A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The characters often show little responsibility or direction in life, mostly just getting by on a series of dead-end jobs. In one scene, a man steals armor supplies for repairing his robot. Occasional obscene hand gestures (the two-fingered British equivalent of flipping someone off).
Violence & Scariness
Mock gunfights, paintball fights, and battles and explosions involving remote-control machines.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing, sexual references, and innuendoes.
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"S--t" is common; "ass" and "bitch" are less frequent. "F--k" is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
References are made to PlayStation (two characters often play it), as well as Star Wars and other pop culture touchpoints.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking (beer and wine) in bars and other social settings; one female character drinks and smokes heavily.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this British sitcom is fairly heavy on strong language, sexual innuendo, and sporadic drinking and smoking. The main characters are young adults, down on luck and love, who are disillusioned with their lives and pretending to be a couple so they can hold onto their apartment. One character hops from one short-lived job to another but rarely seems bothered by her lack of direction (or affected by her presumably unreliable income). It's not exactly a realistic view of the world, but teens and young adults who understand that will get some laughs over the show's funny take on life's challenges.
Is It Any Good?
Spaced will strike a chord with young adults who can empathize with the characters' disillusionment about "real life" and appreciate the humor this attitude is played for. Pop culture buffs in particular are sure to revel in the show's multiple references to everything from Star Wars to zombie movies. That said, the show does have its fair share of strong language, as well as some innuendo and the kind of relationship and drinking content typical for sitcoms about twentysomethings -- so check it out before giving your teens the OK.
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