The BEST Episodes of The First

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 5, 2019

Network: Hulu

This sci-fi drama set in the near future and from creator Beau Willimon (House of Cards, Ides of March) tells the story of a crew of astronauts who are attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram, the crew members have to contend with dangerous situations and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history. Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn leads the cast, portraying Tom Hagerty, one of the five astronauts aboard the Providence 2 vessel who have been chosen to colonize Mars.

Near and Far

#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.

star 7.68
383 votes
Directors: Ariel Kleiman
Writers: Francesca Sloane, Beau Willimon, AJ Marechal
What’s Needed

#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.

star 7.37
515 votes
Writers: Beau Willimon, AJ Marechal, Francesca Sloane

#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.

star 7.30
399 votes
Writers: Julian Breece, Francesca Sloane, AJ Marechal
The Choice

#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.

star 7.23
371 votes
Directors: Ariel Kleiman
Writers: Christal Henry, Francesca Sloane, AJ Marechal
Where Life Is

#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.

star 7.23
425 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: AJ Marechal, Francesca Sloane

#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.

star 7.20
632 votes
Writers: Beau Willimon, AJ Marechal, Francesca Sloane

#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.

star 7.16
476 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Carla Ching, AJ Marechal, Francesca Sloane
Two Portraits

#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.

star 7.12
403 votes
Writers: Francesca Sloane, AJ Marechal