"We're all hiding something, aren't we? From the moment we wake, look in that mirror, all we do is spin our little lies. Suck in that gut, colour that hair, twist off that wedding ring. Any why not? What's the penalty? What are the consequences, really? "I'm only human," you say, and all is forgiven. But what if some cruel twist of fate makes you something else, something other? Who forgives you then?"
"There Goes the Neighborhood"
Series Being Human
Season 1, Episode 1
Being Human 1x01 001.jpg
Air date January 17th, 2011
Writers Jeremy Carver; Anna Fricke
Director Adam Kane
Producers Gilles Perreault; Elissa Lewis; Cari A. Davine; Evan Tussman; Adam Kane; Rob Pursey; Toby Whithouse; Jeremy Carver; Anna Fricke; Michael Prupas; Irene Litinsky; Keith Samples
Starring Sam Witwer; Meaghan Rath; Sam Huntington
Episode guide
"There Goes the Neighborhood (Part 2)"

"There Goes the Neighborhood (Part 1)" is the first chapter of the two-part pilot episode of the North American horror-themed television series Being Human. The show is based on a UK series, also entitled Being Human, which began airing on BBC3 in 2008. This episode was directed by executive producer Adam Kane and written by series developers Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke. It first aired on Monday, January 17th, 2011 on Syfy in the United States and on Space in Canada. The premise of the show centers on a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost who are roommates together in a Boston townhouse. The show stars Sam Witwer as the vampire, Meaghan Rath as the ghost and Sam Huntington as the werewolf. Recurring cast members include Gianpaolo Venuta, Sarah Allen, Mark Pellegrino and Vincent Leclerc.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The vampire, Aidan Waite, is a male nurse working at a nearby hospital who satisfies his craving for blood by stealing bags of plasma from the storage rooms. His best friend and co-worker is a neurotic young man named Josh Levinson who, once a month, suffers the traumatic indignity of transforming into a werewolf whenever the moon is full. Aware of each other's supernatural origins, the friends decide to buy a place together where they can be themselves. They come to discover however that their new home is haunted by the ghost of a young woman named Sally Malik - the house's original occupant whose life ended in a tragic accident. Together, the three friends try to eke out a life for themselves, struggling against their monstrous heritage in their ongoing efforts to "be human".

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode is rated TV-14.
  • Consulting producer Keith Samples is credited in the end-title sequence to this episode.
  • Actress Tanya Vargas Lavoie's first name is mis-spelled as "Tayna" in the end-title credit sequence to this episode.
  • Marie-Laurence Paquin is credited as the stunt double for Alison Louder in the end-title credit sequence.
  • First appearance of all characters.
  • Emily Levinson is identified only as Emily in the end-title credit sequence. The family's surname is provided in future episodes.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Josh: I used to think this curse was what happened to me once a month. And I realize this - this - this is the curse: every day sitting on a bench watching people walk by, eating sandwiches, making plans, being what I used to be.


  • Josh: You went searching for drug change in the wrong couch cushions lady, I'm calling the cops.


  • Sally: So how can you see me, anyway?
  • Aidan: Well, think of us as sort of different countries on the same continent.
  • Josh: Oh, my god. That's beautiful, really. We're Africa.


  • Aidan: People die.
  • Josh: Yeah. In old age homes, in car accidents. Not with their heads lodged in my future oven.


  • Marcus: Are you back in? Because I don't mind cleaning up your occasional mess. That's what we do. We're family. But if you are back, you and I are gonna have to set a few ground rules. There's an order now. There's Bishop, and then there's me. You will respect that.
  • Aidan: Don't worry. I know how many years it took you to get your nose firmly inserted up Bishop's ass.

What else have they done?[edit | edit source]

  • Sam Witwer: Sam Witwer is no stranger to this type of character. In 2008, he played a character named Davis Bloome in season 8 of the CW Network television series Smallville. Witwer's character was an EMT serial killer that transformed into a savage monster known as Doomsday. Witwer also played a character named John Stoler on the "Shiny Happy People" episode of Angel and played Private Jessup on in the 2007 film The Mist.
  • Meaghan Rath: This is Meaghan's first work in the horror genre. Previously, she played Adena Stiles on the TV series 15/Love. She also played Rigby Hastings on thirteen episodes of The Assistants and has also appeared on episodes of Aaron Stone and 18 to Life.
  • Sam Huntington: Like Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington is also an alumni from the Superman franchise. He played eager cub reporter Jimmy Olsen in the 2006 film Superman Returns. Sam's other films credits include Jungle 2 Jungle, Detroit Rock City, and Not Another Teen Movie. His television credits include episodes of CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, Veronica Mars and Cavemen.
  • Gianpaolo Venuta: Gianpaolo Venuta has some minimal exposure to the genre and to playing against vampires. In 2001, he played a character named Damon Grismer in the "Rats" episode of Vampire High. He was also a recurring character on the comedy series Naked Josh, though he has not yet had the privilege of seeing Being Human 's Josh naked quite yet.
  • Sarah Allen: Sarah Allen has skirted the cusp of the horror genre a few times, but did not fully become a part of the theme until taking on the character of Rebecca Flynt with this episode. Sarah appeared in the 2004 mystery/thriller Secret Window starring Johnny Depp as the Sheriff's niece. She also played a character named Maggie Hollister in the "Switch" episode of Stephen King's Dead Zone.

See also[edit | edit source]

UK Series

US/Canada Series


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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Credited, but does not appear in this episode.

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