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28 September 1980 (USA) See more »
Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe. Full summary »
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 3)
Carl Sagan ... Himself - Host (13 episodes, 1980)

Series Directed by
Adrian Malone (13 episodes, 1980)
David F. Oyster (12 episodes, 1980)
Rob McCain (11 episodes, 1980)
David Kennard (9 episodes, 1980)
Richard Wells (8 episodes, 1980)
Geoffrey Haines-Stiles (6 episodes, 1980)
Tom Weidlinger (5 episodes, 1980)
Richard J. Wells (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Writing credits
Ann Druyan (13 episodes, 1980)
Carl Sagan (13 episodes, 1980)
Steven Soter (13 episodes, 1980)

Series Produced by
Gregory Andorfer .... producer (13 episodes, 1980)
Geoffrey Haines-Stiles .... senior producer (13 episodes, 1980)
David Kennard .... senior producer (13 episodes, 1980)
Robyn Mendelsohn .... series associate producer / associate producer (13 episodes, 1980)
David F. Oyster .... associate producer / series associate producer / ... (13 episodes, 1980)
Tom Weidlinger .... series associate producer / associate producer (13 episodes, 1980)
Adrian Malone .... executive producer (12 episodes, 1980)
Rob McCain .... series associate producer / associate producer / ... (12 episodes, 1980)
Judy Flannery .... series associate producer / associate producer / ... (11 episodes, 1980)
Richard J. Wells .... series associate producer / associate producer / ... (11 episodes, 1980)
Richard Wells .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Cinematography by
Hilyard John Brown (2 episodes, 1980)
Chris O'Dell (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Film Editing by
James Latham (2 episodes, 1980)

Roy Stewart (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
John Retsek (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Makeup Department
Tonga Knight .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1980)
Series Production Management
John Macker .... executive in charge of production / executive production manager (13 episodes, 1980)
Bea Dennis .... post-production film supervisor / post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1980)
B. Gentry Lee .... series manager (2 episodes, 1980)
Ramon Romero .... associate post-production film supervisor / associate post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sharlene Belanger .... associate director (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Art Department
Rick Sternbach .... astronomical artist / models (12 episodes, 1980)
John Allison .... astronomical artist / models (2 episodes, 1980)
Brown .... astronomical artist / models (2 episodes, 1980)
Don Davis .... astronomical artist / chief model maker (2 episodes, 1980)
Jon Lomberg .... chief artist (2 episodes, 1980)
Adolf Schaller .... astronomical artist / models (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Sound Department
Kent Gibson .... sound designer / sound re-recording mixer (13 episodes, 1980)
Gerald Zelinger .... sound mixer (7 episodes, 1980)
Jeff Kallestad .... audio (6 episodes, 1980)
Ruth Bird .... associate sound editor (3 episodes, 1980)
John Page .... sound (3 episodes, 1980)
Richard Van Dyke .... sound (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Visual Effects by
Peter Anderson .... visual effects supervisor: Universal Hartland / visual effects supervisor: universal hartland (13 episodes, 1980)
Max W. Anderson .... visual effects (12 episodes, 1980)
Robert Blalack .... effects production (12 episodes, 1980)
Pete Kleinow .... visual effects (12 episodes, 1980)
Jamie Shourt .... effects production (12 episodes, 1980)
John Allison .... visual effects supervisor (11 episodes, 1980)
Adolf Schaller .... visual effects supervisor (8 episodes, 1980)
Bob Buckner .... visual effects: Magicam, Inc. (4 episodes, 1980)
Pat Cole .... computer animation (4 episodes, 1980)
Jim Dow .... visual effects: Magicam, Inc. (4 episodes, 1980)
Joe Matza .... visual effects: Magicam, Inc. (4 episodes, 1980)
Susan Welsh .... visual effects: Magicam, Inc. (3 episodes, 1980)
Gregory Andorfer .... visual effects producer (2 episodes, 1980)
Bea Dennis .... effects editor (2 episodes, 1980)
Susan Racho .... visual effects production coordinator (2 episodes, 1980)

Christopher S. Ross .... magicam crew (unknown episodes)
Donna Tracy .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mark J. Levin .... lighting technician (13 episodes, 1980)
Kirk Morris .... lighting designer (5 episodes, 1980)
Ken Dettling .... lighting director (3 episodes, 1980)
Len Emery .... grip / gaffer (3 episodes, 1980)
Ron Graft .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1980)
Greg Harms .... video (3 episodes, 1980)
Corky Quakenbush .... camera assistant / assistant camera (3 episodes, 1980)
Scott Spencer .... gaffer / grip (3 episodes, 1980)
David Bryant .... assistant camera / camera assistant (2 episodes, 1980)
Kenneth Patterson .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1980)
Peter Rees .... camera assistant (2 episodes, 1980)

