A group of vampires wreak havoc in New York City as they maneuver through the trials and tribulations of being roommates with one another. Well, by “wreak havor” I mean hilariously fail at a lot of things on the island of Staten. What We Do in the Shadows is the television child of the beloved mockumentary film of the same name. Still the love child of the films original creators and stars Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, the show holds onto the same comedic aspects of the classic and will have you in its vampiric trance.
Nandor (Kayvan Novak) is a centuries old vampire living with bloodsucking power-couple Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Nadja (Natasia Demetriou). His familiar Guillermo (Harvey Guillen) does all he can for his master, in hopes of one day becoming the undead as well. Rounding out their coven is Colin (Mark Proksch), an energy vampire who could literally bore anyone to death.
The series follows the group as they go about their lives among the living in the quaint town of Staten Island. They ascribe to the old ways, standing out in their 18th century clothing and spooky mansion.
The series still follows the mockumentary style set up as the film version had, which is such a fun aspect of both. While some may have reservations about the concept being diluted for tv, fear not, it really works. Clement and Waititi’s presence is definitely felt and the quality remains.
While we only watched the first episode, I have no doubt in my mind that the series will be a hit and entertain fans old and new. Especially with its ability to open this fictional world up even more, exposing us to different creatures and vampires, like Colin, who will surely be a fan favorite.
What We Do in the Shadows premieres on FX on March 27th.