Being Human

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Edgy British show about "monsters" examines human nature.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Sends the message that even vampires, werewolves, and ghosts have fundamental human needs, including the desire for companionship, love, and human connection (being undead, it seems, doesn't necessarily make someone less human).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mitchell and George struggle to control their very uncontrollable issues and try to live a seemingly normal life. Both are tempted by others of their kind to yield to their darker natures, but they resist as best they can because they sense that it would also mean abandoning their humanity.

Violence

The vampires are sometimes shown attacking and feeding on humans, and there’s plenty of gore and blood. There are fewer scenes featuring werewolf attacks, but they tend to be even bloodier and gorier.

Sex

A few sex scenes show half-clothed people locked in passionate embraces. Mitchell (the vampire) has trouble separating his erotic needs from his thirst for blood, and his amorous encounters tend to end badly for his partners. George (the werewolf) is shown nude when he transforms. It’s not sexy, but it does show just about everything except his penis.

Language

Some swearing, including unbleeped uses of “s--t” and “f--k.”

Consumerism

A few major retailers, like Ikea, are mentioned by name.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking in bars and when characters entertain at home.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this British drama about a werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost examines what it really means to be human. The supernatural roommates support each other as they try to manage their unique physical conditions and seek happiness. In the process, the series shows that despite their dark needs and less-than-human cravings, they can be just like anyone else -- in need of human contact, friendship, and love. Don't tune in expecting Twilight, though: The show is aimed at older viewers and features swearing, the occasional passionate sex scene/brief partial nudity, and a fair bit of blood and gore.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15 year old Written byzuzamiller October 20, 2010

Great for older viewers but not for young teens

This is a can't miss show for me but not for my 15-year-old. Too much to explain and things I don't want her to see yet.
Parent of a 9 year old Written byjustaposition August 2, 2009
i watched this series on TV in Australia. a good show, but the content would suggest it is definitely for older viewers. i would suggest 17years and older. t... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 24, 2011

unmissable great show

i love this show soooooooooooo so so so much and its ok for me i think :)its a bit violent but other wise its good .this show is my fav tv show of all time :)
Teen, 15 years old Written bysupernatural lover February 22, 2011
love it but not for kids and people who hate blood. Last week a man got cut open alive with a saw . Do you want children seeing stuff like this. 15+ DEFINATLEY.

What's the story?

A ghost, a vampire, and a werewolf move into a house together. It sounds like the setup for a bad joke, but it’s really the format for an intriguing drama about the undead and the nature of humanity. In BEING HUMAN, the supernatural trio attempts to live normal lives -- despite some very significant complications. Mitchell (Aidan Turner) is the handsome, brooding vampire who tries to control his bloodlust. George (Russell Tovey) is a bit of a geek, whose inner beast is released once a month. And Annie (Lenora Crichlow) has trouble accepting her own death.

Is it any good?

The characters aren't fully human, but they give it a good try, and their struggles shed some light on what it really means to be a person. All they want, just like anyone else, is to find love and enjoy life. Their stories are all tragic in different ways. For Annie, the worst part of being a ghost is loneliness; few people can see her, and she finds it especially painful to see her beloved former fiancé. Mitchell must control both his craving for blood and his erotic desires because romantic encounters can trigger his thirst and often end badly for his partners. And gentle George is mortified after every transformation to see the destruction caused by his wild alter ego.

These already challenging lives are further complicated when the three meet others of their kind, especially Mitchell and George. Neither of them wants to fully embrace their dark natures, but they're constantly tempted, and watching their brethren revel in their power is alluring. In such moments of weakness, it’s important that they can lean on each other. The characters in this unusual and entertaining series have a very special friendship, based on the shared knowledge that none will ever be fully human.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes people human. Though the main characters might be considered “monsters," they clearly have the same needs for companionship as anyone else. Can “monsters” also be human? Aren’t there some real humans who act more like monsters than them?

  • How do the “monsters” in this series compare to the way they've been portrayed in other TV shows and movies? Do they seem less monstrous? Does making them the central characters instead of the villains change the way you see them? Does it make them seem more “human”?

TV details

For kids who love sci-fi

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