What We Do in the Shadows (TV) main character POLL

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Anyone watching this? I think it's hilarious. Second season not quite as good as the first so far though.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Laszlo Cravensworth 12
Nadja 10
Colin Robinson 8
Nandor the Relentless 7
Guillermo 1


chap, Sunday, 24 May 2020 14:03 (two years ago) link

It's tough to pick a favorite, since this is one of those ensembles that adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Nandor would seem like the weakest link, but he's arguably the straight man to the other, weirder vampires, and the dynamic needs him (Guillermo is something else--part audience surrogate, part Charlie Brown). That having been said, I'd go with Najda or Colin Robinson.

american primitive stylophone (zchyrs), Sunday, 24 May 2020 14:59 (two years ago) link

I love Nandor! The accent, the ridiculous name, the fact that an Ottoman warlord is the cosiest and most straight-laced character.

I'm torn between him and Colin Robinson.

chap, Sunday, 24 May 2020 15:03 (two years ago) link

No option for Nadja’s ghost doll? I’d have voted for her.

Boring, Maryland, Sunday, 24 May 2020 15:18 (two years ago) link

I thought about it but concluded she was an extension of Nadja.

chap, Sunday, 24 May 2020 15:25 (two years ago) link

This show is a highlight of my week. It's not about singling out one of them (but it's Nadja).

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 24 May 2020 16:07 (two years ago) link

No Jackie Daytona, no credibility

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Sunday, 24 May 2020 16:18 (two years ago) link

the finest human bartender there is

ruin a band name by changing one litter (voodoo chili), Sunday, 24 May 2020 16:19 (two years ago) link

in the absence of jackie daytona, i am forced to vote for laszlo cravensworth, for his bombastic stupidity

ruin a band name by changing one litter (voodoo chili), Sunday, 24 May 2020 16:21 (two years ago) link

chap, why do you think this season has been a step down? I think they’ve done a great job of expanding the world and adding some actual stakes with guillermo’s arc

ruin a band name by changing one litter (voodoo chili), Sunday, 24 May 2020 16:21 (two years ago) link

I thought the first episode of s2 was weak but everything else has been good to great, esp Superb Owl

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Sunday, 24 May 2020 16:23 (two years ago) link

the first episode with zombie joel osment? I though that was hilarious

ruin a band name by changing one litter (voodoo chili), Sunday, 24 May 2020 16:25 (two years ago) link

I love this show so much. "Bat!"

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:42 (two years ago) link

"Human form!"

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:43 (two years ago) link

I felt dumb but I didn't realize that was Mark Hamill until the end.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:45 (two years ago) link

Huge Mark Ptroksch fan here, so it's a shoe-in for Collin.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 25 May 2020 02:34 (two years ago) link

Nandor, with Colin a close second.

DJI, Monday, 25 May 2020 02:45 (two years ago) link

voted Colin Robinson but of the three main vampires it’s gotta be Nadja

Her victim Jenna is great too

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Monday, 25 May 2020 02:54 (two years ago) link

In a year in which two entire elaborately-costumed single-camera sitcoms were (partially) designed to let Matt Berry do his Matt Berry thing, the one in which he was not the lead somehow managed to showcase him better. All of them are magnificent, and the ensemble allows everyone a chance to show different sides in group and solo dynamics, but I'm voting Laszlo.

Bleeqwot (sic), Monday, 25 May 2020 04:03 (two years ago) link

Easy vote for Nandor for me - the idea of an Ottoman warlord vampire who is shy and awkward and needy is just so funny to me, and his performance is great. Guillermo on the other hand I dont think I've ever laughed at once, show could lose him entirely imo.

The Jackie Daytona ep might be the hardest Ive laughed at anything this year, I was crying. I think 'arcs' are overrated when it comes to comedy shows, I much prefer episodes like that, surreal self-contained stories with their own internal logic.

