It sounds like one of those old jokes: A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost move into a house...
But it's no joke, it's the premise of "Being Human" (Syfy, 9 tonight), a not original, but still likable series about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost living together.
Based on a British series (that's supposed to pop up on BBC America later this year, making for awkward comparisons), "Being Human" is set in Boston, where the pasty vampire Aiden (Sam Witwer) and werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) work at a hospital and struggle to fight their monstrous impulses. For Aiden, that makes drinking blood from the blood bank; for Josh, it means going deep into the woods when the full moon rises so, perhaps, only a random deer will get savaged. Aiden also has to contend with the fact that vampires are apparently heavy recruiters and live secretly among us, infiltrating all levels of society. His mentor creepy Bishop (Mark Pellegrino) is a police lieutenant set on bringing Aiden back into the fold.
Aiden and Josh decide to move in together to try to forge some kind of regular life. They end up in an old house where a young and a bit daffy woman Sally (Meaghan Rath) lived with her fiance until her death. Turns out she still haunts the place, and being that they are freaks too, the men can see and talk to her.
We've seen these types before: the tortured vampire (Angel, anyone), the burdened werewolf, the friendly ghost (Casper!), but after screening three episodes, I'd say the creators do a good job with the plot, introducing story lines that keep each character moving forward and plot twists that make you curious about what's next.
Werewolf Josh is the strongest character; he's a nebbishy guy who was already an outsider, already tortured before the moon became his enemy. He feels most like what it would be like for a regular joe becoming a monster, giving the show a good dose of heart.
With a suitable amount of gore and nicely played drama, "Being Human" proves that fighting your inner demons is no easy feat.