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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

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 82)
Erik Thompson ... Himself - Narrator / ... (82 episodes, 2007-2015)
Alex Filippenko ... Himself - Univ. of California, Berkeley / ... (53 episodes, 2007-2015)
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Series Directed by
Laura Verklan (18 episodes, 2007-2014)
Louis Tarantino (10 episodes, 2007-2012)
Darryl Rehr (10 episodes, 2008-2015)
Douglas Cohen (8 episodes, 2007-2011)
Robert Beemer (5 episodes, 2008-2010)
Colin Campbell (4 episodes, 2007-2012)
Jim Hense (4 episodes, 2009-2012)
James Grant Goldin (4 episodes, 2010-2014)
Tony Long (3 episodes, 2007)
Arthur Drooker (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Andy Papadopoulos (3 episodes, 2008)
Kevin Barry (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Amy Huggins (2 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Nock (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Writing credits
Laura Verklan (18 episodes, 2007-2014)
Gabriel Rotello (15 episodes, 2011-2015)
Darryl Rehr (10 episodes, 2008-2014)
Savas Georgalis (5 episodes, 2008-2012)
James Grant Goldin (5 episodes, 2009-2014)
Colin Campbell (4 episodes, 2007-2012)
Robert Beemer (4 episodes, 2008-2010)
Jim Hense (4 episodes, 2009-2012)
Jason Coffee (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Brittany Graham (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Douglas Cohen (3 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Holland (3 episodes, 2007)
Tony Long (3 episodes, 2007)
Arthur Drooker (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Rebecca Graham (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Andy Papadopoulos (3 episodes, 2008)
Kevin Barry (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Steven Zorn (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Amy Huggins (2 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Nock (2 episodes, 2007)
Daniel Snyder (2 episodes, 2011-2012)

Series Produced by
Douglas Cohen .... executive producer (82 episodes, 2007-2015)
Louis Tarantino .... executive producer (82 episodes, 2007-2015)
Carl H. Lindahl .... executive producer: for History / executive producer / ... (68 episodes, 2007-2014)
Kelly Davis .... post producer (48 episodes, 2007-2009)
Emily Campbell .... post production supervisor (43 episodes, 2008-2014)
Beth Dietrich .... executive producer: for The History Channel / executive producer: for History Television Network Productions / ... (26 episodes, 2007-2008)
Joel Franklin .... coordinating producer / coordination producer (25 episodes, 2010-2014)
Brittany Graham .... producer / co-producer (16 episodes, 2007-2010)
Arthur Maturo .... producer / associate producer (15 episodes, 2008-2015)
Sam Dolan .... producer / senior producer (12 episodes, 2007-2015)
Melissa Tittl .... associate producer (10 episodes, 2007-2009)
Sven Berkemeier .... producer (10 episodes, 2008-2014)
Emmanuel E. Martinez .... associate producer (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Vincent Lopez .... producer (8 episodes, 2008-2015)
Michael Schachtner .... associate producer (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Marianna Yarovskaya .... producer (6 episodes, 2007-2008)
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2007)
Brian Thompson .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2007)
Pedro Azevedo .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2010-2012)
Mindy Pomper Johnson .... associate producer (5 episodes, 2009-2012)
Ryan T. Hurst .... producer / associate producer (5 episodes, 2011-2015)
Savas Georgalis .... producer / field producer (4 episodes, 2008-2012)
Rebecca Graham .... producer (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jessica Loveless .... producer / co-producer (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lisa Sichi .... associate producer / segment producer (3 episodes, 2009)
Julie Crawford .... field producer (3 episodes, 2010-2012)
Amy Huggins .... producer (2 episodes, 2007)
Tony Long .... producer (2 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Nock .... producer (2 episodes, 2007)
Dorothea Benford .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2009)
Tim Evans .... producer / supervising producer (2 episodes, 2010)
Andy Schlachtenhaufen .... associate producer / field producer (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Daniel Snyder .... producer (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Original Music by
Eric Amdahl (73 episodes, 2007-2012)
 
