It’s like the beginning of one of those jokes: a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost share an apartment. The thing is, it’s not a joke, but the premise of the SyFy channel’s new series: Being Human.
Set in the city of Boston, the series follows vampire, Aiden (Sam Witwer), and werewolf, Josh (Sam Huntington), who move into an apartment inhabited by a ghost named Sally (Meaghan Rath). While we may think living the life as a vampire or werewolf would be interesting, all Aiden and Josh want is to be human. And that’s what they set out to do. With jobs at a local hospital, the two spend their days as close as they can to being human, until one mishap after another makes it harder to keep their supernatural lives a secret.
The first season aired on the SyFy channel in January of this year. As a fan of many things supernatural, seeing commercials for this show interested me right away. But if you’ve ever seen anything that is called a “SyFy Channel Original” you know it generally turns out worse than you think it will from the previews. Which is why I was very shocked when the first episode left me in suspense and wanting more. At the end of every episode, I wished it was the next week so I could continue.
Several weeks into the show I found out from a friend that the series wasn’t entirely a “SyFy Channel Original”, but a remake of the version that airs on BBC. It follows the basic plot of the BBC version, which is currently starting its fourth season. The main differences are additional episodes in the American version, making it much longer than the British version, as well as name changes to the characters.
Many fans have seen both versions of the addictive series, and tend to side with the British version saying that it is better in many ways. Personally, I don’t see how either series is that much different from each other. I think both have great actors that allow the audience to find their own ways for connecting with the series. Both have their pros and cons, but doesn’t every original and remake? My suggestion is to watch them both. Even though their main plots are similar, there are still twists and turns in both that will keep the viewer wondering what it’s really like being human.