PBS (ended 2005)



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Carl Sagan brings us the Cosmos, everything that ever was and ever will be, in an approach that is easily accessible even for those of us that are not science wizards. This 13 part series covers everything from the history of astronomy, the challenges it faced at its creation, how the universe was created and how it all might end, to the evolution of life on Earth, and the nature of the human brain. First aired in 1980 by the Public Broadcasting Service, Cosmos has seen multiple versions over the years. When the series was released on home video in the late 1980s, a 14th episode was included, which consisted of an interview between Dr. Sagan and Ted Turner. Dr. Sagan taped new epilogues for the 10th anniversary version in 1990, in which he addressed new discoveries and alternate viewpoints. The Science Channel rebroadcast the series on its 25th anniversary in 2005 with enhanced computer graphics. The series was awarded an Emmy and a Peabody Award. It has been broadcast in 60 countries and has been seen by an estimated 500 million to 1 billion viewers worldwide.moreless
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  • This is How It's Done

    All would-be science documentaries should look to Carl Sagan's Cosmos to see how to be a good science documentary. It's a brilliant show, with thought-provoking ideas. Everybody needs to see it. No one should be deprived of it.
  • Understanding The Universe

    COSMOS was one of the most intelligent & unparalleled science programs ever to be featured on PBS in 1980. Dr. Carl Sagan, a noted astrophysicist from Cornell University was the host who explained what the Universe is & why it should matter to our very existence in a manner that is in no way prosaic.

    It was a joy to watch. And not many shows these days can do what COSMOS does, makes you think.moreless
  • Articulate science show that was also easy to understand.

    This show featured as its host the scientist Carl Sagan. An astronomy professor at Harvard and Cornell, he was also a prolific writer, whose credits included the book for which this show was named. This show pulled in over half a billion viewers worldwide. And well it might: Sagan, a warm and funny speaker, illustrated the most cogent points about the show's topics and yet never made you feel you were slogging through a difficult textbook. Sagan was one of the first people of the television era to bring science to the public in ways that truly sparked their imaginations. From Michiu Kaku to the Mythbusters, many a science-themed host and program owes much to this gentleman's work. This documentary appears Sunday nights on the Science Channel. Give it a try. Whether you're a student, a parent or just curious about the world around you, "Cosmos" offers much to enjoy.moreless
  • Carl Sagan teaches the science of the universe.

    Carl Sagan, the incredible astronomer of our time, teaches the greatest truths of the universe. He cover the greatest minds of Earth to the greatest sciences of the galaxies. This show is incredibly informative, and has the most interesting and important facts and theories of the universe. The show has been a classic, edited for the older shows. The series was made into a book that broke the record for the highest selling book of science. The show was translated into several languages, demonstrating its immense popularity around the world. This show is a must see for all people who love science, specially astronomy.moreless
  • Forget any other science show. Carl Sagan is the man!

    I watched this with my dad years ago. Nothing gives a more grounded view of the univers we live in. Carl Sagan pulls you into the info and make you want to learn it like any teacher should but few do. He understands the need for EVERYONE to know basic science. There is no show ever made that does better than Cosmos.

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Space Exploration, theoretical science, space travel, social issues, fate of the galaxy