Nerdist’s First Look at Netflix’s Space Force Sitcom

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The Office is leaving Netflix, so they’re creating their own Steve Carell show about a slightly different kind of workplace — The Space Force sitcom.

Before we start talking about Netflix’s new Space Force sitcom, let’s talk a second about streaming services and where they’re headed, shall we. The big three—Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime—fulfill the roles of both production studio and distribution service these days. And all three create amazing original content.

Unfortunately, however, like any other dying thing, the classic networks are getting wise and lashing out. They’re pulling their best shows from these services and starting their own streaming services. And some networks are so damned stubborn they won’t even put their shows on any streaming platform. I’ve had a Netflix subscription for over a decade and Hulu for half that long and I’ve never seen The Big Bang Theory available on either.

Too Much for Too Little

So when CBS came out with “All Access,” their own streaming service, I thought, “Great! I can stream Leonard, Penny, and Sheldon, now.” Turns out I can’t, though. If I want to stream BBT, I need to subscribe to HBO Max (which makes NO sense, being that it was a CBS show). So there’s no real reason for me to keep CBS’s service, unless it turns out I really get into Picard. And even then, one show’s not enough to justify a subscription. Not when I’ve got more content than I’ll ever need on those three aforementioned services. I mean, at least with Disney Plus you get ALL Disney content, not just some of it, and they don’t leave out the best stuff.

Now NBC is following suit, and to bolster their content roster, they’re pulling “The Office” from Netflix. No way am I gonna shell out more monthly micro-money for crappy network content anymore, though. So thankfully, Netflix recruited Greg Daniels and Steve Carell—the team that made “The Office” magic, and they decided to make a show about America’s newest “branch” of the military, The Space Force. 

Netflix hasn’t released a whole lot about the show yet, but we do know that Lisa Kudrow will play Carell’s wife, and we know the rest of the cast includes John Malcovich, Noah Emmerich, and Fred Willard to name a few. We also know that its debut date is May 29th. 

Still, Nerdist did a video on what to expect, and I thought I’d share it with you.

It’s hard to say if Daniels and Carell will be able to re-create the magic they had in The Office, but one can hope. A couple of questions that spring to mind. First, will the format of the Space Force sitcom mirror The Office? Meaning, will it be shot like a reality show? If not, will there be a laugh track? Second, are the writers going to bring that same dry sense of humor to this show? I mean, Daniels and Carell created the show, but it’s a team of writers who has to deliver the goods. 

One thing we probably can count on, though, is a tight lid until it’s just about time for release. Netflix kind of does that. They don’t often release full-trailers or other info too far in advance, so we probably won’t see another trailer until the week of May 29th. Let’s keep our fingers crossed until then!

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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