Spaced

Common Sense Media says

Brit Gen-X tales will tickle young adults' fancy.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Mock gunfights, paintball fights, and battles and explosions involving remote-control machines.

Sex

Some kissing, sexual references, and innuendoes.

Language

"S--t" is common; "ass" and "bitch" are less frequent. "F--k" is bleeped.

Consumerism

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.

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.

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Kids say

What's the story?

British sitcom SPACED follows the highs and lows of young adult life for wannabe journalist Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) and former skateboarder Tim (Simon Pegg), two directionless Gen-Xers who, after meeting in a café, find they have a lot in common. Unlucky in love and desperate for a new place to live, they hatch a plan to feign couplehood -- and a professional lifestyle -- to qualify for a knockout flat. To their amazement, they get it, and they quickly set up house below their lush of a landlady, Marsha (Julie Deakin), and above eccentric struggling artist Brian (Mark Heap), who's quick to suspect that things aren't exactly as they seem with his new neighbors. But maintaining their pretend relationship is often the least of Daisy and Tim's worries. What with Daisy bouncing from one unfulfilling job to the next (she is, after all, too "creative" for just any form of work), Tim losing his own job when he gets worked up over a Star Wars movie and scares off a young customer, secret agents tailing Daisy after a mysterious stranger swaps bags with her, sexual tension on the rise in their apartment, and "Robot Wars" (sort of like cock fighting, but with remote-controlled gizmos) a frequent distraction for Tim and camo-clad buddy Mike (Nick Frost), there's hardly time to wonder what might happen if Marsha discovered the truth about her tenants.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about starting out on your own. What challenges do people face when they leave home? What new skills do you have to acquire to succeed on your own? What parts of this show do you think are accurate? Which aren't? Teens: What are your plans for when you're independent? Where will you live? Will you live alone or with a roommate? Where will you work? What excites you about independence? What frightens you? What will you do if things don't go as planned?

TV details

Cast:Jessica Stevenson, Mark Heap, Simon Pegg
Network:BBC America
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 15 years old Written bybradley4846 September 28, 2009
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15
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Not as Good as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz but...

Violence - There is a lot of comic violence in this show (Tim shoots Zombies (blood is seen). Language: Every word u can think of, there is an f-word in every episode (not beeped on dvd) other words include sh**, c**k, tw*t, and etc. Sex: Not Major, but stuff youd here on U.S. TV. There isnt mutch to mention. Commercailism/ Drugs - Whole show is making fun of things (Star Wars, etc). A few minor drug refrences
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educator Written byEricDM February 28, 2009
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17
QUALITY
 

Better than I could have hoped!

I bought this on a whim as I thoroughly enjoyed Simon Pegg's films "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz." I was hopeful that Spaced would deliver that kind of humor, and the thought of said humor in the length of a series was heavenly. In this way the show more than delivered, as not only did it have that same "charm" as Pegg's films, but it had so much more. The character line-up is just fantastic, with the bubbly and unpredictable Daisy, the war-aholic Mike (played by Nick Frost for fans of Pegg's films), and my personal favorite, the depressed, semi-gay-but-really-straight, emotive-styled artist Brian. The rest of the cast is by no means any less wonderful, and you'll find the misadventures of these 20-somethings to be more and more entertaining as the series goes on (and sadly, ends). As far as who should view this, anyone enthralled by a sort of "geek culture" is sure to appreciate the humor and references. However, it's hard for me to imagine anyone under the age of 17 truly appreciating the material, and it's not really appropriate for those under this age group anyways. This is really one for the college crowd and older.
Teen, 13 years old Written byABCand123 September 29, 2014
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