Aired: 2018, 1 Season Totaling 8 Episodes
Series Premiere: September 14, 2018
Starring: Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton, Hannah Ware, Keiko Agena, James Ransone
Series Website: www.hulu.com/
Description: This series takes place in the 2030’s and focus on the lives of the people preparing for the first manned mission to Mars.
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Why Was it Cancelled? Hulu picked this show up directly to series with Sean Penn headlining the cast, and likely hoped it would become another must-watch entry along the lines of their successful The Handmaid’s Tale. But The First was criticized for being slow-moving and apparently never developed much of an audience. It did manage to get a decent score from Rotten Tomatoes, but that didn’t help it to garner much buzz. Hulu has not shared the viewership numbers for the series, as is typical with the streaming services, nor has it given a reason for the cancellation yet. I had thought that this one might get at least one more season because the streaming services tend to give their shows more time to find an audience, but it is expensive to produce and the may have been a deciding factor.