FX’s hit mockumentary-comedy television show, What We Do in the Shadows, was renewed for a third season after two excellent seasons. Based on the hilarious movie of the same name (which was written and directed by showrunners Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement), the show is known for its hilarious premise and funny characters.
The show revolves around four vampire roommates, Nandor, Laszlo, Nadja, and Colin Robinson, who live with their familiar, Guillermo. The show has received critical acclaim and has been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series at the 2020 Emmy Awards.
Updated on April 25th, 2022 by Stacie Rook: The third season of What We Do in the Shadows saw the comedy series continue to thrive, showcasing the superb comedic abilities of its central cast while also developing the lives and lore of its main characters. The show was renewed for a fourth season before the third even premiered, and with amazing top episodes across all three seasons, it’s easy to see why.
15 “Citizenship” (Season 1, Episode 8) – 8.2
While Nadja ushers the newly-turned Jenna into her life as a vampire, discovering that her unique ability lets her turn invisible, Guillermo helps Nandor prepare to take his American citizenship test, a process he started but let lapse in the 1990s.
Nadja and Jenna make waves at a college party, using their respective powers to great effect, but Nandor has less luck, as his knowledge on America is severely lacking despite Guillermo’s tutelage, and even his mystic powers of persuasion won’t sway the government official.
14 “Resurrection” (Season 2, Episode 1) – 8.4
After the vampires’ new familiar, Topher (played by Haley Joel Osment of The Sixth Sense fame) accidentally dies from being electrocuted in the koi pond, the vampires enlist the help of Wallace the Necromancer, played by Benedict Wong, to resurrect him.
However, they get more than what they traded for when Topher comes back to life as a zombie. The now-undead Topher keeps trying to eat Guillermo. When he attempts to drown Guillermo in the pond, Nandor rescues him, and Topher is ultimately returned to Wallace for a refund.
13 “The Cloak Of Duplication” (Season 3, Episode 2) – 8.4
Nadja and Nandor establish themselves as co-leaders of the Vampiric Council in this episode, though neither of them is too happy with the arrangement. It does give them access to all kinds of magical artifacts though, including the Cloak of Duplication, which Nandor uses in various ways to try and woo a human receptionist at the gym he sometimes goes to.
Meanwhile, Nadja is accompanied by Colin and Laszlo as she visits a group of younger vampires who are rebelling against the control of the Council. Their attempts at negotiation fail, so Nadja exerts her control by killing the group’s leader, Wes, solidifying her new reputation as a no-nonsense leader.
12 “The Wellness Center” (Season 3, Episode 8) – 8.4
Continuing his season-long arc to find new meaning in his immortal life, “The Wellness Center” sees Nandor join a group of vampires led by an alluring woman named Jan, who claims she can cure people of their vampirism.
While he’s in the center’s clutches, Nandor undergoes many transformations that will supposedly cleanse him of his affliction, but Guillermo sees through the scam and journeys to retrieve him. The episode ends with Nandor back on Staten Island, though he’s not grateful to have been rescued.
11 “Ancestry” (Season 1, Episode 10) – 8.4
Guillermo has his roommates and his own DNA tested and discovers he is the direct descendant of the mythical Van Helsing family, known for hunting vampires. Throughout the episode, he keeps accidentally injuring Nandor and worries about becoming a vampire hunter.
Showcasing one of the show’s best relationships, Gregor, Nadja’s lover, who has been reincarnated as a man named Jeff, returns to visit her, but as in every previous life, he gets decapitated by Laszlo. The finale also has a hilarious cliffhanger after revealing Guillermo’s vampire-hunting ancestry when he accidentally pierces a wooden stake through the vampire’s portraits.
10 *”The Casino” (Season 3, Episode 4) – 8.5
Guillermo and the vampires travel to Atlantic City in “The Casino”, accompanying their human neighbors Sean and Charmaine, but the trip is complicated when the hotel’s cleaning staff dispose of the vampire’s ancestral soil, which they need to maintain their powers and be able to sleep.
The vampires are left to fend for themselves as they weaken, sending Guillermo on a mostly-offscreen quest to retrieve new soil for them all. While they wait, Colin upends Nandor’s worldview as he teaches him about the universe, and Nadja and Laszlo try all manner of schemes to get Sean out of debt.
9 “The Curse” (Season 2, Episode 4) – 8.6
Nandor receives a spam chain mail containing a “curse from Bloody Mary” ordering him to forward it to 10 other people. Thinking they’re cursed, the vampires take Colin’s help to find 10 suitable email addresses.
Meanwhile, Guillermo’s group of vampire hunters find what they think is a vampire residence where they find a family of vampires. The vampires attempt to eat everyone, but Guillermo manages to save most of them and run away, and they drive away in the van, horrified.
