A vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost share a flat. If we weren’t living in a post-Twilight era, the premise of BBC America’s Being Human would sound insanely stupid. And maybe it still does sound stupid, but series 1 of Being Human proved that the show is not only wittier than any of the homegrown supernatural fare currently airing in America, but it’s also one of the most engaging programs on TV—it would be impossible for me to count the number of times that I’ve had an actual, visceral reaction to this amazing show.
I worship at the altar of Alan Ball and applaud any program that incorporates James Frain into its cast, but True Blood tends to err on the side of confusing vampire sex. Being Human, on the other hand, grapples with real issues like guilt, self-loathing, isolation, and the desire to belong in a relatable way. The show’s creator, Toby Whithouse, is able to use the supernatural elements as a metaphor for what it means to “be human” without sacrificing any of the excitement you’d expect from a show about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost.