America in Primetime: Season 1, Episode 3

The Misfit (13 Nov. 2011)

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The character of the misfit has long been a staple in American primetime television, especially in comedies, whose inherent nature is to pick on the odd. The audience often roots for the ... See full summary »

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The character of the misfit has long been a staple in American primetime television, especially in comedies, whose inherent nature is to pick on the odd. The audience often roots for the misfit when he doesn't crumble under the scrutiny of what are considered normal social circumstances. Shows like The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) and The Addams Family (1964) showed a group of misfits trying to assimilate into the world around them but not really knowing how. Taxi (1978) had the extra dimensions of having the group trying to cope in their world while adding the mean character - in this case, Louie de Palma - into the mix. _"Seinfeld" (1990)_ turned the concept around by having the misfits existing on their own terms. Twin Peaks (1990) created a surreal world in which the already misfit group moved. Freaks and Geeks (1999) showed the angst faced by misfits in high school. And The Larry Sanders Show (1992) showed how celebrity misfits try to achieve that love that many misfits desire. ... Written by Huggo

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The Misfit: An amazing portrayal
14 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"America in Primetime: The Misfit" is an outstanding representation of how oddball and often socially-awkward characters play important roles in the wonderful world of television. Through interviews from writers, actors, and directors alike who create and take on these characters, a broad understanding is achieved on how we, the viewer, are affected personally by these abnormalities, and how they connect and relate to us in so many unrealized ways.

Throughout the program, you will revisit old and new show alike, and get to experience what the "makers behind the magic" felt and dealt with to obtain such interestingly strange yet beautiful creations as "misfits".


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