A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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.?
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For kids who love otherworldy drama
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