spaced: “I was born ready, Timmy.” “Yeah, but are you ready now?”

One of the themes running throughout this blog, indeed the mission of NewTunes, is discovery. It’s usually about music discovery, but this is a special occasion.

Tomorrow, Spaced – the brilliant comedy and original sitcom of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright – is released on DVD in region one format (which means it’ll play on American DVD players).

I originally purchased an all-region DVD player so that I could watch the original, Ricky Gervais-led The Office on DVD (it was only available on UK-friendly, region two DVD for a long time). I picked up Spaced last fall on region two, and, like The Office, it single-handedly justifies the price of a region two-friendly DVD player.

If you like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz – all done by Pegg, Frost and Wright – then you need to see this. This series, which came out in 1999, was their first work together. It’ll also introduce you to Jessica Stevenson – who co-wrote and created Spaced with Simon Pegg.

The premise of the show is two 20-something slackers who pretend to be engaged so they can get a flat. But what it really introduces is an intense cultural reference encyclopedia that compares to, but is far more clever than, Kevin Smith (who provides some commentary on the DVD).

Here’s the first episode. It’s 24 minutes, and it’ll motivate you to want to see the rest. If you’re in a hurry, my favorite part is 18 minutes in, when they introduce the character of Brian, the artist who lives below them.

Tomorrow will be a great day, indeed.


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