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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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      Having just watched this series again, I am prepared to say that "Spaced" is definitely one of the greatest comedy shows EVER!

      Funny, striking, imaginative, clever, compassionate, sarcastic, inventive, etc, etc, etc. You get the impression that co-stars and co-writers, Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, just cannot write a boring line of dialogue or envisage a predictable scene. Using its "nothing new" premise (mismatched couple pretend to be romantically entangled to find a place to live), this show twists and turns its way off into many brilliant and original directions, while never failing to provide the required belly laughs along the way.

      It uses movie in-jokes and references in a way that would make Tarantino envious, and the hipness of its execution makes it both a show that, paradoxically, is of the moment but is also certain to be talked about in ten or twenty years from now.

      The cast are all first-rate: Pegg and Stevenson manage to be both madcap and touching, and are backed up by a sterling supporting cast of fresh and exciting talent. Julia Deakin as Marsha, the flirtatious middle-aged landlady and Mark Heap as the pretentious but vulnerable artist from hell, Brian, make a hilarious double act; Nick Frost is a real find as military mad Mike; and Katy Carmichael as the initially snobby Twist manages to be dotty without turning up the annoyance factor.

      Even the guest appearances are great. My two personal favourites are Michael Smiley as the chemically enhanced Tyres O'Flaherty, a non-stop raver who even dances to the ringing of a telephone; and the excellent Charles Dale (II), who is usually cast as the heavy, but gives a marvellous comic performance here as the "yes man" security guard who helps our bumbling heroes rescue their beloved pooch, Colin, from an evil freelance vivisectionist!

      Credit must also be given to director Edgar Wright who has created a unique and vivid look to the show, enhancing the script's wired look at the banalities of everyday life with his brilliant use of camera movement, lighting, cross-cutting, flashbacks, etc. Even if it wasn't funny (which it most emphatically is), "Spaced" would get top marks for being the best looking show on the box.

      I could go on, but "Spaced" is a comedy that needs to be seen to be believed, and then seen again...

    • 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".

      English comedian Simon Pegg ("Big Train" & "Is It Bill Bailey?"), actress Jessica Stevenson ("Mash and Peas" & "Armstrong and Miller") and director Edgar Wright ("Mash and Peas" & "Is It Bill Bailey?") reunite under the auspices of Big Talk producer Nira Park for this surreal sit-com which won two British Comedy Awards as well as BAFTA and Emmy nominations.

      In the series twenty-somethings Tim Bisley (Simon Pegg) and Daisy Steiner (Jessica Stevenson) pose as a young professional couple in order to rent a cheap flat in Tufnell Park, London owned by landlady, Marsha Klein (Julia Deakin) initiating a series of increasingly surreal adventures with fellow resident Brian Topp (Mark Heap) and friends Mike Watt (Nick Frost) and Twist Morgan (Katy Carmichael).

      British Comedy Award-nominated Simon Pegg and double British Comedy Award-winning Jessica Stevenson have a great chemistry and pitch perfect timing as the leading couple, whilst Pegg's flat mate Nick Frost puts in an superb performance at the head of a supporting cast that includes Julia Deakin, Mark Heap and Katy Carmichael as well as a heap of familiar British comedy guest stars.

      Season one starts strongly and proceeds apace with some hilarious episodes that see Tim dealing with his heartbreak, through pastiche and parody that perfectly captures the emotions of its erstwhile heroes, with recurring support from Bill Bailey, Anna Wilson-Jones and Peter Serafinowicz as well as guest appearances from David Walliams, Paul Kaye and Michael Smiley.

      Season two returns with more of the same as Tim and Daisy pursue their respective careers in a series of misadventures familiar to any twenty-something trying to make it in the big city and although things have already started to flag they are soon uplifted by the return of Bill Bailey, Peter Serafinowicz and Michael Smiley as well as guest appearances from Mark Gatiss, John Simm, Reece Shearsmith and Ricky Gervais.

      The creators fill the series, pitched as a cross between "The Simpsons", "The X-Files" and "Northern Exposure", with pop-culture references, in jokes and occasional displays of surrealism in filmed with a single camera in Edgar Wright's unique style which borrows from the visual language of film to create a truly spectacular looking series which is pure comedy gold.

      "You can't dangle the bogus carrot of possible reconciliation in front of me whilst riding some other donkey."moreless
    • 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.moreless

      This show has to be one of the greatest british comedys that our country has ever come up with. It is a great shame that only two series ever came out but Simon Pegg ( Tim) and Edgar Wright ( Director) have moved on to create two more films in which Pegg co-stars with another member of the spaced cast, Nick Frost ( Mike). The series is immensly enjoyable if incredibly silly but then who doesnt enjoy a good silly comedy every now and then? Plus the series is great for laughter enducement. Whenever i feel down an episode of this always makes me feel better.moreless
    • 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.moreless

      I started watching this show back in 1999 and the DVD's are still on high rotation in our house hold.

      My two dogs are named Tim and Daisy. So you know I'm a die hard fan!

      Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson tapped into what it was like to be in your 20/30s at the start of the naughties. This show page homage (quite literally on the DVD's with the homage-o-meter) to the pop culture of the 70's, 80's and 90's. You really care about these characters and it is so genuinely funny. A day does not go past in our household that Simon, Daisy, Marsha, Brian, Mike or Twist does not get quoted. So it's time to skip to the end, WATCH!!!!moreless
    • Just recently found this gem. Funniest sit-com I have ever seen... ever

      No I mean it. This is the funniest sit-com I have ever seen. Seinfeld is funny as well, and a classic... but there is just something about British Comedies that attract me. At first I didn't realize this was made back in 1999-2001. And unfortunately I didn't get some of the movie references. Several of them were from movies I had not seen yet. But I have seen Simon Pegg's and Nick Frost's two movies 'Shawn of the Dead' and 'Hot fuzz' and loved them both, so I knew I would love this series. Some episodes I had to pause so I could stop laughing and get a hold of myself. The writing, and everything about this series is brilliant. It's a shame that it wasn't longer, but maybe they realized that drawing out a plot, and relationships way too long only takes away from a show. I loved it anyway.moreless

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    single life, sexual tension, single camera sitcom, edgy sitcom, quotable