Misfits' U.S. Debut: The Supercharged Breakfast Club

Misfits S01E01 “Episode 1”

Over the years, we’ve gotten some pretty awesome imports from across the pond, haven’t we? Downton Abbey, Torchwood, Doctor Who, and now Misfits. Five young delinquents got caught in a freak lightening storm and suddenly developed superpowers. I know, I know, it sounds like Heroes. The thing that distinguishes Misfits from its American predecessor is that Misfits doesn’t suck.

The BAFTA award-winning series is gearing up for its fourth season on British television, but U.S. audiences can now start from the very beginning thanks to Viacom’s Logo TV network acquisition of the rights to air the series.

Assigned to a community service program for committing various crimes, Curtis, Kelly, Alisha, Simon, and Nathan embody the John Hughes archetypes and, like their Breakfast Club counterparts, started their first day of public service by mouthing off to their probation officer, Tony, and generally terrorizing and antagonizing one another. The group had barely begun to paint a cluster of weathered park benches when a violent storm, complete with baseball-sized chunks of hail (ouch) sent them running for cover. Cover which, unfortunately (and awesomely), they didn’t reach.

Admittedly, being struck by lightening sucks, but hey, SUPER POWERS.

Kelly, the “basket case,” was the first to notice her power. She realized, gradually, that she could hear the thoughts of people and animals as clearly as though they were spoken. It ended up being a total mood-killer during foreplay. Awkward. You ever see those fabulous Jenna Marbles videos? What Men/Women think of during sex? Yeah, it was a lot like that.

Next, the socially inept “brain,” Simon, showed up for the next day’s community service invisible. It’s a fitting power for him, considering everyone treated him as though he were invisible anyway, with smartass “criminal” Nathan implying that he was probably in the program for being a peeping Tom.

Try wannabe arsonist, Nate.

Nathan’s power was still undiscovered at the end of the pilot, so I hope it’s awesome. Nathan is kind of my favorite at the moment. I have a thing for fictional jerks, okay? Also, his mom is played by Michelle Fairley, a.k.a. Catelyn Stark over on Game of Thrones. She’s not the only GoT alum to make an appearance, either! Josef Altin, (Pypar!) met a gory ending as Gary, the non-superpowered misfit who was taking a smoke break in the restroom when the freak storm hit.

While our little troupe of troubled teens all appeared to come out of the storm with nifty superpowers, their probation counselor, Tony, didn’t fare as well. All he got was a case of the crazies—an out-of-control rage paired with a pathological need to kill all of the kids under his charge. He’s kind of like Principal Vernon and The Shining’s Jack Torrance combined, complete with a fondness for axe-murder. RIP Gary, we barely knew ye.

After conveniently confiscating everybody’s cell phone, Tony’s rampage began. Kelly fell next and a remorseful Curtis, the “athlete,” discovered his ability to turn back time. It’s another fitting power. Curtis wound up on the community service crew after being caught with cocaine, effectively destroying his once promising sports career and dashing his Olympic dreams.

Armed with the knowledge of Tony’s impending attack, Curtis rallied the team to GTFO and during a scuffle, “Princess” Alisha’s power was displayed—instant uncontrollable sexual arousal at her mere touch. Actually, that sounds like the worst superpower ever. Well, maybe not EVER. There was an Astonishing X-Men story a few years ago (“Gifted”? Maybe? It was during Joss Whedon’s run.) that hinged on the fabled “mutant cure” and there was a scene where one of the proponents of the drug pointed out that not every mutation is awesome. For every Kitty Pryde, there was another mutant who ended up with a duck beak instead of a mouth. And no, not a duck beak that shot lasers or anything, just a plain old duck beak. So, I guess if my choice was duck beak or bad touch, I’d just start wearing gloves all the time or something.

While Kelly managed to survive in Curtis’s new timeline, Tony, unfortunately, did not and the formerly divided team bonded over the shared experience of hiding a dead body. Well, TWO dead bodies. Gary got to stay dead. Poor Gary. But YAY TEAMWORK! The only thing that could have made things even better would have been Brainy Simon’s reading from an eloquently worded letter politely condemning the authority figure for making judgments about the kids based on their stereotypical outward appearances and reaffirming their new identities as a more enlightened Brat Pack 2.0.

Superpowered or not, the misfits still had to show up for community service the next day and were horrified to learn that their replacement was none other than Dead Tony’s fiancé. Awkward. It totally didn’t help that Nathan claimed Tony and Gary were having an affair and ran away—complete with pantomimed butt sex.

Oh, and she totally thinks that the kids had something to do with Tony’s disappearance.

Yay teamwork?

