5 Reasons to Watch Real Humans

Imagine if you owned a friendly, lifelike robot who could help you wash your dishes, vacuum your floors, and take care of your kids. It would make life simpler, right? That was the idea behind the Hubots, a form of eerily human-looking android that has been integrated into everyday society in the acclaimed Swedish series Real Humans. The Hubots were meant to make life easier—but of course they just confuse the regular order. These complications affect both the Hubots’ human owners, whose worlds are irrevocably changed by the introduction of the perfect-skinned, blue-eyed bots, and the droids themselves, who end up longing for personal freedom.

Real Humans premieres this Saturday, November 8 at 10e 7p, before moving to its regular timeslot on Wednesday, November 12 at 9e 6p. Here are five reasons you should check it out.

1. It’s gorgeous


This isn’t murky, underworld sci-fi. This is shimmery, cinematic TV. The Hubots themselves are very attractive—more on that in #4—but they’re not the only pretty things about this meticulously art-directed series. Your eyes will want to eat this whole show.

2. It’s creepy


Robots that look so much like people it’s hard to tell the breathers from the bots—except the machines look just a little too perfect. In this case, it’s the robots’ normalcy that makes them freaky.

3. It’s smart


Good sci-fi is smart sci-fi—and Real Humans has plenty by way of brains. (Even the Hubots are too smart for their own suffocating, limited place in the world.) In addition to providing some addictive drama, the series will unpack a whole bunch of heady questions. Like: what does it mean to be human, really? You know, straightforward stuff like that.

4. It’s Human


In addition to its intriguing sci-fi premise, Real Humans offers some powerful—and often humorous—human stories. Hubots are often used as sex toys—sentient, talking, emotional sex toys. Turns out dating a robot is even more nuanced and messy than dating a human!

5. It’s getting an American remake


A guaranteed sign a foreign show is good: Americans want it for their own. An English-language version of the series is slated to premiere sometime in 2015, but all the cool kids are watching the original first.