Homeboys in Outer Space

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Homeboys in Outer Space
Genre Fantasy/Sitcom
Created by Ehrich Van Lowe
Directed by Albert Alarr
Gerry Cohen
Matthew Diamond
Patrick Maloney
Howard Ritter
Tony Singletary
Glynn Turman
Starring Flex
Darryl Bell
Composer(s) Kevin Guillaume
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 21
Production
Executive producer(s) Ehrich Van Lowe
Producer(s) Stan Foster
Lore Kimbrough
Richard G. King
Jeffrey Lampert
Miguel A. Núñez, Jr.
Ted Schachter
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Sweet Lorraine Productions
Touchstone Television
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Broadcast
Original channel UPN
Original run August 27, 1996 (1996-08-27) – May 13, 1997 (1997-05-13)

Homeboys in Outer Space is an American science fiction/fantasy sitcom that aired on UPN from 1996 to 1997. The series stars comedian Flex and Darryl Bell.

Synopsis[edit]

The plot centers around two astronauts, Tyberius "Ty" Walker (Flex) and Morris Clay (Bell), who flew around the universe in a winged car, nicknamed the "Space Hoopty", in the 23rd century. The duo's car, which was a cross between a lowrider and an 18 wheeler, was piloted by a talking female computer named Loquatia. The show was intended as a parody of science fiction shows such as Star Trek, or even a parody/homage to the successful space comedy Red Dwarf.

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Response[edit]

The series was panned by critics[1][2] and was canceled by UPN after one season.

The series was later featured on TV Guide's List of the 50 Worst TV Shows of All Time.

Episode list[edit]

