It’s almost Halloween and you may find yourself in need of a frighteningly splendid television series to watch. You will want something that will fit with the season—where otherworldy creatures loom, where black and white mixes to gray and where you love the characters so much, it’s scary. In your countdown to Halloween, today is your lucky day, because I have some treats for you!
1. Angel (1999-2004)
A Joss Whedon show that doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves, Angel (starring David Boreanaz) is a spinoff of the cult-classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer—but in all honesty, is a better fashioned drama than its predecessor. In many aspects, Angel is the story of redemption. A centuries-old ruthless vampire cursed with a soul now chooses to fight for humanity because, really, he just wants to be human himself; a woman who has only ever thought of herself struggles to act more selfless; a man who thought he could never amount to much seeks a chance at heroism. This series portrays a crew of flawed and tragic characters all trying to find their place in the world, and all doing their best to right their wrongs. Witty dialogue and fantastical yet heartfelt storylines are what make Angel an outstanding show worthy of watching.
(Angel: The Complete Series can be viewed on Streaming Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Video)
2. Dead Like Me (2003-2004)
Created by Bryan Fuller (Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies), Dead Like Me is a quirky drama revolving around Georgia “George” Lass (Ellen Muth). As George walks outside for a break during work hours, she is suddenly struck and killed by a toilet seat that had fallen from a space station. In the afterlife, George is thrust into a surreal existence as a grim reaper. Her handler Rube (Mandy Patinkin), and a small misfit group of other reapers meet every morning at a local diner and divvy out their reaping assignments. To humanity, George and her new friends look like people—though not how they appeared before their untimely deaths. Though this dark comedy focuses on a classic icon you might see trick-or-treating on Halloween, it is refreshingly human, molded together with sincere questions on life, death and everything that might come in between.
(Dead Like Me can be viewed on Amazon Prime Instant Video)
3. Being Human U.K. (2008-2013)
A vampire, a ghost and a werewolf all wish to be human. So, what do they do? They rent a flat together and do their best to blend into the neighborhood. No, this is not the beginning of a bad joke. This is the premise of Toby Whithouse’s Being Human—and I promise, it works! Starring Aidan Turner (Mitchell the vampire), Lenora Crichlow (Annie the ghost) and Russell Tovey (George the werewolf), this is a dark, well-scripted British drama that can be humorous, violent, disheartening, brutally honest and beautiful. Being Human is the type of show where as a viewer, you become so invested in and connected to the characters that even in their most desperate hours, it’s hard not to root for them. The characters grow and they make mistakes, but you’ll love them all the same.
(Being Human U.K.’s first four (out of five) seasons can be viewed on Streaming Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Video)