Series Cinematography by
Tom Collins (55 episodes, 2007-2014)
Jason Newfield (39 episodes, 2007-2009)
Kenneth Stipe (29 episodes, 2008-2012)
Chris Raymond (9 episodes, 2007-2009)
Chris Laine (7 episodes, 2007-2009)
Tony Belko (7 episodes, 2009-2012)
Eric Fisher (5 episodes, 2007-2014)
Paul Johnson (4 episodes, 2010)
Mike Testin (4 episodes, 2011)
Greg Andracke (3 episodes, 2008-2010)
Andre Fontanelle (3 episodes, 2008-2010)
Norm Johnston (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Dan Major (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
David Pryke (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Bowdon Hunt (3 episodes, 2012)
Randy Krehbiel (3 episodes, 2012)
Jim Arnold (2 episodes, 2008-2014)
Petr Stepanek (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Austin Anderson (2 episodes, 2008)
Barry Michael (2 episodes, 2008)
Tim Murray (2 episodes, 2009)
Eric Fischer (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
Lonnie Magdich (2 episodes, 2010)
Andy Schlachtenhaufen (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Eric Marquis (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Film Editing by
Kevin Browne (30 episodes, 2007-2014)
Tom Ronca (18 episodes, 2008-2015)
Dion A. Labriola (17 episodes, 2009-2014)
Kyle Yaskin (14 episodes, 2007-2014)
Motoshi Wakabayashi (12 episodes, 2007-2009)
Dan Wolfmeyer (9 episodes, 2009-2012)
Conrad Stanley (5 episodes, 2008)
Takayuki Fujiwara (4 episodes, 2007-2009)
Samantha Jetter (4 episodes, 2008-2011)
Katie Smith (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
Gerard San Gemino (4 episodes, 2009)
Jnani Butler (4 episodes, 2011-2012)
R.L. Shontel (3 episodes, 2009)
Sam Jetter (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Sean Presant (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Gina Vecchione (2 episodes, 2007)
Lee Stepansky (2 episodes, 2009)
Rob Thatcher (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Casting by
James M. Cox (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jack Cozzi (1 episode, 2010)
 
Series Costume Design by
Kathryn Shemanek (1 episode, 2011)
 
Series Makeup Department
Tia Albert .... makeup artist (1 episode, 2007)
Shanna Fleishhacker .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 2007)
Adrienne Sanchez .... make-up (1 episode, 2009)
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 (7 episodes, 2008-2011)
Jason Kaifesh .... post production supervisor / post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Evans .... field director (1 episode, 2010)
John Fillwalk .... field director (1 episode, 2014)
 
Series Art Department
Ilka Rivard .... graphic producer (7 episodes, 2007)
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... storyboard artist / CGI storyboard artist (7 episodes, 2007)
Michael Schachtner .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Sound Department
Dan Luna .... post production mixer / post-production mixer (37 episodes, 2009-2014)
Michael Phillips Keeley .... sound editor / re-recording mixer / ... (26 episodes, 2007-2009)
Rory Nix .... field audio / audio / ... (22 episodes, 2007-2014)
Paul Wustrack .... audio / field audio / ... (21 episodes, 2008-2010)
Marcus Yasui .... field audio / audio (17 episodes, 2009-2011)
Tim Rock .... post-production audio / post production audio (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Ryan Young .... mixer / dialogue editor / ... (12 episodes, 2007-2009)
Matt Campbell .... field audio (10 episodes, 2011-2014)
Jon Schell .... sound and effects / sound designer / ... (8 episodes, 2007-2008)
Shane Bronson .... field audio / audio (8 episodes, 2009-2014)
John Lifavi .... field audio (8 episodes, 2011-2014)
Michael Guske .... field audio / sound mixer (7 episodes, 2007-2011)
Gerry Berkowitz .... field audio / audio (7 episodes, 2009-2014)
Mark Jensen .... mixer (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jon Schell .... sound effects / sound design: and effects / ... (6 episodes, 2008)
Al Alonso .... field audio (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Alex Sullivan .... field audio (4 episodes, 2007)
Stephen Parise .... sound design effects / sound design: and effects / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Dan Gleich .... audio / field audio (4 episodes, 2009-2011)
Jason Newfield .... field audio / audio (3 episodes, 2007-2009)
Michael Keeley .... mixer (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Daniel Johnson .... field audio (3 episodes, 2007)
Coby Taitano .... sound effects / sound design: and effects (3 episodes, 2008)
John Ebert .... audio (3 episodes, 2009)
Matthew Campbell .... field audio (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
Jay Brothers .... field audio (3 episodes, 2011)
Noah Mathers .... audio / field audio (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Scott Anderson .... audio / field audio (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Mark Arees .... audio / field audio (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Brian Albritton .... field audio (2 episodes, 2007)
Tom Echlin .... field audio (2 episodes, 2007)
Brian Evans .... audio (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mark Spagnola .... audio (2 episodes, 2008)
Chuck Stanton .... audio / field audio (2 episodes, 2009-2012)
Nick Kolias .... audio / field audio (2 episodes, 2009-2011)
Juan Rocha .... audio (2 episodes, 2009)
Paul Westerbruk .... audio (2 episodes, 2009)
Keith Branch .... field audio (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Special Effects by
James Staples .... pyrotechnician (1 episode, 2011)
Paul Staples .... pyrotechnician (1 episode, 2011)
 
