I have a question about the series Spaced and I am fairly certain that the show's bizarre aesthetic and pseudo-surreal elements qualify it as some form of sci-fi or fantasy, but I may very well have tunnel vision on this one. So I come here to ask you, the humble inhabitants of the meta board. Is Spaced sci-fi/fantasy, or is it just weird?

An example of some of the show's weirdness that I believe qualifies the show for being sci-fi/fantasy is season 1 episode 5. By the end of an episode, a freelance vivisectionist is mauled by a dog (that may or may not be a ghost) that was specifically trained to sniff out and attack the wealthy.

  • It might be beneficial to include a link or two and a description of the moments that do count as SFF in your opinion (since the series seems to be somewhat obscure). From a glance, it looks like it's similar to Scott Pilgrim franchise, which is on-topic. Jul 23, 2017 at 12:02
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    IMDb list it as Action and Comedy, so I will say it's better suited on Movies & TV Stack exchange Jul 24, 2017 at 6:52
  • Wait, which Spaced? qntm.org/spaced definitely is sci-fi, but you mention "show" and a freelance vivisectionist is mauled by a dog" so that probably isn't it.
    – b_jonas
    Jul 27, 2017 at 0:30

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As a series, the answer is a very firm no. The fantasy elements are largely similar to those seen in Ally McBeal, Scrubs or Northern Exposure (a show which the writers acknowledge as being a key influence on the style of their programme).

These sequences are not intended to not be taken literally, are part of a milieu of 'general wackiness' and aren't part of the core events of the show. In the case of Spaced they may also be drug-induced fantasies.

That being said, we have a long-established policy of accepting questions that are about scifi events that may occur within non-topical properties.

Point #4 seems the most relevant;

If the question is specifically about an sf-nal element, even if it's only a minor part of the work, it's on-topic.

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