Extant: Season 1 (2014)

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Season 1
Extant

Critics Consensus

While many of its ideas are clearly borrowed from other sources, Extant benefits from a unique approach to some familiar stories and a strong lead in Halle Berry.

81%

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Critic Ratings: 42

61%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 387
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jul 9, 2014
2
Air date: Jul 16, 2014
3
Air date: Jul 23, 2014
4
Air date: Jul 30, 2014
5
Air date: Aug 6, 2014
6
Air date: Aug 13, 2014
7
Air date: Aug 20, 2014
8
Air date: Aug 20, 2014
9
Air date: Aug 27, 2014
10
Air date: Aug 27, 2014
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Halle Berry stars as astronaut Molly Woods in this sci-fi thriller. When Molly returns from a 13-month solo mission in space, she tries to reconnect with her husband John (Goran Visnjic), a robotics engineer, and their son Ethan (Pierce Gagnon), a humanoid robot created by John, but quickly learns her time away has put a strain on her family. Complicating things further is Molly's shocking discovery that she is pregnant, which forces her to recall a mystifying encounter with another person on the space station. And to make matters even worse, she suspects people at the International Space Exploration Agency where she works know more than they are revealing.

Cast

Halle Berry
as Molly Watts
Goran Visnjic
as John Watts
Pierce Gagnon
as Ethan Watts
Hiroyuki Sanada
as Hideki Yasumoto
Michael O'Neill
as Alvin Sparks
Camryn Manheim
as Sam Barton
Grace Gummer
as Julie Gelineau
Maury Sterling
as Gordon Kern
Tessa Ferrer
as Katie Sparks
Brad Beyer
as Harmon Kryger
David Morrissey
as Tobias Shepherd
Hilarie Burton
as Anna Schaefer
Tyler Hilton
as Charlie Arthurs
Annie Wersching
as Femi Dodd
Sergio Harford
as Marcus Rawlins
Shree Crooks
as Young Katie
Shree Grace Crooks
as Young Katie
Enver Gjokaj
as Sean Glass
Anne Ramsay
as Laurie Vinson
Tami Roman
as Cass Hendy
Adam O'Byrne
as Ryan Jackson
Esther Scott
as Mrs. Wimberly
Alisha Boe
as Brynn Hendy
Kevin Ryan
as Balloon Vendor
Rick Kelly
as Segers
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News & Interviews for Extant: Season 1

Critic Reviews for Extant Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (23)

Extant makes a pretty terrific first impression. With 12 episodes still to come, the series at the very least has cleared its first big hurdle.

Jul 3, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

All [cast members] do a good enough job in the first episode with a tantalizing premise - and lot of grade A special effects - to make Extant worth checking out before it becomes extinct.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…

No one element of this show feels original, and yet I would totally watch more, even if just to peep at the sleek futuristic garbage cans again. (In the future, our trash is very compact.)

Jul 9, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The pilot feels more like a sizzle reel than a story; it's enough to pique your interest, but that's all it does.

Jul 9, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Berry and the dependable Visnjic, as well as familiar supporting faces, all do a good enough job in the first episode with a tantalizing premise - and lot of grade A special effects - to make Extant worth checking out before it becomes extinct.

Jul 9, 2014 | Full Review…

Extant has a clever concept that would probably work better on a bigger screen (especially the orbital scenes). But it's thoroughly entertaining - even if you wind up watching it on your shrinky-dink cellphone. Read more at

Jul 8, 2014 | Full Review…

The production design is mostly pretty great; futuristic without being off-putting. But the directing left a lot to be desired.

Jun 8, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

After a suspenseful first episode that sets up all these meaty themes and plot threads, the narrative loses steam, especially as it detours into the hidden agenda of the company and the Japanese tycoon who owns it.

Sep 26, 2016 | Full Review…

Extant is a hodgepodge that serves up some creepy moments but gets bogged down by the inelegance of its copycat nature. It rumbles when it should roar. It stumbles when it should soar.

Jul 3, 2014 | Full Review…

It's the question of what happened to [Molly and her former colleague) that Extant promises to explore, which gives the series the "thriller" part of its description.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Extant: Season 1

