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The Universe: Season 4: Episode 2 -- Without the moon, Earth would be a very different and desolate place today--four hours of sunlight with pitch-black nights, steady 100-mph winds spawning giant hurricanes that last for months, and virtually no complex life forms, much less humans.
The Universe: Season 3: Episode 9 -- Could we be unique in the universe or is there another planet similar to earth somewhere in the cosmos? Is it possible that Alpha Centauri, our nearest star, is home to another earth-like planet?
The Universe: Season 3: Episode 7 -- When mankind eventually leaves the cradle of Earth and ventures forth into the uncharted territories of the cosmos, where, and what form, will our new homes take?
The Universe: Season 3: Episode 3 -- According to the laws of physics we can never travel faster than the speed of light...or can we? Light speed allows us to see things instantly here on Earth, and shows us the entire history of the universe going back nearly 14 billion years.
The Universe: Season 3: Episode 5 -- They soar through the heavens, fly through the oceans and glide along land. But these are not creatures found on a wildlife safari. These are life forms from another planet.

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Release Date:
29 May 2007 (USA) See more »
Plot:
This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists.
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Cast

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Erik Thompson ... Narrator / ... (50 episodes, 2007-2011)
Clifford Johnson ... Himself - Scientist, University of Southern California / ... (21 episodes, 2007-2014)
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Series Directed by
Laura Verklan (9 episodes, 2007-2012)
Colin Campbell (4 episodes, 2007-2012)
Tony Long (3 episodes, 2007)
Douglas Cohen (2 episodes, 2007)
Amy Huggins (2 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Nock (2 episodes, 2007)
Robert Beemer (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Darryl Rehr (2 episodes, 2009)
Daniel Snyder (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Writing credits
Laura Verklan (8 episodes, 2007-2012)
Gabriel Rotello (7 episodes, 2011)
Colin Campbell (4 episodes, 2007-2012)
Douglas Cohen (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Brittany Graham (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Tony Long (3 episodes, 2007)
Rebecca Graham (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Robert Beemer (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
Amy Huggins (2 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Nock (2 episodes, 2007)
Savas Georgalis (2 episodes, 2008-2012)
Darryl Rehr (2 episodes, 2009)
Daniel Snyder (2 episodes, 2011-2012)

Series Produced by
Carl H. Lindahl .... executive producer / executive producer: History Channel (64 episodes, 2007-2012)
Douglas Cohen .... executive producer (23 episodes, 2007-2010)
Louis Tarantino .... executive producer (22 episodes, 2007-2010)
Brittany Graham .... producer / co-producer (15 episodes, 2007-2010)
Sam Dolan .... producer (10 episodes, 2007-2010)
Sven Berkemeier .... producer (9 episodes, 2008-2012)
Melissa Tittl .... associate producer (7 episodes, 2007-2008)
Marianna Yarovskaya .... producer (6 episodes, 2007-2008)
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2007)
Brian Thompson .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2007)
Vincent Lopez .... producer (5 episodes, 2008-2010)
Mindy Pomper Johnson .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2009-2012)
Michael Schachtner .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2009)
Beth Dietrich .... executive producer: The History Channel / executive producer (3 episodes, 2007)
Rebecca Graham .... producer (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Amy Huggins .... producer (2 episodes, 2007)
Tony Long .... producer (2 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Nock .... producer (2 episodes, 2007)
Ryan T. Hurst .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Daniel Snyder .... producer (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Original Music by
Eric Amdahl (41 episodes, 2007-2010)
 
Series Cinematography by
Tom Collins (8 episodes, 2007)
Chris Raymond (5 episodes, 2007-2008)
Kenneth Stipe (5 episodes, 2008-2010)
Jason Newfield (3 episodes, 2007)
Michael Mansouri (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
 
