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'Being Human' nostalgia recap: Moving in, moving on

Season 1 | Episode 1 | “There Goes the Neighborhood (Part 1)” | Aired Jan 17, 2011

Not all supernatural characters are evil. The “big bads” who hang out in the shadows, supposedly waiting to cause chaos—what if those monsters wanted to live normal lives? Being Human, the U.S. remake of the U.K. TV show, follows three friends living normal lives as a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost.

The series opens on a poetic note, with with the sun setting over the Boston skyline. Aidan Waite (Sam Witwer) speaks via voiceover about the difficulties of having a dark side.

He and Josh Levison (Sam Huntington) look normal enough. Josh is walking through the woods while Aidan is enjoying a date with a flirty redhead. But not all is what it seems. Josh begins to undress, standing naked in the woods as he falls to the ground. His body is changing: He’s a werewolf.

Aidan isn’t fairing well either. The couple makes their way to the bedroom and the two begin to hook up. But the temptation is too much for him. Aidan’s eyes blacken and he sinks his sharp teeth into her neck. Unlike Josh, Aidan is a vampire.

The sun rises the next morning and Josh wakes up next to a dead animal. He steals a dress from a clothing line and steps into a waiting car. Aidan is there, ready to go to work.

The best friends are both nurses at Suffolk County Hospital. After Josh’s last transformation, Aidan feels it’s the right time to bring up being roommates. He thinks they can protect each other from losing control.

Josh doesn’t want to listen and reminds Aidan everything wrong in his life. He practically screams that he hasn’t had sex in two years as he bumps into a nurse, Cara. She’s filling in at the hospital for someone who didn’t show up—the girl Aidan killed, Rebecca.

Cara likes Aidan, acting giddy while talking to him. His attention, however, is pulled away when he sees a familiar face. Marcus, the man who removed Rebecca’s dead body, is at the hospital “recruiting” people. He’s there on orders from Bishop, and from the way they talk about him, Bishop is the big vampire in charge.

After some thinking, Josh agrees to move in with Aidan. Their search leads them to a manor, which Josh loves. He nearly ruins Aidan’s haggling with his excitement. The realtor, Danny, will practically give the place away, revealing that his fiancée died in the house. He’ll take any offer, even without credit checks. The guys are sold!

After a moving-in montage, the guys settle in for a quiet night … until the lights flicker. Josh notices someone run upstairs, and like any similar scene in a horror film, they follow it. They find a woman standing inside the room, mocking them.

Sally Malik (Meaghan Rath) is a ghost. She’s been dead for six months, unable to remember anything of her death. She wants to move on, but for some reason can’t. To pass the time, she’s watched everything the boys, and her past tenants, have done, including awkwardly mentioning she’s seen Josh masturbate. Sally needs to learn boundaries!

Josh isn’t happy that Sally is there. He wants to live a normal life at home. Aidan tries to reassure his friend she won’t ruin things. He brings Josh somewhere he can transform safely into a werewolf. Aidan leads Josh to an abandoned section of the hospital with a room to lock himself in away from other humans. His problem is solved … for now.

Later in the day, Aidan leaves a surgery, unable to handle the blood. As he steps into the hallway, he notices a flyer with a picture of Rebecca. Cara walks by and talks about the dead girl, casually mentioning the cops have visited a few times.

For their next visit, they come to question Aidan again. Before the questions dig deeper, one of the police officers compels his partner to wait in the car. The officer is actually Bishop.

Aidan has a long history with Bishop. He’s served under his mentor for 200 years after Bishop made him a vampire. He wants Aidan to return and will do anything, including cleaning up Aidan’s mess. Still, Aidan doesn’t want to go back.

Elsewhere at the hospital, Josh also bumps into a familiar face—his sister, Emily. She misses him and wonders what happened to him after he left a note and ran away two years ago. Emily wants the truth, but he insists she doesn’t tell anyone she saw him.

Aidan wants a normal life to forget his past with Bishop, which includes, as a flashback indicates, the two of them butchering a wedding party. He feels so guilty that he calls Rebecca’s mother and reveals that she is dead.

After a chat with Sally, his sadness leads him to contact Bishop, who promptly brings him to a blood bar. The worst thing you can do for an addict is to tempt him! Aidan has been there before, and a girl is already waiting for him. He begins to drink and goes through the euphoria (and agony) of the bite.

Josh, on the other hand, is experiencing the worst night of his life. His sister, Emily, follows him to the abandoned room and is accidentally locked inside with him. The worst part: Josh is becoming the wolf. She doesn’t know what’s going on, and he can feel the change coming. If he doesn’t do something soon, Emily is going to die.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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