A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Moonbase 8 is about following your dreams but making ethical and moral choices along the way.
Positive Role Models
Characters are often clownish, but they're also determined, resourceful, and loyal to one another.
Violence & Scariness
No violence, though sometimes natural or scientific disasters occur. Characters face peril, such as when a man falls down a well, characters become extremely dehydrated, etc. A dead body is shown.
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Profanity includes "bitch," "damn," "hell," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol to the point of extreme drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Moonbase 8 is a comedy series about three wannabe astronauts training in a simulated moon base in Arizona. The show stars John C. Reilly, Tim Heidecker, and Fred Armisen, who are all known for absurdist sketch comedy and anti-comedy. But Moonbase 8 plays mostly like a traditional, straightforward sitcom. It builds comedy around the astronauts' general unpreparedness for their mission. Jokes come from the natural and scientific disasters that happen along the way, which sometimes lead to peril and cause the characters great harm. Bodily function humor is also a big part of the show. For example, at one point the characters drink urine. They also drink alcohol, sometimes to excess. Language includes "bitch," "damn," "hell," etc. Otherwise, the content is largely typical sitcom fare: silliness, misunderstandings, and learning from disastrous mistakes.
Is It Any Good?
Tim Heidecker, Fred Armisen, and John C. Reilly have each built a reputation and found fame for surreal, edgy sketch comedy. Astronaut training that isolates them from the outside world is a smart way to make a pandemic comedy without having to ever even mention it. The set-up provides them with plenty of material for comic bits, but doesn't really play to their strengths of pushing absurdist comedy and anti-comedy to their limits. Still, it's fun to see the three actors working together, even if Moonbase 8 doesn't allow them to go as far with their humor as their fans might hope and expect.
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