What We Do in the Shadows (Season 1) (2019)

This televised adaptation of the 2014 comedy of the same name arrives fully formed from the first episode. Taking the basic structure of the movie – namely, that of a group of vampires living in modern-day New York City being followed around by a documentary crew – gives the show a number of opportunities to derive comedic potential without straining into too-clever-for-its-own-good territory. Each member of the ensemble cast is hilarious with roles perfectly tailored to each of their individual strengths, while the writing is the same joke-a-minute structure that served the movie so well. Along the way there are also a number of hilarious cameos and guest stars, in particular a prolonged segment in episode “The Trial” that’s a delight from beginning to end. It’s the kind of show that lends itself extremely well to binge watching even for a non-marathon watcher like myself, and while it may not be for everyone, its intended audience will devour it from the get go.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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