Stepping foot on the moon may be one small step for a man, but it’s a colossal pain in the ass for Steve Carell in the teaser for Netflix’s upcoming workplace comedy “Space Force.”
The Emmy-nominated actor and 2015 Stern Show guest stars as General Mark R. Naird, a decorated pilot whose dreams of running the Air Force take a nosedive after he’s instead tapped to lead a newly formed branch of the U.S. military called the Space Force. Skeptical but dedicated, General Naird accepts the post and uproots his family—including an unruly daughter (“Booksmart’s” Diana Silvers)—to Colorado where he and a colorful team of scientists and would-be astronauts are tasked with an enormous mission: returning to the moon.
“Fifty years ago, our country put a man on the moon. Well, guess what, kids? We’re going back,” Carell’s character announces (above).
But launching the Space Force proves to be anything but easy for General Naird. After getting chewed out by Congress, struggling to connect with his subordinates, and watching a rocket blow up in his face, it seems the only thing that can calm him down is retreating back to his office to sing the Beach Boys song “Kokomo.”
“Space Force” is created by Carell and showrunner Greg Daniels (“The Office”). The series co-stars John Malkovich, Tawny Newsome, Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow, Jane Lynch, Fred Willard, Jimmy O. Yang, Noah Emmerich, Alex Sparrow, and Don Lake.
“Space Force” takes flight May 29 on Netflix.