Review: Add monsters to Three's Company to get Being Human

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

What happens when a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire share a flat? While it might sound like a bad joke, BBC's supernatural drama Being Human is anything but. Filled with likable characters, the series deals with their dilemmas in a realistic way, with humor and drama. Being Human makes its American debut on BBC America on Saturday, July 25, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The opening episode kicks off by introducing us to werewolf George (Russell Tovey), vampire Mitchell (Aidan Turner) and ghost Annie (Lenora Crichlow). The very different housemates have discovered that they have a better chance of living "normal" lives together than they do apart.

However, life isn't exactly easy for these supernatural beings. When it's George's time of the month, he discovers that the place he uses to contain his werewolf form is under renovation. Mitchell finds that going cold turkey when it comes to drinking blood has extreme challenges. And Annie gets a glimpse of the man she was engaged to at the time of her death. Meanwhile, the vampires, led by Herrick (Jason Watkins), have a plan, and they are very interested in bringing Mitchell back into the fold.

Creator Toby Whithouse has developed a series which isn't quite like anything else on television. The insecure George, the dangerous Mitchell and the lonely Annie would have been interesting characters without their supernatural sides. However, adding in the challenges of being a vampire, a ghost and a werewolf in today's society gives Being Human an edgy element that makes the series all the more real.

It would have been nice to see how the housemates actually met and ended up together. And one also has to wonder how the ghost thing really works. Annie seems capable of interacting with objects, hugging her housemates and being seen occasionally by normal people. But would people who couldn't see Annie see objects floating around when she picks something up? Still, these are minor quibbles. From the first moment, we are quickly drawn into their world and their problems and their very human natures.

Russell Tovey, who plays George, is quite charming in a bumbling and nerdish way, while Aidan Turner as Mitchell is his opposite. They both have monsters living inside them about to burst out, and they deal with those monsters quite differently. Meanwhile, Lenora Crichlow's Annie is sweet and funny and sad. She completes this oddball Three's Company.

With just six episodes in the first season, Being Human will be over before we know it. However, fear not. BBC has already commissioned a second season, so there will certainly be more Being Human in our future.