Being Human (U.S.)

TV review by
Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Horror series is clever but heavy on sex and gore.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Sends the message that everyone has deeply embedded human needs, from companionship to acceptance, and that despite some very powerful struggles, there is value in striving to be the best "human" one can be. Throughout these deeper messages are images of ghastly violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters struggle deeply with their violent urges and work hard to resist them. They are good friends dealing with sympathetic and universal problems.

Violence

The series features vampires and werewolves as lead characters and their gory exploits are chronicled in detail that pushes the boundaries of basic cable. A great deal of blood is depicted and there is an element of sexual violence to the vampires' approach to their prey.

Sex

Heavy sexuality and partial nudity (naked backs, upper torso, nude men with sensitive parts covered) especially as it relates to the vampires and their attacks upon young women. Like many takes on the vampire myth, the series weaves strong sexual themes into the blood lust of the creatures.

Language

Use of gateway language such as "ass" and "hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional social drinking and smoking, but little drug use. The vampires are often depicted in such a way that their blood thirst is meant to suggest a heroin-like addiction.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this horror-based dramady is heavy on violence and sexuality. The gore -- which includes murders and blood-sucking -- is somewhat tempered by the fact that it's committed by classic horror characters like vampires and werewolves. One character engages in multiple romantic encounters -- expect passionate sexual scenes that include some bare backs and implied nudity and often end in a bloody attack. Though the series may appeal to teens, it deals with themes of addiction, loneliness, and being an outsider in a decidedly adult manner.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14 and 16 year old Written byolympictree March 1, 2013

Smart, fast, and funny thriller series!

LOVE this show. It's smart, it's fast, it's funny, it even has a bit of US history thrown in (after all, Aiden was "turned" during the... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 and 16 year old Written bygabajoran January 18, 2011

Maybe for older teens.

My 13 year old wanted to watch this show after seeing the build up for it on SyFy. To be honest, the violence really didn't bother me too much but the se... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySamaraMorgan June 4, 2011

Lovely.

Me and my 9 year old sister love this show.
Teen, 15 years old Written byarthur16morgana March 7, 2011
i love this show.its awesome.its not scary.its very interesting.its really not that bad.

What's the story?

Based on a series originally aired on the BBC, BEING HUMAN examines the personal lives of three classic horror character types -- a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost -- as they attempt to carve out something resembling a "normal" existence when they're not drinking blood, howling at the moon, or haunting an old brownstone.

Is it any good?

It sounds like the opening to a bad joke -- "A vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost are living together..."  But Being Human is a pleasant surprise, a horror series that actually tries to approach its larger-than-life horror tropes as something resembling human beings. In that sense, it's in the tradition of plenty of other great series and films, most notably Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Like Buffy, the first episodes of Being Human are a little too on-the-nose with dialogue and characterization.

Still, there's something here. Josh (Sam Huntington) is a neurotic werewolf who's hopeless with women. Aiden (Sam Witwer) is a sexier-than-thou vampire trying to atone for a horrific past and escape the shadow of his monstrous sire Bishop (Lost's Mark Pellegrino in a fantastic performance). And Sally's just a little too happy to have company in her brownstone after six months of talking to herself. As these tragic characters manuever through their particular struggles, they find solace in each others company, and explore what's at the root of humanity -- the desire for love, happiness, and fulfillment. Far from a bad joke, Being Human might be a bright spot on the genre TV landscape.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to deal with violence on television when it's conducted by fantasy characters. Is it easier to accept blood and gore when it's a vampire engaging in violence instead of an actual human character? Why or why not?

  • How do you think the show handles its take on such classic horror characters as vampires, werewolves, and ghosts?

  • How does the show compare to its British counterpart? Why are so many TV shows remakes from the U.K.?

TV details

For kids who love otherworldy drama

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