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Spaced: The Complete Series 

Edgar Wright

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[image-4]Published September 18, 2008.
Spaced: The Complete Series
Directed by: Edgar Wright
(BBC Warner)
Early on in British series Spaced, procrastinating writer Daisy (Jessica Hynes) manically suggests the idea of throwing a party to her new roommate, Tim (Simon Pegg). "We could have a glitter ball! I could make one out of tinfoil!" she enthuses. The hilariously lame party that results has a soundtrack featuring "American Pie" and "The Power of Love;" only three guests show up, and Daisy ends up making out with her surprisingly old paper boy. Spaced is co-written by Hynes and Pegg (the latter of whom went on to star in and co-write Shaun of the Deadand Hot Fuzz) and directed by Edgar Wright (the director/co-writer of both those films). It's unsurprising, then, that the series is packed with clever film references ( One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Star Wars, Pulp Fiction...) and I imagine that it's that aspect of the series that appeals to famous fans like Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith and Matt Stone (all featured in episode commentaries). I probably missed a lot of the in-jokes, but I'm still laughing at that party-from-hell, and at childlike pretentious artist Brian (Mark Heap), a man who makes triptychs about pain in his dank apartment, then runs excitedly to the door when he thinks Father Christmas might be there.
--Lindsay McCarney

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