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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

Boring, Maryland, Sunday, 24 May 2020 15:18 (one year ago) link

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

chap, Sunday, 24 May 2020 15:25 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

No Jackie Daytona, no credibility

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

the finest human bartender there is

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

I love this show so much. "Bat!"

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:42 (one year ago) link

"Human form!"

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:43 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Nandor, with Colin a close second.

DJI, Monday, 25 May 2020 02:45 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

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

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

Bleeqwot (sic), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 21:15 (one year ago) link

Buffy?

DJI, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 21:16 (one year ago) link

Fargo?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 21:17 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

what about MASH?

voodoo chili, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 22:09 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Friday Night Lights?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 22:11 (one year ago) link

Either M*A*S*H or Jugglos

Boring, Maryland, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 22:30 (one year ago) link

FNL fer sure.

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

Girlfriend Experience too

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

I'm really impressed with this show in general, for me this is the sharpest sitcom writing I've seen since the first 3 seasons of Arrested Development

frogbs, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 17:08 (four months ago) link

actually scratch that the funniest moment is Colin Robinson reading someone in his Twitter replies saying "that's incredibly racist" then he looks at the camera and goes "yeah...it is"

frogbs, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 17:15 (four months ago) link

Seeing Nandor being a bumbling lawyer or accountant or something in the new Cruella movie was pretty WTF.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 06:13 (four months ago) link

he's played shy-to-extremely-bumbling in just about everything else I've seen him in... but this is pretty much true of Nandor too tbh.

Natasha Demetriou meanwhile is catastrophically more sexy in the new Alan Partridge series than in Shadows, and you barely see more than her hands for the first three weeks.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 06:38 (four months ago) link

Rubber Dinghy Rapids bro.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 07:02 (four months ago) link

Season 3 premieres September 2!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 4 June 2021 12:29 (four months ago) link

Aw that's ages! Will be some consolation for the end of summer I suppose.

chap, Friday, 4 June 2021 12:38 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

2 new episodes out, first one has a lot of plot but the second is hilarious

frogbs, Saturday, 4 September 2021 05:55 (one month ago) link

gah, looks like we'll have to wait a couple of months in the uk

kinder, Saturday, 4 September 2021 12:51 (one month ago) link

NY Times posted a good interview with Harvey Guillén (Guillermo) a few days ago that is worth a read.

He insisted on doing his own stunts!

earlnash, Saturday, 4 September 2021 13:34 (one month ago) link

Knobnomicon

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 5 September 2021 22:43 (one month ago) link

you have the high firm ass of an irish derby winner

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 September 2021 02:27 (one month ago) link

I love how this show's supernatural elements allows it to just go all the way on certain tropes - having a bunch of characters try on the Cloak of Duplication to pick up the lady at the gym was like a perfect sitcom plot

frogbs, Monday, 6 September 2021 02:58 (one month ago) link

Kayvan Novak killing it with the Colin Robinson and Guillermo imitations

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Monday, 6 September 2021 03:05 (one month ago) link

SO good

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 September 2021 03:06 (one month ago) link

the lute-y dan moment predictably had me on the floor

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Monday, 6 September 2021 14:04 (one month ago) link

Kayvan Novak in character as Nandor singing to Kristin Schaal’s 3yo daughter about brushing her teeth is what I needed to see today

https://www.instagram.com/p/CT-DXUuLDPk

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 September 2021 16:40 (one month ago) link

Theres not many people in many professions on the planet as bad -and so annoyingly so- at their job than matt berry, and none that i can see as well encouraged/rewarded for same

cant and wont watch a minute of the one-note hawing fool

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Saturday, 18 September 2021 22:19 (one month ago) link

appreciate you stopping by, deems

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 September 2021 22:51 (one month ago) link

he's a little scarce in season 3 so far but I'd guess more than a minute so

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Saturday, 18 September 2021 23:00 (one month ago) link

tbf his actual job is writing and recording music, so you don’t have to look at him at all while you listen to his albums

(appearing on television is just something he does on the side when friends write a horny, egotistical, braying oaf specifically for him to bray as)

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Saturday, 18 September 2021 23:56 (one month ago) link

latest episode is about as good as this show gets: great world building, lots of bait and switch, fun b-plot. Guillermo's progression as power behind the throne (or on it, really) is satisfying, the new lead character adds a fun wrinkle and matt berry's devolution of laszlo into a moronic non-stop sexpot feels like the best use of him

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 26 September 2021 16:42 (four weeks ago) link

I liked the younger energy vampire saying to Colin Robinson that he was having a lot of success with weed and sneakers as energy drains.

earlnash, Monday, 27 September 2021 00:01 (four weeks ago) link

Fu-cking guide!

