Do you like smart British humor dense with pop-culture references and oddball characters? If so, go to Hulu.com and look up Spaced. One of the funniest British comedies that has ever been produced (at least since Red Dwarf and Benny Hill).
Spaced was written and performed by Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, and directed by Edgar Wright (the director of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). The story begins with Tim Bisley (Pegg) and Daisy Steiner (Hynes), two mid-twenties Londoners, who meet in a cafe while apartment hunting (or “flat” as the Brits say). Tim, an aspiring comic book artist, was recently dumped by his girlfriend and kicked out of her flat. Daisy, an aspiring writer, is also looking for a place to live. As hard as it is to find good housing in London the two eventually find a nice apartment, but it is for “professional couples only.” Daisy and Tim conspire to pose as a married couple to get the apartment. Through the course of the 14 episode series, produced in 1999 and 2001, we see how Tim and Daisy (along with their alcoholic land lady, artist neighbor, and strange best friends.) pass time and deal with life in all sorts of funny situations.
The series is amazing! It’s full of quick edit humor and fantasy sequences that keep the pace of the series fast and fun. The jokes on Spaced make use of Star Wars, Matrix, Terminator, zombies, Robocop, Scooby Doo, and dozens of other nerd loving pop culture references I can’t get enough of. This is all blended into a steady stream of non sequitur humor who’s timing is wonderful, and, eleven years later, still very fresh. There are only two problems I have with this series: First, there are only 14 episodes (why didn’t they make more???), and second, why did it take eleven years for me to find this??? Spaced doesn’t really need me to sell it to anyone, it stands up on it’s own and I’m running out of adjectives to describe how great it is. I’ll just end this by saying if you haven’t seen Spaced, hit the link and give it a try, and if you’ve already seen it, then you should go watch it again… and again… and again….
for more information on Spaced check out the un-offical offical Spaced fan site, Spaced-Out.org.