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MISFITS Sam (Bridget Everett) returns home to Kansas after the death of her sister and finds solace with other outsiders like Joel (Jeff Hiller), in Somebody Somewhere, a dramedy streaming on HBO Max. - PHOTO COURTESY OF DUPLASS BROTHERS PRODUCTIONS
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  • MISFITS Sam (Bridget Everett) returns home to Kansas after the death of her sister and finds solace with other outsiders like Joel (Jeff Hiller), in Somebody Somewhere, a dramedy streaming on HBO Max.

What's it rated? TV-MA

When? 2022

Where's it showing? HBO Max

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This may be my favorite new series out there. Charming and funny, this story of small-town America and prodigal daughter Sam (Bridget Everett) is both joyous and tear-jerking. Sam works in a job she doesn't feel any passion for but also doesn't want to lose, sleeping on the couch in a home inhabited by her family still living in the wake of her sister's death and not doing it very well. Worse still, Sam can't seem to make a true connection with friends.

When coworker and forgotten childhood classmate Joel (Jeff Hiller) convinces her to attend a church service, Sam realizes that this "church" is actually a home for a lot of people who feel like misfits and "others," and a place where she can finally find her voice again after many years' hiatus from her passion, singing.

Everett is wonderful in this role—complicated and super funny and a total treat to watch. I love Hiller as Joel as well, and their dynamic as friends is especially endearing. These are quick episodes, and while I admit I always wanted more at the end, it wraps up its first season in a wonderful way. If you have HBO Max, be sure to check out this slice-of-life comedy that keeps it real and will certainly touch your heart. (eight 30-minute episodes) Δ

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