Series Visual Effects by
John R. McConnell .... lead compositor / compositing supervisor / ... (68 episodes, 2007-2015)
Michael Ranger .... 3d graphics / artist: 3d / ... (65 episodes, 2007-2012)
Michael Heinz .... visual effects supervisor / 3d graphics supervisor / ... (50 episodes, 2007-2010)
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... visual effects producer / cgi storyboard artist / ... (47 episodes, 2007-2014)
Ruben R. Gonzalez .... artist: 3d / lead visual effects artist: 3d / ... (42 episodes, 2007-2012)
Carter Higgins .... compositing: visual effects / digital artist / ... (42 episodes, 2007-2010)
Sean Kinnear .... 3d graphics / graphics: 3d / ... (41 episodes, 2007-2009)
Lala Ghukasyan .... digital artist / lead compositor / ... (37 episodes, 2007-2012)
J. Arturo Serna .... artist: 3d / cg visual effects production assistant / ... (35 episodes, 2008-2010)
Isa Alsup .... visual effects supervisor/producer / visual effects producer / ... (30 episodes, 2007-2009)
Dean Guiliotis .... compositor / digital artist / ... (29 episodes, 2007-2014)
Donna Tracy .... compositing: visual effects / compositing effects / ... (29 episodes, 2007-2009)
Leah S.K. Davidson .... 3d graphics / lead modeler / ... (28 episodes, 2007-2009)
Stevan Del George .... compositing visual effects supervisor / compositing effects supervisor / ... (27 episodes, 2007-2009)
Edith Clara .... artist: 3d / graphics: 3d / ... (26 episodes, 2007-2012)
Tyler Evans .... production coordinator: vfx / cgfx coordinator / ... (24 episodes, 2008-2010)
Doug Witsken .... compositor / artist: 2d / ... (23 episodes, 2007-2012)
Fred Aldeschulte .... compositing: visual effects / compositing effects / ... (23 episodes, 2007-2009)
Patrick Krebs .... 3d graphics / graphics: 3d / ... (23 episodes, 2007-2009)
Tuong-Van Tran .... artist: 3d / cg effects artist / ... (22 episodes, 2009-2010)
Mario Cardona .... artist: 3d / graphics: 3d / ... (21 episodes, 2008-2012)
Brent Tyler .... artist: 3d / lead artist: 3d / ... (21 episodes, 2009-2011)
Keith Yakouboff .... artist: 3d / 3D visual effects artist (19 episodes, 2007-2014)
Michael Barela .... artist: 3d / 3D visual effects artist (15 episodes, 2007-2012)
Johanna D'Amato .... visual effects coordinator / vfx production manager / ... (15 episodes, 2007-2012)
David Hackett .... artist: 3d / 3D visual effects artist (15 episodes, 2007-2012)
Richard Kratt .... compositor (15 episodes, 2007-2012)
Victor E. Perez .... it manager / i.t. manager (15 episodes, 2007-2012)
Nico Sugleris .... dynamics technical director / artist: 3d (15 episodes, 2007-2012)
Norie Varga .... compositor (15 episodes, 2007-2012)
Juan Carlos Vargas .... supervisor: 3d / 3d supervisor (15 episodes, 2007-2012)
Beth Block .... compositing: visual effects / compositing effects (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Stephen Mitchell .... compositing supervisor / lead compositor (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ann Monn .... digital artist / compositing effects / ... (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Patrick L. Almanza .... digital artist / compositing / ... (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Eric Reinhard .... compositor (13 episodes, 2011-2012)
Alexander G. Morano .... lead render wrangler (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alfredo Ramirez .... digital artist / compositing effects / ... (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ulee Argetta .... digital artist / compositing (12 episodes, 2009)
Adam Benson .... artist: 3d (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
Caroline Fraissinet .... visual effects coordinator (10 episodes, 2014-2015)
Philip Sisk .... compositing effects / digital compositor (9 episodes, 2007-2009)
Christian Lowe .... visual effects artist (9 episodes, 2007)
Jason DeParis .... graphics: 3d / visual effects (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Darlene Toledo .... digital artist / compositing / ... (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Eric Rosenthal .... 3d graphics / compositing effects / ... (9 episodes, 2008)
Harry Eisenstein .... compositing effects (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Charles Collyer .... digital artist / compositing (8 episodes, 2009)
J. Arturo Serno .... artist: 3d / graphics: 3d / ... (7 episodes, 2009)
Valerie Batrynrodriguez .... artist: 3d (7 episodes, 2010)
David Feinsilber .... cg visual effects production assistant / cq visual effects production assistant (6 episodes, 2007-2008)
Michael Leu .... 3d graphics / graphics: 3d (6 episodes, 2008)
Torey Alvarez .... graphics: 3d / concept illustrator (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Joaquin Pecheur .... compositing effects (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Valerie Rodriguez .... graphics: 3d (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Reggie Santiago .... graphics: 3d / concept illustrator (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Stephen Mitchell .... compositing effects / compositing supervisor / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Joe Tucciarone .... visual effects (4 episodes, 2010)
Jennie Bozic .... artist: 3d (4 episodes, 2014)
Brad Moylan .... compositor (4 episodes, 2014)
Jon Schell .... visual effects editor / effects editor (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Russell Bowers .... visual effects compositor / visual effects compositing (3 episodes, 2007)
Scott Jeffers .... visual effects compositor / visual effects compositing (3 episodes, 2007)
Maryam Sharifi .... visual effects compositor / visual effects compositing (3 episodes, 2007)
Darren Kiner .... graphics: 3d / 3d graphics (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Bryan Taylor .... compositing effects (3 episodes, 2008)
Michael Schachtner .... cgi storyboard artist / concept illustrator (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Andrea Paolino .... graphics: 3d (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tyler Evans .... cgfx coordinator (2 episodes, 2008)
Tony Castro .... 3D visual effects artist / artist: 3d (2 episodes, 2011)
Kerry Graham .... artist: 3d (2 episodes, 2011)
Brandon Webb .... visual effects technical director (2 episodes, 2011)
Dale McDonald .... it manager (2 episodes, 2014)
James Vogel .... compositor (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Major .... assistant camera / camera operator (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... field camera / camera operator (5 episodes, 2007)
Aron Ives .... field camera (4 episodes, 2007)
Greg Andracke .... field camera (3 episodes, 2007)
Chris Raymond .... field camera (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Michael Totten .... field camera (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
 
