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Being Human: Season 5 (2013)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2013
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Being Human: Season 5" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Hal, Tom and Alex are three housemates with some serious issues on their hands, and they’re not just about household chores. Hal (Damien Molony) is a 500 year-old vampire, Tom (Michael Socha) is a hardened werewolf and Alex (Kate Bracken) has recently had the misfortune of becoming a ghost. But threat lurks around every corner. There is the volatile and deluded Crumb (Colin Hoult) – a newly recruited vampire, and the sinister Mr Rook (Steven Robertson) – head of a secret government department. With bills to be paid, our heroes take jobs in Barry’s kitschest hotel, but alongside the flock wallpaper and the cocktail umbrellas dwells an evil greater than anything faced before. On the face of it, Captain Hatch (Phil Davis) is just another foul-mouthed decrepit old man but he hides a dark secret that threatens not only our heroes’ friendships but the entire world.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going out with a bang May 4, 2013
Note that these are my thoughts on season five itself since I've already seen it. The DVD has not been released at the time of this writing, so I can't comment on the DVD extras.

Although I thought Season 4 was a bit rough (understandably, considering it was a character transition period), Season 5 definitely more than makes up for it.

Season five of Being Human recaptures the wonderful balance of humor and drama of season one, with a slight difference-- while Mitchell, George, and Annie seemed to have their own separate storylines that eventually meshed together, Hal, Tom, and Alex's stories are more intertwined from the start. This seems trivial until you see how close friends Hal, Tom, and Alex are in comparison with Mitchell, George, and Annie. Both groups are friends living together, but new trio seem inseparable compared to the original. They're all in it together-- Hal and his struggle with bloodlust and readjusting after 55 years of isolation from the outside world, Tom by his side also trying to live a 'normal' life having been raised as a nomadic, vampire-hunting werewolf, and Alex, who is still trying to come to grips with life as a ghost after her death (which Hal is tangentially related to). In spite of each character's unique condition, their day-to-day struggles still seem familiar with our own.

This season is the first and, unfortunately, only season in which we see these three characters together on their own, with no 'baggage' (characters from episodes before and during the cast transition). It's a pity the show was axed to make room for other experimental shows on BBC 3, since the chemistry between the new trio is phenomenal and they still have a lot of potential with their stories.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant-you won't be disappointed! April 22, 2013
This show continues to amaze and evolve. The writing is stellar as always, the actors stunning! I loved the story and really loved the characters. I hate to see this series end...but if it had to couldn't have been done better! Hats off to all involved!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
After five supernatural seasons, the British hit "Being Human" concludes its run in dramatic fashion. It doesn't seem that long ago that we were introduced to a trio of best friends kicking it with Mitchell (Aiden Turner), George (Russell Tovey), and Annie (Lenora Crichlow). Having said our tearful goodbyes to all of the principles over the past few season (Crichlow was the last to part at the end of Season Four), the final season appears decidedly different in every regard except one. The fundamental premise of having a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost chasing normalcy and acceptance in the modern world is still a terrifically engaging idea. Through the years, the show has had lightness and humor as well as brutality and tragedy. In fact, that's perhaps its most successful accomplishment. The program could be terribly silly and fun at times, but gut wrenching and disturbing at others. This blend of moods is hard to achieve effectively, but "Being Human" has succeeded as a comedy, a drama, and a thriller. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end.

The current trio of housemates are now werewolf Tom (Michael Socha), vampire Hal (Damien Molony), and ghost Alex (Kate Bracken). I've been a big fan of Socha since he first appeared as a guest star. I was thrilled when he was promoted to series regular in Season Three although filling Tovey's shoes was nearly impossible. The key was that he didn't even try, he just did something completely different. It's funny to now see him as the veteran in the cast! Both Molony and Bracken made their initial appearances in Season Four. Molony has a quirky presence that can be either funny or scary and Bracken provides the sass. The roommates face some changes from the end of last season.
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If you have seen the first 4 season of Being Human (UK version), than of course you should watch Season 5.

There are some very good episodes ("Men with Sticks and Rope" most notably).

But overall there was just too much about "being supernatural" that took this season away from where earlier seasons (particularly the first 2) had gone into interesting places with unique character development, etc. Of course the complete changing of the cast has a lot to do with that.

It's not that the new actors are bad...they just really weren't given as interesting story lines as Mitchell, Annie, and George had.

The whole thing about Hatch being the Devil just became silly and campy.
And there are just way to many contradiction about supernatural powers...especially regarding ghosts, and about fighting the devil.

Rook could have (and in my opinion) should have gone in a totally different direction...maybe he was meant to but the seductive powers of the devil led him astray...this would have been consistent with the other plot lines, but Rook never seemed to be on that track anyway, it's like they had already planned for him to go bad, so they didn't bother making him likable.

Natasha was a great character, for the brief time that she was on the show. Great back story...but of again a total contradiction of the "No Care, All Responsibility" mantra. It would have been great if she were introduced sooner...that would have made her death more shocking and impactful....instead she was just a cool character introduced in a way that made you know that she was just pretty cannon fodder.

Lastly, the ending just sucked. Not only was it completely unsatisfying, it was another contradiction...or not a contradiction, than it's not just a loose end that they left, but rather they shredded the tapestry, for no good reason.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Great serries, much better than USA version. worth your time to take a look at this series from the bbc
Published 1 day ago by Dave DeFord
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good.
Didn't stand up to the first 3 seasons. The werewolf was the only character that I really cared for. The others were just copycats of the originals.
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written
Simply put, I love this series. Though I miss the original roommates, the new trio continues to deliver great drama while mixing in a fair amount of comedy.
Published 7 days ago by Celeste Reese
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the characters! !
It's not often you can change all the main characters and still have a great show but they did it. I was sorry it had to end.
Published 8 days ago by Judy Rees
1.0 out of 5 stars Show went down the crapper
Show went totally down hill . The new crew is boring and hard to watch . The whole thing with the devil is ridiculous and not at all believable .
Published 14 days ago by Scott Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
I like this new (to me) cast! This is a great show and they seem to be lessening the melodramatic tones a bit which makes it even better!
Published 16 days ago by Zaphod Beeblebrox
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it...
Being Human (both versions) is one of my favorite shows.
Since I refuse to give Comcast any business I am thrilled to be able to stream through Amazon.
Published 19 days ago by jkpbme67
5.0 out of 5 stars Great BBC series that has now been made in to an American series
This is the final season of a great BBC series that has now been made in to an American series. The BBC (this one) is better however. Read more
Published 22 days ago by MickeyT
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising
I didn't think I would like season 5 and that they had jumped the shark... but after watching it I have to say it was the best. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Racheal
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-freakin'-tabulous
I am a huge fan of Being Human UK (like it soooo much better than the American version). I love the fact that it's the British version and not the chopped version that was on BBC... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Holly Billick
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