|Created by||Gabe Liedman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||26 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080p|
|Original release||September 2, 2021|
Q-Force is an American adult animated comedy series on Netflix. In April 2019, Netflix ordered 10 episodes of the series, with Gabe Liedman as a showrunner, along with Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, and others as executive producers. It was released on September 2, 2021.
This series is about Queer Force (Q-Force), a group of undervalued LGBT superspies, and is centered on a gay secret agent who is like James Bond, Steve Maryweather (also known as Agent Mary), as they try to prove themselves on personal and professional adventures. One day, Mary decides to prove himself to the American Intelligence Agency (AIA), solve a case, and get the approval of the agency, but they have to add a new member to their team, a straight man.
Voice cast and characters
- Steve Maryweather (voiced by Sean Hayes) – Also known as Agent Mary, Steve was formerly a rising star of the AIA before he came out as gay. He heads the Q-Force team consisting of himself, Stat, Twink, and Deb.
- Director Dirk Chunley (voiced by Gary Cole) – The director of the AIA who is straight and hard-nosed.
- Agent Rick Buck (voiced by David Harbour) – A straight agent brought into the Q-Force team once they became official spies, serving as a liaison between them and the AIA.
- Stat (voiced by Patti Harrison) – A hacker who is part of the Q-Force and has a secret of their own.
- V (voiced by Laurie Metcalf) – The deputy director of the AIA and highest-ranking woman in the agency, who has a soft spot for Mary.
- Twink (voiced by Matt Rogers) – A gay French Canadian who is a "Master of drag" and part of the Q-Force.
- Deb (voiced by Wanda Sykes) – A skilled lesbian mechanic who is part of the Q-Force and has a wife.
- Benji (voiced by Gabe Liedman) – A gay man who is the love interest of Mary and is often in danger due to his closeness to the Q-Force.
- Mira Popadopolous (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz) – The princess of Gyenorvya who is dating Buck.
- Chasten Barkley (voiced by Dan Levy) - A billionaire entrepreneur and long-time friend of Mary's.
- Caryn (voiced by Niecy Nash) - V's former partner.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||Prod.|
|1||"Rogue"||Josh Taback||Gabe Liedman||September 2, 2021||101|
|In 2011, Steve Maryweather, the top recruit at the academy of the American Intelligence Agency (AIA), comes out as gay during his graduation ceremony and subsequently finds himself discriminated against by the vast majority of his colleagues. AIA Director Dirk Chunley, believing LGBT+ agents are less effective than straight ones, sidelines Steve by assigning him to West Hollywood, as it has a large LGBT+ community and no significance to national security. Ten years later in 2021, Steve remains at his West Hollywood posting and has a team that he has recruited over the years, namely mechanic and driver Deb, disguise artist Twink and expert hacker Stat, all of whom are also LGBT+ like Steve. The team is additionally called 'Q-Force' behind their backs, as a play on the word queer. Tired of continually having no assignments from the AIA, Steve convinces the team to go rogue and find an assignment themselves. Based on a tip-off from Twink, the team finds a Chechen terrorist at a gay bar and successfully apprehend him. They discover information linking the terrorist to a nuclear bomb plot and when confronted by Chunley for going rogue, AIA Deputy Director V defends the team and has them promoted. As the team settle into their new, upgraded HQ in West Hollywood and formally adopt the name Q-Force, Steve's old academy rival Rick Buck is assigned by Chunley to supervise them.|
|2||"Deb's BBQ"||Jeanette Moreno King||Megan Amram||September 2, 2021||102|
