‘Homeboys in Outer Space’: A ’90s Classic

Throwback Thursday: As movies go into the weightless beyond, we recall when blacks drifted in space.

Screenshot of 'Homeboys in Outer Space'

I was hooked from the very first episode, when Morris, trying to sound ominous and important, intones, “Space … ” but instead of filling in the blank predictably, his voice cracks like a prepubescent teen’s: “What a cool place!” That’s what kept me coming back week after week for the short-lived one-season spoof: the unbridled innocence that could only be described as straight-up goofiness. Yeah, the one-liners were all lowbrow and laugh-tracked. But who cares? They’re doing stuff! In space!

Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter.