The Expanse: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
The Expanse

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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: 44


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User Ratings: 1923

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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 (44) | 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…

By the end of the season, you realize this is not the same show you thought you were getting into. It's much more interesting and expansive.

Jan 9, 2017 | Full Review…

All in all, The Expanse is a missed opportunity, at least based on the pilot. This could have been more appealing with a stylized visual approach or a novel tone but instead it's sci-fi-by-numbers.

Dec 14, 2015 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Expanse: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    Great introduction to the series. Even better things come later.
  • Jun 22, 2020
    The first season of this show was a bit of a struggle for me. Just a lot going on - wasn't really able to get in to it until the end of the season. The only reason that I pushed through was because of the extremely positive reviews for the series - especially seasons 2,3,4. It gets better*
  • Jun 21, 2020
    Best Sci-Fi show ever. Your next binge is here!!! There is something in EVERY episode that keeps you on the edge of the couch.... this is probably my favorite show of all time.
  • May 26, 2020
    Don't start with this series! I wasted 4 season on this mess. It's a terrible story that's going absolutely nowhere. I started watching because there was no "fantasy faster-than-light travel", no warp drive. I liked that they relied on known science … until the revelation of magical proto-molecules and floating stargates (stargate idea stolen straight out of the 1994 movie and subsequent TV series). I stuck with it hoping the story would go somewhere … nothing. What a waste of time, 40 hours of my life I'll never get back.
  • May 20, 2020
    Probably the best Sci-Fi series out there
  • May 18, 2020
    Absolutely the BEST!!!
  • May 04, 2020
    Unlikable characters and wooden actors, derivative plot and horrible world-building. Avasarala and Dectective Miller are the only thing that are worth-while watching, and in the series' defense much of the fault for the plot and world-building lies with the books. Good science fiction series are hard to come by, and this isn't one of them; but I believe that explains how this mediocre mess gained any kind of following.
  • Apr 21, 2020
    Lots of fun, stick with this, it starts out slowly, but it picks up and takes you on a great ride. Every season is better than the next.
  • Apr 21, 2020
    Very good exciting and captivating just good sci-fi. Keep it up !
  • Apr 15, 2020
    I personally believe the settlement of our solar system and mining of the asteroid belt and Mars is in the near future of humanity. We are on the very edge of that change. This gives a look at that future, which I don't expect to live to see myself, but I have full faith and expectation of its coming. Interesting characters, and very suspenseful.

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