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: 43


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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

  • 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
  • Jun 07, 2019
    I was lost at first but it all came together and it was worth it
  • May 27, 2019
    The story flows. Sometimes rythm slows down, but eventually the result is some fine sci-fi with original ideas. Characters do have some meaning, what I missed is some female presence, the majority of the cast are males especially in S1 e S2
  • May 05, 2019
    Hey I like GOT too, but this is hands down the BEST series available on TV and thank goodness it's got a future to play out. Great world building and strong hard core science fiction makes this feel like you get a glimpse on our possible future. A very possible future. Excellent writing executed with consistent excellence by an awesome cast and fantastic production values. There are so many things that hit the right note. I would quibble with the overpopulation underemployed Earth vision, given everything else happening in this future, that worst case seems not likely and doesn't make total sense but because this series starts with a bang and grabs you and never lets go, you end up not minding that too much. Most of the story is not on Earth anyway, mostly it's in the Belt. Cannot recommend this series enough. A classic in the making that stands up to rewatching.
  • Apr 12, 2019
    If you are into Sci-Fi then this is a great watch, takes a couple of episodes to find your feet but once you are going its a great ride.
  • Apr 08, 2019
    Great, very very very great !
  • Mar 27, 2019
    just watched Sesson one and I am hooked. i am a massive Si-Fi fan and been watching this genre since the 90s. These days most news Si-Fi shows have been flops but this show is one of the few exceptions. It has an intellectual story line with loads of twists and yes good guys\girls can die. It is GofT in space...
  • Mar 27, 2019
    This is honestly one of the best shows on TV. Up there with The Wire and Breaking Bad. The first season does a lot of world building and its worth it because the world is rich and amazing. By the second season everything has gone Turbo and the action is intense.
  • Mar 26, 2019
    Critics don't know when a good shot ejected them in to space....

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