December 11, 2013

Your Next Box Set: Misfits
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Your Next Box Set: Misfits

On the lookout for a new boxset to spend your evenings devouring? Each week, will be recommending a series that will have you wishing those cold nights would go on for a good while longer…

This week, we salute Misfits, which finishes after five glorious seaons tonight (December 11). Here's why it's worth investing in…


What it is?

The basic premise is this: a group of ne'er-do-wells begin their community service only to be swept up in an electrical storm that bizarrely lands them with super powers. From then on, they're caught up in a series of ever more dangerous adventures.


Who’s in it?

Various cast members have come and gone as the seasons have rolled on. Perhaps most famous is Robert Sheehan, who you'll have seen in this summer's teen blockbuster Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones. As well as Sheehan, there were also early roles for Iwan Rheon, now a regular on Games Of Thrones, Antonia Thomas, who has recently starred in Sunshine On Leith and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, who recently played a key role in Channel 4 drama Utopia.

More recently, the likes of Karla Crome, Natasha O'Keefe, Joseph Gilgun and British veteran Shaun Dooley have all joined the cast. 

Misfits E4

Why should I watch it?

Misfits is the perfect blend of sci-fi weirdness and laugh out loud comedy. Its take on the world of superheroes and their powers is refreshingly different and low-key.

Instead of super-strength or power of flight, we've seen characters possess powers that made their foes lose all their hair or make drawings come to life instantly. This feels as far away from the Marvel Universe as it's possible to get.

The show is superbly written, full of witty lines and the storylines never slip into staleness. Sci-fi and comedy are not normally such natural bedfellows, but Misfits is the perfect blend of the two.


Describe the show in three words…

Zany, but totally captivating. Sorry, that's four isn't it?


Misfits: Series Five is released on Monday (December 16).


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