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Misfits (2009-)

In Amazing, Crime, feel good, Giggles, hilarious, out of this world, Recommendation, Review, series, supernatural on 01/07/2011 at 6:14 pm

Now this is what I call a highly original, frantically funny, utterly impossible and sometimes just a tad outrageously over-the-top supernatural spectacle. And it won a BAFTA for best drama series.

The basic idea of Misfits is this: five Asbos (for non-UK readers: that’s young offenders. Read: pesky, asocial, ill-behaved teenagers) get hit by a tremendous scary thunderstorm on their first day of Community Service. After that, the whole world goes funny and they’re all left with some sort of superpower – not all of these convenient ones, mind.

The best thing about this series is that, well it’s hilarious, but also it doesn’t follow the predictable narrative of the powers turning these kids into ‘better people’. Rather, it shows why these five young people are such misfits, without judging whether that’s good or bad. The teleportation, turning back time and and going invisible – to name some superpowers – just make it a very entertaining watch.

Well into its third season, Misfits doesn’t cease to charm the pants off you. Be sure to catch the 2011 mini-episode called ‘Vegas Baby’ explaining what Nathan, one of the first two seasons’ quintessential characters finally gets up to.

 

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