Misfits Fits Right In 

Original British TV, not a remake

Misfits, which is now available on Hulu, is the tale of a group of five 20-something petty criminals sent to do community service. The miscreants are hit by lightning during a freak electrical storm, and slowly begin to realize that the blast of electricity gave them powers. Think the show Heroes, but better.

Each delinquent has a power that he or she doesn't necessarily want, but is a grand exaggeration of his or her personality or most heartfelt desire: the ability to turn back time, hear peoples' thoughts or become invisible.

It sounds like the plot of a comic book, and the show has its silly moments, but Misfits is incredibly smart. Classic British humor layered on quick-witted dialogue and dark storylines make for a show that's difficult to stop watching.

Misfits crossed the pond to America after thousands of illegal pirated versions found their way stateside. The show originally aired on E4, a UK channel known for its dry humor and American imports of shows like Friends, Glee and The Sopranos.

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