Moonbase 8: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Moonbase 8

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Despite a talent central trio and a few great moments, Moonbase 8's portrait of monotonous mediocrity may be too low-key for some viewers to achieve comedic lift off - though that may be exactly the point.

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Critic Ratings: 31

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User Ratings: 54

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Episodes

Air date: Nov 8, 2020

Three dedicated astronauts attempt to qualify for their first lunar mission. When the team is faced with a water shortage at NASA's Moon Base Simulator in Winslow, Arizona, an unorthodox solution leads to unintended consequences.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2020

Rook's video correspondence with his family leads to a serious case of homesickness that has him contemplating leaving the team. Meanwhile, Cap becomes obsessed with catching a prowler, and Skip comes up with some creative solutions to help the team suit up more efficiently.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2020

When Cap and Skip both get sick it leads to vastly different quarantine experiences for each of them. Meanwhile, Rook is left alone with a new female member of the team, but when he finds himself attracted to her, he's forced to confront his feelings and must decide whether to act on them.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2020

The team learns about the program's budget cuts and what impact they will have on their mission going forward. Meanwhile, when Elon Musk's SpaceX sets up camp right next door, Cap, Skip and Rook invite them over for a welcoming tour and to make a mutually beneficial proposition.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2020

Cap becomes an unwitting participant in a psychological test created by Skip's father, which leads to friction between the two of them. Meanwhile, Rook proposes a game night as a team bonding exercise, but Cap has a more extreme solution in mind: to move the base.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2020

In the Season 1 finale, an angry group of ranchers threatens the team for invading their land, so they're forced to decide between abandoning the mission or standing their ground. With a cattle drive coming their way, Skip hatches a risky plan that requires them to use all their training to pull it off.

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Critic Reviews for Moonbase 8 Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (17)

What the series' comedy is not, terribly often, is funny. Oh, it's specific. It's considered. It's very much hitting the precise target it's aiming for. And maybe that's enough. It wasn't for me, but it may very well be, for you.

Nov 9, 2020 | Full Review…

[It] isn't trying to reinvent the wheel. It's oddly well-suited, production-wise, to knock out episodes under the industry's costly pandemic safety regulations... but the series plays to its creators' strengths while relying heavily on their chemistry.

Nov 9, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A season of warm-up is a lot to ask of viewers, many of whom will find their attention drifting into space long before the Moonbase 8 men ever will.

Nov 5, 2020 | Full Review…

A tight, quirky comedy that has more laughs in its blessedly brief three-hour total running time for this six-episode season than most comedy films released this year.

Nov 5, 2020 | Full Review…

No wonder the National Astronauts Whatever thinks it's high time to stage an intervention.

Jan 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I'd love to see the series come back, if only to keep Reilly, Heidecker, and Armisen onscreen together. Their chemistry is one of Moonbase 8's greatest appeals

Dec 7, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Unearthing nothing but frown inducing silliness in their isolated earthbound wilderness, you'll thank the heavens this series only lasts a mere 6 episodes

Jan 7, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

In all, "Moonbase 8" is comforting, but disposable entertainment. While the finale surprisingly teases a larger world beyond the desert, the first season is an uncomplicated hang-out.

Nov 17, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Moonshot is painfully, unbearably unfunny.

Nov 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Humour at its most subdued being delivered with the precision of a surgeon general.

Nov 16, 2020 | Full Review…

What makes the show work is how earnest the three characters are about their dreams, jobs, and moral failings.

Nov 13, 2020 | Full Review…

This show may not leave Earth, but it's a pleasant and welcome escape.

Nov 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Moonbase 8: Season 1

  • Dec 30, 2020
    SO FUNNY and clever and just an enjoyable watch altogether. loved it !
  • Dec 11, 2020
    I liked it, it's hilarious and the acting is well-done!
  • Dec 07, 2020
    Moonbase 8 is a Showtime original series with Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker, and John C. Reilly who are in training somewhere in Arizona to create a base on the moon. Other astronauts come and go while these three goof balls are rolling around the base expecting they will eventually end up on the moon. The storyline was dull, pointless and not worth your time. With these three great actors you would expect something better, something that says we are trying to achieve their goal. Skip this series just not worth the time or energy to watch it.
  • Nov 29, 2020
    Comedically, this show is on the drier side, but still works well with the combined efforts of the Reilly, Heidecker, & Armisen.
  • Nov 28, 2020
    It shows what motivates people to go to space today, the newer approach of SpaceX team and maybe the more old-fashioned but earnest NASA one. All in all, it works as a comedy around quite serious aspirations.
  • Nov 28, 2020
    You know those scenes in shows or movies you can go to the fridge or something caz nothing of significance is happening... that's this whole show.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    Tiene su gracia y le tenía mucha fe por Reilly y Armisen, pero es muy floja, la idea es muy buena pero los personajes no convencen, el guion es muy debilucho.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    I'm really enjoying this style of parody. It's funny in a very subtle way. It's a refreshing change to watching loud comedy. The characters are likeable. For those commenting that it is about nothing .... exactly. It's funny situational.
  • Nov 17, 2020
    Armisen face ceva neamuzant
  • Nov 17, 2020
    A major letdown. Fred Armisen is such a talented actor, but this show scrapes the bottom of the barrel for unfunny jokes.

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