Spaced: Originally broadcast from September 24, 1999 to April 13, 2001
First off, it's probably fair to say that - fantastic as it is - Spaced takes a little while to get going. The show's first three episodes have their moments, but don't quite reach the heady heights of what is to come. It's with the fourth instalment of series one - the paintball episode - that Spaced really begins to strike fried gold, and the sitcom's first run even manages to conclude in a way that is emotional without seeming queasily sentimental. It's a difficult trick for any show to pull of, let alone an oft-surreal comedy series.
And in Pegg's Tim, we have probably the most honest portrayal of a TV geek ever seen. He's the icon of a million sci-fi buffs and gaming fiends across the world. Speaking of which, Spaced is pretty much a geek's paradise, with Pegg and Stevenson's co-written episodes referencing everything from Evil Dead to Doctor Who, from The Phantom Menace to Tekken. A single episode will have you crying with laughter and nodding in warm acknowledgment.
Taking a look behind the camera, some of Spaced's enduring appeal has to be credited to Edgar Wright. The director - who has since graduated to Hollywood with the likes of 2010's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and the upcoming Ant-Man film - helmed all 14 episodes of Spaced and, with his use of rapid-fire editing and innovative camera techniques, ensured that the show looked like no other sitcom on television. Many have attempted to ape Spaced's style since it ended, but at the time, the series was truly original.
But if you're one of the lucky few who's yet to experience Spaced and still has all that comedy goodness to come, do yourself a favour - check it out now! Both series are available to buy separately on DVD and can also be watched on 4oD, but the discerning television watcher should track down the Definitive Collectors' Edition DVD box-set - it's an absolute treasure. And for those of you still wondering if Tim and Daisy ever got together in the end, it also includes a special bonus treat...
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