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Monday, 25 May 2020 06:13 (two years ago) link

Agreed Guillermo is the only one I definitely wouldn't vote for. I've laughed plenty at the vampires being mean to him, but never at anything he's done. I guess his vampire hunter self hatred is kind of funny.

chap, Monday, 25 May 2020 12:20 (two years ago) link

I love how impenetrable the main 3’s accents get sometimes

I love how impenetrable the main 3’s accents get sometimes

I love how impenetrable the main 3s accents get sometimes

Wow ok

Guillermo’s hapless aptitude for vampire slaying has been a very funny upgrade to his servility this year

Bleeqwot (sic), Monday, 25 May 2020 13:04 (two years ago) link

A vote for Nadja counts as a vote for Nadja's doll

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 25 May 2020 13:47 (two years ago) link

Speaking of accents I love the relish with which Matt Berry weirdly varies his intonation of "My darling".

chap, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 13:45 (two years ago) link

Guillermo I think is needed as a foil, especially for a show where one of the vampires is himself already sort of a straight man (Colin Robinson). I agree Guillermo isn't funny, but for the format he's needed to provide the rhythmic beat of someone slowly glancing at the camera and shaking their head or grimacing or whatever a la every fake reality show/doc.

Also, Lazlo calling him Gizmo is pretty funny.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 13:54 (two years ago) link

mildly spicy take but Colin Robinson is basically a one-joke character. it's a really good joke, don't get me wrong, but there's not a whole lot there.

i voted Laszlo but already regretting that, should've picked Nadja.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 16:55 (two years ago) link

if Colin wasn't played by Mark Proksch I would probably enjoy it much less

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 17:20 (two years ago) link

He is worth it as a character for those glimmers of devilish glee when you realize his behavior is intentional. Like, he'll just be droning on stupidly until someone leaves or falls asleep or dies, and then his eyes will sparkle and he'll grin.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:12 (two years ago) link

The episode where he starts to go super saiyan when he gets a promotion is amazing

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:12 (two years ago) link

That's my favourite one of the season so far.

I'm very happy this thread has proved quite busy, nice to know others love the show as much as me.

chap, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:23 (two years ago) link

It fits that we're also talking about Key and Peele right now, cause they're linked in my min for how they throw in great effects and production design to help sell the jokes

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:26 (two years ago) link

nice to know others love the show as much as me.

this has to be the best film-to-tv translation ever, right?

Bleeqwot (sic), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 21:15 (two years ago) link

(don't @l@n@ld@ me.)

Bleeqwot (sic), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 21:15 (two years ago) link

Buffy?

DJI, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 21:16 (two years ago) link

Fargo?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 21:17 (two years ago) link

The individual character-focused eps have been really good (Colin in the office, Jackie Daytona). Was the 'ghosts' one supposed to have been Nadja's? And I don't think Nandor has had one, maybe that's still coming?

Only three more left. :( On the other hand, three more left!

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 21:40 (two years ago) link

Good answers, but I was thinking in terms of a TV show that successfully transfers the concepts and/or spirit of a movie into the small/serial format.

(The Buffy movie has its charms, but the TV show is a massive improvement in every way, not just in repairing/restoring Whedon's supposed original tone. The Fargo TV shows are excellent, but don't actually bring anything from the movie beyond "crime story with character actors in" - the tone is complementary to the film, but the writing doesn't approach character or humour in the same way as the Coens.)

massage angry pixels (sic), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 21:51 (two years ago) link

Make that sympathetic character - Hawley's villains and heavies are charming, sketched grotesqueries in a way that fits with Fargo and other Coen movies, but he appropriately uses the longer narrative and screen time to draw his chumps and protagonists with more depth.

massage angry pixels (sic), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 21:54 (two years ago) link

what about MASH?

voodoo chili, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 22:09 (two years ago) link

Has any other story delved into the ingenious notion that vampires, having technically died, could be haunted by their own ghosts?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 22:10 (two years ago) link

Ooh, MASH. More or less same characters and, imo, better than the movie, iirc.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 22:10 (two years ago) link

Friday Night Lights?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 22:11 (two years ago) link

Either M*A*S*H or Jugglos

Boring, Maryland, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 22:30 (two years ago) link

FNL fer sure.

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 22:35 (two years ago) link

Girlfriend Experience too

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 22:35 (two years ago) link

There was a scene in last week's episode when Lazlo materialised in the cursed hat and Nadja did the most amazing look to camera, it's been my highlight of the whole show.

