What We’re Watching Wednesday: The Short Season Shows, Part 2

Each Wednesday either my wife and/or I share what we are watching (either together or separately) in terms of movies and TV each week in a feature called “What We’re Watching Wednesday.” Last week and this week, we are sharing our favorite short season shows (those shows with three or less seasons): me, last week; Kim, this week.

Spaced (1999-2001) dir. Edgar Wright

Tim (Simon Pegg) and Daisy (Jessica Hynes) meet by chance in a cafe and bond over their respective unsuccessful searches for an affordable flat. They find one advertised for a “professional couple” and decide to pose  as that perfect couple to grab the apartment. The lie has its inevitable complications. 

 If you are a fan of Edgar Wright ‘s films like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, or World’s End, Spaced will feel like an old friend, with the smash cuts and flashbacks he is known for, and many of the actors that appear in all of those films…Nick Frost, Mark Heap, and Peter Serafinowicz. It is a strange and funny series with a satisfying conclusion. The show can be found on both Hulu and Prime Video. The video is NSFW.

Gavin and Stacey (2007-2010) Written by James Corden and Ruth Jones

Gavin and Stacey “meet” on the phone through their jobs and strike up a friendship/romance online. They agree to meet for a weekend in London and each arrives with a friend in tow. There are immediate fireworks, complications, and some of my favorite characters ever to appear in a series.

If, like me, you find James Corden a bit much, reserve judgement because he is perfect as Gavin’s childhood friend Smithy. Ruth Jones is Stacey’s best friend Nessa, and her deadpan delivery of some of the best lines in the series is reason alone to watch it. The show is available on Prime Video.

So how about you? Any favorite short season shows for you? Watching any good TV this past week? Movies you’d recommend? Next week, I (Kim) will be sharing my thoughts on the final season of Game of Thrones (spoiler alert!).

7 thoughts on “What We’re Watching Wednesday: The Short Season Shows, Part 2

  1. I used to love watching Gavin and Stacey, it was one of my favourite programmes on telly. Nessa was just brilliant!


  2. We did watch Green Wing! That was the first thing I saw Tamsin Greig in other than Black Books.


  3. I watched the first season of Spaced not so long ago. A real blast from the past. I’d not realised Mark Heap was in it – he later played one of my favourite characters in Green Wing. Have you seen this? Weird and absolutely wonderful!


  4. Both of these shows sound like something I would like. I will check them out if I ever have time to do so. Someday. Someday.

    I miss the show Absolutely Fabulous. Did you ever watch it? It was on the BBC channel and any time I was stressed out, I would kick back and binge on it. The last time I checked it wasn’t online anywhere. They used to have a Thanksgiving marathon and I would cook while watching. So enjoyable.

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    1. I loved AbFab. It was one of the first Britcoms I ever saw, our local PBS station would show a couple of episodes on Saturday night before Eastenders, which was a whole ‘nother addiction!

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