Review of Syfy Channel’s Being Human, Premiering Jan 17 (Spoiler Free)

by on January 8, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Being Human Syfy show logo

Up until today, I’ve been rather confounded about the idea that the Syfy Channel was doing their own version of Being Human while the original BBC version is still airing.  After previewing the first three episodes of the show, I’m no longer confounded but rather, impressed.  Happily impressed with Syfy’s Being Human.  I think this could very easily become one of the better shows on the Syfy Channel when it premieres on Monday, January 17th, 2011.

This is a spoiler-free chat about the series preview.

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About Syfy’s Being Human

Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath and Sam Witwer in Being Human

For the uninitiated, the show is about three supernatural entities, a vampire, werewolf and ghost who live together trying to eke out a life within the boundaries of humanity, helping each other out as best they can.

It’s written & executive produced by Jeremy Carver (Supernatural) and Anna Fricke (Everwood, Men in Trees).  Adam Kane (Pushing Daisies, Heroes ) is directing.

Perceptions on Syfy’s Being Human

The first half-hour of the series took a bit getting used to as I valiantly tried to separate the experience of this show from the original.  If you’ve seen the original on BBC America, you won’t be surprised by much of this Americanized version.  But I was wondering if this version was going to splatter on the wall.

Yet while Syfy’s version of Being Human pretty much echoes the excellent original series, it still manages to stand out on its own with its own charm and subtle sense of humor.  While being entertained, the story still manages to inject the sobering drama of the characters conditions and doing something the original doesn’t do much of and that’s look at the past of our characters a little more.

Sam Witwer as Aidan in Syfy's Being Human

Sam Witwer (Smallville, The Mist) seems born to play the anguished vampire, Aidan.  I think he nails it.

Sam Huntington (Cavemen, Fanboys), the perfect, insecure werewolf Josh.

Meaghan Rath (The Assistants) is initially less the draw for me, but through the first three episodes, Sally the ghost grew on me.  This wasn’t her fault as the first two episodes have a bit more activity based around Aidan and Josh.

Mark Pellegrino (Supernatural, Lost) plays the ever annoying vampire, Bishop.

Final Thoughts on Syfy’s Being Human

Mark Pellegrino and Sam Witwer in Being Human

I think this combination  of actors, writers and director will make this initial 13-episode first season a great little project on the Syfy Channel and I recommend checking out the first few episodes of Being Human to find out for yourself if the show is right for you.

Hopefully, I’ve helped you at least decide to give it a try.  I don’t think you’ll regret it.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Cisco Garcia January 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm

My cable got shut off just before the new season which is tomorrow, this SUCKS! Mayday- mayday how can I watch this on line till I get it turned back on? Heeeelp! lol

Cisco Garcia January 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I love Vampire’s, Werewolves and now Ghost! Need I say more this show Kicks Ass…..

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