The First (TV series)

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Television series
German title The first
Original title The first
Country of production USA ,
original language English
year 2018
length 45 minutes
Episodes 8 in 1 season
genre Drama , science fiction
idea Beau Willimon
music Colin Stetson
camera Adam Stone
First broadcast September 14, 2018 on Hulu , Channel 4
first broadcast
March 7, 2019 on MagentaTV

The First is a science fiction series based on an idea by Beau Willimon and tells the fictional story of the first manned mission to Mars . The eight episode first and only planned season was shown on Hulu on September 14, 2018 . The series was canceled after a season.

In Germany, the series is from March 7, 2019 at MagentaTV of Deutsche Telekom to see.


A group of astronauts is being prepared for a mission to Mars, led by Laz Ingram. You are supposed to be the first people on the planet. The crew must prepare for all kinds of dangers in the mission, but in the end they could go down in human history as heroes.


actor image role Main role
German synchronization
Sean Penn Sean Penn Tom Hagerty 8 episodes Tobias Master
Natascha McElhone Natascha McElhone Laz Ingram 8 episodes Marion Musiol
LisaGay Hamilton Lisa Gay Hamilton Kayla Price 8 episodes
Anna Jacoby-Heron Denise Hagerty 8 episodes
Hannah Ware Hannah Ware Sadie Hewitt 8 episodes Wicki Kalaitzi
Keiko Agena Aiko Hakari 8 episodes Nicole Hannak
Rey Lucas Matteo Vega 8 episodes Benjamin Stöwe
James Ransone Nick Fletcher 8 episodes Armin Schlagwein
Brian Lee Franklin Lawrence 8 episodes
Oded Fehr Oded Fehr Eitan Hafri 8 episodes Gerrit Hamann
TC Matherne Jason 6 episodes Sascha Werginz


The series was produced by the US streaming provider Hulu and the British television broadcaster Channel 4 .

Sean Penn plays former NASA astronaut Tom Hagerty, who takes part in the Mars colonization mission. It will be Penn's first leading role in a television series. Actress LisaGay Hamilton took on the role of Kayla Price. Natascha McElhone plays Laz Ingram.

A first trailer was presented at the end of July 2018.


The First is not what many would expect from the series. Instead of an exciting science fiction adventure, the chief author Willimon often only serves us greasy family drama over long phases of this first season. It is less about the challenges of the journey to Mars itself, but more about the inner conflicts of the travelers, which are not even presented in a particularly comprehensible manner. "

- Bjarne Bock : serial junkies

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Denise Petski, Denise Petski: 'The First' Canceled By Hulu After One Season . 19th January 2019.
  2. DWDL de GmbH: MagentaTV secures new Mars series with Sean Penn .
  3. Nele Bübl: The First: First trailer for the Mars series with Sean Penn . July 25, 2018.
  4. The First: Trailer for the Hulu space drama starring Sean Penn .
  5. ^ The First: Season 1 Review . September 17, 2018. Retrieved September 20, 2018.