But it's Colin Robertson for me. I loved a couple of weeks ago when somebody just called him Colin and he corrected them to Colin Robertson, because that's what his actual name is and not a combination of Colin and Robertson.

Mud... jam... failure (aldo), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 22:53 (two years ago) link

“Back to the drawing board” essentially

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 31 October 2021 14:49 (nine months ago) link

thanks for reminding me there are often post credit sequences, i missed that!

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 31 October 2021 18:41 (nine months ago) link

thought the last couple of episodes were sort of weak? still lots of fun

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Sunday, 31 October 2021 18:45 (nine months ago) link

one of them did contain "Hello, Guillermo...have you brought some more people to yank on my pee-pee?" which is one of the funniest lines in the show

anyway, I also figured that they weren't just gonna write Proksch out of the show like that, my guess was that one of the clones from the episode where he gets promoted to manager would show up

frogbs, Sunday, 31 October 2021 20:58 (nine months ago) link

also Nandor quoting Half Baked was pretty awesome

frogbs, Sunday, 31 October 2021 21:13 (nine months ago) link

i liked that this went full continuity! now we have lots of toys to play with

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 31 October 2021 22:30 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Just catching up with this season - I found the first two episodes a bit disappointing, somewhat hectic and overstuffed. The third episode in Atlantic City I absolutely loved. I realise I much prefer the episodes where the vampires engage with banal aspects of the modern world to the baroque vampiric council world building ones.

chap, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 10:02 (nine months ago) link

one real asset this show has is all four main vampires are played by people who could make you laugh just reading the phonebook

frogbs, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 21:44 (nine months ago) link

I found this whole season a real drag. It just got worse and worse as it went along. Kind of hoping it doesn't come back, tbh, and I say that as someone who absolutely adored the first two seasons.

trishyb, Thursday, 18 November 2021 00:17 (nine months ago) link

Kind of agree - the things that were good were retreads of previous seasons, the beats that were new were not good (idg what they did with Laszlo's character at all)

bespoke sausages (seandalai), Thursday, 18 November 2021 00:40 (nine months ago) link

i thought the ending was real dumb but i am also old enough to be triggered by anything that is even vaguely reminiscent of “the dancing baby”

it should have ended on the prev episode imo

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 18 November 2021 01:08 (nine months ago) link

the whole season was just so plotty

Clay, Thursday, 18 November 2021 01:18 (nine months ago) link

I think everyone (including tv showrunners) is just doing the best they can to navigate the pandemic and it's probably advisable not to judge any product of this accursed time too harshly. Everything is compromised as hell right now.

Lou Christie's Mosh Pit (Old Lunch), Thursday, 18 November 2021 01:21 (nine months ago) link

Like there's probably a sizable book to be written about the creative compromises people have had to make to get entertainment out into the world over the past two years.

Lou Christie's Mosh Pit (Old Lunch), Thursday, 18 November 2021 01:22 (nine months ago) link

true

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 18 November 2021 01:26 (nine months ago) link

I thought the show was fine this season.

A Pile of Ants (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 18 November 2021 02:27 (nine months ago) link

I still enjoyed it but the scripts felt a lot more uh...haphazardly edited. it felt like they wrote a lot of plotlines that were later removed but still referenced here and there. the show's pacing was much less tight and the tone whipped around a lot. too much gross out humor as a whole. also their special effects budget didn't quite seem to match some of the things they were trying to do. that said it had as many laugh out loud moments as other seasons and I still looked forward to watching it every week

frogbs, Thursday, 18 November 2021 02:41 (nine months ago) link

I would not doubt that so many episodes not having all the main characters together was working around schedules etc. tied to Covid.

earlnash, Thursday, 18 November 2021 04:14 (nine months ago) link

I think everyone (including tv showrunners) is just doing the best they can to navigate the pandemic and it's probably advisable not to judge any product of this accursed time too harshly. Everything is compromised as hell right now.

