With ‘Spaceship Florida,’ Florida Man gets the webseries he deserves

Florida is truly the AWESOM-O 4000 of weird, nationally syndicated, local news stories.


Tom Harrington


Published Jul 10, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 11:53 pm CDT

Men hiding marijuana is their fat rolls. Women marrying Ferris wheels. MMA fights between men with Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.

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Florida is truly the AWESOM-O 4000 of weird, nationally syndicated, local news stories. Indeed, when you read that a man was forced to eat his own beard in a disagreement over a lawnmower, it’s easy, nigh on natural, to be shocked that neither the victim, nor the perpetrator was Florida Man.

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With such fertile subject matter, it was only a matter of time before filmmakers trudged down to that southern state to try and make sense of it all. So, writer/director Paul Ratner has just released the trailer for Spaceship Florida; the story of “a brilliant PhD student search[ing] for the explanation of increasingly strange behavior in Florida.”

It all looks a little hammy, and it’s edited in a slapdash way that doesn’t inspire confidence for the series proper, so seeing that it also features the woman who thought it was OK to ride a manatee confirmed it for me: This is probably the webseries that Florida Man deserves.

Screengrab via Spaceship Florida Web Series/YouTube

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*First Published: Jul 10, 2014, 8:15 am CDT