What We Do in the Shadows was wonderful enough as a film, but the FX series has perhaps opened the door to its best possibilities. The first season introduced us to three (sort of four) vampires and a familiar living in modern-day New York… just trying to get by.
Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch), and Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) are just a typical group of roomates in a creepy manor, who happen to also be somewhat idiotic, ancient vampires. Well, semi-ancient.
The show’s hilarity, and episodic plot arcs, stem from the vampires’ inability to wrap their head around modern life and/or the basics of human interaction. Guillermo, Nandor’s familiar, helps navigate certain aspects of life by serving as a kind of touchstone, not just to the human world, but… well, reality really. Colin Robinson serves in this capacity somewhat as well, because he isn’t exactly a vampire, or at least he isn’t the same sort of vampire. He’s an energy-drain vampire, or something, and he feeds by boring the hell of people and thus feeding on their life force. Thus, he has to be around humans without killing them. Unfortunately, the other vampires don’t actually like Colin, as his powers work on them as well. Although, they don’t like Guillermo either, which renders the entire dynamic rather troublesome.
The second season kicks off with Guillermo in a very trying situation as he has to fend off assassin vampires without letting his “family” know, because there are some things that aren’t worth trying to explain to them… because you might be dead before you get through the whole story. Adding to his worries, Laszlo and Nadja have a new familiar themselves, after having gone through half a dozen over the summer, and he isn’t making Guillermo’s life any easier.
The season continues the laughs, and though it’s still rather “adult” in its humor, which often means it isn’t very adult in its humor, there seems to be an effort to rely on the more juvenile of gags less frequently in favor of the more relaxed wit that drives the funniest moments. Of course, zombie attacks are still gold, and there is a ghost that “explodes,” leaving Laszlo unwilling to explain, but in general things are a bit more focused on a cerebral form of bonkers than during the first season.
Throughout the season, the vampires maneuver through a host of new problems, sometimes because their murdered lovers come back to haunt them, and sometimes because there’s a Super Bowl party, but it’s always funny and likely involves a necromancer, witches, or a community-theater production of Pippin.
Take a look below, and tune in to Season Two on FX April 15th and the next day on FX on Hulu.