Just when we thought the TV format of the mock documentary was dead and buried, What we do in the shadows came to dig up this coffin. Horror comedy series, based on Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s 2014 film, follows a bunch of vampires – Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadia (Natasia Demetriou), energetic vampire Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) and aspiring vampire turned bodyguard Guillermo (Harvey Guillen) – as they strive to dominate the human world while struggling to get along as roommates in Staten Island, New York, in the process.
Over three seasons, the FX comedy brilliantly harnessed genre lore and horror tropes to bring these characters and the world they reside to life. While you wait to see what insidious antics the Vampire Council has up its sleeves or how the gang will persevere in Season 4 after the events of the Season 3 finale, sink your teeth into these 10 genre comedies that are sure to quench your thirst. What we do in the shadows the thirst.
Los Espookys (HBO)
Los Espookys is a comedy series that follows a small business devoted to creating spooky events for the most discerning horror lovers. And it’s mostly in Spanish (but with English subtitles). That’s an important detail here, considering how much exposure the show has gained by streaming on HBO Max. Each episode follows Renaldo and his friends Úrsula (the events coordinator), Tati (the assistant) and Andrés, who, in addition to helping the business, is also the heir to a chocolate empire and does does not have all the answers to his mysterious past. Oh, and one more thing: Saturday Night Live and Portlandia Alum Fred Armisen appears in multiple episodes as Renaldo’s charming parking valet uncle, Tico. Need we say more?
Where to watch: HBO Max, 1 season
Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz)
evil Dead franchise creators Sam Raimi, production partner Rob Tapert and genre icon Bruce Campbell did something a lot of fans never imagined – they got the group together. Tapping into the wacky and bloody madness of the original film trilogy (which ended in the years 1992 Army of Darkness), the group has set their sights on television to continue the story of boomstick-armed lothario, Ash Williams. The result was that of 2015 Ash vs. Evil Dead. Informing viewers of Williams’ life, all these years later, we meet a broken hero, traumatized by his legendary Deadite battles. Thanks to the introduction of two unlikely acolytes – Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) and Pablo (Ray Santiago) – Ash must consider his past while taking back the bloody cloak to prevent the forces of evil from destroying the world as we know it. Sensational.
Where to watch: Starz, Netflix, 3 seasons
Wellington Paranormal (The CW)
What do you get when you cross paths with the comedic sensibilities of Reno 911! with the sci-fi mystery of X files and the signature spirit of What we do in the shadows? Wellington Paranormal, That’s what. Hailing from Waititi and Clement, the series follows members of this original police force as they investigate supernatural-type cases. Although this should absolutely be considered a derivative of the original What we do in the shadows film, the program is its own beast, entirely. Where the FX series uses subtle timing and understated humor to make people laugh, Wellington Paranormal does not hesitate at all to become big with its tone and rhythm. And it’s a good thing.
Where to watch: The CW, HBO Max, 2 seasons
Ghosts (HBO Max)
Ghosts tells the story of Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike Cooper (Kiell Smith-Bynoe), a young couple living in London, who are struggling to save enough to buy their first home. Luckily, Alison finds out that she inherited a large (albeit run-down) estate called the Button House. The ultimate plan, as it’s soon revealed, is to turn the dilapidated property into a hotel. But, situations like these can often turn out to be too good to be true. While the property is definitely hers, the UK series quickly reveals that Button House is haunted. Like, extremely haunted. Just, chock full of ghosts. The concept of the series turned out to be so hilarious, an American remake hit CBS in 2021 and, as of this writing, is 94% fresh on the Tomatometer. The US version is available to stream on Paramount +.
Where to watch: HBO Max, BBC One, 1 season
Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)
Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are living the American dream. They are an attractive married couple, run a successful real estate business, while raising their confident daughter, Abbey (Liv Hewson) in beautiful Santa Clarita, California. Things are perfect, that is, until Sheila is bitten by a zombie and begins to undergo major changes in her life. As Sheila’s thirst for blood (and brain) intensifies and her violent tendencies intensify, her demeanor and overall outlook on life is transformed for the better. Funny how it goes. Still supportive husband, Joel does everything in his power to keep his wife’s secret safe. While also making sure that his horrible craving for human meat is met. The end result is an eccentric and bloody zombie-like sendoff that will leave you begging for more.
