Spaced (1999–2001)

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Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford.

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 Daisy Steiner / ... (14 episodes, 1999-2001)
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 Tim Bisley (14 episodes, 1999-2001)
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 Marsha Klein (14 episodes, 1999-2001)
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 Mike Watt (14 episodes, 1999-2001)
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 Brian Topp (14 episodes, 1999-2001)
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 Twist Morgan (10 episodes, 1999-2001)
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The adventures of Tim and Daisy who rent a room in Marsha Klein's house under the pretense that they are a couple. Also in the house is frustrated painter Brian. Together with TA fanatic Mike and Daisy's girlfriend Twist the duo get into a series of situations with hilarious results. Written by Paul Hunter

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As they were making a documentary about the series, Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright were looking around the 'Spaced house', and one the people who lived there came and told them that there were Spaced fans outside taking pictures of the house. As a joke, Simon and Jessica went outside and said "are you taking pictures of our house?" The fans just stood there for a few seconds, stunned. In good nature they chatted and then posed for photos. See more »

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The closing credits of episode 2.6 parody the closing credits of Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), featuring the same music and starfield effect. See more »

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It's life Tim, and boy, do they know it.
9 January 2003 | by (The asylum for the confused and befuddled) – See all my reviews

"Spaced" is like watching the cartoon of the life of the average SFX reader or Ain't-it-Cool UK talkbacker. It's the closest thing to fanboy (and fangirl) heaven there is. By that, I don't mean it's a perfect word for word film version of Lord of the Rings nor even a big BBC production of Asimov's Foundation trilogy. No, this is where really good fanboys (and fangirls) go when they die.

Set around the lives of Tim Bisley and Daisy Steiner sharing a ground floor flat somewhere in North London it shows in a disturbingly honest way the lives of the average late 20-something, recently moved to London, wannabe creative, painfully middle-class, skint people in much the same way that David Attenborough might bring to life the daily trials of a family of pandas. Their many rituals and habits are studied in detail as they go about carving their way in the cruel world around them. We see them go clubbing, going to sign on, in the pub, and rescuing dogs from animal testing laboratories. The one thing that leads me to think that this is only a sitcom and not real life is that their flat is always suspiciously clean.

As Tim is a struggling graphic artist trying to break into the world of comic illustration, it's appropriate that the characters are all cartoons themselves. They almost spew stylised behaviour, phrases and clothes. Some even have their own signature moves such as Brian's standardised description of his 'work' when he is asked what he paints. The editing follows this lead with many cut-aways into people's thoughts much in the manner of a thought bubble. The sheer quantity of cultural references is staggering. However, having lived a life similar to this, I know the number of cultural references in real life is at about the same level.

If you're currently aged between 27 and 34, this is the only sitcom you'll ever need to see again. Well, Black Books is pretty good too. Anyway, there are few things that make me laugh as much of this. If you know the words to the Ewok song, watch this.


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