What We Do in the Shadows: Season 1 (2019)

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What We Do in the Shadows

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Delightfully absurd and ridiculously fun, What We Do in the Shadows expands on the film's vampiric lore and finds fresh perspective in its charming, off-kilter cast to create a mockumentary series worth sinking your teeth into.

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Critic Ratings: 70

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User Ratings: 675

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Episodes

Air date: Mar 27, 2019

The vampires try to plan a lavish bloodfeast in honor of a visit by their ancient master from the Old Country. Teleplay by Jemaine Clement; Directed by Taika Waititi.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2019

The vampires get embroiled in local Staten Island politics as their first step to world domination. Written by Paul Simms; Directed by Jemaine Clement.

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Air date: Apr 10, 2019

The fragile truce between the vampires and Staten Island's werewolves is tested, and Colin Robinson finds romance with a new co-worker. Written by Josh Lieb; Directed by Jemaine Clement.

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Air date: Apr 17, 2019

The vampires venture into Manhattan, to make an alliance with an old friend who is now the king of the Manhattan vampires.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2019

Lazslo, in bat form, is captured by Staten Island Animal Control and must be rescued, while Nadja can no longer resist reconnecting with her reincarnated lover Gregor. Written by Duncan Sarkies; Directed by Jackie van Beek.

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Air date: May 1, 2019

The Baron awakens from his slumber and demands to experience the wonders of the New World in a night out in the town. Written by Iain Morris; Directed by Jackie van Beek.

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Air date: May 8, 2019

The vampires must defend themselves as an international vampire tribunal gathers to judge them for their transgressions. Written by Jemaine Clement; Directed by Taika Waititi.

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Air date: May 15, 2019

Nadja trains Jenna on how to take her first victim, and Nandor applies for American citizenship. Written by Stefani Robinson; Directed by Jason Woliner.

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Air date: May 22, 2019

Tensions run high as the vampires prepare to host the Biannual Vampire Orgy.

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Air date: May 29, 2019

Nandor visits one of his living descendants, and a lover from Nadja's past re-emerges.

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Critic Reviews for What We Do in the Shadows Season 1

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (20)

Mark Proksch gives the standout characterization of the year as Colin Robertson...

Dec 17, 2019 | Full Review…

I've seen the first batch of episodes of this series. And they're all so clever and genuinely amusing.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…
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It seems to me that What We Do in the Shadows has more up its sleeve than just re-creating the vibe of the original.

Mar 27, 2019 | Full Review…
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The four leads are great, the jokes crisp and fast and funny, and the visual effects are employed just as effectively as in the movie, folded seamlessly into the handheld-camera aesthetic so they seem all the more uncanny.

Mar 27, 2019 | Full Review…
NPR
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It fits perfectly into FX's off-kilter sense of humor, and actually gets a little funnier with each episode.

Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…

So yes, these vampires still suck -- but in a unique series that otherwise just tickles.

Mar 26, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The series is a gosh darn delight.

Aug 4, 2020 | Full Review…

A great series that already aims to position itself as one of the comedy revelations of the season. As fun as it is wonderful. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What We Do in the Shadows subtly taps into the notion of its vampire characters as immigrants.

Aug 18, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Everything in this series works perfectly. [Full review in Spanish]

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Nadja is the perfect foil for Laszlo's pomposity, but also shines when she gets to lead her own storylines.

Jul 29, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

This intelligent comedy will end up being among the best of the year by its own merit alone. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for What We Do in the Shadows: Season 1

  • Sep 23, 2020
    absolute brilliance... "BAT"!
  • Sep 23, 2020
    Wickedly funny series with some of the most lovable vampires you're ever likely to encounter.
  • Aug 16, 2020
    This is the funniest show on TV. It never fails to make me laugh. Brilliant writing and casting. The guest stars are great too.
  • Aug 10, 2020
    This show has got to be one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. Hats off to FX!!
  • Jul 27, 2020
    I did not think I would like this show... then I fell in love! If you say this show has bad acting you are BLIND. The show is hilarious and the comedic timing is perfection. This documentary style shows takes the whole genre to the next level. Yes it's silly, but that's the point! By taking scary creatures and showing their humanity in all the banal day-today the creators perfectly juxtapose seriousness and silliness. If you want a show with heart that likes to poke fun, and doesn't take itself too seriously, this is for you!
  • Jul 26, 2020
    Drawing heavy from its original source material, What We Do in the Shadows retains the nonsense absurdist humour that turned the film into a cult while expands on its mythology to create new characters and plots.
  • Jul 22, 2020
    Loved the movie and the TV show makes it that much better!!!
  • Jul 12, 2020
    What We Do in the Shadows is the best FX Original Series of both genres of comedy and mockumentary.
  • Jun 25, 2020
    Guillermo, tell me what a Rotten Tomatoes is. Very funny show, expands on the movie in clever ways and has its own feel. This is a must see if you're into vampires and absurdist comedy. Kudos!
  • Jun 14, 2020
    Best Comedy. Extremely funny. I watched series 1 twice and it was as entertaining.

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