Origin is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Mika Watkins. The first season of Origin 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.


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]

On January 24, 2018, it was reported that the series would premiere sometime around the end of 2018.[2] On April 26, 2018, it was announced that Paul W. S. Anderson would direct the series' first two episodes.[3] On August 27, 2018, it was announced on the show's official Twitter account that the series would premiere on November 14, 2018.[4]


Origin follows a group of strangers who find themselves 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.


Principal photography for the series took place in 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Cast and characters

Main characters

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



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