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Two Minute Review: 'What We Do In The Shadows'

Two Minute Review: 'What We Do In The Shadows'

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Recently the first episode of What We Do In The Shadows premiered on BBC2. The show aired earlier in the year on Fx in America and The Rewind watched the whole thing. Here's a primer on one of the programme

Who/what/where/when/why: Kiwi comic geniuses Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (director of Thor:Ragnorak and The Hunt for the Wilderpeople) bring their hilarious vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows to the small-screen with a 10-episode 'dark' comedy exploring the experiences of three centuries-old vampires stuck in Staten Island.

Who's in it: A really funny, mostly British cast including Kayvan Norvak (Four Lions), Matt Berry (The IT Crowd) and Natasia Demetriou

Best parts of the show: Inspired theme song, all the hammy vampire jokes, all the  hammy vampire accents


Best episodes: Episode 4 (Manhattan Night Club), Episode 7 (The Trial)

Best cameos: Nick Kroll as Simon The Devious, Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) as a college student trying to figure out how to be a vampire, pretty much everyone who's ever played a vampire in a movie or TV show.

Underrated star of the show: Guillermo, the Human Slave (played by Harvey Guillén), the loyal but frustrated familiar of Norvak's Nandor The Relentless, who over the course of the first season is forced to confront all of his strange emotions towards vampires.

To binge or not to binge?: Very bingey, episodes feel like slightly extended youtube shows.

Is this worth six hours of my life? There's a few dud episodes but overall WWDITS is not only arguably the best-ever mockumentary show about three vampires living in New York, it's one of the best comedies of 2019.

Rating: Four out of five fangs

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The Rewind Team

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