The Expanse: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
The Expanse

Critics Consensus

The Expanse blends sci-fi elements and detective noir into a visually compelling whole, though it takes a few episodes for the story to capture viewers' intrigue.



Critic Ratings: 43


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1595
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Air date: Dec 14, 2015
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Based on the series of novels by James S.A.Corey, this space opera is set 200 years in a future where humanity has colonized the solar system, which is divided and on the brink of war. Season 1 revolves around the search for Julie Mao (Florence Faivre), the high-society daughter of one of Earth's most powerful businessmen. Having cut ties with his wealth and support, she started a new life in the Asteroid Belt, where she worked tirelessly for the betterment of the disenfranchised "belters"...right up until the day of her disappearance. Joe Miller (Thomas Jane), a hardened detective with the private security firm Star Helix, is assigned to find Julie, who he comes to believe could be the key to several mysteries. His story intertwines with that of two other characters: James Holden (Steven Strait), a rogue ship's captain involved in a planet-threatening accident; and U.N. undersecretary Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), who's willing to go to any lengths for what she deems is right. As these three individuals navigate the dangerous politics of Earth, Mars and a quasi-terrorist organization known as OPA, they find themselves unraveling a vast conspiracy that threatens all of humanity. Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham and Paulo Constanzo also star.


Thomas Jane
as Detective Miller
Steven Strait
as Holden
Shohreh Aghdashloo
as Chrisjen Avasarala
Cas Anvar
as Alex Kamal
Dominique Tipper
as Naomi Nagata
Wes Chatham
as Amos Burton
Jonathan Banks
as Executive Officer
Paulo Costanzo
as Shed Garvey
Jay Hernandez
as Dimitri Havelock
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Critic Reviews for The Expanse Season 1

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (20)

Expanse is so expansive, it's hard to pin down - well, anything... Looks great. But what's going on?

Dec 14, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Granted nothing here feels new or pressing, or as intense as an episode of the aforementioned Game of Thrones. But if sweeping, beautiful scenes and expansive stories that take episodes to piece together are your thing, you'll be set with The Expanse.

Dec 14, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Expanse has a few tricks up its sleeve. They include some nifty camera work and a deft cliffhanger that make it the... captivating.

Dec 14, 2015 | Full Review…

There's a lot to get a grip on, and it might help to have read the books. If I tried to explain in full, we'd be here all day, and I couldn't do it anyway.

Dec 14, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Expanse is a discussion of political power and a nice shoot-'em-up actioner all at the same time.

Dec 14, 2015 | Full Review…

The problem isn't with the overall look of Syfy's The Expanse. Production values are first-rate through and through. But having little or no earthly idea of what's going on can be a problem.

Dec 11, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

The little details of this universe are so finely rendered that they become stories unto themselves.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Their adventures are action-packed but their relationships with one another make every episode compelling.

Jun 28, 2017 | Full Review…

The Expanse is such a wonderfully realised, affectingly believable, deceptively smart, and really damn engrossing show that it's far too easy to forget that you're watching a piece of speculative fiction.

Jan 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Occasionally the storytelling becomes bogged down in information overload and some secondary characters seem to have been generated by rolling dice, but mostly The Expanse delivers an action-packed and thought-provoking first season.

Jan 10, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Expanse: Season 1

  • Aug 11, 2019
    I've never seen any show or movie with more impressive and "realistic" hard sci-fi elements. The detective noir elements were a bit less original but still interesting.
  • Aug 10, 2019
    A great SciFi show! An absolute must-see for everyone who's remotely into SciFi. But be aware: the first season is somewhat hard to get into it. At the beginning I struggled to get the characters and all the different parties into order and to know who's who and which side their on. Especially the first episode I remember as being a little hard to stomach. But stay on it, it's worth it!
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Great Science Fiction.
  • Jul 31, 2019
    Ohhh the world building!!! I found the first episode a little confusing as far as getting who's who straight in my head but so quickly got sucked in! The production design, characterisation, acting, script, effects & pacing is some of the best tv I've ever seen!!!
  • Jul 31, 2019
    This show starts a little stiff but as the cast and crew settle into their roles, this show shines. Perhaps one of the best shows today!
  • Jul 31, 2019
    Starts a little slow and the characters aren't the greatest but I'm really glad I watched it. (The accents are interesting but also probably a huge distraction for the asteroid belt actors) I love the attention to detail and world-building.
  • Jul 27, 2019
    Exceptionally great series. Sadly has annoying, awful audio volume level mixing.
  • Jul 26, 2019
    It was too campy for my taste.
  • Jul 08, 2019
    Classic Sci Fi romp. Funny at times. Serious at other times. Really like the characters and the flow of the story line.
  • Jun 29, 2019
    Incredible scifi show although dropped it a star as following the political factions I feel was difficult other than that epic

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