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America in Primetime

The Misfit (Season 1, Episode 3)
TV-PG
TV Episode | 54 min | Documentary

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...See moreThe 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 and The Addams Family showed a group of misfits trying to assimilate into the world around them but not really knowing how. Taxi 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 created a surreal world in which the already misfit group moved. Freaks and Geeks showed the angst faced by misfits in high school. And The Larry Sanders Show showed how celebrity misfits try to achieve that love that many misfits desire. More recent trends with misfits on American primetime television are the sense of narcissism that many misfits have, and that misfits are becoming the new "normal". Written by Huggo See less
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Editors
Scott Chestnut (edited by) | Igor Kovalik (edited by) | Jon Vesey (film editing by)
Status
Edit Released
Updated Oct 30, 2011

Release date
Nov 13, 2011 (United States)

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Rainn Wilson
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Larry Wilmore
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Greg Daniels
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Jason Alexander
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Mike Judge
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Alec Baldwin
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Ron Howard
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John Astin
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Judd Apatow
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Philip Rosenthal
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James L. Brooks
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Marilu Henner
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Danny DeVito
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Sue Naegle
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Shawn Ryan
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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Warren Littlefield
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Larry David
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David Lynch
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James Manos Jr.
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Matthew Weiner
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Diablo Cody
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David Chase
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Alan Ball
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Vince Gilligan
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Michael C. Hall
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Paul Feig
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Mitchell Hurwitz
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Garry Shandling
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George Meyer
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Jeffrey Tambor
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Alan Yentob
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7.9 / 10 | 41 votes