WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS: SEASON FIVE
Starring: Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, Mark Proksch, and Kristen Schaal
Creator: Jemaine Clement
It’s wild that, after five seasons, I think that a mockumentary is one of the funniest, and overall best, shows on television. Believe it or not, I usually hate this format (The Office is terrible, fight me), but the characters, performances, writing, and level of genuine emotion that grounds the mystical absurdity of What We Do in the Shadows is flat out tremendous. In this season specifically, the interpersonal dynamics between my sweet, secretive boy Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) and the vampires is both touching and hilarious. Plus, no cast on television can deliver a one-liner like this one can. Season Five is maybe the best yet.
The latest season of What We Do in the Shadows delivers exactly what I would expect from one of the best comedy series on TV. It’s consistently funny, hilariously macabre, and displays the show’s overall enduring charm. The amazing cast has an electric chemistry and comfortable familiarity, and before every episode, I was excited to see their latest shenanigans. Although I love the gore, absurdity, and Laszlo’s (Matt Berry) many unique pronunciations, the character’s emotional bonds are the beating (or not) heart of this show.
It’s rare that a comedy series can continue its trajectory for five whole seasons, but that’s exactly what What We Do in the Shadows has accomplished. It continues to be as funny and clever as it has always been, but with new wacky situations to put our cast of characters through. Even with a major turning point in the plot, the show never once slows its momentum, all while evolving the characters in the process. If the show keeps going at the pace it’s currently at, then I don’t ever want this show to die.