• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 8, 2020
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Nov 6, 2020
    80
    One of the reasons Moonbase 8 works as well as it does is that it’s deliberately not telling stories on a grand scale. Its episodes and its scope are streamlined and focused, and the things its characters confront are purposely not grand at all. It helps, too, that the team behind it shares the same deadpan comic sensibility.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Nov 5, 2020
    80
    None of these three [actors] are rewriting their comedy handbooks as much as bringing their A-game to some sharp writing and allowing their different styles to bounce off each other. It makes for 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.
  3. Reviewed by: LaToya Ferguson
    Nov 5, 2020
    80
    There is quite the understated humor that one would expect from the show’s stars and creators, which can make the series hard to get into at first. The first two episodes are certainly more of a light chuckle than any big laughs, but as the season progresses—and honestly, by the third episode—the show’s rhythms and idiosyncrasies are quite apparent. ... “Moonbase 8” is a project that manages to combine their [Armisen, Heidecker, Krisel, and Reilly's] collective talents into something both weird and heartfelt.
  4. Reviewed by: Clint Worthington
    Nov 9, 2020
    75
    Krisel and the cast delight in finding ways to mine subtle comedy from the folly of earnest but bumbling men who’ve got the spirit, but not the talent, to escape their own gravity.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Nov 9, 2020
    75
    Unlike other ambitious adventures into the night sky, “Moonbase 8” is grounded; there’s room for creative expansion in future seasons, but this is a small-scale mission that’s off to a solid start.
  6. Reviewed by: Danette Chavez
    Nov 3, 2020
    75
    Even when the premise feels overly familiar in the wake of similar comedies (to say nothing of all the recent space-race dramas), Heidecker, Reilly, and Armisen generate enough oddball chemistry to power a remote lunar base.
  7. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Nov 9, 2020
    70
    While “Moonbase 8” is often more relaxed than laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a step up from Netflix’s “Space Force,” which tried way too hard and wound up being seriously underwhelming.
  8. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Nov 9, 2020
    70
    While we didn’t laugh much during the first episode of Moonbase 8, we still saw the beginnings of three interesting characters and a great chemistry among them.
  9. Reviewed by: Christian Gallichio
    Nov 10, 2020
    67
    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.
  10. 67
    The comedy here is dry and subtle. If you’re used to watching network sitcoms, this show is not for you. ... Depending on who you ask, “Moonbase 8” is either a hilarious, irreverent comedy or a snoozefest. You’ll have to watch for yourself to see which description is more accurate.
  11. Reviewed by: David Robb
    Nov 9, 2020
    63
    The series might lack the audacity and boundary-pushing of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! or Mister America, but it has enough low-key moments of invention—like the trio taking time out from their training to gamely participate in product testing for a new Snickers bar, or a climatic celebratory dance in newly delivered NASA jumpsuits, soundtracked by Billy Joel—to make you want to see what direction this star-studded lunar vehicle is going to steer toward next.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Power
    Dec 22, 2020
    60
    Moonbase 8 worked best blending dry wit with moving character studies of three men who discovered that even on the Moon – or a fake moon in Arizona – there are some problems from which you cannot run. If only the one-liners functioned as effectively as the pathos.
  13. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 5, 2020
    55
    “Moonbase 8” has its absurdist comedic moments but they’re too hit-and-miss.
  14. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Nov 6, 2020
    50
    Moonbase 8 is, initially, more lackluster even if bursts of humor and humanity break through the subdued (or possibly "subtle," if you prefer) trappings. It could be more or better.
  15. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 6, 2020
    50
    Moonbase 8 is about three guys in what amounts to quarantine, which adds an unexpectedly timely wrinkle to what's otherwise a pretty silly comedy. Even with that, though, this wry but inconsequential Showtime series feels so weightless, despite the talent involved, that it could easily just float away.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Nov 6, 2020
    50
    The storylines are, at best, mildly involving and the characters so thinly drawn you don’t feel anything approaching a binge-twinge when one episode ends and another is about to begin. This is a take-it-or-leave-it kind of show, and in a streaming/premium cable world where so much material is available, there’s no pressing need to spend your time on Moonbase 8.
  17. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 5, 2020
    50
    A droll but dull comedy. [9 - 22 Nov 2020, p.8]
  18. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Nov 4, 2020
    50
    When the material rises to the occasion of their talents, “Moonbase 8” is the kind of comedy Steve Carell’s “Space Force” wanted to be. ... But alas, the material. The writing has a flatness about it that, at first, seems like a comic tool intentionally trying to evoke a deadpan vibe — before it simply seems like a lack of imagination.
  19. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Nov 9, 2020
    40
    Their three sensibilities should mesh into something magical here but instead "Moonbase 8" just . . . sits there.
  20. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Nov 4, 2020
    40
    Almost all of it just lies flat, and the choice to give the theoretically meatier dramatic material to Armisen rather than Reilly feels particularly odd. All three guys come across as cartoons, but Skip especially, because pathos has never been part of Armisen’s indelible skill set.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. May 8, 2021
    7
    While this show has some big names involved it has the feel of a small scale production. It doesn't go for the big set-ups to tell a joke butWhile this show has some big names involved it has the feel of a small scale production. It doesn't go for the big set-ups to tell a joke but relies on it's understated humour for chuckles. Full Review »
  2. Dec 30, 2020
    7
    The series is hard to pin down. On one hand it's slow, and you are trained to want more from your shows. On the other hand you find yourselfThe series is hard to pin down. On one hand it's slow, and you are trained to want more from your shows. On the other hand you find yourself watching this and it's like a comfortable blanket. You get comfortable with it. You like it, but it's nothing groundbreaking. You watch the shows. It's ok. You can live with or without it, but you keep coming back for the next episode. Full Review »
  3. Nov 14, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I'd give this season, likely the only one, about a 7 or 8. I laughed a lot, certain parts were a bit boring, but a lot if it was funny. I thought the last episode had a weak ending, but overall I enjoyed the concept of three idiots who believe they have what it takes to become astronauts. It has more heart than something like Space Force, for example. Full Review »