Maybe, but it didn't seem so much like a lack of resources as a lack of ideas. Maybe Jemaine was a bigger part of the day-to-day success of the show than we all gave him credit for. Maybe Natasha Demetriou is just exhausted (it certainly did seem to me like they were shooting around a pregnancy in some of the episodes, and this season of Stath Lets Flats isn't good either), and everyone will be back with a bang next year. I hope so.

trishyb, Thursday, 18 November 2021 11:24 (nine months ago) link

this season of Stath Lets Flats isn't good either

Disagree.

chap, Thursday, 18 November 2021 14:12 (nine months ago) link

but this season did have kayvan novak doing a matt berry impression as he tried to seduce a woman by playing a lute cover of “peg”

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Thursday, 18 November 2021 14:38 (nine months ago) link

agree that this season was good but def getting too overcrowded and plotty for my taste, making me nervous about the next season (especially if the characters are all going to be split up with separate plotlines taking place in separate locations?) like i laughed really hard at all the new baron stuff but in the end i was glad he kinda disappeared again bc i didnt want to have to deal with a whole new baron storyline on top of everything else.

would be totally fine with the show leaning more into just being a low-stakes situation comedy. i dont know why so many streaming-era sitcoms have to get so elaborate and complicated, idgaf about the character arcs of the imaginary vampires, let it just be The Munsters with swears & horror gore.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 18 November 2021 15:06 (nine months ago) link

the show works best when it uses its supernatural elements to enhance sitcommy plots, like that aforementioned showcase for novak.

i still liked this season tho, especially the atlantic city episode and the one with the sire on the loose, and i'm not opposed to world-expanding.

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Thursday, 18 November 2021 15:10 (nine months ago) link

Maybe, but it didn't seem so much like a lack of resources as a lack of ideas.

I think the issue with COVID beyond logistical problems is that people are half-crazy and depressed. It's not easy to write well when you're like that!

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Thursday, 18 November 2021 15:16 (nine months ago) link

My favorite of these so far pic.twitter.com/m75J66QO0K

— Zack Budryk (@BudrykZack) November 20, 2021

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 21 November 2021 01:39 (eight months ago) link

one real asset this show has is all four main vampires are played by people who could make you laugh just reading the phonebook

yet they focus so much of the show on familiar dude, who is not a good actor and is not funny and i could give a flying fuck about the sam and diane-ing of him getting a be a vamplire or not. just show me vampires going clubbing and im happy.

kurt schwitterz, Sunday, 21 November 2021 02:45 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

Forgive the thread spam, but I wanted to note that this show's 2021 season is nominated in the ILX TV poll, with voting ending this weekend:

ILX's Best Television of 2021 Poll / VOTING AND CAMPAIGNING THREAD / Voting Ends After January 31, 2022

If you like this show and you'd like to see it have a good showing in the poll (running in February) all you need to do is submit a ballot including it and your other favorites (3 minimum, 25 maximum, ranked by your favorite to least favorite) to forksclovetofu at gmail. It'll take five minutes; get to it!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 26 January 2022 20:57 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

Ahhh just watched the first episode of season 4...does it get better? It just wasn't very funny to me. I only let out a small chuckle after the bit about Laszlo's projection TV. Each season has been a little worse than the previous, imo. (Loved the movie, loved season one...)

ernestp, Sunday, 24 July 2022 18:51 (three weeks ago) link

I haven't had access to watch it yet, but meanwhile season 3 of Wellington Paranormal is the best so far.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 24 July 2022 19:14 (three weeks ago) link

I laughed at the Guide/Guillermo stuff in ep 2 but not feeling the Nandor stuff at all.

Not Colin Robinson is amusing at times, like in the museum, but otherwise not so much.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Sunday, 24 July 2022 19:21 (three weeks ago) link

Preadolescent Colin Robinson was an utter delight in this week's episode. Dodgy FX aside.

Beautiful Bean Footage Fetishist (Old Lunch), Sunday, 24 July 2022 19:54 (three weeks ago) link

otm

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 24 July 2022 20:52 (three weeks ago) link

Thanks all - I'll stay with it at least for a few more episodes...

ernestp, Monday, 25 July 2022 04:10 (three weeks ago) link

Fred Armisen is pretty much leaning into the jazz as object of comedic ridicule thing a bit much now, don't you think?

earlnash, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 02:54 (three weeks ago) link

Definitely noticing a lot of “lol jazz is the worst” bits in shows I’m recent years, it does seem to have replaced ska as the go-to punchline music genre for comedy writers

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 28 July 2022 13:25 (three weeks ago) link

I blame the Boosh

assert (matttkkkk), Thursday, 28 July 2022 21:03 (three weeks ago) link

maybe I'm just not feeling it but this season hasn't been as good

the actors seem to mostly be trying to work with what they've been given, but it's too little

mh, Thursday, 28 July 2022 21:19 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah it’s not as good as it used to be but seeing Mark Proksch’s face on a little kid’s body is hilarious/unnerving.