Series # Season # Title Notes Original air date
1 1 "There's No Space Like Home, or Return of the Jed Eye" Ty and Morris are two wacky space cadets hustling jobs in the 23rd century, waiting for the contract that will pay off big. When famous and notorious bounty hunter Jed Eye, who seems to be old friends/enemies with Amma, approaches them with a lucrative contract to find buried treasure, they're in seventh heaven, but there's no such thing as easy money. Once they're on the mission, Jed Eye hijacks the Hoopty and strands Morris and Ty on a deserted asteroid. After they are picked up by a little old lady who lusts after Ty, our heroes hail a space taxi and track Jed Eye to the planet Remula, where he has gone to retrieve his buried treasure. Jed Eye, who has the ability to change his shape, makes himself look like Morris and manages to capture Ty. At the last minute, Morris shows up and turns the tables on Jed Eye. As Morris and Ty count their money, Amma shows up and claims the treasure. Jed Eye stole it from her years ago. Morris and Ty reluctantly hand over the treasure, and Amma pays them a small finder's fee, which is immediately snatched out of their hands by the space-taxi driver, who has been waiting all this time with the meter running. August 27, 1996
2 2 "The Pleasure Planet Principle, or G Marks the Spot" It's Morris's birthday and Ty has forgotten, yet again, to get him a birthday present. Ty's tickets for his vacation to the pleasure planet Fallopia arrive on the Hoopty, and Ty pretends that he bought the vacation for Morris. Morris and Ty arrive on Fallopia and find that it is a lush planet full of beautiful women. Morris is thrilled that Ty got him such a generous gift. Ty is incredibly frustrated that he is going to miss out on a weekend filled with pleasure. Back on the Jupiter Too, Vashti activates his new android, Android Lloyd Wellington III. When the android hears that Morris and Ty have gone to Fallopia, he explains to Vashti and Amma that the Fallopians lure men to their planet, only to mate with them and then throw them into a volcano. Back on Fallopia, Morris is getting settled in his room and Ty is reluctant to leave. Morris finds out that Ty originally bought the vacation for himself, and he is furious with Ty. Ty apologizes and leaves Fallopia. Back on the Hoopty, Ty watches some Fallopian TV and sees that Morris is about to be thrown into the volcano. Ty disguises himself as a woman and sneaks back to the planet to rescue Morris. After Ty manages to get both himself and Morris captured by the Fallopians, Amma shows up and rescues them. September 3, 1996
3 3 "Papa's Got A Brand New Old Bag or, That's No Lady, That's My Grandma" Ty and Morris meet a relative when they transport cryogenic chambers. Android Lloyd Wellington III becomes a regular character after this episode September 10, 1996
4 4 "Behold a Pale Planet or, What If God Was One of Us" No synopsis available. September 17, 1996
5 5 "Loquatia Unplugged or, Come Back, Little Cyber" Loquatia's singing career forces the guys to install a new computerized navigator. September 24, 1996
6 6 "House Party or, Play That Funky White Music Droid" After the Jupiter Too fails a routine intergalactic inspection by Inspector 17, Vashti puts Ty and Morris in charge of cleaning up and keeping an eye on the place while he's on vacation. Ty and Morris are in desperate need of funds to repair the Hoopty. Much to Morris's initial dismay, the little idea light goes off in Ty's head, and the guys are soon the hosts of a universal party held at...where else? The Jupiter Too! Morris is suddenly thrilled with the amounts of cash rolling in, but, before Ty can say "Vashti," Inspector 17 decides not only to shut the Jupiter Too down, but also to blow it up. October 1, 1996
7 7 "Dog Day Afternoon, or When the Going Gets Ruff" As Mo and Ty are bringing Vashti's poodle back from a grooming, they pass through an energy field that transfers Morris's consciousness into the dog. October 15, 1996
8 8 "Devil in Miss Jones or, Dismember of the Wedding" While Vashti plans for his little sister's wedding, Ty and Morris discover that the dreaded Lucifer virus has possessed Loquatia. October 29, 1996
9 9 "Trading Faces or All the King's Homeys" No synopsis available. November 5, 1996
10 10 "A Man's Place is in the Homey, or The Stepford Guys" When the Hoopty conks out in outer space, it's towed to a planet run by women, where Ty and Morris discover they'll have to work off the repair bill in a strip club. November 12, 1996
11 11 "Homeboys in Wonderland or, Hoopty Doopty" Ty and Morris are offered up as guinea pigs for a new transporter machine that Vashti has purchased. When the guys emerge from the machine, they step into a world that is 180 degrees opposite from the one they left - and they like it fine! Ty and Morris emerge from the transporter as the most feared space pirates in the galaxy. Vashti kowtows to them, and Amma lavishes her favors on the guys. With their new status, they have a hard time justifying their return to the other side. Meanwhile, evil versions of the pair are transported to the Jupiter Too in their place, wreaking havoc in both dimensions. November 19, 1996
12 12 "Super Bad Foxy Lady Killer or Ty and Morris Get the Shaft" An homage to 1970s blacksploitation flicks with a take-off on that era's popular "Shaft" series. Ty and Morris bend the rules of quantum physics when they are sucked up into an antique motion picture - Staff - a mid-20th-century opus in the genre of blacksploitation. The trick is that they can't interfere with the plot, or they'll remain trapped in the film forever. November 26, 1996
13 13 "Brother's Got No Soul, or I Love Lucifer" When a shady character appears in the Jupiter Too, everyone is smart enough to steer clear of the sly little guy, except for Ty, who is easy prey for the devil, a.k.a. "Mr. Tan". Ty signs a contract that promises him fame, power, and women, women, women! This is all in exchange for a payment that Mr. Tan, the broker on the deal, says they can discuss at a later date. Ty is suddenly transformed into the sexiest, most fearless mercenary in the entire universe, just as Morris Ty's smarter half, realizes exactly who Mr. Tan really is. But Ty is sucked into the sweltering underground sauna known as "Hell" before Morris can knock some sense into his fellow Homeboy. January 7, 1997
14 14 "El Voyage Fantastico, or I've Got You Under My Skin" When Amma falls ill with the fatal tropical disease pina colitis, Andy shrinks the Hoopty, Ty and Morris, and injects them into her bloodstream to battle the virus. January 14, 1997
15 15 "The Longest Yard and a Half or, The Shawshank Redemption Center" When Ty and Morris are caught smuggling sugar, they're sent to prison—but they plan to break out during a football game with a rival prison. January 28, 1997
16 16 "An Officer and a Homeboy or, Full Metal Jackass" When the Ebolatollah threatens the galaxy, Ty and Mo enlist in the military, where Ty is thrown out of boot camp and Mo is sent on a hazardous mission to find a way to successfully drop a mega-bomb on the enemy's command post. February 4, 1997
17 17 "Happy Happy, Droid Droid, or Amma Sees Red" Andy is successful in finding the sacred orb, and the guys realize he has proven himself to be a Soldier of Fortune. When they discover that he has no emotions, they try to find him an emotion donor, but the doctor thinks they are volunteers. Amma's best friend comes to visit, and Amma feels left out whenever she's around. February 11, 1997
18 18 "The Naked and the Dred, or The Toast of the Town" Ty inherits the planet "Indabuff" from his uncle, inhabited by all naked people and where the law forbids clothing. Morris joins a rebellious group of the planet that wants to wear clothes, and is sentenced to death. Ty's Uncle Rollo dies and leaves Ty his estate, which includes the planet Indabuff, where garments are illegal, but Morris joins a group of clothes-wearing rebels. February 18, 1997
19 19 "Tales From the Dark Side or, Ty Takes the Redeye" Ty takes an offer to become a Redeye Knight, but he finds himself lured to the evil Dark Side; meanwhile, Vashti has trouble with the I.R.S. April 29, 1997
20 20 "How the West Was Lost or, Daddy's Home" The Hoopty crashes on the Fantasy Planet, where Mr. Dork and Snafu accommodate Mo's cowboy fantasy and Ty's desire for a perfect sitcom family. May 6, 1997
21 21 "The Adventures of Ratman and Gerbil or, Holy Homeboys in Outer Space" Ty and Mo purchase the Ratman and Gerbil superhero franchise; little realizing the evil Rhymer has a villainous coalition ready to destroy them. May 13, 1997

References[edit]

  1. ^ McKissack, Fredrick L. , Jr. (February 1997). "Homeboys in Outer Space". The Progressive. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  2. ^ Tucker, Ken (1996-09-13). "Beyond the Big 4". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 

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