Misfits’ pilot raised a lot of questions and I’m definitely sticking around for some answers. I’m aware that a little Google-fu would easily answer quite a few of my thinky thoughts when it comes to this television veteran, but I’m going to let it all unfold organically, so humor me, please. Misfits is raunchy, darkly comedic, and sometimes, occasionally sweet.


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So tell me why this was basically the best show ever until season three? Why did everyone change their powers and then end up leaving or dying? It's stupid. They could have done so much more with this storyline than the first two seasons. I was very disappointed after season two. Does anyone else feel the same?
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I just finished watching the first three seasons on HULU. The introductory episode is a strong first episode and part of a strong first season. The characters and setting are unconventional without falling into the pit of British "whimsy" that I can stand (looking at you Doctor Who and Red Dwarf).



Things move along at a good pace, which is a necessity in British shows that have crazy short "seasons". There are only 6 episodes in the entire first season and you could fit all of seasons 1, 2 and 3 into a single season of a US or Canadian show.



The first episode does what it needs to do by getting everything set up and getting us interested in the characters and their lives and how they are going to handle these new powers. The mix of powers and the built in limits are interesting (albeit inconsistent over the 3 seasons). The killings, while a bit abrupt (we hardly knew you probation worker and anonymous hoodlum) also provide a common shared experience and problem which helps bond the rest of the main characters.



Of course, the first season of a show dealing with ordinary people who suddenly get super powers tends to be the easiest. Heroes had a great first year. The problem is after you've gotten through the introductory first season where do you go in a way that is realistic. Without getting into the details at this point, I think this show runs into some serious problems towards the end of season 2 and into season 3. But season 1 (and most of season 2) is great.

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I know "opinions" and all that but what have you got against red dwarf, one of our best comedies (imo)??
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You answer your own question when you call it "one of (y)our best comedies". Even though it spews mounds of crap, American television can do better than "Red Dwarf" in its sleep.
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i love misfits even with the absence of robert sheehan in season three and i find it absolutely innecessary to wait until a shows debut in the US to talk about it, sometimes there are good shows that need to be talked about and its not important where they're from , lost girl is also been recap here when the season ended earlier in the year
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When I first read the title...I thought "Oh-noh...U.S. hasn't learned anything from Skins US??? You can never remake a British show, because you can't even try to compete"...but then I realized it's the UK Misfits...and I'm totally surprised the US didn't broadcast this sooner!!! The show is amazing, not as amazing as Skins, but it's better than anything the US has to offer right now in the sc-fi department!!! These British young actors are major, and most of them are fairly new to the industry.
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I'm into season 2 and all I can think: how much of the frank nature is making it to US screens. Even on Logo.
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This article is what got me interested in this show and let me say this show was pretty banging. WAS because I can now understand why so many people do not like season 3. So far I've only seen the first episode of Season 3 and I think it was pretty lame. I hate what they did with it. Never in season 1 or 2 was I disappointed. But that first episode of season 3 was just blah.
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I take back what I said about Season 3. Finally finished watching the entire season and the season finale puts together everything from all 3 seasons. I loved it. The season finale made Season 3 good. It was awesome. But I think they should've ended the series with that finale. I don't know what they're going to do with Season 4 especially with my favorite couple gone =(.
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Series 4 and 5 are almost a separate show with the sake premise :(
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It is SO WEIRD to see people talking about this show as if it's a brand new series, when I watched, like many, season 3 last year... and I live in Canada!



Maybe TV.com should stop the old "let's wait 'til it shows up on US television before talking about a series" rule they always had going, cause, in these days and ages, where you can pretty much download anything from anywhere, it's just doesn't make sense.



BTW, for noobs: Season 2 is the best; however, season 3... let's just say we're losing way more than what we will gain from it. Frankly, as of right now, I expect nothing good from season 4 - hopefully, Overman and his team will really surprise me. In any case, enjoy the first two series, and, especially, the awesomess known as Nathan.
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I don't know. Season 3 had some great moments. Let's not forget the N*** ep and the C*********** z******. :-)
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All I'll say is it's fucking amazing! Hot boys, hot girls, superpowers and inappropriate jokes! What more could you want?
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love this show! ive seen all the episodes they have on hulu. thats where i found the show.
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Careful reader! There are lots of SPOILERS in the comments.

Come on, when you people see a post about a show airing the first episode of season one, do not talk about the amazing surprises of season 2 or whatever! Come on!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I think there are ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::SPOILERS ::::::::::::::::::::::::::: in the comment! Please...do not do that!
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I lol-ed when I saw this review. Nothing wrong with the review-I haven't even read it yet. I just found it so funny that the pilot of Misfits is being reviewed now, with season 4 months away.

Basically, I thought this was a really good, funny (and sometimes serious) show through two seasons. Then the third season was a bit weaker.

