Spaced

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 7

    Leaves

    Aired 4/13/01

  • S 2 : Ep 6

    Dissolution

    Aired 4/6/01

  • S 2 : Ep 5

    Gone

    Aired 3/30/01

  • S 2 : Ep 4

    Help

    Aired 3/23/01

  • S 2 : Ep 3

    Mettle

    Aired 3/9/01

  • Cast & Crew
  • Simon Pegg

    Tim Bisley

  • Nick Frost

    Mike Watt

  • Mark Heap

    Brian Topp

  • Jessica Hynes

    Daisy Steiner

  • Julia Deakin

    Marsha Klein

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  • show Description
  • Spaced is a sitcom like no other. The premise is simple enough: Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) and Tim (Simon Pegg) are out of luck and love, so pretend to be a couple in order to rent a flat together. Downstairs neighbour and eccentric painter Brian suspects someone's fibbing, and almost blows their cover with their lecherous lush of a landlady, Marsha. Fortunately he soon falls for Daisy's health-freak friend Twist, while Daisy herself goes ga-ga for pet dog Colin. Tim remains happily platonic with lifemate Mike; a sweet-at-heart guns 'n' ammo obsessive. The series is chock-full of pop culture references. In fact, each episode is themed after at least one movie, with nods to The Shining and Close Encounters of the Third Kind proving especially hilarious. Hardly five minutes goes by without a Star Wars reference, and every second of screen time from Bill Bailey as owner of the comic shop where Tim works is comedic gold. The look of the series is its other outstanding element, with slam-zooms, dizzying montages, and inspired lighting effects (often paying homage to the Evil Dead movies). It's an affectionate fantasy on the life of the twenty-something that's uncomfortably close to the truth. The second series finds the gang at 23 Meteor Street a little older, but definitely none the wiser. Tim's career is hampered by severe hang-ups over The Phantom Menace. Daisy's career is just plain non-existent. There is still a spark of sexual tension between them, but it's overshadowed by Brian and Twist getting it on. Propelling the seven-episode series arc is the threat of Marsha discovering that none of the relationships are what they seem, Mike's increasing jealousy and a new love interest for Tim. That's the basis for a never-ending stream of in-jokes and references that easily match the quality of the first series. Tim has a Return of the Jedi flashback, then déjà vu in reliving the end of The Empire Strikes Back. There are spoofs of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Robocop, The Sixth Sense and comedy rival The Royle Family. There are guest spots from Bill Bailey, Peter (voice of Darth Maul) Serafinowicz and The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith. Every episode is packed with highlights, but this series' guaranteed geek pant-wetting moments have to be the mock gun battles, slagging off Babylon 5 and learning that "The second rule of Robot Club is: no smoking." If you loved Shaun Of The Dead you'll love this.moreless

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  • Quotes (57)

    • Sarah: (with a confused expression) Daisy? Who's Daisy? Tim: She's a girl I'm moving in with. Sarah: What do you mean? When did you meet her? Tim: About two weeks ago. Sarah: And you're about to move in with her? Tim: Well, yeah, yeah, you've got absolutely no right to be upset. OK. You're the one who ended this, you're the one seeing someone else. You know, I've got to get on with my own life and I'm sorry if that upsets you, but that's just the way it is. You can't dangle the bogus carrot of possible reconciliation in front of my face whilst ..whilst riding some other donkey. I'm moving on, Sarah. If you don't like that, that's too bad.

    • Marsha: You can move in when you're ready. Daisy: Really? Marsha: Yea. Daisy: Don't you want to see our photos?

    • Tim: You are scared of mice and spiders. But oh so much greater is your fear that one day the two species will crossbreed to form an all-powerful race of mice-spiders who will immobilise human beings in giant webs in order to steal cheese.

    • Tim: Look, modern Science Fiction can be pretty interesting. The thoughts and speculations of our contemporary authors and thinkers have probably never been closer to the truth.

    • Daisy: You were born in Highgate to John and Julia Bisley on the 17th September 1974. Tim: Right. Daisy: You've got a little sister called Katie, who once used all your Batman comics to decorate her cardboard car. Unable to salvage the comics you drove the car into the pond, hitting your head on the concrete fountain. Which is where you got your scar. Erm, you've got a best friend called Mike, who's a weapons expert. Tim: Er, yeah. Daisy: You have a potentially deadly allergy to Brazil nuts. Tim: Yes, I have no memory of Christmas 1979. Mind you I have no memory of Christmas 1994 either. Daisy: Oh. Why not? Tim: Dunno.

    • Daisy: (crying) I can't do this anymore! Tim: Don't...Whoa there, Pickle.

    • Tim: Hi Daisy: Hi Tim: How's it going? Daisy: Same as always Tim: That bad, huh? Daisy: (Sighs)

    • Tim: (to Daisy) Skip to the end.

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    Notes (10)

    • In 2007, Jessica officially switched to using her married name as her professional name, though she was still 'Stevenson' when she made Spaced.