Hilyard John Brown .... location cinematographer (unknown episodes)
Chris O'Dell .... location cinematographer (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
Russ Mooney .... animator (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maureen Quinn .... wardrobe (1 episode, 1980)
Series Editorial Department
Jeff Cahn .... assistant film editor / editorial staff / ... (7 episodes, 1980)
Roy Stewart .... videotape editor (7 episodes, 1980)
Don Packer .... assistant film editor / assistant editor / ... (6 episodes, 1980)
Donald Wylie .... film assistant / assistant film editor / ... (6 episodes, 1980)
Paul Anderson .... film assistant / editorial staff (5 episodes, 1980)
Ruth Bird .... editorial staff / assistant film editor (3 episodes, 1980)
Ramon Romero .... assistant film editor / editorial staff (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Music Department
Gordon Skene .... music consultant (13 episodes, 1980)
Series Other crew
Janelle Balnicke .... production coordinator / locations production coordinator (13 episodes, 1980)
Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (13 episodes, 1980)
Shirley Arden .... assistant: Carl Sagan / executive assistant: Dr. Sagan (2 episodes, 1980)
Cameron Beck .... locations production coordinator / production coordinator (2 episodes, 1980)
Charles Lux .... technical consultant (2 episodes, 1980)
Cherie Rardin .... unit coordinator (2 episodes, 1980)
Cal Slater .... technical director (2 episodes, 1980)
Steven Soter .... head of research (2 episodes, 1980)
Susan Stribling .... assistant to executive producer (2 episodes, 1980)
Steve Wyskocil .... production coordinator / stage manager / ... (2 episodes, 1980)

Stephen H. Burum .... magicam crew (unknown episodes)
John Gale .... magicam crew (unknown episodes)
Larry Heider .... magicam crew (unknown episodes)
Mike Johnson .... magicam crew (unknown episodes)
Robert C. King .... magicam crew (unknown episodes)
Cleve Landsberg .... magicam crew (unknown episodes)
Carey Melcher .... technical designer (unknown episodes)
George C. Reilly .... magicam crew (unknown episodes)
Joe Wolcott .... magicam crew (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Thomas Fletcher .... special thanks (13 episodes, 1980)
David Pieri .... thanks (2 episodes, 1980)

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60 min (13 episodes)
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The series featured the most extensive use of special effects ever conducted for a documentary. In one notable episode, special effects were used to make it seem as if host Sagan was walking through a model recreation of the Library of Alexandria.See more »
Carl Sagan:Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.See more »
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55 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
a milestone in scientific educational fun and amusement: outstanding work of art, 22 February 2004
Author: Keith F. Hatcher from La Rioja, Spain

More than twenty years on, but this documentary series still stands out head and shoulders above most. It is not simply the fact that it was a well-made production, but more of how it was presented. Professor Carl Sagan offered ordinary intelligent viewers an enthralling scientific series without the scientific language; he presented it as if he were an excellent school-teacher, right there before the class, in his careful, methodical way of speaking. His carefully worded explanations of all that could be seen on screen added superbly to that something which is close to magical; thus, for many people, it was a magnificent series for people to learn English; and I include a lot of North Americans and British people!

The magnificent use of visual concepts as Professor Sagan took us on his voyage into the unknown, was admirably backed up by a sensational selection of music which just lifted the entire work way above the run-of-the-mill documentaries. Here there is no preaching: just simple plain old-fashioned teaching; but so carefully carried out. The universe came to life as we journeyed on through the Cosmos: it was at once exciting, it was fun, it was spell-binding, but this series was always educational in the first degree.

And do not think I am talking about it being for a classroom of 14 year-olds: this is not the case. Whatever your age, `Cosmos' is one of those great landmarks in the making of anything for the screen, whether the big one or the small one.

Previous to this wonderful series, I had only heard Vangelis' music in `Chariots of Fire', but with the selection used in `Cosmos' I have become the firmest stalwart of this brilliant Greek musician and composer. Who can forget such delightful pieces as `Entends-tu les Chiens Aboyer' and - on my LP recording! - the Bulgarian Shepherdess Song, as well as the other pieces used to such effective advantage for this unrepeatable TV documentary series?

This is a series that should be repeated again and again. Outstandingly brilliant.

Many thanks to the late Professor Carl Sagan and to KCET, Los Angeles.

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