I have a new favorite TV show.  Before I tell you about it, I think you should all know that I am a big dork.  I spend my Friday nights watching Battlestar Galactica, get way too excited about the Dr. Who Christmas Special  and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the latest Scott Pilgim comic.  So, naturally, I also love vampires.

 

I realize that saying you love vampires in this day and age of Twilight mania reeks of jumping on a bandwagon, but I can’t deny it. I do heart them. I also love werewolves.  Heck, I’ll even give a shout-out to Teen Wolf and admit that Michael J. Fox’s basketball playing jock turned wolf was instrumental in my fascination with the paranormal teen verse. Sure, I can go all Grad School here and point out that my interest has something to do with my relating my own personal feelings of angst to the inherent “otherness” experiences by these vampire/werewolf characters.  The bottom line is that I have always been a gigantic fan of the “high school sucks and my boyfriend is a vampire” storyline.  If it helps at all with establishing my taste for these types of stories, I will tell you that I loved the Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie, adored and often quoted the series in college, still watch Angel  reruns on TNT while I eat my cereal in the mornings and absolutely loved True Blood  on HBO.  That’s not to say that I’m denying my crush on Edward Cullen. I have one and I’m OK with it.  

 

What has always appealed to me about these types of stories is the fact that they are rooted in reality.  They explore the paranormal, but they also remain grounded in the world that we, the audience, experience everyday.  Personally, I don’t like narratives that stop to give me major back-story about clans and age-old rivalries. I like this information to be revealed as characters are shopping or working their crappy after-school jobs. I also like werewolves and vampires that not only have to contend with their supernatural selves, but also with their human side. Werewolves in love? Vampires with crushes? Count me in. 

 

Imagine my glee then, when I learned of Being Human , a new show on UK’s BBC 3 about three twenty-something roommates navigating the ups and downs of life and dealing with the fact that one of them is a vampire, one a werewolf and one a ghost. It almost sounded too good to be true. Admittedly, due to the potential for cartoonishness in a set up like this, I was preparing myself for a funny and wry quasi-sitcom, but what I got was an emotional, sarcastic and sometimes gory dramedy.*  Ghostly Annie is still hung-up on the fiancé she left behind, George hasn’t been on a date since he was attacked and bitten by a werewolf two years ago and Mitchell works as a porter in a hospital to avoid the sunlight – and Lauren, the newbie vampire he created before he learned how to control his cravings for human blood.  Being Human is more True Blood than Buffy to be sure, but as the title suggests, it focuses on the pitfalls of living in the world –whether you’re alive or dead – making it a welcome addition to my “must” list.

 

*I feel like I need to add a disclaimer here about the fact that BH has some dark moments and because it’s on cable, there is quite a bit of foul language and some nudity.

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