Season 3 Episode 24


Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM May 21, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

This absurd one-off explores what the show would be like if it was set in the future on a different planet.

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  • Sure New York City is exciting, but what if the crack team of WNYX reported the space news?

    Before Drew Carey did "weird episodes" and before Seinfeld went backwards for an episode, NewsRadio went into outer space.

    This episode, along with many others, showed just how much the writers loved writing for these characters as much as the actors loved performing the clever lines that the writers wrote.

    "Space" had everything from Twilight Zone references, to Star Wars homages, to just plain corny jokes(Dave says, "Fine, I'll get a space heater" in a scene talking about other objects that wouldn't usually have "space" in front of them)

    The episode begins and ends with two hilarious monologues from Phil Hartman and it is hard to imagine the series without him.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Catherine: (reading the news) Tragedy struck today in Sector 9 as rebel terrorists blew up the Death Star killing thousands. The Rebel Alliance, a fringe group of Anti-Empire fanatics, has claimed responsibility for the terrorist act. Fortunately Lord Vader escaped without harm. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims.

    • Phil Hartman: (introducing the episode) Hello. I'm Phil Hartman, Bill McNeal of TV's Newsradio. If you're a frequent viewer of our show or even if you, like myself, only tune from time to time in by accident, I'm sure you've often wondered the same thing I have: What if Newsradio took place in Outer Space? What if instead of a radio station our characters worked on a space station? What if instead of reporting the news, we reported... the space news? Well, after tonight's very special episode, all of those questions will be answered. Or at least raised and dismissed. Now some people out there might hear this idea and say, "Outer Space? Why?" I prefer to say,"Outer Space? Why not?" And so, without further ado we present to you: Newsradio in Outer Space. (teleports off the screen)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Joe actually drinks the mouthwash that Beth hands him.

    • Instead of the regular opening credits with images of New York, we see images of space exploration. The music is also remixed.

    • The made up word "Guzizah" , which Catherine fools Bill into thinking is a greeting used on the street in the episode Office Feud, is actually as a means of saying hello in the future. At least according to this episode.


    • This episode is filled with references to science fiction movies and TV shows. Among the allusion sources are 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Aliens, Star Trek (both the original series and The Next Generation), Battlestar Galactica, Rollerball, Star Wars, Soylent Green and The Twilight Zone.