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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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 28, 2012
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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on October 17, 2010
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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