What We Do in the Shadows is an FX show based on the 2015 film of the same name. A documentary crew is tasked with filming the lives of four vampires and a familiar living in a house together. What We Do in the Shadows is hysterical and touches on all the vampire folklore in a very funny way. It also has a dope theme song. You’re Dead by Norma Tanega is a jam and totally appropriate to play in yoga class. In the movie, they use a Harriers of Discord cover of the song. Listen and see clips from the movie:
Oh, for those of you not familiar with familiars, they are humans who serve vampires with the hopes of one day being turned themselves. Guillermo (Harvey Guillen) runs errands, cleans the house, tracks down virgins, whatever it takes to keep his master, Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak) happy.
And, Nandor the Relentless, y’all, is a total buffoon who I adore. I mean, just look at him. I would 100% be his familiar just to hangout with him.
His housemates are Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), a vampire couple who have been together for centuries, and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch). Nandor, Laszlo, and Najda are your very traditional vampires, sexy and mysterious. Well, a spoof version of sexy and mysterious. Colin, however, is a different type of beast. A beast we have all encountered. Colin is an energy vampire. Energy vampires are daywalkers who really thrive in an office setting. You might be sitting next to one right now! You know, those people who tell you about the documentary they watched over the weekend and relay every minute detail. Or someone who insists on recounting their dreams to you. Look, if I’m not in it, I don’t care. Energy vampires are all around you! You’ve been warned.
The main plot of the season is the Baron, a very old, well-respected vampire is coming to Staten Island to check Nandor and crew’s progress. You see, they were supposed to be taking over the New World. As in all of it. They are super behind and seek help from their Manhattan colleagues. They also get into some shenanigans and Guillermo finds out some disturbing news about his lineage.
I really just want everyone to watch this show, so I don’t want to go into too much detail. But, if you like The Office, Arrested Development, Parks & Rec, that type of humor, then you’ll love What We Do in the Shadows.