Space Force: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Space Force

Critics Consensus

An all-star cast and blockbuster-worthy special effects aren't enough to keep Space Force's uneven blend of earnestness and satire from spinning quickly out of comedic orbit.

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Critic Ratings: 94

76%

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User Ratings: 1991

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Episodes

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Air date: May 29, 2020
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Air date: May 29, 2020
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Air date: May 29, 2020
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Air date: May 29, 2020
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Air date: May 29, 2020
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Air date: May 29, 2020
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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.

Cast

Steve Carell
as General Mark M. Naird
John Malkovich
as Dr. Adrian Mallory
Ben Schwartz
as F. Tony Scarapiducci
Diana Silvers
as Erin Naird
Jimmy O. Yang
as Dr. Chan Kaifang
Tawny Newsome
as Angela Ali
Alex Sparrow
as Yuri 'Bobby' Telatovich
Lisa Kudrow
as Maggie Naird
Noah Emmerich
as Kick Grabaston
Don Lake
as Brad Gregory
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Critic Reviews for Space Force Season 1

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (26)

Together, Carell and Malkovich forge a charismatic pair that could carry even more episodes than they already do... Also helping to elevate the serviceable comedy is the gleaming production itself.

May 26, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Space Force is not exactly embarrassing -- everyone involved is too talented -- but it is shockingly unfunny for a show made by people who are so talented.

May 29, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

But there is a lack of vision in the show they devised, as it veers awkwardly between farce and drama, spoof and romcom. It qualifies as the year's biggest TV disappointment so far.

May 28, 2020 | Full Review…

The massive irony is that this [Space Force] doesn't seem like it has some grandiose plan either. But it's telling of its team's charisma that despite many things going wrong, Space Force is still a success.

May 28, 2020 | Full Review…

"Space Force" isn't toothless. But it could use more bite.

May 27, 2020 | Full Review…

So strange and ill-conceived and ill-timed that not even Carell's avuncular bonhomie can save it. For all its cinematic trappings, Space Force is a series with a single joke running through it, and that joke is American idiocy.

Jun 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Space Force will just be another throwaway piece of cultural ephemera, forgotten in the endless gaffes and episodes of Trump's Theatre of the Absurd.

Jul 24, 2020 | Full Review…

It's the same question posed to the real Space Force as to the TV show version - who actually wants this?

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

The real star of Space Force is Malkovich. He is brilliant as the sarcastic, intelligent, and witty voice of science and reason in an otherwise bizarre plot.

May 26, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The characters that are obvious depictions of real people (including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Nancy Pelosi) are ham-handed caricatures. But when it works, Space Force's strength is its on-the-ground relationships.

May 27, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

On paper it sounds like a winner... But it feels unsure of its tone. Is it goofy? Satirical? Heartwarming?

May 27, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It's carried by Carell and Malkovich, who completely commit to their characters' slowly fraying sanity, nailing every line.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Space Force: Season 1

  • 56m ago
    Nothing proves the stupidity of critics more than 86% of normal people concluding this is a good show while 75% of critics saying its trash. Its a good show. if you like veep, youll like this. the satire isnt as biting as veep but its still there- and regardless of whether you like or hate the president, the show is great and well written. No idea why critics arent into it.
  • 1d ago
    The bones of a show are there but 90% of the jokes seemed to miss the marks. Watched this when it came out and thinking back, couldn't name any of the main characters or pick out any of the lines from it.
  • Jul 25, 2020
    I love this series! Intelligent, quirky humour and excellent acting. Our whole family loves this, it is probably our favourite series. The critics are increasingly out of touch with modern audiences. Really hoping for a season 2!
  • Jul 24, 2020
    I like it. Not sure why the low score from the critics.
  • Jul 23, 2020
    I wanted to like this show so much, considering all the actors are among my favorites. Carell, Malkovich, Schwartz, Kudrow... Unfortunately, the writing was as poor as their performance was great. I felt like the show did not fit into any genre, and tried to do a bit of everything, without succeeding. Also felt like the story was falling apart more and more the further it progressed.
  • Jul 21, 2020
    Boring, seems to me the copy the office but way boring
  • Jul 21, 2020
    Just so you know... this is a good program. Apply the 3 episode rule and you'll be hooked. (What's the 3 episode rule? Always give a series 3 episode to settle in cause usually the first two episodes are setup). What this program isn't is a straight played for sit-com. This mixes many different things in it's search to give you something a lot better. Ignore the critics - I'm not sure they got what this was attempting to do. The criticisms I've read all seem to be around the same things "I want it to be this and it wasn't", well guess what - that's a problem on the receiving end not the program itself. I went in with zero preconceptions except that I liked many of the cast and the crew behind this. Space Force moves comedy into the reality of "Grey Characters". There isn't a straight man or comedy idiot, and there's very few heroes - just people trying to do things with conflicting beliefs and influences. It's incredibly well devised, well written, and exactly what we need when surrounded by the corrupt and stupid in power. There's a beautiful human kindness and gentleness here, an acknowledgement that all humans are flawed, be it a member of the Armed Forces, Scientist, Old or Young. I've read complaints about characters swinging from the straight man to the idiot - well guess what: that's life, that's how real people work, and I for one love that. These characters have genuine depth.
  • Jul 21, 2020
    At first, I wasn't a big fan. To be blunt, I thought the show couldn't decide its direction, and I thought it was poorly conceived. But it clicked around the third episode, and I realized all the nuance, satire, story, and humor I was missing. I realized I had a strong preconception of what the show *should* be, but when I let go of that and enjoyed it for what it is, I loved it. And I loved how dead on they were about some of the most frustrating dynamics in the public, military, science, and political sectors in the US and world. I think that it being billed as a straight up comedy hurt my initial watch enjoyment. Because it's not a comedy in the way The Office, 30 Rock, or Parks and Rec are comedies. It's not absurd. It should be on the surface--instead, it does a great job at showing the true absurdity that exists all around us. Of course some aspects are straight up unrealistic, but it's unusually realistic in many others. Also, there are some *really* funny moments. I wasn't laughing the whole time, but I enjoyed most of it, and laughed really hard at times. I know that some people did not enjoy it, but I wonder how many just didn't like it, and how many just couldn't try and watch it for what it is. Give it a chance. You might hate it, but you also might love it.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    this show is funny, and well written.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    It really could be much better if there are some deeper conflicts. The sarcastic needs improvements too. Simple problems combine with overdramatic reaction or unnecessary enthusiasm can always make people laugh. But sadly the show doesn't have either.

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