I’ll bet any money that at least 90% of the people reading this have seen Shaun of the Dead. I’ll bet any money that at least 80% of them have seen Hot Fuzz. And I’ll bet any money that 100% of those who have seen them loved them.
Yes, nowadays, Shaun and Fuzz are considered modern classics. What’s not to love? The excellent writing, the funny performances, the indescribably funny gags… But it didn’t start here. Oh no, before they were movie stars, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, along with director Edgar Wright, were famous for something else entirely...
Joining our leads are Tim’s best friend Mike (Nick Frost), a military obsessed moron, and Daisy’s friend Twist (Katie Carmichael), a superficial ‘fashion fascist’ who, in the words of Tim, is either ‘sweet and stupid, or an evil genius’. There’s also their somewhat concerning neighbour Brian (Mark Heap), an artist who no one can quite wrap their head around, and Marsha (Julia Deakin), the intruding and sometimes inappropriate landlady. All of the characters are zany and really quite memorable.
Spaced is more than a comedy show; whilst it never quite stepped into drama territory, it certainly made us feel for the characters in ways other shows couldn’t. Aside from being exceptionally funny, Spaced was also famous for having characters that were entirely relatable, especially for geeks like us. I couldn’t recommend the show more. If you are a geek, there is no way in hell you could ever not watch this show. And if you’re not a geek… well, watch it anyway!