What's already written explains most of the basic plot but I'd like to draw your attention to episode 6 of series 1 (out now on Channel 4 DVD for the low, low price of about twenty quid).
This is by far the most accurate depiction of going out clubbing I've ever seen. Where many films and television programs have tried and failed, Spaced gets it spot on. And they manage to pull it off without a single drugs reference. This is just another example of the genius of this programme.
This is about as far from Friends as a sitcom gets.
Below is a rough guide to the characters in the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced.
Most of the information is taken from watching the show and the biographies
on the DVD edition of the first series.
Tim Bisley (Simon Pegg)
Born: Highgate, North London
Ambition in Life: To work as a comic book artist
Current job: Assistant manager, Fantasy Bizarre comic store (later, artist with Dark Star comics?)
Likes: Comics, films, videogames, Jaffa Cakes, Mike, Gillian Anderson
Dislikes: The Phantom Menace, kids who ask for Jar-Jar Binks merchandise,
Daisy Steiner (Jessica Stevenson)
Born: Richmond, Surrey
Ambition in Life: To be a journalist for a women's magazine
Current job: Unemployed
Likes: Dogs, tea, Prefab Sprout, Twist
Dislikes: Rats, spiders, work
Mike Watt (Nick Frost)
Born: Hoddeston, Hertfordshire
Ambition in Life: To live out Bravo Two Zero
Current job: Lollypop man. He is also a member of the Territorial Army
despite being thrown out after stealing a tank and trying to invade Paris. He
was caught when he became distracted by Eurodisney.
Likes: Guns, paintball, guns, hand grenades, guns, Tim, Andy McNab,
Marsha Klein (Julia Deakin)
Born: Epsom, Surrey
Ambition in Life: To be a world class athlete
Current job: Landlady
Likes: Brian, wine, Lambert & Butler, spirits
Dislikes: Daughter Amber, soberness
Brian Topp (Mark Heap)
Ambition in Life: To win the Turner prize
Current job: Artist
Likes: Pain, fear, violence, bad sandwiches, Twist
Dislikes: Vulva, people hitting him
Twist Morgan (Katy Carmichael)
Born: Wells, Somerset
Ambition in Life: To be a fashion designer
Current job: Dry cleaner
Likes: DKNY urban warfare range, fashion, shopping, fad diets, Daisy,
Dislikes: Her parents for being hippies (hence the name Twist)