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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Episodes

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; he is confronted by an unexpected visitor after an intense day.

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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; the Castillo family pursues its 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 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; Mateo 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

Actor
Rey Lucas
Matteo Vega

Actor
Natascha McElhone
Laz Ingram

Actor
LisaGay Hamilton
Kayla Price

Actor
James Ransone
Nick Fletcher

Actor
Melissa George
Diane Hagerty

Actor
Keiko Agena
Aiko Hakari

Actor
Oded Fehr
Eitan Hafri

Actor
Brian Lee Franklin
Joe Wanowski

Actor
Beau Willimon
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The First: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The First: Season 1

  • Aug 21, 2022
    Too woke, totally boring storylines, audiences want to see Mars and all we see are an addict daughter, a washed up father, lesbians and unnecessary nudity. Too artsy fartsy, random cicadas, harsh and sharp contrast cinematography. An attempt to portray the future by voice controlled AI everywhere in ways that don't make logical sense. "For All Mankind" is light years ahead of this. To the show runners, CUT TO THE CHASE. Audiences want to see mars and be inspired to dream, not be dragged through the dregs of peoples broken lives.
  • Jul 15, 2022
    Interpersonal drama with very little Sci-fi background that literally never gets off the ground.
  • May 09, 2022
    Are we supposed to find Tom sympathetic? Is he the hook we're supposed to hang this narrative on? Because he's an abusive jerk and we spend all our time watching him be a cardboard cutout Old White Dude with Anger Issues instead of finding out more about other more interesting and sympathetic charcters.
  • Jun 17, 2021
    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.

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