Where to watch: Netflix, 3 seasons
Darkplace by Garth Marenghi (Amazon Prime Video)
It’s hard to categorize The dark place of Garth Marenghi. It is a soap opera, a hospital drama, a horror series and a comedy. Specifically, it is a parody of all of the above. Spanning a single season, the gist of the show-in-a-show narrative introduces audiences to famous fake horror writer Garth Marenghi (played by Matthew Holness), who provides stone-built commentary in each episode of a special retrospective celebrating a mock 1980s TV show called “Darkplace”. And in case you were wondering, Marenghi not only wrote and directed each episode, but also starred in the series, adding layers of absurdity to the mix. The cult hit throws everything to the wall to see what sticks, and the sight gags, genre-specific jokes, and deliberate camp of acting all land in a spectacularly fun way. Let’s be clear here: “Darkplace” is a bad show but with the help of talent like Matt Berry, Richard Ayoade, Stephen Merchant and Noel Fielding, The dark place of Garth Marenghi is a visual experience worth living.
Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, 1 season
Reaper (The CW)
what if Buffy the vampire slayer and Mandrel had a baby? combine would that baby. The series, which began airing at the start of The CW (long before the Arrowverse and Archie took over the network), follows Sam (Bret Harrison), an unpretentious lazy dude, who finds out on his 21st birthday that, before he was born, his parents sold his soul to the Devil (Ray Wise). He ends up giving up his normal life to work as a Reaper, stalking souls for Satan like a supernatural accountant. Bret enlists his best friends Bert (Tyler Labine) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez) to support him throughout his crazy adventures while continuing to show up for his Home Depot-like day job where he regularly pines for his coworker. Andi (Missy Peregrym). combine is the type of show that immediately brings that mid-2000s nostalgia in. Because sometimes you just need a little spooky, low-stakes fun to get through the night.
Where to watch: ABC, 2 seasons
Seekers of Truth (Amazon Prime Video)
Frequent collaborators Nick Frost and Simon Pegg have reunited for a ghost-hunting comedy series on Amazon Prime Video. Frost appears as Gus, an internet company tech with a side job as a paranormal investigator and a stepfather (Malcolm McDowell) who complicates Gus’ relatively straightforward life. Gus’ boss David (Simon Pegg), PI protege Elton (Samson Kayo), his agoraphobic sister Helen (Susan Wokoma) and Astrid (Emma D’Arcy), a woman haunted by ghosts, complete the circle. of Gus’ fragile trust. Kelly MacDonald is the mysterious paranormal informant “Jojo74”. Critics’ consensus? “Truth seekers is truly weird, balancing his silly sensibilities with rampant terror and a frighteningly talented cast.
Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, 1 season
True Blood (HBO)
When you live in a small town, people tend to talk. And for cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), the conversation never seems to end. You see, she has this strange ability to read the minds of the people around her. The gossip mill speeds up when 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) walks into his life grumpily. In a whirlwind romance, Sookie is suddenly immersed in the supernatural world around her – one filled with vampire politics, bossy werewolves, surprising shapeshifters and even fairies. If that sounds weird, that’s sort of the point. Six feet Under ground Creator Alan Ball is the one who brought the program to life, drawing on history and people originally made famous in Charlaine Harris’ popular book series.
Where to watch: HBO Max, 7 seasons
Stan Against Evil (IFC)
John C. McGinley (Scrubs) taps into a mad rage as Stan Miller, a small town sheriff with an attitude problem. His anger issues end up driving Stan to the bottom. Handing over his gun and badge would have been the worst day of his life without the unforeseen evil lurking beneath the city. An unlikely team with Evie Barret (Janet Varney), the town’s new sheriff, puts Stan back in a position of power. What are they fighting against? Well, it turns out their sleepy little town in New Hampshire was built on a massive 17th-century witch-burning site. Now a whole slew of witches, demons, and other hellish beasts are back to wreak havoc. Will they live up to Stan’s cranky temper? Probably not.
Where to watch: IFC, Hulu, 4 seasons
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