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What's Streaming: MISFITS: Great and never forgotten

Before there was “The Umbrella Academy,” before the onslaught of superhero shows like “Legend,” “Cloak and Dagger,” or the Netflix-inspired Marvel series, before the Marvel Cinematic Universe (yes, that’s a thing) had grown into a massive multi-movie crossover, there was the BBC production of “The Misfits.” Yep, the show is now 10 years old, and it’s still available on Hulu.

When “Iron Man” (the first movie of the MCU) was just starting to wow audiences, “The Misfits” filled the gap of dysfunctional teenage viewers by giving them a group of unlikely individuals they can relate with. “The Misfits” dealt with issues such as virginity, drug use, homelessness, relationships and antisocial behaviors, but with the added element of awkward powers.

For many, this show is one of the original streaming shows to look out for on Hulu. “The Misfits” broke ground for direction — with cinematography that used background blurs — and also for using a wildly popular modern rock and pop music soundtrack. There is romance, love and death in the storylines and just the right amount of angst.

If you’re a fan of the show and it’s been a while, it’s worth a re-watch. And if you haven’t seen or heard of “The Misfits,” this is a show that you surely will enjoy. It’s crass and young-adult driven with plenty of sex, nudity, foul language and bizarre subject matter. It is one of the better shows that grew over time in five seasons, with six episodes on the first season and ending with eight by the final fifth season.

The premise is that during a freak storm, with hail the size of small boulders, a group of adolescents serving detention for their criminal pasts at the local community center gain strange powers. The powers range from trivial and ridiculous to mind-bogglingly powerful, but most of them are somewhere in between.

Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) can travel backward in time, he just doesn’t know how to control it. Simon (Iwan Rheon who just completed playing Mick Mod of Motley Crew on the Netflix original “The Dirt”) has the ability to be invisible, but that’s not where it ends.

There is intrigue with the constant threat of an ever-growing body count. There will be more twists and turns and awkward situations than you can shake a stick at. And you will laugh out loud (or LOL as the kids say) a hundred times even when you re-watch.

Kelly (Laura Socha) reads minds at close range. Alisha (Antonia Thomas) can overload anyone’s sexual drive with just a touch, but they never remember the moment. Nathan (played by the hysterical Robert Sheehan) doesn’t know what his powers are, and when they are revealed, he takes complete advantage of them.

The characters must learn to harness their powers, but they are not alone. The storm also impacted others who they’ll have to cross paths with. From being able to change your age to violent powerful rages to making others bald with a touch, the main characters have their hands full. Even Nathan’s mother, who threw him out of the house, has a boyfriend who haunts the neighborhood naked in a trance while acting like a dog.

Over the course of 37 episodes, the main characters change, and a whole new group with distinctively odd powers serve out their detention at the community center.

The high-energy, witty scoundrel Nathan is replaced by the equally talented and energetic Rudy (played by Joseph Gilgun who is currently playing a hard-drinking vampire on AMC’s “Preacher”), whose ability is to reproduce a replica of himself that he treats like a brother.

There is intrigue with the constant threat of an ever-growing body count. There will be more twists and turns and awkward situations than you can shake a stick at. And you will laugh out loud (or LOL as the kids say) a hundred times even when you re-watch. Its inappropriate humor is mixed with touching moments give the show such heart despite the revolving door of characters. “The Misfits” is a great show and should never be forgotten. Give it a chance on Hulu now.

To reach Brian Fitz-Gerald email him at bfitz-gerald@rosebudmedia.com.

The original five. (via Google)
Rudy joins the gang of misfits.