Saturday, July 24, 2010

Being Human: The Best Vampire/Werewolf Show on TV?

Naww .....but it's darn good ..season 2 premier tonight BBC America!

By now, everyone knows about True Blood and its vampires and werewolves thanks to a hardcore fanbase, endless media attention, and undeserved awards show nominations. But it isn't the only show incorporating pale bloodsuckers and lycanthropes. And it may not even be the best.
The premise of BBC America's Being Human sounds like a setup to a punchline: a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost live in an apartment together. Yes, Being Human has laughs, but it's also developed a rich mythology involving a possible end of the world plot and shady supernatural undergrounds, nevermind the day-to-day dealings of being a werewolf and trying to get a date.
Season One of Being Human came out on DVD this week, and if you've never seen this gem, it's well worth checking out. At its heart, Being Human is a tale of twenty-somethings dealing with post-higher-education life in the city. That's because that's exactly what it started out as. Creator Toby Whithouse (writer for Doctor Who and Torchwood) took an outline for a show--the post-University ordeals of three ordinary people--that wasn't quite working and thought, "Hey, what if we made this guy a werewolf?" Everything else fell into place.

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