What We Do in the Shadows: Vampires Disregard Wage and Hour Rules for Human Familiars

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As our family continues to practice social distancing, we are always on the lookout for a new comedy series to take a bit of the bite out of this new normal. We found exactly that in the FX series What We Do in the Shadows, a mockumentary exploring the “lives” of four vampire roommates in modern-day Staten Island.

If Parks and Rec and Dark Shadows had a mischievous love child, this show would be it. These bumbling creatures of the night survive mainly due to the diligent, faithful service of one’s overworked familiar, Guillermo. How do the vampires repay him? Certainly not by complying with wage and hour requirements.

Familiars: The Employees of Vampires

The show follows the misadventures of vampire roommates Nadja (a Romani vampire with a habit of decapitating her human lovers), Laszlo (an English nobleman and erotic topiary enthusiast turned by Nadja, his wife in the afterlife), Nandor the Relentless (the self-proclaimed group leader and former ruthless soldier from the Ottoman Empire), and Colin (an energy vampire who bears a striking resemblance to Dilbert).

They are served by human familiars, who cater to their every vampire need, including procuring fresh victims for their consumption. The familiars are also generally responsible for the rather messy postmeal cleanups.

In addition to finding creative ways to identify potential virgin victims (usually via groups of live-action role-playing gamers, though the vampires sometimes find the gamers “taste too sad”), Nandor’s familiar, Guillermo, also keeps the group safe from their many vampire enemies. He receives no compensation for his dedicated commitment to his unsavory and often dangerous duties, other than a vague hope that he might one day become a vampire himself. Continue reading here…

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