Workplace comedies have provided some of the biggest laughs of the past decade on television. Whether it’s a local government office in Pawnee, a mundane Pennsylvania paper company, or a bumbling precinct in Brooklyn, there’s just something special about workplace hijinks.
But what if that office was set in space? Or, at least headed that way. From Steve Carell and Greg Daniels, the minds behind “The Office,” the best workplace comedy ever, comes “Space Force,” a new original series hitting Netflix on May 29.
Per Netflix: “A decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force, four-star general Mark R. Naird (Steve Carell) is thrown for a loop when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force. Skeptical but dedicated, Mark uproots his family and moves to a remote base in Colorado where he and a colorful team of scientists and ‘Spacemen’ are tasked by the White House with getting American boots on the moon (again) in a hurry and achieving total space dominance.”
When president Donald Trump first mentioned establishing a Space Force back in 2018, the idea was treated as a joke. But Daniels and Carell took it and ran, and now that it’s a real-life functioning service branch, it makes the comedy even better.
Joining Carell onscreen are stars John Malkovich, Diana Silvers, Tawny Newsome and Ben Schwartz, alongside co-stars Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy O. Yang, Noah Emmerich, Alex Sparrow and Don Lake.
In Wednesday’s announcement, it was also revealed Kudrow will be playing Maggie Naird, the wife of Carell’s General Mark R. Naird. Maggie is described as “a Washington Air Force wife who has sublimated parts of herself to her husband’s career for two decades. But as he takes on his biggest challenge, she is growing in a different direction.”
Check out the gallery below for a first look at stills from the series!
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.