Series Film Editing by
Tom Ronca (14 episodes, 2008-2012)
Dan Wolfmeyer (9 episodes, 2009-2012)
Kevin Browne (6 episodes, 2007-2010)
Motoshi Wakabayashi (4 episodes, 2007-2008)
Takayuki Fujiwara (3 episodes, 2007)
Kyle Yaskin (3 episodes, 2007)
Conrad Stanley (3 episodes, 2008)
Gina Vecchione (2 episodes, 2007)
Jnani Butler (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Makeup Department
Tia Albert .... makeup artist (1 episode, 2007)
Shanna Fleishhacker .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 2007)
Eugene Conde .... assistant makeup artist / hair stylist (1 episode, 2010)
Lorraine Martin .... key makeup artist (1 episode, 2010)
 
Series Production Management
Alexander G. Morano .... technology production manager (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Emily Campbell .... post-production supervisor (8 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jason Kaifesh .... post production supervisor / post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Art Department
Ilka Rivard .... graphic producer (7 episodes, 2007)
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... storyboard artist (7 episodes, 2007)
Michael Schachtner .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Sound Department
Michael Phillips Keeley .... sound re-recording mixer (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Ryan Young .... sound re-recording mixer (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Michael Guske .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 2007)
Tim Rock .... post production audio / post-production audio (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Michael Ranger .... visual effects / visual effects artist / ... (53 episodes, 2007-2011)
Michael Heinz .... cg supervisor / visual effects supervisor (38 episodes, 2007-2010)
Donna Tracy .... digital compositor: matte painter (30 episodes, 2007-2009)
Sean Kinnear .... visual effects (29 episodes, 2007-2009)
Patrick Krebs .... visual effects artist (23 episodes, 2007-2010)
Tuong-Van Tran .... cg effects artist / cg artist (23 episodes, 2009-2010)
Fred Aldeschulte .... compositor (21 episodes, 2008-2010)
Stevan Del George .... compositing supervisor (18 episodes, 2007-2008)
Lala Ghukasyan .... compositor / lead compositor and designer / ... (17 episodes, 2007-2011)
Leah S.K. Davidson .... visual effects (17 episodes, 2007-2008)
Brent Tyler .... visual effects artist / 3d supervisor (17 episodes, 2009-2011)
Alexander G. Morano .... lead render wrangler (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Doug Witsken .... digital compositor / compositor / ... (14 episodes, 2007-2011)
Edith Clara .... visual effects artist / 3D visual effects artist (13 episodes, 2007-2011)
Adam Benson .... visual effects / 3D visual effects artist / ... (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
John R. McConnell .... visual effects department supervisor / lead compositor / ... (10 episodes, 2007-2011)
Mario Cardona .... visual effects / 3D visual effects artist (10 episodes, 2008-2011)
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... producer: vfx / cgi artist / ... (9 episodes, 2007-2011)
Christian Lowe .... visual effects artist (9 episodes, 2007)
Jason DeParis .... visual effects / modeler (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Michael Barela .... 3D visual effects artist (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Johanna D'Amato .... visual effects production manager (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Ruben R. Gonzalez .... lead 3d vfx artist (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Dean Guiliotis .... compositor (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Richard Kratt .... compositor (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Victor E. Perez .... i.t. manager (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Nico Sugleris .... dynamics technical director (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Norie Varga .... compositor (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Keith Yakouboff .... 3D visual effects artist (6 episodes, 2007-2011)
Charles Collyer .... digital compositor (6 episodes, 2009)
David Hackett .... 3D visual effects artist (5 episodes, 2007-2011)
Juan Carlos Vargas .... 3d supervisor (5 episodes, 2007-2011)
Harry Eisenstein .... compositor (5 episodes, 2008-2010)
Philip Sisk .... digital compositor (4 episodes, 2007-2008)
Michael Leu .... CG artist (4 episodes, 2008)
Eric Reinhard .... compositor (4 episodes, 2011)
Tony Castro .... 3D visual effects artist (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Major .... assistant camera / camera operator (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Animation Department
Jason DeParis .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Editorial Department
Rod Decker .... on-line editor (71 episodes, 2007-2011)
Heidi Putallaz .... post-production coordinator (46 episodes, 2008-2012)
Steve Kwant .... assistant editor (28 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jnani Butler .... assistant editor / assistant editor: Avid (12 episodes, 2008-2010)
Irit Lockspeiser .... post-production assistant (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lilly Posner .... first assistant editor (9 episodes, 2007-2008)
Daylin Zephier .... assistant editor (7 episodes, 2011)
Kevin Browne .... off-line editor (5 episodes, 2007)
Kyle Yaskin .... off-line editor / additional editing (4 episodes, 2007)
Regan Messenger .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Music Department
Eric Amdahl .... composer: main title theme / composer: theme music (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
 
