"Spaced" a short-lived, hilarious TV comedy

by professor.knowsitall@evpl on Monday, October 27 2008, 4:02pm. Viewed 973 times.

Frost (left) & Pegg (right) in Shaun of the DeadI'm a fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.  In the States, this comedic duo is best known for Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (both of which I highly recommend!).  They got their start in a British television comedy called Spaced; it ran for two seasons (14 episodes total) during 1999-2001.  It finally made its way to the US this past July in a DVD box set of the entire series.

It's a very difficult show to describe...so, ripped from Wikipedia:

Spaced cover art: a spoof of Star WarsTim Bisley (Pegg) and Daisy Steiner (Jessica Hynes) are two London twenty-somethings who meet by chance in a cafe while both are flat-hunting. Despite barely knowing each other, they conspire to pose as a young professional couple in order to meet the requisites of an advertisement for a relatively cheap flat, in the distinctive building at 23 Meteor Street, Tufnell Park, which is owned by and also houses the landlady, Marsha Klein. Also in the building is Brian Topp, an eccentric conceptual artist who lives and works on his various pieces in the ground floor flat. Frequent visitors are Tim's best friend, Mike Watt (Frost) and Daisy's best friend, Twist Morgan.

The series largely concerns the colorful and surreal adventures of Tim and Daisy as they navigate through life, decide on what they want to do with their lives, come to terms with affairs of the heart, and try to figure out new and largely unproductive ways of killing time. Tim and Daisy repeatedly stress that they aren't a couple to everyone but Marsha, but despite (or because of) this, romantic tension develops between them, particularly during the second series.

The central comedic conceit of the series is that it portrays the rather ordinary lives of Daisy and Tim using overblown Hollywood blockbuster clichés.

Like their forays into Hollywood, Spaced provides non-stop laughs, constant pop-culture parodies, crazy camerawork, a great cast, and a surprising amount of character development. 

With 5 stars on Amazon, a 9.8/10 rating on IMDB, and my rave review, Spaced comes highly recommended.

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on Wednesday, November 26 2008, 11:31am

I've always been a fan of Simon Pegg's work. In his previous efforts ( Shaun of the Dead , Hot