|After being commissioned as an upgraded team within the AIA, Steve and his team await the arrival of Deputy Director V to oversee the hacking of encrypted data related to the stolen uranium plot that the team uncovered from the Chechen terrorist. Seeking to impress V, Steve authorises Stat to begin the hack early but Stat trips a security fail-safe and the team are soon left with only 2 hours to override the fail-safe before the data is destroyed, during which time Stat succumbs to fatigue. At the same time, Buck and Twink clash over Twink's value as a spy, leading to Twink questioning his value after having flashbacks to his childhood being raised by demanding parents. With Twink and Stat both in crisis, Steve seeks Deb's help as she hosts her annual BBQ with her wife Pam for their lesbian friends on her day off. Deb begrudgingly agrees to help, on the condition that nobody in Q-Force tells Pam that she is a spy. Together, the team fixes Stat's fatigue and stops the fail-safe from destroying the data, although V arrives and discovers Steve authorised the hack without her approval. V tells Steve he should be less forthright in future whilst a recovered Twink, disguised as Steve, reprimands Buck and says he should be kinder to Twink in future.|
|3||"Backache Mountain"||Alex Salyer||Guy Branum||September 2, 2021||103|
|Based on the decrypted data from the Chechen terrorist, the team are sent to a rural mining town in Wyoming to investigate the source of the stolen uranium. Upon arrival, mission leader Buck sidelines Stat, Deb and Twink to investigate the town whilst Buck and Steve investigate the uranium mine. They discover the mine is staffed by automated robots and that only one human employee, Ennis, remains to provide maintenance. Realising that Ennis is gay, Buck and Steve compete to seduce him for information, resulting in Buck being incapacitated and Steve failing to seduce Ennis on the first try. After advice about sex on missions from V and Buck, Steve successfully seduces Ennis and steals information from him, discovering that the automated robots are the ones stealing uranium. Meanwhile, in the town, Deb, Stat and Twink pose as Erin Brokovich and her camera crew to dig for information, eventually stumbling upon a plot by local, laid-off mineworkers to imminently blow up the mine. Steve rescues Buck and Ennis from the collapsing mine after the bomb goes off whilst Stat, Twink and Deb steal a robot and some uranium from the Chechen's to track their whereabouts. As Deb returns home, she discovers her wife Pam has been kidnapped by the Chechens, who demand the uranium returned.|
|4||"EuropeVision"||Josh Taback||Matt Rogers||September 2, 2021||104|
|Following Pam's kidnapping, Q-Force is dispatched to the annual EuropeVision song contest where Pam is being held hostage. V instructs the team to recover Pam by faking an exchange for the uranium whilst stressing they cannot let the uranium fall into enemy hands. The small nation of Gyenorvya is hosting EuropeVision and upon arrival, the team find their contact for the mission is Mira Popadopolous, the Princess of Gyenorvya. Mira arranges for Q-Force to enter the EuropeVision arena as part of the entourage for Vox Tux, the Gynenorvyan entry. Whilst Steve contends with an impulsive, impatient Deb and Buck has sex with Mira, Twink begins a rivalry with Vox that results in Vox dying and Twink taking over her role in disguise. Twink, Steve and Deb discover that Pam has been disguised as EuropeVision co-host Vonda and rescue her successfully. Deb resigns from the AIA immediately afterwards and admits to Pam that she is a spy. When Deb and Pam leave, Steve is knocked out and captured by EuropeVision host Demetrius Viszion, whom Stat discovers is using EuropeVision as a cover for international arms deals. With Steve due to be auctioned off by Kazakhstan, Deb returns to Q-Force at Pam's urging and the team works together to successfully rescue Steve, kill Demetrius and recover the uranium. V arrives in the aftermath to congratulate Q-Force, but when asked by Mira about her former partner, Caryn, V realises she has missing memories.|
|5||"WeHo Confidential"||Alex Salyer||Max Silvestri||September 2, 2021||105|
