In 2014, What We Do In The Shadows, directed by amazingly funny directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, took the world by storm and gave the genre “mockumentary” a new meaning by showcasing the lives of a bunch of vampires sharing an apartment in New Zealand. Now, What We Do In The Shadows (2016), borrowing the storyline from its namesake movie from 2014, has become one of the best shows on television, and is arguably the funniest show on rotation right now. A lot of things seem to work in his favor. So what makes What We Do In The Shadows the best? Let’s check…
5. A Refreshing Take on Vampires
The four main vampires aren’t as cool as those shown in Blade or as attractive as those in the Twilight series, though they wouldn’t accept this fact. All four are imperfect goofballs. None of them is a stereotypical vampire, contrary to Hollywood’s meaning of these blood-thirst creatures. Laszlo is a pornography addict, Nandor is an ex-tyrant-turned-cutesy vampire, Nadja is a weirdo who stores her dead human self’s ghost in a doll made, and Colin enjoys boring everyone else to death.
4. The Scope of Humor Churned out of Incompetence
Nandor the Relentless, Laszlo Cravensworth, Nadja of Antipaxos, and Colin Robinson, are good-for-nothing nincompoops who are totally incapable of taking care of themselves. These vampires believe they’re superior to humans, though the story constantly proves that they’re not half as intelligent or responsible. Those three, except Nadja, are just klutzy, which acts as a significant plot point in the show’s favor.
3. It Retains the Charm of the Original
Not every adaptation or remake is necessarily always good, compared to the original. But, What We Do In The Shadows TV series is an exception to that notion. Some would argue that the series is even better than the movie. Its true-to-origin approach for the mockumentary genre really surprises us. The meta and walls breaking relationship between crew and characters adds an extra layer of humor to the premise.
2. The Flashy Cameos Also Help
Jonathan Brugh, Jemaine Clement, and Taika Waititi reprise their original roles. Because of its cult following, the original movie has a lot of fans, both within and outside the film industry’s sphere. So, numerous actors also appear, with many of them playing their real-life selves like —Mark Hamill, Craig Robinson, Tilda Swinton, Danny Trejo, Evan Rachel Wood, and Wesley Snipes. This surprise keeps the show even more refreshing and worth coming back to.
1. The Characters are Goofballs but are Lovable and Loving
The characters in What We Do In The Shadows mock and insult each other, but the show still somehow manages to make us feel for the characters. The creators don’t spend too much time on cushy-cushy moments to develop the characters when they can literally make us laugh till it starts hurting, but love is still sprinkled all over the show’s premise, and it’s not even in your face.
These points keep the show so refreshing and absurdly funny episode after episode. It’s undoubtedly the funniest show today, don’t you think?
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