I tend to wait a couple of episodes before discussing a new series. This is because I tend to find the first episode to often be an outlier in terms of the rest of the season, in that it is either preoccupied with set up or is stronger and punchier than future instalments. Either way, it is hard to judge where we will be by episode 4 from it.

When it comes to Crazyhead though, I just have to break the rule. This is largely because it already feels perfectly pitched, with little to no wobbles in the tone. I don’t think I can say anything about the first episode that will fundamentally change by its finale.

For the unaware, Crazyhead is about a Amy (Cara Theobold), a girl who can see people that are possessed by demons but who thinks she is suffering from a mental illness. That is until she meets fellow ‘seer’ Raquel (Susan Wokoma). Things get even more complicated when Amy’s best friend becomes one of the possessed.

Obviously, with its strong female leads and horror/action/comedy genre blending, it is only natural to see it as a successor to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was one of the true great TV programmes of my youth. Yet it also shares a tone and style with Misfits, which is unsurprising given that it is from the same mind. It certainly mirrors its oddly affecting moments, for instance, when Raquel is musing on her lack of social skills and friends with her brother.

What I also like about it is its attempt at having a long-term story arc in the style of Buffy by having a ‘big bad’, in this case a psychiatric doctor. There is a delicious scene between him and two fellow demons that I won’t spoil other than to say it blends the comedy and violence perfectly. Teaser for next week’s episode suggest this arc is only going to get stronger, whilst the complications for our heroines in all the other plotlines grow as well.

There is something so joyously fun about the show, even amongst both the touching and violent moments, that you feel a warmth from it. Teenage/early 20’s angst has been captured many times before, but this show puts a spin on it I love. Yes, it borrows from other shows, but so little is truly original on TV nowadays that even just a flicker of it is enough. In this case, we have an interesting portrayal of mental illness and how we define ‘crazy’. I don’t think I’m taking too big a risk in saying that this is going to be an enjoyable ride to the end.

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