Good thing is: each season only has like 6 episodes, so it won't take anyone long to catch up.

Enjoy guys!
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*Yawn* been there, done that, I LOVE Misfits, I'm soooo not looking forward to the US version they plan on making... =/ One word: Skins.
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Why the US have to do their own (bad) version of every good show? Just watch the original like all the world does!
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I know right?
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This show is amazing! A friend over the pond recommended it to me! Am finishing S3. The writing, acting and directing is just amazing! No distracting big CGI here: it is all about the story!
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love the show. can't wait for season 4. glad it made it to US TV and glad it's being reviewed. Maybe you can catch up before Season 4.
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did love this show up until season 3, if it'd stayed with the cast/ characters originally penned then it'd still be in my top ten shows, season 3 just destroyed too much of the show i loved, so not sure how season 4 will go down with die-hard fans of the show, Nathan forever... doing the triple(luv it)
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The show is absolutely awesome, caught the 1st 3 seasons, waiting on the 4th. It just keeps getting better. I hope the north american audience appreciates it as much as I did. Bravo to the show, outstanding.
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This is a brilliant show that must remain untouched by American studios. Coming from an American..or rather, and man with common sense, this shouldn't be anything new. I'm just glad the writer recognizes the many dimensions of this fantastic show.
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Also as an American I absolutely agree with you 100 percent, I mean for effs sake unless it was on HBO or Showtime it could possibly, note the word possibly, be good. But if it was on a basic cable like NBC or FOX, DISASTER! Misfits without the crude humor and excessive foul language that we all know and love from Nathan, would be like Lost without the island, True blood without vampires, Breaking Bad without meth! Oh By the way if you guys want to see a surprisingly good American people with powers show check out "Alphas" which is about to start it;s 2nd season on the syfy channel
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Josh Schwartz, the man who created Chuck is writing a Pilot with the creator of the original, for an American Adaptation of Misfits, set to go into production late this year.
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Watched the first 3 seasons on Hulu and absolutely love it
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Fan forever!!! cannot wait for next series!!!
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I Love Misfits!

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Say what you want about Heroes, but I find it hard for any series to match Heroes' first season brilliance. Lost S1/S4, BSG S2, and Breaking Bad come pretty close, but I don't know... I can't remember the last time I felt so engaged with a show since Heroes' S1. So this here is a tall order. Of course, the rest of the seasons suck. My point is pick your fights carefully. I doubt even Misfits will approach Heroes' S1's greatness.
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I will say what I want about heroes. The first season was great, but it had NO follow through. How you could put that above BSG and BB is beyond me. BB and BSG both have superb follow through. Breaking Bad more so. And just a heads up, Misfits season 1, as well as its follow through, is by far better than heroes...great as its first season was. Having said that, enjoy.
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I loved this program, watched all 3 seasons. It's awkard and funny, and when I daydreamed about having superpowers, it never looked like this!

Nathan made me cringe and laugh at the same time, would never want to know anyone like him in real life. Simon was just weird and creepy.

For Kelly reading minds was a hugh let-down. Alisha's ability would proberbly be most young men's dream talent, definately something you needed a taste for. Curtis's time rewind was the most useful talent in episode one.



This show is on my "got to rewatch" list. Can't wait till season 4 starts

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This show is just weird but I still love it its very creative and original and some moments are just shocking.
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This is my favorite show of all time. That's all that needs to be said.
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I thought seasons 1 and 2 were intriguing and quite interesting, with Simon being my favorite character. Season 3 descended into crass adolescent humor, with one character looking for a girl before his penis fell off, or the other character using his "superpower" to masturbate as a woman and as a man. And that actress who plays Kelly is really bad. In one episode she switched supposedly bodies with a woman in a coma, but her acting, her gestures, her attitude, and especially her incomprehensible accent, remained exactly the same. Come on, switching bodies and behaving differently is sci-fi acting 101.
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actually kelly didn't switch the bodies it was the other woman atleast thts wht i understood during tht episode i agree with u tht simons the best character and u rite abt adolesent humor thing but there was also alot more than tht. some episodes were fantastic, for me it made the whole szn 3 fantastic
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Sorry, I didn't express myself correctly. Kelly and coma girl switched body, and the actress that plays Kelly was supposedly channeling another woman's mind/spirit/whatever. But she didn't change her acting at all, that is gestures, attitude, and incomprehensible accent. Such a terrible acting job. Glad she's gone.
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the nazi episode as brilliant



"where have you been?"

