The First launched on Channel 4 this evening with Sean Penn in the lead role of Tom Hagerty.
During the show, fans were expecting to see the first craft land on Mars.
And it all seemed to be going to plan, with the bold crew stepping forward for their manned-mission to the Red Planet.
The craft took off as the fictional world held their breath to see if the rocket would clear the atmosphere.
But in a shock twist, the ship exploded in the air instantly killing everyone on board.
Naturally, viewers were in disbelief over the moment and flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts.
One said: “Did NOT see that coming!! I mean, it's the first episode and lots gone to s**t already.”
A second added: “#TheFirst Get the feeling they are not going to mars any time soon.”
A third gasped: “#TheFIRST Well that was over quickly.”
A fourth wept: “#TheFirst They didn't last 2 secs! This is the start! OMG!”(sic)."
The First on Channel 4: Sean Penn show delivers SHOCK twist leaving viewers in turmoil (Image: CHANNEL 4)
With Mars seemingly a long way away in The First, the show’s creator, Beau Willimon,