Antifa Sandwich Artist (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 28 July 2022 22:25 (three weeks ago) link

watching this season, everything just moves so fast, they hurry through every scene, its edited within an inch of its life and feels like theyre just constantly rushing to get to the next plot beat. even scenes that are just two people talking look like a michael bay movie sometimes with the avalanche of shots and fast cuts. a lot of the jokes seem like they're overdubbed in at the very last moment before a change to a new scene. theres very little room for performance and delivery which imho is the shows main comedic strength. the stuff with nandor negotiating his penis wish with the djinn was one of the few times i've really laughed this season, mostly bc its just a really funny idea for a scene and seeing those three actors all play it straight was really fun to watch. but there are just so many plots and little stories going on for every character in every episode simultaneously that they just have way too much narrative business to get through in 22 minutes.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 28 July 2022 22:31 (three weeks ago) link

they had a whole setup that had been carefully constructed last season with room for each of them to explore their own character, new connections, new storylines. then they said nope, threw all that out and had nadja open a vampire club. show has gotten bad.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Friday, 29 July 2022 02:06 (three weeks ago) link

I wonder if the budget got squashed or the real life set conditions made them throw the whole gang back together in the house immediately. I figure we’d get a few episodes of solo nonsense, maybe a Jackie Daytona type of thing, and instead we got flooded basement

mh, Friday, 29 July 2022 14:17 (three weeks ago) link

only watched the first two and yeah it's super weird they ended on such a wild cliffhanger only to go "eh, never mind" within 5 minutes

episode #2 was really good though, Nandor resurrecting all his dead wives was hilarious and the accountant genie was great

frogbs, Friday, 29 July 2022 14:33 (three weeks ago) link

I did laugh at the entire “yes, some of my wives are men” moment

mh, Friday, 29 July 2022 14:34 (three weeks ago) link

yeah all the stuff with nandor is the only stuff that is working for me this season comedy-wise. all the business with nadja, lazlo, kristen schaal, and guillermo has fallen flat for me and seemed like busywork w/not a lot of jokes. even with baby colin robinson, the visual of mark proksch's head on a childs body is very funny but they havent really delivered on the premise very much imho

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 29 July 2022 14:53 (three weeks ago) link

ok, the night market episode was a little rushed at the beginning but I thought it was funny. the wraith negotiation scene!

mh, Saturday, 30 July 2022 01:21 (two weeks ago) link

first episode was shaky but #2-4 had a lot of funny scenes. the MC for the familiar fights was really funny. the thing with this show is that you kinda have to watch it with captions - Natasia Demetriou and Kristin Schaal lay on such thick accents that I can't tell what they're saying half the time. and when the captions are on you see a bunch of lines that are pretty funny but are basically inaudible.

frogbs, Monday, 1 August 2022 14:00 (two weeks ago) link

kristen schaal has been very funny this season, i'm glad she's getting more to do.

don't think the show is bad per se, but it's definitely not delivering the laughs as regularly. i did crack up every time i heard the name "richie suck"

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Monday, 1 August 2022 14:07 (two weeks ago) link

it's only taken me a week to realise that the reason I don't recognise any of these plot lines is you're all talking about a brand new season.

dear confusion the catastrophe waitress (ledge), Monday, 1 August 2022 14:08 (two weeks ago) link

I was looking up something about the show the other day and was reminded of the fact that someone had to re-edit Natasia Demetriou's wikipedia page to adhere to the guidelines, because she uploaded her own wiki picture

It's a very good picture
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Natasia_Demetriou,_What_We_Do_in_The_Shadows,_2019.jpg

mh, Monday, 1 August 2022 17:48 (two weeks ago) link

Watching now, and Nandor’s face lift is just getting better and better!

mh, Thursday, 4 August 2022 00:11 (two weeks ago) link


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