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“It’s not finished… It’s finished.”

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07222008_spaced.jpg“Spaced,” the grandly geeky British sitcom about two North London roommates and their friends that Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost created before moving on to “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” is out on region one DVD today and is well worth convincing someone else to purchase for you. As Sam Adams writes at the LA Times:

“Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” are “Spaced” writ large, more elaborate homages crafted with more precision and focus. But the show has an emotional resonance that the movies, particularly the latter, lack. Tim and Daisy might use pop-culture references to explain their lives, or escape from them, but they always come back to the real world, and to each other, returning to a sublimely unconsummated romance that gives the series a poignant undertow.

Guest commentators on this new set include avowed fans and sometimes series touchpoints Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Matt Stone and Diablo Cody. Of the former, Robert Abele at the LA Weekly notes:

Tarantino’s commentary track is even for the episode that features the pastiche of Pulp Fiction, which nearly sent [star/writer Jessica] Hynes into a gushing tailspin. “It was brilliant that he did it, and I didn’t fawn in an inappropriate way,” she says, admitting that, at one point, she vocalized how their faithful-but-silly re-creation of the tense Butch-shoots-Vincent buildup was missing a shot. “He was, like, ‘No, that’s in another part.’ I was, like, ‘Of course, of course! Well … you know, I mean.’ It was a total honor.”

Wired‘s Erin Biba interviews Simon Pegg (“You guys have the best sci-fi in the world”) while Jarett Wieselman at the New York Post talks to Hynes (“It’s like suddenly they open a cupboard and there’s a unicorn!”). Victoria Large at Not Coming to a Theater Near You offers more analysis: “The success of Spaced is not so much in transcending the sitcom genre as it is in pushing it to meet its real potential.”

The “Spaced” folks are on a short US promo tour — having had a screening followed by the de rigueur Elvis Mitchell-moderated Q&A in New York last night, they’re off to L.A., Comic-con and Austin. Info is here.

[Photo: David Walliams as Vulva, the non-gender-specific performance artist – “Spaced,” BBC Warner, 2008]

+ ‘Shaun of the Dead’ fans must get ‘Spaced’ (LA Times)
+ Spaced: The Next Frontier, on DVD (LA Weekly)
+ Simon Pegg’s Geek Roots Show in Spaced (Wired)
+ “Spaced” Star: “George W. Bush is a Fan!” (New York Post)
+ Spaced: A Sitcom (Not Coming to a Theater Near You)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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