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Spaced on Hulu! Now you have no excuse to be uninformed

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 24th 2009 1:03PM
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Hulu has been making all the right, super-sweet moves lately, at least in my book. Not only is the site streaming the marvelous British comedies Peep Show and Green Wing, but now Spaced is on Hulu, too. Spaced! You can tell I'm excited because I put an exclamation mark on it. The show has been available on DVD in the States for quite a while, but now that both seasons are online, there really isn't any excuse to not experience it. Is it obvious that I have a weird, almost evangelical need to spread the word?

Spaced aired from the late-90s to the early 2000s, showcasing the talents of some of today's finest super-famous talent. It was a sitcom loaded with pop culture references, fantastic writing and really delightful direction, and it's fun to see how far the creative minds have come.

First of all, the show was written by the stars of the show, Jessica Stevenson (now Hynes) and Simon Pegg. Although Hynes has done a lot of work since her Spaced days, Americans are probably more familiar with Pegg, who has starred in Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Star Trek and is now working on a film with Greg Mottola. Nick Frost is another familiar face as Pegg's best friend; he and Pegg were also BFFs in Shaun, Hot Fuzz, and the upcoming Mottola film, though not in Star Trek (even though I thought he would have done well as Scotty's tiny alien buddy).

The director of the series, Edgar Wright, has also refined his technique while maintaining his creative edge between Spaced and his work today. He directed Shaun and Hot Fuzz, and is now working on the feature film version of the fantastic Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. A lot of the camera movement in his films is definitely reminiscent of his work in Spaced. Green Wing's Mark Heap also brings a lot of goodness, and familiar faces like Ricky Gervais and Bill Bailey also take part.

It shouldn't take much to convince someone to give this show a try, and since it's so readily available now, you might as well enjoy it if you haven't already.

Here's the first episode to get started, but trust me, you'll fall in love with the characters even more over time.

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Alasdair Lumsden

I love this show, but we in Britain have had it on 4OD for a while now. I also own it :)

I love this series moer tha any other. The low budget is obvious but that even works for it at times, fitting with the themes. This got me into Simon Pegg, I just wish we saw him acting more like this in his work and back to maybe his own TV series :) I can but dream.

July 26 2009 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
YouFaceTheTick

Love Spaced. Good, good stuff. See much of what they ended up doing in the movies came from it.

July 25 2009 at 1:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tcc3

That'd be really great if they'd quit shutting down all the best ways to watch Hulu on my tv.

July 24 2009 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Deej

Readily available my ass. Once again, if you're in Canada, you're screwed

July 24 2009 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cody

Tyres is my favorite. And also Brian.

It looks like you miss the "Skip to the End" documentary if you only watch it on Hulu, so the DVDs are still worth picking up just for that.

July 24 2009 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jim

Best. Show. Ever. Along with Arrested Development. Don't make me pick between them! Please!

July 24 2009 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anita

I definitely agree that I have been loving Hulu's British shows including the one featuring Stephen Frye. However, I'm in love with Green Wing and Spaced (particularly the latter's second season), and I hope Hulu will put up GW's second season, even if it didn't get rave reviews.

July 24 2009 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
steveo

This show is fantastic! If you like British comedy, or if you just like Pegg/Frost/Wright, this isdefinately a must-see.

Best eps are the rave and the one where Pegg's character gets all paranoid afer spending all night playing video games while 'under the influence.'

July 24 2009 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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