Netflix’s ‘Space Force’ is a comedy-drama that is inspired by the real Space Force military branch of the United States. Created by Steve Carell and Greg Daniels, it follows the story of General Mark Naird who takes over the command of the newly formed division. The series focuses on the clash between science and politics while commenting on relevant issues and parodying well-known people. If you loved the show and are looking for something similar to binge next, then the following are the TV series that you must watch. You can find most of them on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, or any other streaming service.
5. The Office (2005-2013)
One of the reasons why you watched ‘Space Force’ is probably because you are a fan of ‘The Office’. Steve Carell and Greg Daniels had collaborated on the hit NBC comedy before they started working on the Netflix space comedy. However, somehow, if you have managed to keep your distance from ‘The Office’, then it is about time you caught up with it. Though it does not have a lot in common with ‘Space Force’, it does bear the comedy signature of the duo. It is also one of the best performances of Steve Carell, and the one that turned him into a household name, along with a number of other cast members in the show. Find out what the fuss is all about!
4. Avenue 5 (2020- present)
HBO’s ‘Avenue 5’ is another space comedy to have debuted in 2020. The series follows the story of another leader who finds himself inept at leading the crew because he doesn’t know the technicalities as they do. However, he is just as charismatic as Mark Naird and his heart is set at making thing right. The series stars Hugh Laurie in the role of Ryan Clark who serves as the captain of a space cruise ship. He doesn’t have to do much on a ship that is set on its course. However, a malfunction veers it off its course. What was supposed to be the journey of a few weeks turns into years. Chaos ensues on board the ship as some shocking secrets are revealed.
3. Other Space (2015)
With so many streaming services making it big in the market, Yahoo! tried to launch a service of its own. But, after a couple of shows and a great loss, it became clear that it could not sustain in such a competitive environment. One good thing out of this whole thing was ‘Other Space’. Created by Paul Feig, the sci-fi comedy series is set in the 22nd century and follows the story of a dysfunctional, mostly inexperienced crew who are set about in the Cruiser to explore the universe. But, they get sucked into a wormhole and get trapped in an unknown universe. Now, they have to try to get out of there without any help while also keeping their personal grudges at bay.
2. The Orville (2017- present)
If your expectations with ‘Space Force’ were that of a parody of sci-fi genre, then ‘The Orville’ is the one you should watch to make up for that disappointment. Set in the 25th century, it follows the story of the USS Orville. Each episode focuses on a new adventure for the team. Created by and starring Seth MacFarlane, the series takes all the best sci-fi movies and TV shows over the years and slips them into its story in the form of references or parodies. The ‘Star Trek’ series remains its primary muse, but it also pays homage to other classics. If you are a sci-fi fan, then you’ll certainly enjoy this show.
1. Veep (2012-2019)
If it was the bureaucratic angle of the show that amused you more than the space element, then ‘Veep’ is the show for you. In ‘Space Force’, the President remains in the shadows and leaves it on the Secretary of Defense, as well as Twitter, to convey his messages. In ‘Veep’, we get pretty close to the workings of POTUS by following around the Vice President. The series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the role of Selina Meyer, a chaotic person with even more-so disorderly team, trying to make their mark. ‘Veep’ has received widespread critical acclaim, won many awards, and is a must-watch when it comes to political satires.
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