Misfits is a British science fiction drama television show about a group of young offenders sentenced to work in a community service programme, where they obtain supernatural powersafter a strange electrical storm. The first series started broadcasting on 12 November 2009 on E4, and was produced by Clerkenwell Films. The show aired in Australia in 2010 on ABC2, and in New Zealand, it screens on FOUR, where its third season is currently running. In June 2011, it was made available online in the United States via Hulu, where it became one of the service's most-watched series.
Recording for the second series began on 24 May 2010, next to Southmere Lake, Thamesmead, Bexley, Southeast London. The second series aired from 11 November 2010 to 16 December 2010 on E4. A Christmas special, written by Howard Overman, featuring the whole main cast of the first series was broadcast on E4 in December 2010. The first series won the 2010 BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama Series. The third series began airing on 30 October 2011, and ended on 18 December 2011. The show has since been renewed for a fourth series expected to premiere during late 2012.
Misfits focuses on five young offenders who are on community service who gain special abilities after being involved in a storm. Robert Sheehan, Iwan Rheon, Lauren Socha, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Antonia Thomas are introduced as Nathan Young, Simon Bellamy, Kelly Bailey, Curtis Donovan and Alisha Bailey respectively. Sheehan left the series after the second series, being replaced by Joe Gilgun as Rudy Wade. After the third series it was announced Rheon, Thomas and Socha had left their roles and would be replaced by new characters.
An exclusive short film, "Vegas Baby!"', premiered on E4's official website on 15 September 2011, focusing on Nathan's departure. The third series began airing on 30 October 2011 on E4. It introduced new character Rudy (Joe Gilgun) and was eight episodes long. Unlike the first two seasons, Howard Overman did not write all the episodes, instead writing six of the eight with Jon Brown writing the other two.
On 7 March 2012, it was announced that, in a deal between Clerkenwell Films and Fake Empire, Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, The OC) has co-written an American pilot of Misfits with Howard Overman. Production is anticipated in 2012/early 2013.
On 16 December 2011, Digital Spy revealed that the show was renewed for a fourth series. A few days later, it was revealed that series stars Antonia Thomas and Iwan Rheon would not be returning in the fourth series.
On 1 March 2012, Den of Geek stated that three new characters will be coming to Misfits for the fourth season. A casting call went out for: "... Jess is a kind of female version of Larry David – smart and articulate, She’s the person who will say the un-sayable, the person who’ll question social norms and etiquette. Jess hates people who bullshit and lie to her. ... Finn has a childlike naively optimistic view of life, he’s always eager to please and enthusiastic about life. Finn talks a lot and often uses this to try and talk himself out of difficult or awkward situations. He is very funny. ... Alex is the sexiest guy on the estate. He is super good looking, all the girls fancy him but for some reason he is very standoffish, he doesn’t seem interested in girls. Everyone reads this as being extremely suspicious and suspect it’s power related."
On 2 May 2012, Lauren Socha who plays Kelly, was sentenced to a four month jail term, suspended for one year after she admitted to racially aggravated assault against a taxi driver in 2011. Like her on screen character she must also carry out 80 hours of community service. The following day on 3 May 2012, Channel 4 announced that Lauren would not be returning to series 4 of Misfits, but this was by mutual decision before the series went into production and had nothing to do with her recent conviction.
On 16 May 2012, ScreenTerrier announced that 23 year-old Actress Karla Crome (who will soon star in Sky1's new drama, Hit and Miss) stars as Jess and that Nathan McMullen will join the cast as Finn. They also confirmed that the show is currently in production and that Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Joseph Gilgun's characters will return for series 4 which is set to air late in 2012. As well as this, they stated that Nirpal Bhogal (who recently directed Bristish Urban film, Sket) will be directing the show's fourth series
British reviews have been very positive. The Times gave it four out of five stars, calling it "a new union — salty British street humour with whizz-bang special effects" which should "keep E4's core audience happy". An online review byThe Guardian said that it was "confident enough to operate in its own universe and set up something new" and that it was aimed at showing us "real people" rather than the stereotype of the "ASBO teenager". The Guardian's print reviewer was also enthusiastic, saying: "Misfits is indeed silly — sillier, even, than it sounds — but it's also brilliant: sharp, funny, dark and, in places, quite chilling.
Both the writing and the performances ensure that everything but the preposterous central premise remains entirely believable." The Daily Telegraph drew special attention to Howard Overman's script which, it said, "sparkled from the off, introducing his posse of social outcasts as a bunch of total losers, but each one distinctively and memorably so."
The Irish media have also been impressed with the show. The Evening Herald called the debut episode "dark, hilarious, exciting and beautifully produced". It went on to say that "the spark comes from Overman's razor-sharp script, yet a lot of the credit also has to go to the well-chosen young cast, who are uniformly superb."