Series Other crew
Joel Franklin .... production coordinator (55 episodes, 2007-2009)
Andy Kastler .... production assistant (22 episodes, 2008-2010)
Michael Schachtner .... researcher (21 episodes, 2007-2009)
Alexander G. Morano .... systems administrator (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jeff Larsen .... production assistant (14 episodes, 2007-2010)
John Stark .... production assistant (14 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kevin Ercoline .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Patrick Johnson .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jared Berezin .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
David Michael Schulman .... production assistant (11 episodes, 2009)
David Feinsilber .... production assistant (7 episodes, 2007-2008)
Chris Morcom .... researcher / production assistant (5 episodes, 2010-2012)
Andy Schlachtenhaufen .... researcher / story editor (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
Erik Thompson .... narrator (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Adam Rosante .... programming coordinator / programs coordinator: for The History Channel (2 episodes, 2007)
Heidi Putallaz .... vault librarian / vault manager (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Aleta Rozanski .... researcher (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Thanks
Douglas Bock .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Annie Carone .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Deborah Douglas .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Mary Anne Hanson .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Jill Perry' .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Carolina Martinez .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Jim Pence .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
Sarah Reed .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2007)
 

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Australia:PG (some episodes) | Australia:G (some episodes) | Greece:K | Netherlands:AL

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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Universe has never been prettier on TV, 22 May 2011
Author: TombRaider09 from Turku, Finland

History Channel's "The Universe" is a documentary series that fuels its somewhat empty content with blazingly beautiful CGI of the most spectacular sights in the universe. The series covers stars, planets, cosmic weather (!), terra-formation, dark matter and the aggressive nature of the cosmos in hour-long episodes of visual effect candy.

The hook of the series is that you get to take a look at what Venus, Neptune or a nebula or a meteoroid strike on Earth would look like up- close, while the narrator explains the "science" behind it. I say "the science" because very little science is usually covered. Any complicated phenomena is usually explained through real-life analogies. A meteorite crashing the Earth is like shooting a ball with a rifle. The crater can be measured by drawing an analogy of throwing a weight plate on sand and measuring the width of the bump on the beach. And so on.

Then again, this series is not aiming to educate the experts or even science enthusiasts. It's written for the laymen, who just want to see what Venus looks like if you were standing on its ground. On high definition, those images are quite impressive and grab your attention.

Unfortunately, those images are continuously recycled, for probably no other than budgetary reasons. But images aren't the only reused on the show. Every time the show goes on a short commercial break, the narrator insists on recapping what happened just before the break. As if no one could remember the very easily comprehensible bits they had just been told a few minutes ago. In many ways, the series undermines the audience's intelligence and even memory by recapping and reusing its material over and over.

In fact, every season of the series contains at least one episode dedicating to apocalyptic events that wreak havoc on Earth, recycling the same scenarios over and over while adding a few new ones, even going as far as reusing the same narrations!

Regardless, while the Universe is admittedly a little dumb and condescendingly so, the imagery is sometimes truly astonishing. The CGI, of course, is nowhere near what many modern films, such as "2012" or even the "new" Star Wars films have accomplished, but for the small screen on high definition, it's pretty impressive.

And on the bright side, it is really exciting to see what Venus or a pulsar looks like, even if you get to see the same image about a hundred times. Its greatest virtue is its entertainment value. While its greatest vice is the lack of science, the series does introduce the audience to the basic ideas of the newest and hottest theories of contemporary astrophysics and related sciences and find out more by hitting the nearest university library.

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