    • In all credits for seasons one and two, as well as all official press relaeases and press packs, Ada the dog's name is spelled incorrectly, as Aida.

    • Recurring guest star Peter Serafinowicz provided the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace.

    • The code names given to the 'rescuers' are : Tim - Han Mike - Luke Brian - Chewy Daisy - Leia Twist - Jabba

    • The end credits are all given to 'club' names. Some of them are: Jessica Stevenson = Jazzy Jess Simon Pegg = The Fresh Pegg Katy Carmichael = K.T. Carmichael Julia Deakin = Julia D*Kin Mark Heap = Mark Heap O' Trouble Nick Frost = Cutmaster Frost Edgar Wright = Edgar Wright Here Wright Now

    • When filming the scene where Brian falls backwards and puts the video tape into the machine, actor Mark Heap banged his head hard on the prop TV.

    • While shooting the scene where Tim has a meltdown in the kitchen, Simon Pegg was electrocuted by the toaster. This out-take is included on the UK DVD of Spaced.

    • Actor Tim Sampson, who plays the role of 'Chief' during Daisy's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest experience, is the son of Will Sampson, who played the equivalent role in the original film. Tim was playing the part originated by his father in a stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest when the Spaced episode was being cast.

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    Trivia (25)

    • The band Tim designed an album cover for is called "God's Third Leg" - they were a real band featuring Simon Pegg on drums.

    • The newpaper advert for the flat read: NW5, spacious two bedroom apartment, fully furnished, £90pw. Professional couple only. 0171-405 0763

    • The song that plays over the montage as Daisy and Tim meet in the diner/coffee shop is 'Getting to Know You' from the 1956 film The King and I

    • In the sequence with the strange twins, the still images of Daisy and Tim are taken from episode 4 of series one.

    • Daisy sings along to Prefab Sprout's 'The King of Rock and Roll' and gets the words wrong singing: 'Alma cookies' rather than 'Albuquerque'.

    • Tim is playing Resident Evil 2 on play station, however for one scene the character Leon shoots a pistol with the sound effect of a shotgun preceded by the sound of a shotgun shell falling and cocking of a shotgun

    • In this episode, Simon Pegg is seen playing a video game where cops are killing zombies. On top of it being the inspiration for the movie Shaun of the Dead, the idea of cops with attitudes is the inspiration for Pegg/ Frost's Hot Fuzz movie.

    • This episode was the key inspiration for Shaun of the Dead, a movie starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright (main director of the series), and directed by Wright.

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    Allusions (75)

    • Tim: Hi Daisy: Hi Tim: How's it going? Daisy: Same as always Tim: That bad, huh? Daisy: (Sighs) This dialogue has been lifted from an exchange Luke Skywalker and Han Solo have in The Return of the Jedi

    • After they move into the flat Daisy looks in Tim's room and sees a massive box. As she creeps towards it music from 2001: A Space Odyssey plays. This is a reference to the the black monolith from the film.

    • Daisy: You’re not one of those sci-fi nerds are you? You don’t spend your evenings on the Internet discussing symbolism in the “X-files” do you? The X-files was a sci-phenomenon back in its day, and still is in the 00’s. Following the travels of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, as they encounter many unexplainable occurrences, it ran for nine seasons. And it was considered to have shaped most science fictions TV shows today, a prime example being Supernatural, a CW programme with a similar backdrop.

    • Daisy and Richard's pet names for each other are 'Daisy Duke' and 'Boss Hogg', which are characters from 'The Dukes of Hazzard'.

    • Whilst Tim and Daisy insist they were always Freddie and Daphne when playing Scooby-Doo, their clothing suggests they are now more like Shaggy and Velma.

    • When Tim and Daisy open the closet, there are two VERY creepy little twin girls in there. They look a lot like the twin girls from the Shining.

    • Tim & Daisy: When Tim & Daisy are faking their holiday photographs this is an allusion to the film "Green Card". This is the first of the many many pop culture references made throughout the course of the show.

    • Tim & Daisy: References to Tim's object of fantasy while pleasuring himself
      Gillian Anderson, among sci-fi fans, is one of the hottest women. And before Jeri Ryan came into the picture in 1997, she was voted hottest woman in sci-fi on numerous sci-fi magazines.

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  • Fan Reviews (27)
  • SO RILEVANT!

    By kikkapi, Aug 19, 2014

  • A quirky little British sit-com which perfectly captured the lives of London's twenty-somethings at the turn of the millennium and evolved into "Shaun of the Dead".

    By cgyford, Apr 08, 2011

  • This is the story of two friends, Tim and Daisy who have to pretend to be a profesional couple in order to get a flat wich they both desperately need. They are soon plunged into a world of rediculous adventures that will blow your mind.

    By Demonslayer4257, Apr 08, 2009

  • The absolutely best show ever!!! This classic UK sitcom should be studyed as a basis on how a sitcom should be done. God help us now that the Yanks have got there hands on it.

    By markh1966, Apr 03, 2008

  • Just recently found this gem. Funniest sit-com I have ever seen... ever

    By elahoda, Jan 01, 2008

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