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The First

The First

Hulu 2018

Follow the first human mission to Mars, exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The story focuses not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The First

The First - S1E8

#1 - Near and Far


Season 1 - Episode 8

The members of Providence 2 gear up for their mission on launch day. Laz and Denise must prepare for a new chapter in their lives.

The episode was rated from 412 votes.

The First - S1E2

#2 - What's Needed


Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated from 552 votes.

The First - S1E6

#3 - Collisions


Season 1 - Episode 6

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.

The episode was rated from 423 votes.

The First - S1E7

#4 - The Choice


Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

The episode was rated from 397 votes.

The First - S1E4

#5 - Where Life Is


Season 1 - Episode 4

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.

The episode was rated from 456 votes.

The First - S1E1
#6 - Separation
Season 1 - Episode 1

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

The episode was rated from 674 votes.
The First - S1E3
#7 - Cycles
Season 1 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated from 512 votes.
The First - S1E5
#8 - Two Portraits
Season 1 - Episode 5

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

The episode was rated from 428 votes.

Last updated: feb 19, 2021



I was disappointed at first. Then it blew me away! Possibly the worst marketing for a tv show ever. [spoiler]In the first season we won't follow a crew's journey to Mars like everyone thought, but we will instead see people preparing to go there. Their struggles, problems and everything in-between.[/spoiler] We won't see what we thought we'd see. Because of that, I was disappointed, but one episode later, I saw the real beauty of this show and what makes it (in my eyes) worth watching. Having binged it in two sittings, I won't deny that this is a slow show or that - at times - not much happens. But what I won't say is, that it's boring. At the core, the story is about the characters [spoiler]and how they're dealing with the fact that they are actually going to Mars. How it affects not only their lives, but also the lifes of and the relationships to their loved ones.[/spoiler]. It surely is more drama than sci-fi, but not in a bad way. Along the way you'll start to care about the characters and you'll realize how well-acted this show is. With a great cast, the show tells a compelling story. You'll see incredible cinematography not many shows have. You'll appreciate the variety of music throughout; epical, magical, partly eery and mysteriosly beautiful music. To me, this show was a real surprise and I give it a 9/10. I'm really hoping for a second season!


What an excruciatingly painful TV series; it's melodrama, not sci-fi


This first season is 2 episodes of what you came to see, and 6 of something else. I should say I feel like it could have been 3 episodes shorter, but overall even though it was a bit slow at times, it's still a show I would recommend... If you didn't see too much of the marketing material and aren't hyped about seeing "a series about going to mars", but rather just see it as a story about human struggle (in multiple ways), then this is a pretty good show. [spoiler]The first and last episodes are good. I mean "crying from excitement/dreading a future without this/wanting this for humanity/loss" good. Maybe I'm just a sucker for tales about human exploration, especially with the space part in it, but I really liked them. I feel like you could maybe make a 3-episode edit with E01, E08 and some cuts about the MAV fuckups/various political stuff and it would make a great tale about a possible future for humanity. The family relationship drama doesn't ruin it _per se_, but it definitely disappoints expectations you might have going into it. [/spoiler]


Loved this show. Beautiful cinematography that is on experimental side, and haunting soundtrack to match it. The story is slow, but purposeful, and focuses on human struggle. A very believable portrayal of near future. I think they missed with marketing, trying to catch a greater audience, hence the lower ratings. I hope they don't cancel this show because of it, because it is one of the most unique out there. The First will forever be one of my favourites.


I am so sorry this show isn't getting the love it deserves. Powerful acting, character driven plot, set in the not too distant future. Loving the setting, smart devices and believable technology. The music is amazing... and I am enjoying the story. Slow boil admittedly... but I like that it is taking the time necessary to develop its characters. Easy to root for the protagonist in any series... but I am 3 shows in and I actually care about most of these folks. Worried with ratings this low it won't have the staying power to really develop and come into its own. If you came for sci fi adventure... I think it will come... but the beauty of this show is in its human drama and characters. Please, please, please Hulu ignore the ratings and bring us more!


I fell in love with this show. Maybe it's nothing groundbreaking, and perhaps it treads too closely to Golden Age cliche, but what it's doing is _right_ up my alley. It's a mood-driven show. Big themes, big ideas; emotional. It's beautiful to look at, the score is intoxicating (if divisive — I heard someone call its horns the "horns of importance"). Watch it on a big screen in a dark room if you can.


You can easily sleep through episodes one to eight and you wouldn't miss a thing.


Considering the cast this show is disappointing. Maybe it can get better in season 2, if there is one?


Congratulations, Hulu! You just successfully made the most boring TV show ever. The dialogues are pointless. The characters are just watching each other eating, crying or being bored. Sean Penn seems the most bored of all of them. I actually agree with him. It can be really painful to play that empty role. He does nothing else then looking at people with sad bassett hound puppy eyes, saying absolutely nothing constructive or helpful. I'm sorry, Sean, you have to survive this season somehow. Be strong! Fortunately I can turn the TV off, but you can't. I stopped watching this show today after the second episode. It caused serious pain in my brain. I wish I could forget this experience forever. I swear, I'll try to. Oh, and, Sean! Please put a shirt on. We've already seen your biceps in those small T-shirts. Thank you.


How have they made this show so boring? Why am I still watching it?

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