Series Animation Department
Jason DeParis .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Casting Department
James M. Cox .... casting producer (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marcelle Chamlee .... costumer (1 episode, 2010)
 
Series Editorial Department
Rod Decker .... on-line editor / stereoscopic editor (82 episodes, 2007-2014)
Heidi Putallaz .... post-production coordinator (41 episodes, 2008-2014)
Steve Kwant .... avid assistant editor / assistant editor (34 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jnani Butler .... avid assistant editor / assistant editor / ... (31 episodes, 2008-2011)
Chris Hicks .... avid assistant editor (31 episodes, 2009-2014)
Lilly Posner .... avid assistant editor / first assistant editor (30 episodes, 2007-2009)
Dion A. Labriola .... avid assistant editor / additional editing (15 episodes, 2007-2009)
Daylin Zephier .... avid assistant editor (14 episodes, 2011-2012)
Brendan Burnett .... avid assistant editor (13 episodes, 2007-2008)
David Michael Schulman .... post-production assistant (12 episodes, 2009)
Arthur Klein .... on-line editor (11 episodes, 2007)
Irit Lockspeiser .... post-production assistant (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
Albert Chavez .... assistant avid editor (10 episodes, 2007)
Jason Kaifesh .... post production supervisor (10 episodes, 2007)
Chan Will .... effects editor / dialogue editor (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kevin Browne .... off-line editor / additional editing (5 episodes, 2007)
Brad Pike .... post-production assistant (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jon Schell .... effects editor / dialogue editor / ... (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Luis Tinajero .... post-production assistant (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kyle Yaskin .... off-line editor / additional editing (4 episodes, 2007)
Stephen Parise .... effects editor (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Dave Phillips .... dialogue editor (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Regan Messenger .... avid assistant editor (4 episodes, 2014)
Noz Furuya .... effects editor / dialogue editor (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jeff Larsen .... post-production assistant (2 episodes, 2007)
Corey Morgan .... effects editor (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Michael Keeley .... dialogue editor (2 episodes, 2008)
Ryan Young .... digital editor / effects editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Tom Ronca .... additional editor (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Location Management
Colin Ducey .... location production assistant (2 episodes, 2009)
Bruce Spangenberger .... location production assistant (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Music Department
Eric Amdahl .... main title theme / original music / ... (26 episodes, 2008-2010)
 
