Spaced: Complete Series 1 and 2 (Box Set) [DVD] 
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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." Jessica Stevenson won a British Comedy Award for this year. It deserved a whole lot more. --Paul Tonks
On the DVD: Series 1 includes trailers, out-takes, deleted scenes with commentary, cast, crew, and character biographies and a full audio commentary by the director and cast. Series 2 features a chaotic but highly enthusiastic commentary from the director and cast, including of course Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, who also talk about some deleted scenes and why they were removed. There's an outtakes blooper reel, as well as a selection of raw location footage and a self-explanatory clip, "Daisy Does Elvis". The most useful feature, though, is the subtitle "Homage-o-Meter" facility, which displays all the movie references throughout the series. --Paul Tonks/Mark Walker
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On paper, this doesn't sound too promising; a story about a couple of underachieving losers deciding to flat share. Don't be fooled - the sheer creative brilliance of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson combined, has resulted in a comedy quite unlike any other. Why this didn't win every award going continues to baffle me to this day.
If you haven't seen Space, remedy that sorry state of affairs immediately! You will not regret it. There are moments of such comic brilliance that you'll wonder how they thought it up in the first place, and how the hell they brought it so perfectly to the screen. If you're of the nerdy/geeky persuasion, this will appeal to you without a doubt - there is homage after homage to many of the greatest moments in sci-fi and film littered liberally throughout this - it's great fun trying to spot them all, and I'm still finding new ones even after many, many watches.
Spaced only ran to two series, and as much as I have mourned its passing, I'm glad it stopped when it did. There's nothing worse than watching a once great and enjoyable show desperately trying to ring out the last remaining drops of what made it so amazing when it has long since jumped the shark. I don't imagine for a minute that the same fate would have befallen Spaced, but I'm relieved we'll never have the chance to find out - too risky!
I hate streaming services, and I don't see why I should use them when I have a perfectly good collection of DVDs that I want to watch. Why am I not allowed to do this my way? I've paid money for every single film in my collection. It's unfair, and it's about time someone pointed it out. I know the law does not require content publishers to remove DRM measures, but in my opinion they should remove them as a courtesy to paying customers. The stupid irony about this (and this has applied ever since copying began) is that actual criminals have ways to copy the material anyway: these people are laughing all the way to the bank, while we poor honest consumers are penalised for their actions.
If I'm lucky, I'll find a way to copy the discs, but otherwise, I will literally have to get my DVD player out of the *cupboard* and plug it in whenever I want to watch this title. That's LUDICROUS.
As with all the (British)greats it is slight yet full of talent. I won't go into every episode as they are all both excellent and throwaway. But its the homages to cinema (Tarantino, Romero, Warchowski Bros etc) that stick in the mind most. Frost and Pegg may have come from humble beginnings but it's no wonder they are where they are now on this evidence. And Jessica Stevenson is just a magnificent actress.
Could watch it over and over and over and...
If you like this you might want to watch: star trek, pulp fiction, star wars. Black books, community, the mighty boosh.
Follow the lives of Tim and Daisy as they meet and pretend to be a professional couple in order to get a flat together. They're joined by Tim's friend Mike, Daisy's friend Twist, their neighbor Brian and drunk landlady Marsha. Full of movie and culture references sure to strike a chord with most people, though subtly enough not to confuse anyone who doesn't know what is being referenced (though the second series has a handy subtitle mode that will show you what is being referenced lol). Ended before it's time, though luckily not on any sort of cliffhanger, and remains the pinacle of Jessica Stevenson (later Hynes) and Simon Pegg's brilliant time together in comedy.
Anyone who has somehow missed this gem or is American may also recognize Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Shaun and Ed from Shaun of the Dead (and Hot Fuzz). Spaced was also directed by Edgar Wright who directed Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Many memembers of the cast of Spaced cameo in both movies too.
This edition also included a special feature documentary that is very interesting and serves as a make shift end to the show that was disasterously remade in the US.
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Very clever and funny with tons of pop culture references.
Always a joy to watch Simon Pegg.