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

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.

The result is three fully-fleshed out characters who just happen to be a vampire, werewolf, and ghost, rather than the other way around. Mitchell is a sexy, confident vampire who is trying to give up blood, George is a sheepish werewolf who is unsuccessfully coping with his lycanthropy, and Annie is a ghost who longs for her fiance. Together they're the best group of dysfunctional friends in Bristol.

Season One admittedly gets off to a slow start, but by the time the final episode comes around (there are only six in Season One), you'll be clamoring for more. It doesn't have the biggest budget in the world (much like other UK shows), but it makes up for some janky effects with story, and most importantly, strong characters.

Being Human Season One is now available on DVD, and Season Two debuts on American TV this Saturday on BBC America. Plus, if you start watching the UK version now, you'll be able to show off and tell your friends how it's so much better than the American remake being made by SyFy. I'll have an interview with creator Toby Whithouse up later!

What would you rather be: a vampire, a werewolf, or a ghost?


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Being Human ♥

Fantastic show! Such heart, such humour, such good acting!
True Blood survives on shock value - and it's not even THAT shocking. Just boring.
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Yes, Being Human is the best Vampire/Werewolf show currently on TV. True Blood is #2.
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the best shows are vampire diaries, true blood and the gates. i don't think being human is a nice show.
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Being Human > True Blood
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It's not an action show, so why berate it for not being so.
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Tried to watch the pilot last night, but turned it off after half of it.
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Well I gave it a go. Wife fell asleep during Pilot. I found it to be interested, but really wasnt all that exciting.
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Boring scripts, virtually no action - whoever wrote this article is OOT.
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Great show, but the vampire drama parts get boring to me. I love the werewolf and ghost though!
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That's flakey, and nonsense.
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first season was much better and the second totally rubbish. True blood and Vampire diaries and now the Gates are my favorities
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Ive only seen a couple of episodes and it was really boring
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thank you for bringing the truth to light
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fantastic show. can't wait for season 3 to come out. i love how the conditions aren't romanticized
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Your loss, it only gets better.
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Knox666, the replies from chrisjozo and SFSK8rGrrl explain what I meant. :) I really do like the whole concept of the show but having seen the BBC pilot episode before seeing BBC Season 1 had me liking the dynamic and the story. They went and swapped out characters which changed things and I just lost my interest. I'm not saying it is bad, per se, but they lost me as a viewer. Let's see what they do with the US version of the show. I might like it. Time will tell.
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I love this show and can`t wait to get my hands on season 3.

