You think Downton Abbey is all that quality British TV has to offer? Think again: Another British import, Misfits, is now available on DVD. Thanks to this availability, US audiences now have the chance to see a very different -- but just as good -- segment of British television.Misfits
is the not-even-a-little-bit-heartwarming-and-proud-of-it story of five juvenile delinquents who develop superpowers after getting struck by lightning. Typically, you would expect the five -- Kelly, Nathan, Curtis, Alisha and Simon -- to gain morals and heroism while making the world a better place.
Not so much.
The only "world improvement" we see throughout most of Misfits
is court-mandated community service. Instead, the kids use their new powers to enhance their everyday lives of drinking, sex and other morally ambiguous activities. Sure, they might save the day every once in awhile, but that wouldn't be as much fun. And fun is at the heart of Misfits
Until recently, American viewers anxious to get a peek at Misfits
had only limited options. Hulu
first acquired the US rights to the program, airing all three seasons on the Internet. The cable network, Logo, began airing the show's first season this July. But these tastes of Misfits
are likely to only make you want more.
That's where the Misfits
season 1 DVDs come in.
Having the chance to watch Misfits
without commercials is only the first bonus available to the DVD viewer (although it is definitely a big bonus -- even on Hulu advertising is an irritation). Other bonuses, however, are even more fun and are not otherwise available.
The DVDs have those bonuses. You can watch interviews with the cast and short features detailing some of the more interesting aspects of Misfits
production. There's also one extra feature that's small bit of comedy gold: "Simon's Films." These four short videos give us a look at oft-hidden worlds revealed by Simon's ever-present camera. With tin hats and self-inflicted drowning in buckets, prepare to laugh a lot while watching them.
There's also a coupon in the DVD set that you can send away for a free Misfits
t-shirt. Free t-shirts are a good thing.WARNING: While all of the special features on the DVDs may contain minor Misfits spoilers, the featurette titled "Roof Scene" gives away huge secrets from the season 1 finale. Watch at your own peril...
One thing to keep in mind as you rush out to buy Misfits
season 1: This is not the most family-friendly program. Extensive partying, strong language, sex scenes and a decided lack of capes or tights mean that little kids are most definitely not
the target audience. You need to be sure you can handle some bad behavior if you want to enjoy the filthy, hilarious pleasures of Misfits
is no Downton Abbey
. In fact, it's pretty much the opposite of Downton Abbey
in all ways but one: Misfits
is an excellent show. And the DVDs are a great way to find that out.(Images courtesy of BBC)