it regained a new balance by amping up the emotions along
with the other-wordly, and making the characters' pain at being trapped between worlds, and their love and willingness to
sacrifice for each other moving and real, while avoiding (mostly) clichés or the familiar, particularly in a very strong season ending
episode. I'll be very curious to see where it goes from here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!, Sept. 20 2011
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Fantastic acting. Great dialogue. Wonderful characters. A must watch. The original Being Human. Far superior to the American "Being Human" knock off.

If you haven't watched this show, do so! Do it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE!!!!, June 30 2011
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Ashlee L. Galletta (Toronto, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Being Human: Season One [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This show is so fantastic! The characters are so loveable. There is great character development which is important. The music is awesome and appropriate and the sets are wonderful and believable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great series. Good character development and interesting to see ..., Sept. 21 2014
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This is a great series. Good character development and interesting to see how a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf try to navigate the human world and hold onto their own humanity. Looking forward to watching season 2!
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