|Steve and his boyfriend Benji attend a party hosted by gay billionaire Chasten Barkley, a former friend of Steve's who knows his true identity as a spy. Chasten asks Steve to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his assistant Patrick and Steve finds that the West Hollywood Sheriff Department has no interest in Patrick's disappearance. He also encounters Patrick's roommate, Toluca Lake, who reveals Patrick went missing at a secret rave. Steve asks Antoni, an old friend of Benji's, for more information about the rave but Antoni is killed in a scooter bomb meant for Steve, set off by Detective Gosh of the Sheriff Department. Steve discovers the rave's location from Antoni's phone and goes undercover there with Twink and Buck. The team find that Sheriff Globuchar and her officers are kidnapping gay men and forcing them to act in TV programmes to create content that will enrich the Sheriff's Department. Steve, Twink and Buck rescue the kidnapped actors, kill Gosh and capture Globuchar just before Chasten arrives on a boat to rescue them. However, Chasten betrays Steve by kidnapping the rescued actors, revealing himself as another villain with Toluca as his henchwoman. Meanwhile, Pam successfully undergoes spy training as part of therapy with Deb and the two help V recover her missing memories, during which V finds the AIA wiped her memories of Caryn on Director Chunley's orders.|
|6||"The Secretaries' Ball"||Jeanette Moreno King||Chloe Keenan||September 2, 2021||106|
|In the aftermath of Chasten's betrayal, Twink and Stat are sent undercover into Chasten's company to recover the kidnapped actors. Meanwhile, Steve and Deb go to Intellicon, a major networking event for spies, in order to lobby for more influence and funding for Q-Force. However, V recruits them to break into Director Chunley's office to recover information on her brainwashing. Despite agreeing to undertake the mission, Steve chooses to attend Chunley's party instead so he can network with the AIA's senior leadership. V and Deb break into the AIA regardless, later being joined by Steve and the three end up being confronted at gunpoint by Director Chunley and his secretary Louisa. Chunley reveals that V shot and killed Caryn during their last mission together, leading V to escape before she can be arrested. On the undercover mission, Twink and Stat are introduced to Chasten's elite hacking team by Toluca, who easily enthrals Stat with her charms, worrying Twink. He decides to carry on with the mission alone and works with Jacqueline Box, Stat's AI assistant and lover, to uncover information about the secret ingredient to Chasten's beauty products. However, Chasten and Toluca capture Buck, Twink and Stat, who reveal that the secret ingredient comes from the residue after crushing young men to death. With Buck, Twink and the actors about to be crushed, Jacqueline sacrifices herself to go into Chasten's mainframe, successfully destroying the system at the cost of her own life. Buck arrests Chasten and Toluca whilst Twink comforts Stat about the loss of Jacqueline.|
|7||"Tarzana"||Josh Taback||Ira Madison III||September 2, 2021||107|
|Steve accompanies Benji to Antoni’s funeral in Benji’s hometown of Tarzana, located in the San Fernando Valley. During the visit, Steve is plagued by visions of a dead Antoni as he feels guilty for Antoni’s death during the investigation into the missing actors. Steve also meets Benji’s welcoming parents and his hometown friends before V suddenly shows up, posing as Steve’s mom. V requests Steve’s help but he refuses, though he is also unable to get rid of V as Benji and his family welcome her into their home. However, after V tries to sedate Benji and his family, Steve throws V out. At the funeral, Steve is confronted by Greg, a fellow AIA agent with who he studied at the academy. Greg threatens Benji’s life, leading Steve and Greg to fight. As Greg tries to shoot Steve, V takes the bullet for him and remembers the word ‘Greyscale’ before collapsing. A still alive Caryn knocks Greg out and runs off with V’s body. Fearing for Benji’s life in the aftermath of Greg’s attack, Steve breaks up with him. Back at Q-Force HQ, Deb, Twink and Stat prank Buck after he is harsh on Deb. Twink poses as Princess Mira and cons Buck into a fake date. During the date, they discover Buck is an orphan and more emotionally sensitive than he seems. The prank backfires when Twink’s portrayal of Mira prompts Buck to resign from the AIA and propose marriage to Mira. Feeling guilty, Deb, Twink and Stat admit their prank to Buck, who is heartbroken. Twink apologises to Buck and suggests he visit the real Mira to admit his feelings and Stat erases evidence of Buck’s resignation.|
