Misfits

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Grim antiheroes make addicting TV but terrible role models.
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Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Characters live in a dangerous and relatively depressing place, where violence -- and sometimes murder -- is a necessary evil. It's unclear whether they plan to use their powers to help people or hurt people, although teasers hint that at least one will choose the latter.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The "Misfits" are convicted delinquents who've committed crimes of varying degrees. One got caught with cocaine, another tried to burn someone's house down, a third was driving with a blood alcohol level four times over the legal limit, etc. Although they're assigned to community service, they blow off most of their assignments and bristle at any sign of authority. They also use drugs and alcohol regularly, and it's unclear whether they'll use their newfound powers for positive purposes.

Violence

Violence is dark and realistic, with bloody physical combat that results in death or serious injury. For example, a character kills a man by stomping repeatedly on his head.

Sex

Graphic depictions of sex, upper-body nudity, and references to masturbation and other explicit acts (including urinating on a woman's breasts). Sexually charged banter includes unbleeped terms like "c--t," "c--k," "cum face," "p---y," "panty sniffer," "ball sack," "twat," "d--k," "prick," "tits," and "dildo." One character's powers are exclusively sexual: Anyone who touches her becomes instantly and uncontrollably aroused.

Language

Characters frequently use unbleeped words like "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and "wanker," in addition to lots of sexually charged talk.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Most of the main characters smoke pot regularly and drink alcohol to get drunk. Some also use illegal drugs like cocaine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this imported dramedy (which originally aired in its native Britain) contains frank and often shocking depictions of sexual and violent acts, with unbleeped swearing, nudity, and blood. The main characters -- all of whom are convicted delinquents with a chip on their shoulder -- commonly use words like "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t," along with more descriptive terms like "ball sack," "p---y," and "panty sniffer." They also drink and use illegal drugs like pot and cocaine.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byZakle November 23, 2015

Good storytelling, bad role models.

This is not for children of any age. There are a lot of F words, vulgar jokes, and sexual scenes. At one point one of the characters, Alisha, simulates a blowjo... Continue reading
Adult Written byslasher23 August 16, 2014
Very strong language a sexual content
Teen, 13 years old Written byLtCentaur November 11, 2011

Misfits- Good For Older Teens, But Watch Out In Some Episodes

I am certainly below the normal age group for Misfits, but that doesn't mean it is not a great show. Misfits is a British comedy-drama about five youth do... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byanon123 March 9, 2012

Overt Sexuality Detracts from Great Plot

The show is great in my opinion. That is, the development of characters, the overall plot and premise, and amazing humor weaved into the hour long show. and tha... Continue reading

What's the story?

When a strange electrical storm strikes down five delinquent young people who've been sentenced to community service in a fictional London borough, they awake to discover that they have powers they don't fully understand. But the odd gifts that make them MISFITS might come in handy when evil forces attack their town.

Is it any good?

It's easy to see why Misfits pulled in a BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama in its native Britain; and, thanks to Hulu, it will undoubtedly expand its fan base here in the United States. Because in spite of what you might feel as a parent about the show's uncensored swearing and graphic sex, it's a genuinely gripping series with a compelling story, well-penned characters, and undeniable cinematic style. The only catch is, it's not for kids.

Of course, an American adaptation of Misfits is reportedly in the works at ABC (starring Emily Osment and Jason Earles of Hannah Montana fame, no less). But as it's set to air on network television, you can rest assured that the U.S. version will be an entirely different kind of show. Depending on the outcome, who knows? Older kids might even get to watch it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about traditional heroes (such as Superman) and antiheroes (such as X-Men's Wolverine) in popular media. What's the appeal of each type? Can an antihero still be heroic in spite of his or her imperfections?

  • How do British programs compare to American fare? If this series were to be adapted for American TV, what elements would have to change (especially in terms of language and sexual content)? Would toning down the show's graphic elements make it any less entertaining?

  • Does hearing so much unbleeped swearing dilute the impact of the iffy words? Are the show's writers pushing the envelope when it comes to language, or are the characters merely a reflection of the way real people talk?

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