A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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