|8||"Greyscale"||Alex Salyer||Liza Dye||September 2, 2021||108|
|Q-Force investigate the meaning of ‘Greyscale’ further, discovering that it’s a project associated with a physician in Palm Springs named Dr Hammond. Without authorisation from the AIA, Q-Force decides to go to Palm Springs to investigate further. Meanwhile, Director Chunley suspends Buck for his failure to contain Q-Force and his feelings for Princess Mira. Feeling sorry for Buck, Steve invites him to join them on their secret mission to Palm Springs. Upon arrival, Q-Force finds that patients at Hammond’s medical practice are behaving suspiciously after treatment. Steve follows Andrew, a patient who displayed signs of spy training when observed by Q-Force and flirts with him to get an invite to a party that Andrew is hosting. At the party, Steve, Deb and Buck discover that all of the neighbourhood community are gay ex AIA agents who have been brainwashed to forget their sexualities and their time with the AIA. Twink and Stat break into Hammond’s home to find out more but are caught by Hammond, who alerts the AIA before committing suicide. Q-Force flees the pursuing AIA but are able to reverse the brainwashing effect on the former agents, leading them to begin fighting the pursuing AIA teams. Q-Force escapes and reunites with Caryn and V. Steve resolves to fix Greyscale’s horrors but as the group celebrate their new mission, V covertly warns Steve that they need to talk about Caryn.|
|9||"The Coeur de la Mer"||Jeanette Moreno King||Zackery Alexzander Stephens and Tim Zientek||September 2, 2021||109|
|V and Caryn recount their last mission in Venezuela to Q-Force, revealing that they conspired to fake Caryn’s death so that V could be promoted and gain the authority to destroy Greyscale, a plan foiled by V’s brainwashing. V tells Q-Force that the AIA keeps information on the locations of former agents brainwashed under Grayscale at Coeur de la Mer, a top-secret bunker in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Mentally unstable from decades of being in hiding, Caryn proposes using a nuclear bomb to destroy the bunker, worrying V. With Steve’s help, V finds the coordinates for Coeur de la Mer and convinces Q-Force to leave without Caryn, fearing she is too unstable for the mission. The team flies to Coeur de la Mer in a jet supplied by Princess Mira but finds Caryn has stowed away on board anyway, forcing them to include her on the mission. As Q-Force searches for the bunker, Director Chunley and Louisa arrive but are captured by the team. Chunley tries to make a deal with Steve to cover up Greyscale but Steve refuses on principle, instead forcing Chunley to lead Q-Force into the bunker. Stat downloads the information about the brainwashed Greyscale agents but finds evidence that the AIA is committing even worse acts against agents and civilians. Steve orders Stat to upload all compromising information to Mira’s plane as an insurance policy against repercussions from Chunley. Enraged by the new revelations, V blows up the bunker and destroys the AIA’s communications system. However, Q-Force is left stranded on the island by Mira, who tells them she has kidnapped Buck and intends to use the compromising information about the AIA for Gynenorvya’s benefit. With no way to contact the rest of the AIA, Q-Force temporarily allies with Chunley to stop Mira, with Steve proposing to use the brainwashed Greyscale agents as their allies.|
|10||"The Hole"||Josh Taback||Gabe Liedman||September 2, 2021||110|
