The First: Season 1 (2018)


Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: Sep 14, 2018
Air date: Sep 14, 2018
Air date: Sep 14, 2018
Air date: Sep 14, 2018
Air date: Sep 14, 2018
Air date: Sep 14, 2018
Air date: Sep 14, 2018
Air date: Sep 14, 2018

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The series may well develop into an absorbing character-led take on humankind's dream of exploring the solar system, but Willimon seemed to be relying on the audience having a bite at the second episode before deciding.

Nov 2, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

The First delivers, handsomely.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | 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…
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[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…
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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…

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