The First: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
The First

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Sean Penn gives an intensely poignant performance as the driven but conflicted Tom Hagerty in The First's rather slow-moving first season.

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Critic Ratings: 62

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User Ratings: 251

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Air date: Sep 14, 2018

On launch day, Vista CEO Laz Ingram and the Providence crew count down to the first manned mission to Mars. Former mission commander Tom Hagerty watches from home. After an intense day he is confronted by an unexpected visitor.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2018

With the mission in danger of being shut down, the Vista team travels to Washington to testify before Congress. Meanwhile, the Castillo family pursues their lawsuit against Vista. Tom and his daughter Denise work to repair their relationship.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2018

Kayla and Tom find themselves at odds when faced with a difficult decision. A problem arises with the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) that may jeopardize the crew's safety. Aiko hosts a dinner party to celebrate Sadie and Ollie's wedding anniversary.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2018

Sadie and Ollie's marriage is tested. Laz works with the engineers as pressure builds to find a solution to the MAV malfunction. Tom and Ellen grow closer.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2018

Denise confronts her turbulent upbringing as she paints a portrait of her late mother, revisiting a lifetime of joy and trauma.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2018

Laz attempts to sway an influential reporter who is critical of the Mars program. Aiko and Eitan test a solution to the MAV problem. An incident with Denise forces Tom to reconsider his priorities.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2018

Tom and the Providence crew must make a choice with potentially life-threatening consequences. Matteo wrestles with his past. Tom and Denise must deal with unfinished business.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2018

The crew of Providence 2 prepares to launch. Laz and Denise get ready for a new chapter in their lives.

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Cast & Crew

Sean Penn
Tom Hagerty
Rey Lucas
Matteo Vega
Natascha McElhone
Laz Ingram
LisaGay Hamilton
Kayla Price
James Ransone
Nick Fletcher
Melissa George
Diane Hagerty
Keiko Agena
Aiko Hakari
Oded Fehr
Eitan Hafri
Beau Willimon
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The First Season 1

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (27)

The First is surprisingly pompous, inflated by its soundtrack... But stick with it.

Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

As flawed as I found the first season, I'll admit, it hooked me enough that I'm interested to see how they live life on Mars.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

[Tom] acts like a complex hero in this post-"Sopranos" era, but the aimless writing and the arty editing leave him flat.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Visually compelling with a nicely pensive music score - courtesy of Colin Stetson of Arcade Fire and Bon Iver - "The First" is otherwise plodding and padded.

Sep 12, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Penn is solid and stolid as Hagerty, conveying more depth in the scenes with his family than he does with his crew.

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The First could be made of stronger stuff than it is. Its use of imagery and a drawling, unidentified voice-over philosophizer are both recurrent and generally intrusive.

Sep 17, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Sadly mistaken for a full on sci fi epic, The First is a drama quest on our limits and emotions. Sean Penn shines. [Full review in Spanish].

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

The First needs to up its game or it's headed for the black hole of oblivion.

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The seriousness of the subject doesn't entirely explain the solemnity of this pilot episode, nor the glacial pacing.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

For a show about people looking up to the stars in wonder, its gaze is disappointingly earthbound.

Oct 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Even with a thruster rocket full of inspirational motivations and overly meticulous visuals, The First really doesn't have anything new to say, up close or in the big picture.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Packed with corny symbolism and inexplicable cutaways.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The First: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    A masterpiece. And too good for this world.
  • Mar 03, 2021
    Elon Musk: please finance the production of Season 2 (and seasons 3,4,5...). This is what I would like to watch every night. Really well played tv-drama.
  • Nov 26, 2020
    Hoping for a decent Sci-Fi but all I got was Existential crises from the 90% all main female cast some lgbtq, some me too in 2030, some mental and most just boring. While 1 Man trys to hold them all together. Shows even in the future Wahmen arent cut out for... well anything. Not Sexist or rasist. I dare you to watch this garbage & tell me otherwise. Oh & Spoilers! No One goes to Mars. All you get is 1 Strong P*nis and 10 whiney Venus! z
  • Sep 15, 2020
    Who doesn't love a good space drama that puts the stakes of mankind's thirst for exploration front and center? The premise is exhilarating and full of promise only to be dragged down by the fatal error of weaving in weak personal stories of the astronauts. The inter-personal hardships that are supposed to show the humanity of each astronauts conflicts as they set forth on a multi year exploration to Mars are both trite and boring. On top of that a massive distraction. The yawn inducing cliches woven into Sean Penns young daughters substance abuse issues as a result of her mothers fatal demise is time that could have been better spent on screen time showing the stress inducing intricacies of planning a mission to Mars and its political ramifications. The First deals with that too, but wastes time and acting energy on the meaningless stories of the astronauts personal lives. Such a bummer in what would have otherwise been an amazing effort.
  • Sep 12, 2020
    Watched this after watching Away on Netflix. Why did this not get reviewed? Fantastic performance by Sean. I would have loved to see another couple seasons. I hope Away does not suffer the same fate.
  • Sep 11, 2020
    Why did Hulu not renew? Such a great performance by Sean. I am mysitified by what programming becomes popular.
  • Jun 17, 2020
    I really wanted to like this show. But I just can't get past Sean Penn.
  • Jun 07, 2020
    Loved the emotional ride and character development.
  • Apr 20, 2020
    For a show about the first people to Mars, there was not enough actual going to Mars. It really is that simple. The last episode should have been spliced with the first to be the first episode, with the rest of that interpersonal and political drama thrown in later as flashbacks. This show taunts you on Amazon Prime with an image of space and the claim that it's a show about the first people to Mars. It then proceeds to show exactly two clips of 'Mars' throughout the entire season, and about as much space as there is between a super model's butt cheeks. Abhorrent garbage, do not recommend, not even if you have the time to waste.
  • Mar 05, 2020
    I had not heard any buzz about "The First" but I love sci-fi so I tuned in. I was grabbed in the first episode by the events (with undertones to the not too distant past). I thought the casting of Sean Penn was either brilliant or a monumental misstep. Turns out it was brilliant and maybe his best work to date. I am so saddened the series has been cancelled (though the second year would be much more difficult to write). I can understand that the ratings were not great as this was an adult series geared to adults and so few of us are left. I loved the feelings and human interactions (and realistic portrayal of dysfunction) and did not miss 5 explosions per minute or cgi robot battles one bit. "The First" is an artistic, somber series with depth. Such things appear still--even boring--to those who lack the wisdom or are too shallow to explore what is underneath.

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