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Mars: Season 1 (2016)




Critic Consensus: Ron Howard's direction ensures that Mars is an attractive endeavor, even if the show struggles to move smoothly between its documentary and fictional elements.


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The year is 2033, and our first manned mission to Mars is about to become reality. As a clock counts down the final 90 seconds to landing, an expert crew of astronauts endures the final harrowing moments before touching down on the red planet. Even with the best training and resources available, the maiden crew of the Daedalus spacecraft must push itself to the brink of human capability in order to successfully establish the first sustainable colony on Mars. Set both in the future and in the present day, the global miniseries event MARS blends feature film-caliber scripted elements set in the future with documentary vérité interviews with today?s best and brightest minds in modern science and innovation, illuminating how research and development is creating the space technology that will enable our first attempt at a mission to Mars. National Geographic Channel; Academy Award- and Emmy-winning producers Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Michael Rosenberg of Imagine Entertainment; and Justin Wilkes and Dave O?Connor of RadicalMedia have joined forces to launch us into outer space, with visionary Mexican filmmaker Everardo Gout (?Days of Grace?) tapped to direct the scripted portions of this groundbreaking miniseries event.


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Critic Reviews for Mars: Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

While fleeing this planet for a new life on Mars may be tempting right now for more than just scientific reasons, Nat Geo's intriguing effort to show us how such a trip could actually happen proves convincing on its own.

November 14, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It appears the once reliable filmmaker has lost contact with human emotions. To get back on the winning track, Howard will have to reconnect with his inner Opie and return to heartfelt dramas and comedies led by irresistible stars.

November 11, 2016 | Full Review…

A particularly handsome production that dares viewers to dream the impossible - and dares them to watch some sporadically cheesy dramatizations, too.

November 11, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The format is ambitious, and if some parts don't entirely work, there's still a lot to like and learn in Mars.

November 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Significant plot developments keeps the story moving along organically. The witty banter between all the characters keeps you smiling, with pop culture references having been upgraded to include quips about Marvel movies and Lena Dunham.

May 24, 2017 | Full Review…

National Geographic Channel is treading into uncharted, unexplored territories with Mars... If only the landing had been softer, the pilot been better, we would have had some hope.

December 31, 2016 | Full Review…

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