Peak TV continues to deliver when it comes to star-studded animated comedies. The latest addition is Q-Force, a new Netflix series about a group of LGBTQ+ superspies from Sean Hayes and Michael Schur. In addition to serving as an executive producer, Hayes leads an all-star voice cast with lots of experience bringing animated characters to the screen. Here’s who’s voicing who in Q-Force, and where you've seen (and heard) them before:
The Q-Force would be nothing without its fearless leader, Steve Maryweather, also known as Agent Mary. Before he came out as gay, Mary was an up-and-coming star in the American Intelligence Agency (AIA), but he was later demoted to the LGBTQ+ super spy team, and now he’s determined to prove himself to the agency by solving a big case. Agent Mary is voiced by Sean Hayes, the Emmy-winning star of Will & Grace. In addition to his work on the long-running sitcom and its recent reboot, Hayes has also appeared in The Millers, The Cat in the Hat and The Three Stooges. He's also produced a variety of TV shows, including Hollywood Game Night, Hot in Cleveland. and Q-Force, which he co-created with Michael Schur.
In order to gain the approval of the AIA, the Q-Force must add a straight member to their team, Agent Rick Buck, voiced by David Harbour. Harbour is no stranger to Netflix: since 2016, he has played Hawkins, Indiana police chief Jim Hopper in sci-fi juggernaut Stranger Things, for which he has earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. The often-bearded actor has also appeared in Brokeback Mountain, Quantum of Solace, Hellboy, Suicide Squad, and, most recently, Marvel’s Black Widow.
When it comes to cyber espionage, the group relies on Stat, a veteran hacker with a secret of her own. Stat is voiced by Patti Harrison, an actress and comedian who's made memorable appearances across the television landscape. After breaking out on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2017, Harrison booked small roles in High Maintenance, Search Party, Broad City, and A Simple Favor, but her biggest gig came in 2019 when she landed the role of Ruthie, Aidy Bryant’s co-worker, in Hulu’s Shrill. She has continued to work steadily since, appearing in Yearly Departed and Together Together, as well as other animated projects like Bob’s Burgers and Raya and the Last Dragon, for which she became the first transgender actor to appear in a Disney animated film.
Viewers will likely have no trouble identifying Wanda Sykes as Deb, a skilled mechanic who boasts about her sweet relationship with her wife. Sykes has been in the industry for decades, first as a stand-up comic, and later as a writer and actor on The Chris Rock Show. In the early 2000s, Sykes gained national recognition for roles in CBS’ The New Adventures of Old Christine, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and black-ish; on the film side, she's appeared in Monster-in-Law, Evan Almighty, Bad Moms, and numerous animated features. Sykes can currently be seen in Netflix sitcom The Upshaws and in a recurring role in The Good Fight on Paramount+.
Rounding out the Q-Force is Twink, a master of drag disguises. The role marks an important milestone for actor, writer, and TV personality Matt Rogers, who is best known for co-hosting the Las Culturistas podcast with Saturday Night Live star Bowen Yang. When he isn’t tackling the biggest stories in pop culture, Rogers can be found hosting the competition series Gayme Show and HBO Max’s Haute Dog. He's also popped up in Awkwafina is Nora From Queens, Shrill, Our Cartoon President, and Search Party.
Straight-edged and hard-nosed Director Dirk Chunley oversees the AIA with an iron fist. Director Chunley is voiced by Gary Cole, who's appeared in practically every genre of film and TV show over the past three decades. TV fans will recognize him from roles in Midnight Caller, The West Wing, The Good Wife. The Good Fight, and Veep, in which he played strategist Kent Davidson. Cole has also had a series of iconic film roles: he played the Brady family patriarch in 1995 film The Brady Bunch Movie, the 1996 sequel, and the 2002 TV movie, he portrayed supervisor Bill Lumbergh in Office Space, and appeared as ESPN8 commentator “Cotton” McKnight in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
Director Dirk Chunley’s right-hand is V, the Deputy Director of the AIA and the highest-ranking woman in the agency. The recognizable voice behind V is none other than Laurie Metcalf, the veteran screen and stage star who first rose to prominence as Jackie Harris on Roseanne (she's currently reprising the role in ABC's The Conners), for which she won three Primetime Emmys for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Metcalf has also appeared in other hits like 3rd Rock From the Sun, Frasier, Desperate Housewives, and The Big Bang Theory, earning a whopping 11 Emmy nominations along the way. The busy star has also logged appearances in dozens of films, most notably Lady Bird, in which she played Saoirse Ronan’s mom. Metcalf also voices Mrs. Davis, the mother of Andy and Molly, in all four Toy Story movies.
In addition to serving as the showrunner on Q-Force, Gabe Liedman voices Benji, Mary’s love interest who often finds himself in danger due to his relationship with the team’s leader. Liedman is best known as a writer and producer — he’s worked on Pen15, Big Mouth, Broad City, and Inside Amy Schumer — but he's also appeared on-screen in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Transparent, and Obvious Child, and as a guest voice on Bob’s Burgers.
Q-Force premieres September 2nd on Netflix
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.
TOPICS: Q-Force, Netflix, David Harbour, Gabe Liedman, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Matt Rogers, Michael Schur, Patti Harrison, Sean Hayes, Wanda Sykes