|Q-Force frees a group of the brainwashed Greyscale agents to recruit them for the mission against Mira. At the World Pride Festival in Gyenorvya, Q-Force goes undercover to rescue Buck whilst Chunley tries to cover up the data theft back in Washington D.C. Mira publicly announces her engagement and imminent marriage to Buck, who has been brainwashed by her. Q-Force finds that Mira will transition from Princess to Queen once she marries, giving her supreme authority over Gyenorvya and allowing her to declare war on other countries. To stop her, Q-Force hunts for the ‘Horn of Objection’, an ancient Gyenorvyan artefact that can be used to stop a royal wedding under Gyenorvyan culture. Steve and Stat also discover that Mira intends to brainwash the entire LGBT+ community at World Pride by using Greyscale technology as part of her plan to create a personal army. Q-Force delays the start of the wedding ceremony and is joined by V and the freed Greyscale agents in fighting off Mira’s guards. Twink, in disguise as Mira, disrupts the ceremony and is crowned Queen in Mira’s place. Enraged, the real Mira activates the brainwashing, forcing Q-Force to fight against the LGBT+ community in attendance until V breaks the brainwashing, arresting Mira in the process. Back in West Hollywood, Q-Force and the freed agents celebrate and are thanked by Chunley, who is brainwashed on Steve’s orders by Louisa. Steve also reunites with Benji and reveals he is a spy.|
Production and release
Hayes and Milliner had been considering the idea for the series for some time. Milliner called a spy TV series tough to make and Hayes said that they were thinking how to get such a series, and have it animated, while having "the fun parts of a James Bond film." He added that animation allows for "freedom" to do more than a live-action series. Milliner also said that he wasn't sure if studios would greenlight "a feature with a leading character that's gay in that genre" and noted that it "one of the last bastions of masculinity" that can't be broken down. He further said that teaming up with co-creator Michael Schur happened quickly because he had been friends from a while back, and asked him if he wanted to work on the project, with Schur saying yes. Liedman later told Animation Magazine that the show began with the idea to about "a gay James Bond," and that he, along with Hayes and Milliner, came up with the idea for "an ensemble comedy about queer secret agents." Following this, Liedman, Hayes, Milliner and Schur pitched the idea to Universal Television, which approved of the idea, and it was sold to Netflix.
In April 2019, Netflix ordered 10 episodes of the series. It was also said that each episode would be 30 minutes long. At the same time, some reported that Sean Hayes would voice the series protagonist. Also in April 2019, Gabe Liedman as the showrunner, along with Sean Hayes, and Todd Milliner, and various others, as executive producers, were confirmed. Liedman later revealed that they "always knew" that Hayes would play the protagonist. Liedman, also said in December 2019, the show's writers "started putting the episodes together."
In January 2020, it was reported that the series would be animated by Titmouse, Inc.'s Canadian studio. In April 2020, Animation Magazine and Deadline reported that the show was one of the many series that the Writers Guild of America West negotiated deals with in order to ensure that production for the animated series proceeded even with the COVID-19 pandemic. In a later interview, Liedman said that more than half of the writing, and all of the acting, and animation had to be "done in isolation" due to the pandemic, noting that the show's first season "took about 18 months to finish." In September 2020, it was reported that Guy Branum would be a co-executive producer for the series. In December 2020, Deadline described Q-Force as an "upcoming animated series." Chloe Keenan was also confirmed as a writer for the show.
In January 2021 it was reported that Matt Rogers, the host of HBO Max's Haute Dog, served as a staff writer for the show. It was also reported that Charlie Nagelhout, a 2D artist, would be working as a prop designer at Titmouse on the series. In May 2021, it was reported that non-binary comedian Zackery Alexzander Stephens will be working on the show in some capacity, In June 2021, Gary Cole, David Harbour, Patti Harrison, Laurie Metcalf, Matt Rogers, Wanda Sykes, and Gabe Liedman joined the voice cast. The same month, it was confirmed that Hazy Mills Productions, a company run by Hayes, would be one of the companies producing the series. Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment were also reported to be the ones producing the series with the help of Universal Television.
