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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 27, 2019
What We Do in the Shadows (2019) Image
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  • Summary: Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), and Nandor's familiar Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) have been living together in Staten Island for hundreds of years when they are reminded by their leader about what they are supposed to do: take over the NewNandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), and Nandor's familiar Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) have been living together in Staten Island for hundreds of years when they are reminded by their leader about what they are supposed to do: take over the New World in this comedy based on the 2014 film of the same name. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Fantasy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Mar 9, 2019
    91
    Shadows' early episodes are chock full of quotable one-liners and majestically silly moments. ... I ended up watching the series premiere three times… and still found myself laughing the third time through.
  2. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 14, 2019
    90
    Shadows' succulent mashup of the macabre and mundane remains wonderfully fresh. [18-31 Mar 2019, p.12]
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 26, 2019
    83
    No one is really going for the jugular, though. Your funny bone is the main target, with the humor ranging from broad to subtle. .... So yes, these vampires still suck--but in a unique series that otherwise just tickles.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 21, 2019
    80
    The show is a smart, irreverent spoof, shot as a mockumentary.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Surette
    Mar 26, 2019
    80
    What We Do in the Shadows is one of those conceptual comedies with a limited premise that you expect to die off at any moment, but it keeps coming as though it doesn't know how to die.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Mar 26, 2019
    80
    If Shadows doesn’t seem entirely necessary, it’s perfectly fun. Its pleasures are in the goofy details.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 26, 2019
    60
    There are lots of laughs at the start, but, four episodes in, the show loses some of its liveliness (for lack of a better word), risking the comedy equivalent of rigor mortis. The performances and guest cameos are just enough to pass the test.

See all 28 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 29, 2019
    10
    I'm glad to say that the show is able to keep the great writing, characterization and visuals from the original movie. It's just as funny andI'm glad to say that the show is able to keep the great writing, characterization and visuals from the original movie. It's just as funny and clever as the Waititi's original. A total delight. Expand
  2. Mar 31, 2019
    10
    Darkest black humor, with a good dose of irony and a few buckets of blood and splatter... What more can you ask ? I loved the film and wasDarkest black humor, with a good dose of irony and a few buckets of blood and splatter... What more can you ask ? I loved the film and was skeptical about the show, but for once, TV writing kept up with the previous standards (and in some cases it is even better). Excellent work Expand
  3. Mar 28, 2019
    8
    I finally got around to watching The Office (All the seasons on Netflix) after all the memes I seen through the years, I got to say It has theI finally got around to watching The Office (All the seasons on Netflix) after all the memes I seen through the years, I got to say It has the potential to be as lovely as The Office, but It needs a Michael Scott.. Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2019
    7
    I've only seen one episode, so maybe I'll change my mind, but - so far - it's not one of Matt Berry's best (non-animated) shows.

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    I've only seen one episode, so maybe I'll change my mind, but - so far - it's not one of Matt Berry's best (non-animated) shows.

    The Mighty Boosh + The IT Crowd + Snuff Box + Toast of London > What We Do in the Shadows

    I wasn't a big fan of the movie. It was funny, but kind of a one-joke thing. The best part of the TV show so far is Colin Robinson, the energy vampire... Guillermo feels too familiar (pun intendead)... I've seen too many similar characters in vampire spoofs since Polanski's Fearless Vampire Killers came out. If Guillermo was a character in The Office - which he pretty much is, with his frequent 4th-wall breaking looks to the cameraman - he would be the worst character in The Office.

    Vampire spoofs aren't really my thing. There have been quite a lot of them over the years. So, What We Do in the Shadows needs to really excel for me to love it... and, it doesn't.

    It's Matt Berry's worst show (so far) but that doesn't make it bad.

    I'll happily watch the rest of the series.
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