A teen comedy show about life in a fast food restaurant.


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Series cast summary:
Vas Blackwood ...  Dexter / ... 33 episodes, 1990-1992
Paul Michael Paul Michael ...  T.J. Strickland / ... 33 episodes, 1990-1992
Jonathan Copestake Jonathan Copestake ...  Stanley / ... 33 episodes, 1990-1992
Joe Greco Joe Greco ...  Vince / ... 33 episodes, 1990-1992
Stephanie Charles Stephanie Charles ...  Debbie / ... 33 episodes, 1990-1992
Jennifer Calvert ...  Karen Hansson 32 episodes, 1990-1992
Katy Murphy Katy Murphy ...  Freddy / ... 20 episodes, 1991-1992
Ling Tai Ling Tai ...  Lily 13 episodes, 1990
Sue Devaney Sue Devaney ...  Jo 10 episodes, 1990


A teen comedy show about life in a fast food restaurant.

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

21 February 1990 (UK) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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(33 episodes)


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Did You Know?


Future Red Dwarf (1988) star Chloe Annett appeared as Donna Edwards in Spatz: Poetry & Music (1992). Danny John-Jules whom plays The Cat in that series appeared as Captain Electric in Spatz: Loot (1991). Jennifer Calvert appeared as Loretta in Red Dwarf: Gunmen of the Apocalypse (1992), after Spatz (1990) ended and Danny John-Jules would make a cameo in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Rory Breaker is played in that film by Vas Blackwood whom plays Dexter. See more »


Referenced in Press Gang: Bad News (1992) See more »

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The most underrated children's sitcom....
11 May 2005 | by holly1979See all my reviews

Initially a joint venture between UK and Canadian TV companies, Spatz was an inspired sitcom for young teenagers that worked for adults too. It blended the great British tradition of farcical comedy with the sophisticated, quick-fire dialogue of the best American sitcoms - and it ran circles around most kids' dramas! TJ Strickland was the all-American (well, Canadian) nice-guy who managed the UK's only branch of fast-food chain, Spatz. Handsome and easy-going, his life was made a lot more difficult by another Canadian, Karen Hansson, Spatz's European Co-coordinator, who shared his office. A cross between Jerry Hall and Cruella De Ville, the only language Karen spoke was money. The show's best moments came from her verbal sparring with TJ; their banter was infused with the same sexual tension that kept everyone hooked on 'Moonlighting'. There were some great comebacks and one-liners too. Downstairs on the shop floor was where the Brits ruled the roost: brazenly ambitious Dexter, wannabe-wide-boy Vince, sensible-but-dull Debbie, and clueless Stanley. In the first series the burgers were also flipped by Lily (working to pay for university) and token northerner, Jo, who was often Vince's partner-in-crime. The second series saw the introduction of Freddy, a mad Celtic fan who seemed to come from the Private Frazer (Dad's Army) school of superstitious Scots. As the series progressed the stories became more and more ludicrous and far-fetched, but that was part of the fun. It's a scandal that they didn't commission a fourth series!

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