Misfits

E4 comedy drama following the adventures of a group of young offenders on community service who discover they have supernatural abilities

Genre:
Comedy Drama
Broadcast:
2009 - 2013  (E4)
Episodes:
37 (5 series)
Starring:
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Natasha O'Keeffe, Joe Gilgun, Karla Crome, Nathan McMullen, Matthew McNulty, Matt Stokoe, Shaun Dooley, Antonia Thomas, Lauren Socha, Iwan Rheon
Writers:
Howard Overman, Jon Brown
Production:
Clerkenwell Films

When five young outsiders on community service get caught in a strange storm they quickly discover that they have developed supernatural abilities. This comedy series shows the youngsters as they come to terms with their new powers. Used to being demonised by society, they grudgingly try to save their home town - while having to work around their curfews.

Party-girl Alisha discovers she can send people into a sexual frenzy with one touch; tough girl Kelly can hear people's thoughts; one-time sporting hero Curtis discovers he has the ability to rewind time; introverted loner Simon can turn invisible; and smart aleck Nathan seems to be well, totally unaffected.

Series 2: It's not just the ASBO Five who were affected by the storm. With the super-charged local townsfolk going the way of Gotham City, the gang face a whole new world of weird and wild characters.

And just who is the masked, hooded stranger who seems to be watching their every move? A force for good? An evil arch-nemesis intent on bringing about the gang's destruction? Or just another kid in a hoodie?

Series 3: The eight-episode third series introduces new character Rudy (replacing Nathan). The new kid on the block gets a rude awakening in his first few days of community service, learning that with the keys to the infamous locker comes a great deal of running and screaming and, in some instances, bloodletting. But that really is the least of his worries. More pressing is just how to keep his secret superpower, well, secret. And is it super? As in from the A-List?

The rest of the gang are also back with all-new powers. But just how did that trade off with Seth, the superpower dealer, go down? You would hope that at least one of them has a power approaching something halfway useful. You would hope...

Is Simon any closer to fulfilling his destiny as Superhoodie? And just where does he learn to do all that nifty parkour?

With Seth still trading powers, zombies on the loose, havoc being wreaked with events from the past and even more havoc being wreaked in the present, things haven't got any quieter for our gang...

Series 4: New girl Jess is zipping on the jumpsuit, she has X-ray vision. And - well actually that's it. Because Finn who also joins Jess, Rudy and Curtis in the locker room, he's telekinetic, but not in an A-list kind of way.

As Jess and Finn start their community service, it's not just litter they're picking up; it's bad vibes, body parts and power tools. And that's just the morning shift. With a six foot killer rabbit on the estate, a mysterious but easy-on-the-eye barman getting Jess a little shaken but not entirely stirred and all hell quite literally breaking loose with the arrival of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, it's time to power up. The future's bright. The future's still a dirty shade of orange.

Series 5: The new series - made up of 8 episodes - will be the last. It will mark the first anniversary of the storm and a support group forms on the estate for those people who find having a super power isn't all it's cracked up to be. Like... the ability to knit visions of the future, or to shag unwanted powers out of other people (you read that right) or to transform into a turtle. And as Dark Rudy likes to talk-slash-moan, it should come as no surprise that he is the first of our gang to start attending. And it's here that he sees a very different future facing the team - one which could change things forever.

Our Review: Misfits was a huge hit for E4 when it premiered in November 2009. A gripping, and at times laugh-out-loud funny comedy drama, the series blended together the best elements of programmes such as Heroes, Dead Set, No Heroics and Skins.

Writer Howard Overman has created a compelling world and, despite the somewhat outlandish nature of the series premise, weirdly it's a terribly realistic one. Sensibly, he avoids hardcore fantasy/sci-fi, rooting the show instead in reality, with much of the action - and the comedy - coming from the banter between the teens rather than their various abilities.

Misfits came back in late 2011 for another series, but had the uphill task of trying to get viewers to forget about Robert Sheehan. The actor - who so memorably played cheeky loud mouth Nathan - had left the show. However the character of Rudy, after a while, did seem to settle in nicely as the motormouth replacement.

However, fast forward to the forthcoming fifth series and not one of the original cast remains. Channel 4 have decided to give the show one more outing... but it would probably have been better to have ended it whilst the central characters were still around?