On June 23, 2021, a 40-second teaser for the series was released. Reuben Baron of CBR noted that those on Twitter claimed that the series had various stereotypes and attacked those behind the show, leading some storyboarders to lock their Twitter accounts. Baron argued that while there were some stereotypical jokes in the trailer, he said that the trailer's "stereotypical gay jokes" center around one of the protagonists, and that some of the responses to one of the characters, Twink, shows "internal prejudices within the gay community." One of the show's animators, Alanna Train, criticized the trailer, saying it did not truly represent the show, and its characters, adding that many queer artists worked on the show itself. Liedman later said, in response to questions about the trailer, that he wanted to make people laugh, and "offer them a few hours of entertainment, rather than wanting to shock audiences." Rogers told The A.V. Club that he didn't think the trailer was 'a great representation of what the show is" and he understands the response, but added he respects the people who worked on the show.
On August 12, a trailer for the series was released and received more positively than the teaser which had been released in June. Following the trailer's release, Leidman, when interviewed by CBS8, said that it was important to build the story "into an ensemble comedy" and to tell the "story of the wider [LGBTQ] community" with the show.
Before the show's release, Liedman told Animation Magazine that the show's visuals were inspired by animation in BoJack Horseman and Archer and called Andrew Goldberg, the showrunner of Big Mouth, his "teacher and mentor," and praised John Rice, the supervising director of the show, as a key to ensure the show's production and completion. He also called Matt Rogers, the show's "breakout star" and described The Simpsons as deeply influencing him. He argued that a "message of acceptance and LGBTQ+ equality and pride" is integrated into the show, which he called "super fun and exciting." In another interview with Consequence, Liedman said that the series builds upon his work on PEN15, Big Mouth, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, while also noting references in the series to L.A. Confidential and The Princess Diaries and inspiration from Mission: Impossible and Jason Bourne film series. Rogers, in an interview with Gay City News, said he came to embody the character of Twink after reading the show's pilot script, and said he 'gravitated towards him naturally." In response to a question about the show's stereotypes, he said that he understood the "hesitancy and difficulty to swallow queer content by queer audiences," and noted the anxiety over seeing such characters and representation. He further defended the show, saying that people do talk like Twink and hopes that people embrace the show due to the "many queer identities represented" in the show, calling the show "a very sweet story about a chosen family."
The first season was released on September 2, 2021. On the day of the show's premiere, Liedman, in an interview with ET, said that the adventures the characters embark on have big stakes, with "a world hanging in the balance." He also defended the show's maturity, noting that it is "a show for adults" and said "people can handle it or they can turn it off, you know?" On September 6, in an article with The A.V. Club, Rogers said that Twink's "use of code-switching as a superpower" was clever, and praised the character, calling getting the role a "unique opportunity." He further said that people are going to have different reactions to the show, but describing it as a whole "by queer people, for queer people."
The release of the trailer on June 23 was met with heavily polarized reactions. Reuben Baron of CBR was apprehensive about the show, saying he wasn't sure if the show would be any good and that the show's humor is "not for everyone," but said that the fact the show is written, starring, and animated by queer people makes a difference. He also concluded that no matter how the show turns out, it is "not being made from a place of bigotry," telling people to wait until the show's release to criticize it. Charles Pulliam-Moore of Gizmodo stated that the show's "premise and the jokes in the trailer come across like a much more tame and recognizable go at the kind of queer pandering the show itself calls out," but that it "might end up having something interesting to say when it premieres." Gavia Baker-Whitelaw of The Daily Dot stated that the trailer "looks kind of cringeworthy, focusing on stereotypes and unfunny one-liners" and that the show "seems destined to join the ranks of mediocre adult animated sitcoms." Baker-Whitelaw also said that despite the fact the show is "walking the walk in terms of queer representation," it doesn't guarantee the show will be good, and said the show feels corny, dated, and as sophisticated as The Ambiguously Gay Duo. Farid-ul-Haq of The Geekiary argued that while he was excited by the show back in 2019, his excitement disappeared after watching the trailer, saying the trailer "seems to be relying too much on problematic queer stereotypes," concluding that while there is an interesting story, it is not right to harass those associated with the series, like artists and animators. Matt Moen of Paper said that while the show features "the queerest lineup of spies," he argued that the show, as based on the trailer, would not be subtle or nuanced in its "queer-centric humor" but that many were not enthusiastic about the seeming stereotypes, and concluded that it remains to be seen whether the show is entertaining and groundbreaking or "woefully two-dimensional."
