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Extant (TV series)

Genre Science fiction
Created by Mickey Fisher
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original channel CBS
Picture format 1080i HDTV
Original release July 9, 2014 (2014-07-09) – September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09)
External links
Official website

Extant is an American science fiction television drama series created by Mickey Fisher and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The story revolves around astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry)[1] who returns home to her family inexplicably pregnant after 13 months in outer space on a solo mission.

On August 7, 2013, CBS announced that it had placed a 13-episode straight-to-series order, bypassing the traditional pilot stage.[2] Steven Spielberg served as one of the executive producers.[3][4] Production began in Los Angeles on February 10, 2014.[5] The series is broadcast in the United States on the CBS television network, and is a production of Amblin Television.

Extant premiered on July 9, 2014. On October 9, 2014, CBS renewed Extant for a second season,[6] which premiered on July 1, 2015 and concluded on September 9, 2015.[7] On October 9, 2015, CBS canceled Extant after two seasons.[8]


  • Premise 1
  • Cast 2
    • Main 2.1
    • Recurring 2.2
      • Season 1 2.2.1
      • Season 2 2.2.2
  • Reception 3
    • Critical reception 3.1
    • Ratings 3.2
    • Accolades 3.3
  • Episodes 4
  • Home media releases 5
  • Broadcast 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Molly Woods, an astronaut with ISEA (International Space Exploration Agency) is assigned a 13-month solo mission aboard space station Seraphim. She returns home to her husband John, a robotics engineer who created their son Ethan, a prototype android called a "humanic". When Molly discovers that she has mysteriously become pregnant despite years of infertility, she begins a search for answers.




  • Tyler Hilton as Charles "Charlie" Arthurs, the Chief Coder on the Humanics Project alongside Julie.[10]
  • Lynnanne Zager as the voice of G.I.N.A., the Woods family personal home A.I. system and helper.
  • Shannon Merrill Brown as the child "Offspring".

Season 1

  • Annie Wersching as Femi Dodd, a member of the Yasumoto Corporation Board of Directors. She's highly skeptical of the Humanics Project and is revealed to be part of Odin's underground group that seeks to eradicate advanced technology from Earth.
  • Brad Beyer as Harmon Kryger, an ISEA astronaut who saw his dead mother on the Seraphim; he faked his own suicide and now lives in isolation.
  • Maury Sterling as Gordon Kern, the new Deputy Director of ISEA.
  • Sergio Harford as Marcus Dawkins, an astronaut and Molly's deceased lover, who died in the car accident in which he and Molly were involved years ago.[11]
  • Tessa Ferrer as Katie Sparks, an astronaut and daughter of Alan and Anya Sparks. She died in space under mysterious circumstances.[12]
  • Louis Gossett Jr. as Quinn, a retired doctor and Molly's undependable, estranged father.[13]
  • Charlie Bewley as Gavin Hutchinson (alias Odin James), a man Julie begins dating. He secretly leads an underground organization dedicated to eradicating advanced technology, and has targeted the Humanics Project.
  • Jeannetta Arnette as Anya Sparks, Alan's ex-wife and mother of Katie.
  • Adam O'Byrne as Ryan Jackson, the new ISEA Director, replacing Alan Sparks. Kern says Molly can trust him as he was unaware of the conspiracy between Yasumoto and Sparks.
  • Enver Gjokaj as Sean Glass, an ISEA astronaut.
  • Jimmy Jean-Louis as Pierre Lyon, a French astronaut.
  • Eric Martsolf as the voice of B.E.N., the on-board, sentient computer aboard the Seraphim.
  • Owain Yeoman as Dr. Mason, a scientist assigned by Yasumoto to help Molly.

Season 2

  • Henderson Wade as the adult "Offspring" ("Hybrid"), now self-christened with the name Ahdu.
    • Brody Nicholas Lee as the teenage "Offspring".
  • David Morrissey as General Tobias Shepherd, Head of the Global Security Commission. Shepherd has a personal history with Molly Woods, a fact that complicates his work (and his life) in the face of a deadly new threat to humanity.
  • Necar Zadegan as Shayna Velez (fka Martine), a former Lt. Colonel, now Chief of Staff to Tobias Shepherd. Strong, smart, opinionated, her agenda doesn’t always jibe with her boss’s — which may bring her into direct conflict with Molly Woods.
  • Hilarie Burton as Anna Schaefer, a government operative charged with overseeing the militarization of the Humanics program.
  • Kiersey Clemons as Lucy, a more advanced humanoid robot and Ethan's new sister.
  • Lyndon Smith as Kelsey Richter; JD’s estranged and rebellious daughter.
  • Michael Gladis as Nate Malone; a GSC biologist who works with Molly to crack the genetic code of the hybrids.
  • Kate Burton as Fiona Stanton, the president of GSC who oversees the progress of Lucy and the Humanics.


Critical reception

Extant has received generally favorable reviews. On Metacritic, season 1 holds a score of 68 out of 100, based on 31 critics, and season 2 has a score of 63 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[14] On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a "certified fresh" rating of 83% based on 40 reviews, with the consensus reading: "While many of its ideas are clearly borrowed from other sources, Extant benefits from a unique approach to some familiar stories and a strong lead in Halle Berry".[15]


Including Live + 3 day (DVR) viewing, the series premiere was watched by 11.88 million viewers and attained an 18-49 rating of 2.2.[16]


In 2014, Extant was chosen, along with six others, for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.[17]


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 July 9, 2014 (2014-07-09) September 17, 2014 (2014-09-17)
2 13 July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09)

Home media releases

On December 16, 2014, CBS Home Entertainment released the first season on DVD & Blu-ray in Region 1.[18]


The series is available for streaming on Amazon Video devices four days after broadcast on CBS.[19] In Canada, the series premiered on July 9, 2014, on Global Television Network.[20] In Australia, the series premiered on July 13, 2014, on Network Ten.[21] The series premiered in the United Kingdom on July 10, 2014, on Amazon Video.[22] It made its television premiere on January 20, 2015 on Syfy.[23] In New Zealand, it debuted on July 23, 2014 on Prime.[24]


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