• Network: Syfy
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 14, 2015
Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Feb 2, 2017
    91
    The biggest challenge will be how well all these threads can hold together, but so far, the show’s proven its ability to focus when essential. And all those little stories, when blended together, create a hell of a narrative.
  2. Reviewed by: Mitchel Broussard
    Nov 23, 2015
    90
    The Expanse as a TV show may not be as revolutionary and nuanced as top-tier golden-age TV, but it makes a big, bold crater in the category it falls in. That of actual, hard science fiction, where the repercussions for high-gravitational environments are tangible and the simple act of redirecting a space ship is its own set-piece; within that genre, it’s essentially perfect.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Dec 14, 2015
    83
    Expanse’s look is typical Syfy. The lighting is used to bathe the sets in shadows to hide the lack of money in the budget. The cast and the sheer complexity and depth of story, however, are worthy of premium cable.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Dec 15, 2015
    80
    The show overexplains here and there--especially in the first episode--but after some early jitters, it settles in and simply lets its world be.
  5. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Dec 15, 2015
    80
    But where “Battlestar Galactica’s” story engine ran almost entirely on mystery, The Expanse is a little more like “Game of Thrones,” with its intensely detailed and ever-broadening world inhabited by very recognizable characters.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Dec 14, 2015
    80
    Though you may note the myriad references in its many-chambered plot, it's just a house to live in finally--well-constructed, artfully furnished, with good feng shui.
  7. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Dec 14, 2015
    80
    It's a demanding show that really requires your full attention--but stick with it and you will delight in its clever writing, dark humor, and wonderfully perverse depiction of the Machiavellian power struggles that make the solar system go round.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Dec 14, 2015
    80
    The Expanse has enough well-wrought plot to keep things moving swiftly without confusing those of us who aren’t hardcore sci-fi fans.
  9. Reviewed by: Alex McCown
    Dec 14, 2015
    75
    Like Amazon’s similarly good-looking but unsteady The Man In The High Castle, The Expanse has a compelling story to tell, but is somewhat unwilling to play to the strengths of its format. But unlike that series, Syfy’s latest picks up steam as it pushes forward, gaining confidence that the audience will be along for the interplanetary ride. By the fourth episode, it’s firing on (mostly) all thrusters, with thrilling heroics, shocking deaths, and a sense of urgency building across the various narrative threads.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Dec 11, 2015
    70
    The Expanse is pure space opera with political and cultural undertones that aren’t always communicated well, but there are compelling enough stories in the foreground that perhaps in time the detailed universe the series attempts to build will become clearer.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Dec 10, 2015
    70
    There’s some goofy dialogue that holds it back, but I like that it doesn’t hold your hand in terms of its narrative or themes. I’m curious to see where it goes.
  12. Reviewed by: Josh Bell
    Dec 10, 2015
    70
    The Expanse manages to take familiar sci-fi elements and synthesize them into something that looks and feels distinctive.
  13. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Dec 9, 2015
    70
    Hard to say where it's all going, but anyone with an interest in serious sci-fi should strap in for the long ride. [7-20 Dec 2015, p.17]
  14. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Dec 11, 2015
    67
    Expanse is so expansive, it’s hard to pin down--well, anything.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 564 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 564
  1. Dec 15, 2015
    10
    Very well done first episode. Amazed at SyFy's commitment to re-brand themselves as more than just a gag reel of cheesy, purposely terribleVery well done first episode. Amazed at SyFy's commitment to re-brand themselves as more than just a gag reel of cheesy, purposely terrible programs.. This a true return to well done science fiction. Bravo. Full Review »
  2. Jan 19, 2016
    10
    Wen you get right down to it, the series is both faithful to the books, but new and entertaining in unexpected ways. It's an incrediblyWen you get right down to it, the series is both faithful to the books, but new and entertaining in unexpected ways. It's an incredibly entertaining hour of television, that somehow doesn't cop-out, just give you moment of shallow "instant gratification." Instead, the story makes you work for each incremental advancement in the plot, as the characters scrounge around the clues to piece together the big-picture. This show isn't for the unintelligent, or those who just wish to sit down and "veg-out." This is an engaging story, that requires you to pay attention, and keep the HUGE cast of characters sorted in your mind. The art-direction is beautiful, the world is enticing and complete, and the story has already been hashed-out by the brilliant Novelist Team under pen-name James S.A. Corey. This show will continue to be successful, and pull in viewers... if only Syfy allows it the time required to do so. Here's me rooting for the gargantuan-swing-for-the-fence that this show. GET SOME Full Review »
  3. Mar 17, 2016
    10
    Read the reviews, no reviewers took their jobs seriously on this show. They watched at most a few episodes. The assignments must have beenRead the reviews, no reviewers took their jobs seriously on this show. They watched at most a few episodes. The assignments must have been given to people who don't even do sci fi. Just ignore them. I'm not sure this show will have wide appeal. It's not cartoonish, it's not big and boisterous and overly dramatic, it doesn't focus on people just posturing and profaning. There's no singing, there's no dancing. There's no laugh tracks. There's no villains twirling their mustaches.

    This is a serious show, that is plot centered with deep characters and high ideas. It's a gritty look at a plausible future with limited space travel. It's grounded, and it's engrossing. It's some of the best TV that there's been in years, and I can tell already it's under-appreciated.
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