This is worth watching.
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@Xaviersx Second series has come and gone in the UK already, it's been renewed for a third. I think you're safe to start watching the first...
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Saw a couple of episodes, but it didn't hook me. Didn't help that BBC wasn't HD in my dish package, so it didn't look as good as it could visually. Like the premise, and it's set to dvr, but I think I'll just netflix it instead. After so many shows have been canceled in the past few years, I really wait a season or so before delving into a series, British and American. I don't believe I'll be as glamored by it as I am with True Blood, but after several years of Brit tv love, I'm more invested in American, and True down-home accents . . .
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I don't know.....I've seen the extended commercials for it, and the spot where the vampire is changing , they have him in a close-up looking right into a still camera (the kind that moves around with you), and it's right in his face, and it just seems kind a corny thing for a director to do, but that's just my reaction to a quick commercial. I'll probably check out eventually.
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deffinately true, I have been following Being Human since it came out. It's really a great show, and Iam glad for this article pointing it out.
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Being Human is a lot more plot driven than True Blood, where the same thing happens each season. something happens and Sookie leaves town to help a vampire. it's getting old. Being Human has been consistantly good, especially season 2.
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Couldn't agree with you more, FriendlyCrono.
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Currently the best Vampire/Werewolf Show is True Blood. Being Human is cute but I can take it or leave it. Whereas I make a Sunday night appointment with my sofa to watch True Blood.
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No show with vampires or werewolves will ever be as good as Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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I like Being Human, both Season 1 and Season 2. The characters really mesh and you pretty much feel their plight. Waiting for another season to pop up on BBC. The BBC has so many fantastic shows (too many to list here) and watch as many as I can. As far as True Blood, it's funky & farfetched but I haven't missed an episode yet. I just wish that Anna Paquin would get that gap between her front teeth taken care of...lol. Another show that could come back (and be enjoyed) is Blood Ties. Vampire Diaries (although it holds my interest) is geared for the Twilight teenies.
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I Love Being Human!
I watched the original pilot and have never missed an episode.
(Re: P_K/Knox666: Yes, the two of the actors from the pilot were changed by the first episode. It was a bit odd, 'cause I'd liked them. But, stick with it. The three in the show really are perfect!)
I watch True Blood... find it quirky and entertaining.
But, Being Human Feels Genuine. The storyline, writing and dialogue are terrific. The performances of the cast (especially the main 3) take it beyond terrific. The show is full of chills, edge-of-your-seat-thrills, laughs and surprises.
Although Mitchell, George and Annie are now vampire, werewolf and ghost, all 3 were once human and - despite that no longer being true - they are still faced with some very human emotions/feelings. The development of the now-deep friendship of the 3 is a joy to watch and quite funny; each one's very unique supernatural status should set them world's apart, but, because they want to, they somehow manage to make it work; there's vampire problems (Mitchell's choice to try to 'blend in'/Be Human is very unpopular and goes against the norm within the vamp community - which so does not like werewolves); George's desire to find true love is tempered/challenged by the absolutely life-or-death precautions he must take around the full moon so that he doesn't kill anyone; and there's sweet Annie, who died tragically and unexpectedly and who (as a ghost) won't/can't leave the house where she died and refuses to let anyone else to live there, either.
I don't want to give too much away... Just watch it.
I wrote one of my first TV.com Blogs about Being Human.
It's utterly Amazing Television.
*Oh, and of the three choices, I would rather be a Vampire.
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Knox666, Parker Kincaid is talking about the pilot. There are actually 6 episodes plus a pilot for the show. The pilot has two different actors playing Annie and Mitchell and the tone of the show is a little more somber with less humor.
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This is by far one of the best supernatural themed show out there today. It is much better than True Blood or the Vampire Diaries. The acting and the dialogue are both excellent. They more than make up for the lower special effects budget,
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What you're saying about the undeserved "awards nominations" for True Blood is just sooooooo true.
I mean, for crying out loud, how can any other show be nominated for an award when there are TV shows about boring people in Madison Avenue, wearing great costumes and drug-related shows that mimic Weeds in a very clever way, that are watched by 1/3 of the people that watch,download and/or buy True Blood. God, the critics must be out of their minds...
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Parker_kincaid, I'm confused by your post, which two of the three main characters left? I've seen all episodes to date and have no clue what you are going on about.
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I dont get BBC but they do release a bunch of good shows. I have never heard of this one but guess Im gunna have to go check it out.
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I watched the original BBC pilot and really liked the premise and the cast. They seemed to have a chemistry that I liked. Then the casting had a shake-up as it became a series and you lost 2 of the 3 main characters. I didn't like the changes at all and the show lost my interest. Sure, it happens when pilots are made and that's life but when you swap out 2 of the 3 central characters then you are bound to change chemistry and, fundamentally, the show iself whether it's intentional or not.



I am interested in the US version of the show but it really comes down to casting with regard to whether I will like the show or not. I already like the premise. Now they just need find a way to make me like the show through the casting and stories.
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Never heard of it, sounds interesting.
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Watched Being Human since the first episode here on BBC3, its very good for a British show. But nowhere near as good as True Blood. Special effects are good, especially compared to Dr Who. But not as exciting as TB.

I do tend to like US shows a lot more than our shows, with the exception of Hustle and (the first seasons of) Spooks
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Really glad that BBC 3's best show has got to America, I like True Blood a lot but Being Human is one of our best exports and definitely holds it's own against other vampire shows, second series was great roll on number 3.
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