November is turning out to be TV-heavy in our Netflix Instant Picks. Kelly shared her favorite vampire TV show last week, and this week, I’m sharing my favorite vampire TV show, which is also my favorite werewolf TV show and my favorite ghost TV show. Yep, all three seasons of the BBC’s brilliant Being Human are now available on Netflix Instant.
While the idea of a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost living together may sound like the setup for a joke, this show (and I’m patently ignoring the existence of the American SyFy Channel remake) is smarter, funnier, sexier and scarier than Twilight or True Blood could ever even dream of being. With a distinctly British sensibility, Being Human‘s title tackles exactly what the characters’ main dilemma is—how supernatural beings work to unearth, and stay connected to, the humanity buried within them. The main key to these characters’ humanity lies in their friendship with each other, through which George the werewolf (Russell Tovey), Annie the ghost (Lenora Crichlow) and Mitchell the vampire (Aidan Turner) have forged their own family, one that supports them and constantly encourages them to live on the right side of morality. The trio ends up fighting all manner of creatures and evils over the three seasons, but no evil is ever as great as their own interior demons, which results in much more affecting and compelling drama than manufactured love triangles and straw-man villains. And if you require your vampire addictions to have eye candy and romance, Being Human has both those too (especially in the Irish-accented, tormented and lethal Mitchell). Although in this show, the romance always feels earned.
The BBC commissioned a fourth season that should be airing next spring and hopefully added to Netflix Instant soon after. In the meantime, catch up on all 24 episodes, so you’ll be ready.