Series Transportation Department
Tim Siegert .... picture car (1 episode, 2010)
 
Series Other crew
Anit Chan .... controller (66 episodes, 2007-2014)
Jeff Larsen .... production assistant (59 episodes, 2007-2010)
Joel Franklin .... production coordinator (56 episodes, 2007-2009)
Adam Rosante .... programming coordinator: for The History Channel / programming coordinator: for History / ... (56 episodes, 2007-2009)
Alex Filippenko .... science consultant / scientific consultant / ... (37 episodes, 2007-2014)
Joe Tucciarone .... archival stills and footage provided by / archive stills and footage provided by (28 episodes, 2009-2014)
Heidi Putallaz .... vault librarian / logger / ... (27 episodes, 2008-2010)
Kristine Hansen .... clearance supervisor / researcher / ... (27 episodes, 2009-2014)
Michael Schachtner .... researcher (23 episodes, 2007-2009)
Alexander G. Morano .... it department / systems administrator (22 episodes, 2008-2009)
Andy Kastler .... production assistant (21 episodes, 2008-2010)
Pedro Azevedo .... production assistant / researcher (19 episodes, 2008-2012)
P.J. Limonciello .... production accountant (18 episodes, 2008-2009)
Reggie Santiago .... production assistant (18 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jared Berezin .... production assistant (14 episodes, 2011-2012)
Johnny Stark .... production assistant (14 episodes, 2011-2012)
Ant Chan .... controller (12 episodes, 2007)
Arno Stemmer .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2009)
Chris Morcom .... production assistant / researcher (12 episodes, 2010-2012)
Divya Chungi .... programming coordinator: for History (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
Patrick Johnson .... production assistant (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
David Michael Schulman .... production assistant (11 episodes, 2009)
Kevin Ercoline .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Dorothea Benford .... production assistant (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Brandy Crawford .... programming coordinator: for History (8 episodes, 2010)
Emmanuel E. Martinez .... production assistant / researcher (6 episodes, 2007-2008)
Amy Mainzer .... science consultant (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Dane Moreton .... vault manager (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alexis Ostrander .... logger (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Matt Compton .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2007)
Andy Schlachtenhaufen .... researcher (5 episodes, 2009-2010)
Steven Banducci .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2010-2011)
Dale T. Andersen .... archive stills and footage provided by / archive stills and footage provided by: SETI (4 episodes, 2007-2009)
Robert Hurt .... archive stills and footage provided by (4 episodes, 2007-2009)
Volker Springel .... archive stills and footage provided by (4 episodes, 2008-2012)
Dan Major .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Fatime Kaba .... programming coordinator: for H2 TM (4 episodes, 2014)
Bill Chadwick .... archive stills and footage provided by (3 episodes, 2007)
Pawel Gabrys .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2007)
Tom Reinheimer .... archive stills and footage provided by / archival stills and footage provided by (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Morgan Anders .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2011)
Clifford V. Johnson .... science consultant (2 episodes, 2007-2010)
Joel Moskowitz .... archive stills and footage provided by (2 episodes, 2007-2010)
William Hartmann .... archive stills and footage provided by (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Dana Berry .... archive stills and footage provided by / archive stills and footage provided by: NASA (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Michio Kaku .... science consultant / scientific consultant (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Dale Andersen .... archive stills and footage provided by (2 episodes, 2007)
Joshua Barnes .... computer visualizations: University of Hawaii / consultant (2 episodes, 2007)
Robin Canup .... archive stills and footage provided by / archive stills and footage provided by: Southwest Research Institute (2 episodes, 2007)
David Feinsilber .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2007)
Laurie Hatch .... archive stills and footage provided by (2 episodes, 2007)
Eiichiro Kokubo .... archive stills and footage provided by / archive stills and footage provided by: National Astrophysical Observatory of Japan (2 episodes, 2007)
Luann Becker .... archive stills and footage provided by / science consultant (2 episodes, 2008-2012)
Greg Hensley .... archive stills and footage provided by (2 episodes, 2008-2011)
