Showtime's 'Moonbase 8' launches today and you can watch episode 1 for free

Showtime's "Moonbase 8" launches John C. Reilly, Fred Armison, Tim Heidecker and more on a mock moon adventure. (Image credit: A24/Showtime)

If you enjoyed Netflix's "Space Force," you're in for a treat. A new space comedy series about moon exploration will drop Sunday (Nov. 8), and you can watch the first episode for free.

The premiere episode of Showtime's "Moonbase 8" will be available on streaming platforms and on demand starting at 12 a.m. EST (0500 GMT), Showtime said. The series timing is apt, as in real life, NASA and numerous international partners are pushing to have humans land on the moon's south pole in 2024 as part of its long-term Artemis program.

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"The first episode will be available for free on YouTube and SHO.com, as well as across multiple television and streaming providers' devices, websites, applications and authenticated online services and their free On Demand channels. In addition, the premiere will be available for free on the Showtime stand-alone service's website www.showtime.com (opens in new tab)," Showtime said in a statement Oct. 30.

"Moonbase 8" will air weekly on Sundays at 11 p.m. EDT (Mondays at 0400 GMT). It stars Emmy nominee Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Tim Heidecker ("Tim and Eric Awesome Show", "Great Job!") and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly ("Step Brothers"). 

"Set in the isolated desert of Winslow, Arizona at NASA's Moon Base Simulator, Moonbase 8 follows eager astronauts Skip (Armisen), Rook (Heidecker) and their leader Cap (Reilly) as they attempt to qualify for their first lunar mission," Showtime added in the same statement.

"While working vigorously to complete their training, a series of unexpected circumstances forces the astronauts to question their own mental sanity, trust in each other and whether or not they're cut out for space travel."

In the United States, you can watch "Moonbase 8" on the Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps starting at $10.99 a month (opens in new tab), along with numerous on-demand platforms. Availability may be different in other countries.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. Elizabeth's reporting includes an exclusive with Office of the Vice-President of the United States, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and (soon) a Bachelor of History from Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace