Here's what 'Space Force' Viewers Really Think of the Show—And It's Not Pretty

Netflix's original series Space Force boasts an incredibly talented cast—Steve Carell, Lisa Kudrow and John Malkovich, to name a few. But despite the superstar names and the promise of becoming the next great workplace comedy, Space Force is being slammed by some viewers and critics.

There's a possibility the show had too much to love up, considering it both stars Carell and was co-created by him and Greg Daniels, the sitcom whiz involved with several iconic shows, including NBC's beloved version of The Office. Much to the dismay of Dunder-Mifflin die-hards, Space Force's humor is different from The Office, and Michael Scott is nowhere to be found.

Carell plays a similarly tone-deaf character who leads America's new military branch, Space Force. The humor sometimes revolves around one-liners, but mainly relies on over-the-top moments, like when America's security is relying on a space-bound monkey to repair a terrorized satellite, or when Carell submits himself to a moon life experiment that he's less than prepared for.

Fans expecting a cheeky comedy filled with lovable personalities, like The Office, aren't going to find that. Instead, they'll find lots of butting heads and mock-suspenseful moments that jeopardize American security.

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John Malkovich (L) and Steve Carell in 'Space Force.' AARON EPSTEIN/Netflix

Critics didn't exactly support Space Force's launch. Vulture's Jen Chaney called the series a "massive misfire" and asked, "Why and how did a series co-created by The Office veterans Greg Daniels and Steve Carell, with a cast of really funny actors ... come out this bad?"

And if that wasn't telling enough, Space Force is sitting with a 39 perfect approval on Rotten Tomatoes by critics. The audience score is a good bit higher at 76 percent, but even with that positive number, Forbes pointed out recently that Space Force is ranked the 156th best Netflix Original on IMDb.

Viewers seem to have mixed opinions about the show's premiere. The first full season debuted on Friday, and Twitter is still split on the series.

Do a quick search on the social media platform and you'll be able to find a handful of commenters who loved the humor.

So, some good news, Space Force is hilarious.

— Strange Brew Coffeehouse (@SBCoffeehouse) June 1, 2020

Enjoyed episode 1 of the quirky @realspaceforce. A silly treat of a comedy created by & starring @SteveCarell. Having the charming Carell on screen is never ever a bad thing. 10 eps look like it won't be enough, but its a nice start. Can’t wait for more..... #SpaceForce

— Anthony Shannon (@AnthonyShannon2) June 1, 2020

#SpaceForce is so good se01 is too short aaaarrgh!

— UnkerArep (@RajaAriff) June 1, 2020

Bingeing #SpaceForce on #Netflix 😂 one of the best shows I've seen during lockdown 💗

— ⸸𝔹𝕒𝕓𝕪𝕝𝕠𝕟 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕊𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕤𝕗𝕒𝕔𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕪🜏 (@lisa_kitto) May 31, 2020

But you'll also be able to turn up tweets from other people who didn't find anything about the show funny.

Space Force has failed to launch and is a disappointment.
There's hardly anything funny for 5 minutes in each episode.
The only hope I have is that if there's a second season,they'll do a great job
like The Office and P&R which had a bearable first season.
Agreed, Gen.Naird.

— Sreesanth (@msreesanth) June 1, 2020

#SpaceForce isn't just mediocre, it is highly misdirected as well. To write a show that takes place during a lunatic man's presidency only to satirize AOC for talking about food stamps in relation to space budget is so dumb and so so wrong.

— Keerthana. (@populapette) June 1, 2020

I feel like I’m watching a whole series of threat level midnight 😂 #SpaceForce @SteveCarell #TheOffice

— Gail Contreras (@gailc0ntreras) June 1, 2020

This show has an original idea that appeared good , and an amazing cast but still it's only worth watching if you are bored and have no expectations . #SpaceForce

— Abdulaziz réd rõ Morgōth (@RedDevil1418) June 1, 2020

Space Force has yet to be renewed for a second season, but it definitely sets up a plot for future episodes. (Viewers were left with specific questions about the series, which, if asked, would serve as major spoilers, so we'll leave them out.) We'll just have to wait and see what Netflix decides to do with the series.

In the meantime, you can decide for yourself by watching the first season on Netflix.