In an interview Simon Pegg once said, "When we pitched Spaced ,.. in early 97 we said it would be a cross between The Simpsons, The X-Files and Northern Exposure." As unlikely as it sounds, Pegg, Jessica Stevenson, Edgar Wright, Nick Frost and the others succeeded in doing just that. Great stuff.
I still love this show after all these years (20 years later). I think it is because the show is very much like me, when my mind wanders it wanders into random quotes and references (of which I get almost all from this show - from random tv and film to video games).
3.8 stars. The second season feels at once less focused yet more specifically "of its moment" with its cultural touch-points, however it is never anything less than thoroughly genial. In fact, it would be almost cloying were it not for its moments of genuine weirdness (often courtesy of the brilliant Mark Heap) and its faint undercurrent of melancholy. Now I've turned 30 I should re-watch it before it's too late!