The Gates is an ABC 2010 show, revolving around a rich suburban community and its... unique inhabitants.Police Officer Nick Monohan and his family have just moved from the Chicago to the titular suburban community of The Gates, hoping to escape from some bad memories. The community welcomes them with open arms, but it soon becomes obvious that there are several people in The Gates with secrets. The Radcliffs are a vampire couple trying to raise their adopted human daughter without endangering her with their lifestyle. Brett and several of his friends at the high school are werewolves. The local MD Peg and Spa owner Devon are both witches, but with very different motivations. However, they all live in the gates because it offers protection from the outside world, and would do anything to help their families.Its cancellation was announced in October 2010.
Anguished Declaration of Love: Brett to Andie in "What Lies Beneath", episode 1X02. Of course, taking into consideration the revelation about Andie later in the episode, it isn't Brett's fault.
Also, arguably, Nick. We know that he carried out a Vigilante Execution on a suspect and then lied to make it look like self defense. The fact that he lost his job implies that not everyone bought it. Notably though unlike most dirty cops, Nick isn't corrupt so much as a victim of his own Cowboy Cop personality.
Gray and Grey Morality: It's possible to make a case for any of the characters who have had enough screen time being the Woobie. But it could also be argued that they had bad intentions, and that their mistakes are unjustifiable.
Gut Feeling: Nick goes snooping around the Radcliffe's property at 3 AM because his "instincts" tell him there's "something going on" with them. The fact that he was right is irrelevant.
Not Using the V Word: While the word succubus is used freely, the vampires and werewolves never get called that. Even when asked directly.
Nick:What are you?!
Dylan: You know what I am.
Averted later, with the word vampire thrown around with wild abandon. They still tend to refer to themselves as "our people," though.
Particularly, it's usually the vampires that do so and often with some reluctant. Nick seems more comfortable keeping that little bit of difference and Dylan seems trying very hard to be normal. It seems as much the uncomfortable nature of talking about it casually, the danger of untrustworthy people knowing, and that most people in The Gates being Muggles that makes everyone talk about what they are in roundabout ways. The better to hide it as a more innocuous conversation.
Devon is perhaps the notable exception as she seems to go out of her way to be catty with everyone that wrongs her or that she considers a threat of some sort. Everyone else she seems to consider useful and just manipulates them.