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Monday, 27 September 2021 01:26 (four weeks ago) link

Enjoyed the Sire episode, the Difficult People stop-motion gargoyles cameo was maybe a little awkward but I appreciated it.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 19:30 (two weeks ago) link

i dig that they have now effectively built a full roster of characters to work with: the doll, the guide, the next door neighbor, the hellhound, the baron, the gargoyles, the sire, the nerdy new vampire. Gives the show room to grow.

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 19:40 (two weeks ago) link

i demand an odd couple spinoff of the baron, the sire & the hellhound

also lazlo swallowing the harmonica made me laugh so hard, it’s so dumb

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 19:52 (two weeks ago) link

i demand an odd couple spinoff of the baron, the sire & the hellhound

lol, was just going to post basically this. That last scene with them in their new home was hilarious.

Donald Fhtagen (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 19:57 (two weeks ago) link

seeing the baron riding the hellhound cracked me up, but later seeing him in the mini-SUV had me in tears

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 19:59 (two weeks ago) link

oh we're going to get an episode with them sooner or later; you don't build a playground and then not use it

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 19:59 (two weeks ago) link

slowly catching up, just watched the atlantic city episode.

it was a kick in the head!

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 20:29 (two weeks ago) link

omg the fake ratpack had me dying

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 21:59 (two weeks ago) link

Ok Colin Robinson dropping random movie trivia about Jaws has got to be an On Cinema reference

frogbs, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 04:18 (one week ago) link

pleased that catherine cohen chicken siren is now canon

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 05:40 (one week ago) link

question where does the artwork that displays over the voiceovers come from? I know some of it is made by the show but there's so much of it and it doesn't make sense to gin up something that's on screen for like not even a full second. did they give the vampires such generic looks that it was just easy to find historical artwork that somewhat resembles them? or is it all photoshopped a little? (as I suspect). idk its one of my favorite aspects of the show

frogbs, Friday, 15 October 2021 16:39 (one week ago) link

y dont i like this season? whats diff?

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 15 October 2021 17:00 (one week ago) link

No Tom Scharpling, for one.

Gimme some skin! Because I don't have any skin. (Old Lunch), Friday, 15 October 2021 17:10 (one week ago) link

they're doing much more world building than before, which works for me but i guess i could understand if it didn't for you

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Friday, 15 October 2021 20:37 (one week ago) link

I think a lot of comedies written over zoom in the last year+ are suffering from writers not having been in the room together

Clay, Friday, 15 October 2021 21:03 (one week ago) link

i am liking this season but theres definitely a danger at this point a few seasons in where theyve accumulated so many characters and running plots that actual jokes grow sparser bc they have to service all the other stuff

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 15 October 2021 21:15 (one week ago) link

This series feels like it’s aware of its audience and status, whereas the first two had that “fuck around and find out” vibe where everyone was having fun making this weirdo show.

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 15 October 2021 21:32 (one week ago) link

I have no issue with this season. Nadya’s doll walking on her 5 cm legs with a bindle was hilarious.

And of course the worms! (Boring, Maryland), Friday, 15 October 2021 21:38 (one week ago) link

Colin Robinson is great as always but if I had one complaint it's that we haven't seen enough energy vampirism this season. Those scenes always kill me.

Gimme some skin! Because I don't have any skin. (Old Lunch), Friday, 15 October 2021 21:46 (one week ago) link

I think this season has been pretty good but it does kinda feel a bit like Arrested Development S3 where it's full of callbacks and increasingly bizarre plotlines. also the first 2 seasons were so over-the-top that you kinda wonder how much further the show can go. that said its still super funny and this season seems to be setting up for a good finish

frogbs, Monday, 18 October 2021 17:49 (one week ago) link

The artwork in the intro was all created for the show, based on a lot of actual paintings and such:

https://imgur.com/gallery/FvkuSZ3

I imagine they spent time on it because in the streaming/Internet era they know fans will pause and scrutinize everything that gets on screen so the fact that some of it only flashes up for less than a second doesn't matter so much.

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Monday, 18 October 2021 17:53 (one week ago) link

seeing the baron riding the hellhound cracked me up, but later seeing him in the mini-SUV had me in tears

Ahah yeah the baron on the golden retriever from hell was borderline genius !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 18 October 2021 17:59 (one week ago) link

great find on that thread f hazel

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Monday, 18 October 2021 19:04 (one week ago) link

Yeah that was great, art department on this show does a great job

Not gonna spoil it but the end of this weeks episode made me audibly gasp. Was definitely expecting some kind of fake out

frogbs, Sunday, 24 October 2021 01:08 (yesterday) link

Yeah, that was, uh...pretty shocking.

(a picture of a defecating pig) (Old Lunch), Monday, 25 October 2021 12:19 (twenty-five minutes ago) link

I really have been hoping for a call back to the local city council. Went back and watched that one again and it cracked me up even more now and considering how nuts people have been acting at those kinda of meetings these days, it seems that is some pretty low hanging comedic fruit.

earlnash, Monday, 25 October 2021 12:41 (three minutes ago) link


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