In contrast, Michael Cuby of them. was more positive, saying the show sounded "ridiculously entertaining," even before the trailer dropped, and saying that with the reveal of the cast, they would add it to their Netflix queue. Additionally, Cuby said they were "intrigued by the premise," were excited by the trailer, and praised the "queer-affirming dialogue." May Rude of Out stated that the trailer was "filled with comedy, action, and plenty of pure and beautiful homosexuality" and argued that the show "could be the queer adult cartoon we’ve been waiting for!"
Q-Force received mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 25% approval rating with an average rating of 3.2/10, based on 12 reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Q-Force's heart is in the right place, but dated stereotypes and a general lack of humor make this animated action adventure fall flat." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 45 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
B.L. Panther of The Spool described the show as "splendidly queer" and praised the show for its ability to "sketch sex and desire as an integral part of queerness," but criticized it for showing "queer culture" only as defined by cisgender White gay people, and its attempt to "force acceptance and assimilation" as something that is important to the show's characters, and hoped the show would improve in future seasons. Mika A. Epstein of LezWatch.TV said that one of her favorite things about the show is that "they let us know the actor pronouns are the same as their characters." Tariq Raouf of the San Francisco Chronicle was more critical, arguing that the series feels "like a mockery of LGBTQ people" despite its creative team and cast, stating that the show tries "too hard to be hip, queer and fun," making it somewhat offensive and "stale." Daniel D'Addario, Chief TV Critic for Variety concurred, saying the balance between "over-the-top spyjinks" and commenting on "the power of queer communities" collapses because the protagonist, Steve, "doesn't hold the center of the show" while arguing that the supporting characters "fare somewhat better" than Steve's character, and hopes that a next season would nail down "the fundamentals of character and tone." Michael Blackmon of BuzzFeed News added that the show is "weighed down by uninteresting characters and dull 'jokes,'" calling the show as between "blah and decent," and concluding that while he wanted more from the show, "in the end it was kind of a drag." Even so, he said the show "finds its footing toward the middle." David Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter said that while the show is not as "bad as Netflix's initial promotion suggested," the episodes rely on "many exhausted tropes." Even so, he called it watchable due to the "dynamic animation from Titmouse," distinctive and expressive characters, and talented voice actors, concluding the show by not calling it offensive or a "soulless appropriation of queer culture," but rather a "typically bumpy start for a comedy" trying to find its footing. Reuben Baron of CBR gave a similar assessment, describing the show as "disappointingly unfunny," and said the show has the sense that "it's coming out 10 years later than it should have." He also called the characters themselves a "mixed bag," and concluded the story is "watchable but mediocre."
Other reviews were also mixed. Glen Weldon of NPR called the show warmer and kinder than Archer, and said he had "unfair assumptions" going into the series, saying it has "surprisingly gentle and humane" jokes, and added that while the characters initially embody "very broad queer stereotypes," they later go beyond this. However, he also said that some of the humor doesn't work and 'plays into tired stereotypes," other jokes go beyond this, and said that if the show gets a second season, it could be improved by shining more on "members of the team besides Maryweather," concluding it is a special show, beyond a "queer version of Archer." Andy Swift of TVLine called the series "irreverent" and described the first episode as a "fun set-up" to the rest of the series. Farid-ul-Haq of The Geekiary had a different opinion, saying that many of the jokes in the show will "likely make you cringe or roll your eyes" and said this show would be better if it aired in the early 2000s. He also said it was strange that there was no transgender protagonist or supporting character, although he said that if such a character had been part of the show, the character would have been "extremely bad and outdated." He also criticized the inclusion of Buck's character, said the show would have been better in another format, and that while he liked the voice acting and animation style, he did not want it to come back for second season.
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