"just shootin nazis and kickin the s**t out of Hitler"
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The Nazi episode contains a huge plot hole. Kelly from occupied Nazi Britain gets the time-traveling powers originally possessed by the old Jewish man. She fixes the time line and comes back to the present, and everything is back to normal, that is our normal. But this is not her normal. She is still the girl who grew up under Nazi domination. In other words, a totally different character. But then she behaves like the same old Kelly from our reality. That doesn't make sense.
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Actually I disagree. Although there is a huge plot hole here it's not that. As you could see Kelly's memory change as the timelines righted themselves. It's the fact that she managed to travel all the way back to Nazi Germany when the time travel powers only allows the user to travel within their own timeline.
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Great show
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I loved it, funny as hell
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Yes, this series is awesome except for season 3 when it all fell kaboom into nothing. But season 1 and 2 are worht every minute.
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I saw the series online, AWESOME!

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I 've already seen the three season, this show is awesome!!! and very funny too!!! 100% recommended for those who loves syfy and black humor!



Echofan I agree with you, Simon's story is the best!
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I've loved Misfits since the beginning and it just gets better and better and I really love what happens with Simon's character (I won't spoil anything here). Can't wait to read your reviews, might actually re-watch them!
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loved it for years, cant wait for you to love it too
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I love Misfits! It's been on Hulu for ages. Seasons 1 and 2 were great, but I've been putting off watching 3 since the best character isn't in it.
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Sheehan was fantastic, no denying that. His replacement was very good in Season 3. Check it out.
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Oh, but that character's replacement is brilliant, give them a chance!
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I actually enjoyed season 3 the most despite the loss of many peoples (including me) favourite character because, and I'm trying to avoid spoilers, a certain persons power changed prventing the writers using it to 'cop out' like they did in a few episodes.
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I also didn't enjoy season 3 as much as 1&2, but I still watched. I'll give season 4 a chance when it comes around, even though supposedly only Curtis will be around. His most recent "power" caused some pretty interesting things to happen ^_^
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import: good

remake: bad



so yes: Misfits (UK) on US TV is good!



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Americans have been watching for years on Hulu. Great show, I highly recommend it!
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great show, can't wait for the next season...first few seasons are on hulu if you can't wait!
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I enjoyed the first two episodes, but in my opinion the show went downhill fast. I started to really dislike it after a while. By the time I stopped watching it, every episode was leaving a bad taste in my mouth. I don't recommend Misfits to anyone, but if it sounds interesting to you, I guess you should make up your own mind.



It's nothing at all like Heroes. It's so different that it's impossible to compare the two. In fact, the only reason I can think of why you might want to give this a try is that it's very different from everything on TV in the USA.
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What is it that you dislike about it?
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I didn't like the characters, their superpowers, the episode stories, the season stories, the acting, the directing,... I guess I disliked everything, except a few scenes here and there. Unfortunately I I can't explain what I didn't like about the story because I don't remember it well enough.
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Well here is the breakdown, Heroes is a show about people who develop superpowers that are useful and are out to save the world.



Misfits is about a bunch of young people who develop superpowers that are pretty useless most of the time. But these people are more out to save themselves and only save the world if they really have to. No they are more concerned about not wanting to use their powers, do their jobs, and get laid
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I personally think the characters and unique stories are what make the show great but I guess the world woulb be a boring place if we all liked the same things.
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i LOVE LOVE this show! It's been on Hulu for a while now - I love that they put up British shows for US audiences to watch!
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i love this show i can watch the first 2 seasons over and over and over. Are they airing this in america? if so when and what channel and will it be censored?
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I really love this show, and I so proud that for once you guys get some of our good exports! anyway I hope other Brits don't spoil it for you guys. I look forward to reading all your reviews and I can't WAIT until you get to season 3. Enjoy! :-D
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My all time favorite show!!!
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Curtis is the only original member left starting in Season 4. The girl who plays Kelly quit the show.
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i heard she got arrested
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She got fired due to some racist actions of her
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actually she quit the show before she was arrested.
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I just read it. It's kind of funny that she got sentenced to community service.
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Great show but you will be disappointed when you reach season 3..... you will know what i mean when you get there
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Glad you liked the show I actually loved it and can't wait to see season 4! You'll be pleased to know that Nate's power is indeed awesome but you won't actually know what it is until the end of the season. Enjoy!!
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Oh this show is amazing! It has been on air quite some time here in Europe, it's fantastic! Can't wait for season 4. But I can't believe Alisha and Kelly won't be back, however I know this show will stay amazing! Really good it's starting in America, they deserve it!
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To even mention the first series of Heroes (which was good) in the same breath is insulting to Misfits, it's the bomb, enjoy America, wish I could go back and watch it for the first time again.
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Great show ! this one is really something!!! and yeah heroes suck
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Just joined up now with "Misfits". The pilot was pretty intriguing. I will probably stick around for this show. Plus, I've always enjoyed the superpower premise.
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