8 “A Farewell” (Season 3, Episode 9) – 8.6
Even with as seemingly straightforward an episode title as “A Farewell”, the penultimate installment of WWDITS season three is still completely surprising. Nandor prepares to enter a “Super Slumber”, Colin Robinson celebrates his one-hundredth birthday, and the house hosts a surprise party of vampires from the Old World.
This episode balances moments of emotional weight with the show’s trademark silliness, with drama and misunderstandings complicating the proceedings. It concludes with the apparent death of Colin Robinson, a shocking moment with a visual to match, which sets up many changes to follow.
7 “The Escape” (Season 3, Episode 6) – 8.6
An episode that proves the ways in which WWDITS season three is good, “The Escape” introduces new vampire lore as it sees the Sire, the original vampire, set on the loose. This could prove catastrophic for the vampires, as it’s rumored that if the Sire dies, they will all perish too.
Guillermo uses his vampire hunting abilities to lead a mission to track down the Sire, joined not only by the vampires but also a surprisingly alive (though somewhat changed) Baron. After the Sire is found, the entertaining episode ends with an unlikely trio, the Sire, Baron, and the hellhound settling down to live together in New Jersey.
6 “On the Run” (Season 2, Episode 6) – 8.7
Laszlo gets visited by Jim, a vampire he owes money. Jim demands Laszlo either repay his money or fight him in a duel, and Laszlo agrees to the latter. However, when Jim’s back is turned, Laszlo flees, all the way to Pennsylvania, where he assumes the identity of a bar owner, Jackie Daytona, a move which leads to some of the funniest Laszlo quotes in the show.
He becomes popular with the townspeople after getting involved in supporting the local women’s volleyball team, even hosting a fundraiser for them. Everything goes wrong, however, when Jim shows up. Laszlo, who becomes a more kind-hearted person from living his life as Jackie, gives Jim a gift to repay his debt and returns home after making Jim the team’s coach.
5 “The Portrait” (Season 3, Episode 10) – 8.7
As the vampires and Guillermo deal with Colin Robinson’s death, they pose for a new portrait, but their grief is not the only problem that they’re facing, as each housemate has their own issues and desires that would take them elsewhere.
The season three finale leaves fans with burning questions for season four, as not only is Colin Robinson revealed to be alive in a new form with Laszlo as his caretaker, but Nadja and Guillermo are last seen on the way to England, and Nandor is left to embark on his travels alone.
4 “Baron’s Night Out” (Season 1, Episode 6) – 8.8
When the Baron awakens from his slumber, he wishes to experience a night out in the town, much to the vampires’ displeasure, as they plan to kill the Baron, fearing for their own lives. The Baron becomes increasingly drunk when he drinks the blood of drunk humans, which leads to him bonding with the vampires.
After a night of misadventures, the vampires reach the house as dawn approaches, and the drunk Baron tries to dodge the sunlight coming through the attic. He falls down the stairs and is burned to death by the sunlight coming through the front door, which Guillermo had opened, much to everyone’s horror.
3 “Nouveau Théâtre des Vampires” (Season 2, Episode 10) – 8.8
In the season 2 finale, Guillermo suddenly disappears from the house, leaving only a note that says “Sorry”. Turns out, he had left because he feared his vampire hunting heritage was distracting him from his duties as a familiar. The vampires struggle to cope without him, as they have no one to dry clean their clothes.
However, their spirits are lifted when they’re are invited to the coveted Nouveau Théâtre des Vampires, the most exclusive event on the vampiric social calendar, which turns out to be a trap to capture the vampires. Guillermo, however, figures out it’s a trap and shows up to rescue them, slaughtering almost every vampire in the cast and the audience.
2 “Colin’s Promotion” (Season 2, Episode 5) – 9
After Colin Robinson is promoted to a management position in his office, he realizes his increased influence over his colleagues means he can drain more and more energy from them. At home, Nadja realizes her village was ransacked by Nandor 200 years before she was born, and attempts to kill him. Guillermo realizes Colin is using his new power to agitate his roommates and suck their energy.
Colin makes clones of himself, claiming they are his only friends, but his clones die from being bored too much. The vampires have a eulogy where they show genuine fondness for Colin, and he reveals he was faking his death. Colin’s office shuts down from the lack of productivity, and he gets a new job.
1 “The Trial” (Season 1, Episode 7) – 9.3
After the Baron’s death, the vampires are summoned by the Vampiric Council for the Baron’s murder. At the trial, Guillermo admits to accidentally killing the Baron, but they don’t believe him, thinking that Guillermo was lying to protect his master. When the Council debates eating Guillermo, Nandor confesses to the crime.
The Council sentences them to death by sunlight and they’re locked in a well. At dawn, however, Colin shields them from the sun with an umbrella, and Guillermo helps them escape. The episode features some truly hilarious cameos, including Tilda Swinton, Danny Trejo, and best of all, Wesley Snipes as a daywalker (a cheeky nod to Blade).
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