WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS continues to go bigger and better in its 3rd season!

The third season of What We Do in the Shadows continues to prove why it’s without a doubt the funniest series on TV. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, this season delivers episode after episode of genius writing and hilarious dialogue to keep you coming back for more vampire hijinks.

With each episode that passes, it’s still astounding to see how incredible and quick-witted the dialogue remains. The writers really don’t miss a beat, cramming as much content as they can into every episode to where, at the season’s best, there’s literally a joke or two every minute. Whether it be a visual gag, witty line of dialogue or comedic punchline, every beat is timed to perfection – and even if one joke misses, there’s another right around the corner that hits. This season also sees more narrative and comedic through-lines than in seasons passed. There’s jokes that run across multiple episodes, callbacks to comedic moments from the last two seasons and the reappearances of minor characters from memorable episodes.

There’s an abundance of fun to be had with every single episode, packed with multiple narratives and development arcs for every one of our main characters. This season does still feature those trademark episodic narratives and comedic subplots, but more than ever it ties its arcs together over the course of a few episodes. Some arcs even see progressive development over the course of the season – really creating a more serialised feel that gives the characters more room to grow. Every episode has been written with the goal of giving each one of our central 5 characters something important to do. There’s never an episode where you forget Colin Robinson is a part of the show, nor is there an episode where Guillermo takes a back-seat. Everyone’s presence is integral to ensuring every individual subplot is as enjoyable as the last.

The dynamic between Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) and Colin (Mark Proksch) is what makes the series truly unbeatable in its comedic quality. Each pairing of these characters and actors, no matter which two you pick, produces brilliantly hilarious moments with quick-witted dialogue and well-timed physical humour. The performances here are truly the best comedic performances I’ve seen all year, and potentially even in the last few years. Their comedic timing is flawless and their ability to stay in character while knocking out line after line of hilarious dialogue is unmatched. Not since The Office (US) has there been a group of performers so locked in that they can produce quality improv moments at the drop of a hat. Even a number of supporting characters make an impact on their respective scenes, but none more than Kristen Schaal’s The Guide, who shows up a couple of times and hits with some great one-liners.

In the end, What We Do in the Shadows really just works. Everything about the show, from the writing to the performances, is top-notch – resulting in one of the most fun and enjoyable TV experiences of the year. Packed to the brim with witty dialogue, well-timed comedy and hilarious character interactions, What We Do in the Shadows proves why it’s the funniest thing on TV. Fans of the series so far are guaranteed to get a kick from this season, and I cannot wait to see what ridiculousness the writers have in store for us in season 4.

9.5/10

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