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Five Reasons to Watch Being Human US/Canada

Created for [community profile] the_deepbluesea. There are no major plot spoilers here, but if you abhor any and all hint of what happens, it might be best to scroll past.

1. Because the main characters are a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost.



Aidan, Sally, and Josh standing side-by-side


A werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost decide to become roommates. Or rather, a werewolf and a vampire decide to become roommates and then discover their new house is haunted. And okay, yes, it could be the set-up to a bad joke, but it actually makes for a pretty awesome show with multiple mythologies and layers. Not only do we get multiple types of supernatural creatures, but we also get multiple flavours: one part friendship/domestic drama, one part supernatural drama, and one part medical drama because the vampire and werewolf work in a hospital. And that means a little something for everyone.

2. Because it's all about friendship



A close-up on Sally speaking, with the text 'Josh and I are your family.' Animated gif of Aidan, Josh, and Sally toasting with martinis


The core of the show is the relationship between the three (later four*) lead characters. Their relationships are sometimes rocky in the beginning, but by the end of the first season, they're best friends and chosen family and utterly prepared for die for each other. Watching that process--and watching what it does for them--is one of the joys of the show. All three of them have been drawn into a world they didn't choose; the show is about the three of them helping each other find a way to live in that world, and to make choices that they can live with.

3. Because there are historical flashbacks



And because it's fun looking at all the different costumes.

Screen caps of Aidan from various time periods: the 1770s, WWI, 1930s, 1950s, and 1970s.


4. Because it's a remake of another show



The US version of Being Human is a remake of the British show, so one of the great joys (for people who enjoy that kind of thing) is being able to watch two completely different interpretations of the same premise. If you loved the UK version, this is a chance to see the same premise enacted with a fourth cast. If you didn't care for the UK version, the US version is different enough that it's worth giving it a chance. Either way, it's fun to watch the little (and occasionally not-so-little) differences during the first season when the shows mostly parallel each other and obsessively make up charts weighing the pros and cons of each version, and it's interesting to see how they diverge in the second and later seasons.

5. Because the cast is adorable



Collage of cast pics from assorted interviews and convention panels.


Who can resist those faces? ;)

* I realize I've completely neglected Nora in this write-up because I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but trust me--she's an awesome reason to watch the show all on her own.


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