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Being Human (U.K.)

5 Seasons

Season 1
4.4 out of 5 stars (355) IMDb 7.8/10

Being Human is a witty, sexy and extraordinary look at three unconventional roommates sharing a home in Bristol: a ravenous werewolf, a blood-sucking vampire and a mysterious ghost. Aidan Turner (Desperate Romantics), Russell Tovey and Lenora Crichlow star in this unique sci-fi comedy drama about three supernatural beings trying to live a normal life in Bristol.

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Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey

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1. Episode 1

The housemates discover that being human is more difficult than they imagined. As Mitchell struggles to resist his blood lust, Annie is confronted by a ghost from her past and George has nowhere to transform in safety.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: July 20, 2009
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2. Episode 2

Mitchell, George and Annie have the house guest from hell- literally. When George meets another werewolf called Tully it seems that he wants to stay on the sofa forever.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: July 27, 2009
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3. Episode 3

Annie investigates the reason she is stuck in limbo with the help of Gilbert, a miserable ghost from the 1980's, Lauren won't leave Mitchell alone and George has an admirer at the hospital.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: August 3, 2009
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4. Episode 4

Mitchell's attempt to embrace humanity becomes more intense than ever and it's not long before word gets around in the neighborhood, George realizes that if he has any real future with the feisty Nina, then he must tell her the truth, and Annie is traumatized after the shocking revelation about Owen.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: August 10, 2009
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5. Episode 5

Annie needs to draw the strength to battle her inner demons, George knows he can't hide his true nature forever, and the vampire fold's intentions are far darker than Mitchell could have ever dreamed.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: August 17, 2009
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6. Episode 6

The final thrilling episode sees the three friends facing the toughest decisions they have ever faced as they stand on the brink of their destinies.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: August 24, 2009
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By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 11, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
. . . and best werewolf and best ghost show on TV. Mind you, I like TRUE BLOOD and have even come to see the upside to THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, but both of those are enjoyable diversions with no real subtext (TRUE BLOOD gestures at subtext with its parallels with prejudice against all kinds of difference, but in 2010 that is a pretty worked over subtext and lacks power at this point). But if you want more depth of subtext and a more subtle narrative and richer character development and, well, less garishness, than this is a show you should check out. Not yet available in the U.S. on DVD and Blu-ray (every time I have checked on Amazon I've only seen an outrageously overpriced $70 Blu-ray that never seems to be available -- though if you have an all regions DVD player, you can order an infinitely more affordable edition from Great Britain, which I strongly recommend, I repeat, only if you have an All-Regions player). There are only six episodes in Season One and eight in Seasons Two, so the idea of paying over $10 per episode is rather offensive. But you can either catch the show on BBC America or on Region 2 DVDs.

The series starts when two orderlies at a hospital at Bristol decide to room together. What makes this desirable for them is that they are supernatural creatures. Mitchell is a vampire. Not a terribly old one by vampire narrative standards (less than a century old). George is a werewolf and on three nights a week has a rather violent transformation into a truly nasty beastie (and thanks to CGI his transformations are truly horrendous). Both of them are trying to pass as normal humans, and for economic reasons and simply because they don't want to live alone, they decide to find an apartment together.
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"Being Human" is another of the UK's gifts to mankind and has thankfully been imported to our shores unlike the even more awesome Dead Set, which is still only enjoyable to Americans with region free DVD players. The sitcom premise (a werewolf, ghost, and vampire sharing a flat) of this one belies it's flair for the dramatic. Not that Being Human isn't funny; it's very funny, but I wouldn't qualify it as a pure comedy by any stretch. The heart and soul of this show is the relationships between the characters and the strength they are able to muster together outweighing their many individual weaknesses and failings. The British have certainly been gathering a lot of steam on the supernatural/sci-fi television front and soon they may overtake America's offerings altogether. Let's just hope this one lasts.

The cast, then. Mitchell is the classic brooding vampire cut from the Angel mold. That is to say he's a former hell-raiser who has turned over a new leaf and is attempting to live a "normal" murder-free life. But old habits die hard. Whereas many vamp stories of this nature equate the vampire's hunger with drug addiction, in Mitchell's case his seems to be something even more applicable in the males of our species: sexual desire. His victims are typically one-night stands, and his denial of responsibility is about to bite him in the rear even as his former comrades put designs in motion to bring him back into the fold. Annie is the best character in my opinion. She's an outwardly cheerful spirit who is trying to figure out why she has been unable to pass on and she desperately wants to make contact with her fiance, who has moved on in life.
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I bought this season and was rather disappointed to find that it is missing the pilot episode which was aired the year before the series was. I was unable to find any way to purchase the pilot episode and ended up viewing it on some Russian(?) video site. The series makes a WHOLE lot more sense if you watch the pilot first!
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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.
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