  • Feb 08, 2018
    The series has an excellent premise, or rather two excellent premises rolled into one. On the wife’s side is the unexplainable pregnancy that happened while she was alone in space and seems to be some sort of half-human starchild. The husband’s story has him designing and adopting a robot child (ala AI but much friendlier). In both cases the result is a non-human child and it deals with very real issues of partenthood and learning to accept children for who they are. Alas, it doesn’t have the courage of its convictions and soon ends up with yet another government conspiracy and X-Filesesque stolen alien hybrid plot. It also tones down any of the uncomfortable questions raised in the first episodes. For example, it is strongly implied that android child was killing birds, a fairly obvious sign of sociopathy or serious childhood development issues. Yet after episode 2 or 3 it’s never mentioned again. In fact, the slightly creepy potentially dangerous child angle never really goes anywhere. After a certain point it just seems to be clear that he’s just a gifted child. Exccept when the plot says he isn’t. I think that one of the basic issues here is that both these stories do not work in tandem. You’d think they would, but by focusing on the conspiracy and the alien hybrid (who’s not even seen until near the end) the robot child gets sidelined. And that’s just not the sort of storyline you can put on the backburner. The series hits a point about halfway through where it stops dealing with these interesting social questions and just bores straight ahead with the conspiracy, and from this point on it just sort of seems to go through the motions. For example, there’s a humans-only terrorist who gets introduced to the android and then we spend five episodes waiting for the payoff.
  • Jan 17, 2018
    The show gives two interesting story plots to coexist in one show but without fully connecting. Performances by the characters fall short of expectations for the calibers presented leaving the show with a low budget feel.
  • Feb 24, 2017
    My two favorite genres of television are science fiction and mystery. A show like "Extant" combines both of those concepts...though not to extraordinary heights. It is a solid show, but one that hasn't quite moved itself into the "truly great" category yet. The potential, however, is most definitely there. For a basic plot summary, "Extant" is set far (maybe not so far?) in the future and focuses on Molly Woods (Halle Berry), an astronaut on a solo mission who is impregnated by a mysterious force. After returning to Earth, she realizes that her boss, Alan Sparks (Michael O'Neill), might know more about what he is letting on. Parallel to this storyline, Molly's husband John (Goran Visnjic) is a renowned robotics expert who has adopted his best creation yet, Ethan (Pierce Gagnon), as part of the family. There are two reasons why I kept tuning into this show week after week: 1. It manages to cover a lot of ground in just 13 episodes. This is not a stagnant, plot-of-the-week show by any means. From the beginning of this first season until the end, the show explores multiple, complex areas and does so in a way that doesn't give them the short shrift, either. Despite all that happened during this season, I never felt that anything was really rushed, either. 2. For fans (like me) of mystery and sci-fi, this show knows how to deliver the goods (maybe Steven Spielberg had something to do with that?!). Do they draw the "core mystery" (Molly's pregnancy and its results) out longer than they should? Probably. But there are so many other interesting things going on in the process that one doesn't ever feel like the proceedings get stale even a bit. Those things being said, this isn't a "must-watch, all-time classic" show, either. TV watches who don't like the genre will likely find it rather tepid (much of the appeal comes from the sci-fi and futuristic aspects). The human drama of the show is "okay", but again nothing to write home about. During the summer of 2014, I looked forward to watching "Extant" each week, and that alone is a powerful thing (the show never became a "chore", or I would have bowed out earlier). I hope this show has a future, but I'm not quite sure what it is. Will big-time actress Halle Berry want to commit to a serialized TV role? Can the show come back after a hiatus and re-capture the audience, especially now that the "fresh" factor has worn off and slightly better plots/characters will be needed? I hope to find out, as Season One does not answer nearly enough of the questions viewers want to see resolved. If indeed it does come back at a future date, count me in again!
  • May 25, 2016
    Edge of the seat brilliant good cast and script should be renewed
  • Dec 21, 2015
    Very good, a special highlight is Ethan, masterfully portrayed.
  • Nov 03, 2015
    The first season of Extant asks several old questions and gives different answers. 1. Can creature create consciousness? Ethan, the AI humanich, developed humanity through a learning process by living as a genuine child in a family. In the end of the first season, the “humanity” reached the level of altruistic sacrifice for others. One can obviously see the parallel of Mr. Data in StarTrek. 2. Is there alien life out there? This is the main thrust of the story. From the first season, the idea hovers around a disembodied spirit-like being (gods, in small caps), somehow trying to mate with human in order to arrive earth. (The Invasion term comes in the 2nd season). Why? It seems to be another “Dark City”, with the solution for the dying spirit-alien as a sort of demigod creature. But here we don’t know why they would bother. 3. How do we know what is real? This familiar inquiry along the Skeptics line played most vividly through the simulacra of alternative reality created by the alien being. How do we know we can trust our senses of visual, audio and other way to assess the world? Can these input mechanism be falsified through the collaboration of our wishful thinking? (Molly with Marcus and their baby, Sparks with Katie). 4. The question of human morality. What is the higher good between love and duty? This was posed for Sparks and Molly when they are confronted with the choice. The season one is largely leaning on the Love side, since Duty seems to be too confusing (big government with militant intentions run by troglodytes). All these questions are the usual Sci-Fi questionings. The high recommendation comes from Halle Berry and various other actors performance as well as a slick production.
  • Aug 18, 2015
    Worst science fiction TV series I have ever seen. Ridiculous story, bad acting. All in all, it looks like they took random parts and glued them together, hoping for the best. This was the first series I stopped watching in mid-season after realizing it's hopeless.
  • Nov 23, 2014
    Finally now all caught up on the 13 epis. of s1 of 'Extant'. I can see now what all the hype was about. It's really good! Proper balance of suspense, Intrigue, action. Each epi. builds nicely on the other and leaves the viewer wanting more.
  • Nov 19, 2014
    Halle Berry does a nice job here, and the series is captivating to begin with. The real issue is that Extant struggles to stay interesting for 13 episodes, and ends with an average finale. It would have done much better as a 6 part mini-series.
  • Nov 10, 2014
    I wish Rotten Tomatoes would work out their TV series consensus at the end of a show. This 83 percent rating for such a mediocre show is ludicrous and most of the reviews you used were written just after the first episode. This show had so much potential but just went nowhere interesting. Ironically, the only character who wasn't flat and unsympathetic was the robot boy. Cliché piled upon cliché and the heroine kept running around like a headless chicken. Why this got renewed is beyond me. Why I watched all 13 episodes I'll also never know. Perhaps I was hoping it would get better, but it just went downhill.

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