"A vampire, a ghost and a werewolf, all sharing a house," said the continuity announcer. "Predictable, lukewarm comedy relying heavily on slapstick and sight-gags", I thought, so gave it a miss.
What a first-rate idiot.
I can't recommend this highly enough. There are plenty of reasons not to like it - there's gore, it's about the supernatural, it starts off in Bristol - but the scripting is among the best I have ever encountered. These are people you can understand, believe in, love and mourn for, hate, love again and experience the whole gamut of human involvement with.
It's better than Buffy.
It's better than Angel.
It's better than Life on Mars and it's better than Ashes to Ashes.
It's short - just 37 episodes across five series - but the quality of the scripting is top of the line. No corners are ever cut, no inconsistencies allowed to creep in, no unexpected character traits tolerated. This is the story of a real - family? - of non-humans trying to scratch out their simple existences in a too-human world - failing, succeeding, failing again and ultimately ... hell, isn't that every last one of us? That's what makes it so good.
Oh, and it's better than Firefly and Dollhouse. Really.