Clark Collis
July 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Spaced

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
09/24/99
performer
Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg
genre
Comedy

We gave it an A-

The premise of this cult U.K. sitcom sounds like a sub-Three’s Company yawn: Two twentysomethings pose as a couple to rent a flat. But Spaced‘s writer-stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes packed the two seasons with heaps of pop culture references in hilarious, lovingly detailed ways. Hynes’ job at a Mexican restaurant — the awesomely named Neo Nachos — became an homage to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; a zombie-movie-themed episode inspired Pegg’s 2004 film Shaun of the Dead. Spaced is like Green Card remade by Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith — two filmmakers who, incidentally, contribute to highly engaging new commentaries. (Other Spaced fans chiming in: South Park creator Matt Stone and EW columnist Diablo Cody.) Older commentaries and deleted scenes entertain, but an overlong retrospective seems a waste of space(d). A-

For more on Spaced, see EW.com’s PopWatch blog.

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