Fictional series to chronicle the effort to send the first crewed mission to Mars.


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Series cast summary:
Sean Penn ...  Tom Hagerty 8 episodes, 2018
Natascha McElhone ...  Laz Ingram 8 episodes, 2018
LisaGay Hamilton ...  Kayla Price 8 episodes, 2018
Hannah Ware ...  Sadie Hewitt 8 episodes, 2018
Keiko Agena ...  Aiko Hakari 8 episodes, 2018
Rey Lucas ...  Matteo Vega 8 episodes, 2018
James Ransone ...  Nick Fletcher 8 episodes, 2018
Anna Jacoby-Heron ...  Denise Hagerty 8 episodes, 2018
Brian Lee Franklin ...  Lawrence 8 episodes, 2018
Oded Fehr ...  Eitan Hafri 8 episodes, 2018
T.C. Matherne ...  Jason 6 episodes, 2018
D.W. Moffett ...  Bob Cordine 5 episodes, 2018
Toney Chapman Steele ...  Media / ... 4 episodes, 2018
Annie Parisse ...  Ellen Dawes 4 episodes, 2018
Tracie Thoms ...  Nancy 4 episodes, 2018
Fernanda Andrade ...  Camila Rodriguez / ... 4 episodes, 2018
Anthony Marble ...  Engineer #1 4 episodes, 2018
Sheenan Cole ...  Mechanical Engineer 3 episodes, 2018
Jeannie Berlin ...  The President 3 episodes, 2018
Amber Patino ...  Amanda Ingram 3 episodes, 2018
Eden Grace Redfield ...  Young Denise 3 episodes, 2018
Alex Rubin ...  Devon Ingram 3 episodes, 2018
Scott Takeda ...  Todd 3 episodes, 2018
Sharon Omi ...  Edith 3 episodes, 2018
Patrick Kennedy ...  Ollie / ... 3 episodes, 2018
Kelly Murtagh ...  Engineer #2 3 episodes, 2018
John McConnell ...  Senator Thibodeaux 3 episodes, 2018
Cara Ronzetti ...  Myk 3 episodes, 2018
Norbert Leo Butz ...  Matthew Dawes 2 episodes, 2018
Melissa George ...  Diane Hagerty 2 episodes, 2018
Miguel Nájera ...  Mr. Castillo 2 episodes, 2018
Sol Miranda ...  Mrs. Castillo 2 episodes, 2018
Fallon Katz ...  Charlotte Dawes 2 episodes, 2018
Marcus Lyle Brown ...  Launch Director 2 episodes, 2018
Devyn A. Tyler ...  Samantha 2 episodes, 2018
Galen Lee ...  Aiko's Son #1 2 episodes, 2018
Asher Lee ...  Aiko's Son #2 2 episodes, 2018
Billy Slaughter ...  Vista Lawyer 2 episodes, 2018
Julia Badinger ...  Young Laz 2 episodes, 2018
GiGi Erneta ...  News Anchor 2 episodes, 2018
Summer Selby ...  Boateng's Mother 2 episodes, 2018


The First is a near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram, the crew contends with peril and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history. Written by ahmetkozan

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The First marks the small-screen series regular debut for Oscar winner Sean Penn. See more »

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Please Stop Trashing Based on What You Thought it Was Going To Be
19 September 2018 | by c_adams-13816See all my reviews

I use IMDB frequently to help guide my viewing selections and, I must admit, sometimes find myself looking for confirmation of my own opinions based on critics and viewer ratings. When there are a substantial number of ratings for a film or show on IMDB, I believe the average ratings generally become a reliable reflection of the quality of a film or show.

However, with The First, I think the divisive ratings aren't providing an objective evaluation. When you look at the written user reviews, numerous individuals are reviewing the series based on what they THOUGHT it would be like (surprise, it wasn't), and not on what it is. It is indeed important to note what the series isn't - typical sci-fi. But either stop watching and leave it be, because it's not the kind of exploration you expected, or adjust your expectations and review the creation for what it is - a unique exploration of the human elements of interplanetary space travel with some exceptional genuine, emotional, and very believable performances from the actors and characters in the story. It also contains some very realistic, very possible near-future technology. I equate some of the narrow-minded "disappointed" user reviews to the same kind of reviews on Amazon where the reviewer gives a product a poor rating because the box was damaged - that's not a review of the product!

The First is definitely not for everyone, and as one critic put it, it requires an ambitious audience. A few of the middle episodes certainly provIde some discomfort and are visually experimental. Nonetheless, I've really enjoyed watching the series as a whole and would rate it up with some of the other very good Hulu and Amazon originals - in my opinion, it really should have an average rating in the range of 7 to 8. Hopefully with some more objective reviews, it will eventually get there, and get some of the credit it truly deserves.

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14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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