Origin (TV series)

Origin is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Mika Watkins that premiered on November 14, 2018, on YouTube Premium. Watkins also serves as a writer for the series and executive produces alongside Andy Harries, Rob Bullock, Suzanne Mackie, Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. On March 25, 2019, YouTube cancelled the series after one season.

Created byMika Watkins
Written byMika Watkins
Composer(s)Edmund Butt
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • John Phillips
  • Alice Pearse
  • David Higgs
  • Birgit Bebe Dierken
  • Guilio Biccari
  • Martin Fuhrer
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time41–60 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkYouTube Premium
Picture format4K (UHDTV)
Original releaseNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)
External links
Official YouTube Channel


Origin follows "a group of strangers stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet. The abandoned passengers must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far from who they claim to be."[1]

Cast and charactersEdit


  • Natalia Tena as Lana Pierce
  • Tom Felton as Logan Maine
  • Sen Mitsuji as Shun Kenzaki
  • Nora Arnezeder as Evelyn Rey
  • Fraser James as Dr. Henri Gasana
  • Philipp Christopher as Baum Arndt
  • Madalyn Horcher as Abigail Garcia
  • Siobhán Cullen as Katie Devlin




No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Road Not Taken"Paul W. S. AndersonMika WatkinsNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)
2"Lost On Both Sides"Paul W. S. AndersonMika WatkinsNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)
3"Bright Star"Mark Brozel & Paul W. S. AndersonMika WatkinsNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)
4"God's Grandeur"Mark BrozelMika Watkins & Melissa IqbalNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)
5"Remember Me"Ashley WayMika Watkins & Joe MurtaghNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)
6"Fire and Ice"Ashley WayMika WatkinsNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)
7"The Wasteland"Juan Carlos MedinaMika Watkins & Jack LothianNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)
8"Funeral Blues"Juan Carlos MedinaMika WatkinsNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)
9"A Total Stranger"Jonathan TeplitzkyJon HarbottleNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)
10"I Am"Jonathan TeplitzkyMika WatkinsNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)



On October 26, 2017, it was announced that YouTube had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes set to premiere in 2018. The series was created by Mika Watkins who was also expected to serve as a writer and executive producer alongside Andy Harries, Rob Bullock, and Suzanne Mackie from Left Bank and Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Midnight Radio, Left Bank Pictures, CiTVC, and Sony Pictures Television.[1][2]

On January 24, 2018, it was reported that the series would premiere sometime around the end of 2018.[3] On April 26, 2018, it was announced that Paul W. S. Anderson would direct the series' first two episodes.[4] On August 27, 2018, it was announced on the show's official Twitter account that the series would premiere on November 14, 2018.[5] On March 25, 2019, it was confirmed that YouTube had cancelled the series.[6]


On April 26, 2018, it was announced that Natalia Tena, Tom Felton, Sen Mitsuji, Nora Arnezeder, Fraser James, Philipp Christopher, Madalyn Horcher, and Siobhán Cullen had been cast as series regulars and that Adelayo Adedayo, Nina Wadia, Johannes Johannesson, Wil Coban, and Tara Fitzgerald would also appear in the series.[4]


Principal photography for the series took place in 2018 in South Africa.[4]


On July 19, 2018, a teaser trailer for the series was released.[7] On October 4, 2018, the first full-length trailer was released.[8]


On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 69% approval rating with an average rating of 6.2 out of 10 based on 16 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Origin's overstuffed space drama mimics many genre classics to varying degrees of success; thankfully, its stellar cast and withholding premise are intriguing enough to encourage exploring its mysterious -- if familiar -- corridors."[9]


  1. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (October 25, 2017). "'Origin' Sci-Fi Series From 'The Crown' Producers Set For YouTube Red In 2018". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  2. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (October 25, 2017). "YouTube Red Orders Sci-Fi Drama From 'The Crown' Producers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  3. ^ Clarke, Stewart (January 24, 2018). "YouTube Launches Ad-Supported Original 'The Super Slow Show'". Variety. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (April 26, 2018). "'Origin' YouTube Sci-Fi Series Sets Natalia Tena & Tom Felton As Leads, Paul W.S. Anderson As Director". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Origin [@OriginSeries] (August 27, 2018). "This is the beginning. Be ready to #LeaveEarth: #OriginSeries premieres Nov. 14" (Tweet). Archived from the original on August 28, 2018. Retrieved August 28, 2018 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Porter, Jon (March 25, 2019). "YouTube cancels two original series but denies moving away from original content". The Verge. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  7. ^ Pedersen, Erik (July 19, 2018). "'Origin': First Look At Tom Felton & Natalia Tena In YouTube Space Drama – Comic-Con". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  8. ^ White, Peter (October 4, 2018). "'Origin': YouTube Launches Trailer For Tom Felton & Natalia Tena Intergalactic Space Thriller". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Origin: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved December 31, 2018.

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