Television Reviews

WELLINGTON PARANORMAL Is Effortless in Its Spooky Charm

From the brilliant and wacky minds of Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, Wellington Paranormal follows police duo Officer Kyle Minogue (Mike Minogue) and Officer O’Leary (Karen O’Leary) as they investigate some unusual cases in the New Zealand city. A spin-off of the 2014 film What We Do in the Shadows, the series carries the same mockumentary style to produce hilarious situations that carry that same great (spooky) charm.

While a What We Do in the Shadows series premiered in 2019, American audiences have had to wait for this spin-off to make its way to a network — which finally happened this summer. Wellington Paranormal is a perfect continuation, even featuring the same aloof officers from the film.

Watching the series, you’re just amazed by their ability to maintain a straight face while delivering lines through hysterical bits. Its dry, effortless humor mixed with mild horror elements is a formula that Waititi and Clement have perfected in their signature style. You’ll undoubtedly have a good time with it, and you have to check out the original film and other spin-off series if you haven’t already.

Wellington Paranormal is available on The CW app & HBO Max


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