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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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In the future, the first human is sent to Mars to explore the possibility of interplanetary colonization.


Sean Penn
as Tom Hagerty
LisaGay Hamilton
as Kayla Price
James Ransone
as Nick Fletcher
Anna Jacoby-Heron
as Denise Hagerty
Hannah Ware
as Sadie Hewitt
Keiko Agena
as Aiko Hakari
Melissa George
as Diane Hagerty
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Critic Reviews for The First: Season 1

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (21)

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

September 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.

September 17, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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A noble, ambitious series, but one that demands equally ambitious viewers.

September 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Penn, for one, is a revelation here...You don't often see or hear his pain and grief, but you constantly feel it.

September 14, 2018 | Full Review…
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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.

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

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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