Noel Carboni .... archive stills and footage provided by (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Pedro Alevedo .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2008)
Adam Block .... archive stills and footage provided by (2 episodes, 2008)
Matt Malkan .... science consultant (2 episodes, 2008)
Melody Taylor .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2008)
Akira Fujii .... archival stills and footage provided by (2 episodes, 2009-2012)
Darryl Rehr .... archival stills and footage provided by / archive stills and footage provided by (2 episodes, 2009-2012)
Kerry Clemens .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2009)
John Dubinski .... archive stills and footage provided by (2 episodes, 2009)
Nell Gwynn .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2009)
Aleta Rozanski .... researcher (2 episodes, 2009)
Alex Lutkus .... archival stills and footage provided by (2 episodes, 2010)
Sam Dolan .... military advisor / weapons expert (2 episodes, 2011-2014)
Divya Chungi .... programming coordinator: for History (2 episodes, 2011)
Günther Eichhorn .... archive stills and footage provided by (2 episodes, 2014)
Robert Inman .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2014)
Bret Weinberger .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Thanks
Jill Perry' .... the producers wish to thank / the producers wish to thank: California Institute of Technology / ... (14 episodes, 2007-2008)
Bert Ulrich .... the producers wish to thank / the producers wish to thank: NASA / ... (12 episodes, 2007-2012)
Jenna Browne .... the producers wish to thank (8 episodes, 2007-2009)
Carolina Martinez .... the producers wish to thank (6 episodes, 2007)
Stuart Wolpert .... the producers wish to thank / the producers wish to thank: UCLA (5 episodes, 2007-2008)
Annie Carone .... the producers wish to thank / the producers wish to thank: JPL (5 episodes, 2007)
Ellis Simon .... the producers wish to thank: City College of New York / the producers wish to thank (5 episodes, 2008)
Sallie Y. Slate .... the producers wish to thank (4 episodes, 2007-2008)
Mark Petrovich .... the producers wish to thank (4 episodes, 2010-2012)
Guy Webster .... the producers wish to thank (3 episodes, 2007-2010)
Rob Gargett .... the producers wish to thank (3 episodes, 2007-2009)
Ellie Gates .... the producers wish to thank (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Laura Holtman .... the producers wish to thank (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
David DeVries .... the producers wish to thank (3 episodes, 2007)
Amy Liu .... the producers wish to thank (3 episodes, 2007)
Elizabeth Stachow .... the producers wish to thank (3 episodes, 2007)
Robyn Messerschmidt .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Erica Caskey .... the producers wish to thank / the producers wish to thank: University of Southern California (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Jeff Jenkins .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Rob Roy Britt .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2007)
Whitney Clavin .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2007)
William Hartmann .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2007)
Bill Jeffs .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2007)
Ken Avchen .... the producers wish to thank / the producers wish to thank: Encino Velodrome (2 episodes, 2008-2014)
Jason Coffee .... dedicated to the memory of / the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tony Hoffman .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Cheryl Gundy .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2008)
Carolina Pacheco .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2008)
Dan Pisut .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2008)
Ron Cronin .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2009-2014)
Graywolf .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2009-2014)
Stephen Nelson .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2009-2012)
Rene Veluzat .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2009-2012)
Peter Jenniskens .... the producers wish to thank / the producers wish to thank: SETI (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Roger Mortensen .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Quay Terry .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Elinor Gates .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2009)
Rani Gran .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2009)
Lisa Kewley .... the producers wish to thank: Univ. of Hawaii / the producers wish to thank: University of Hawaii (2 episodes, 2009)
Mark Petrovich .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2009)
Alfred Mazza .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2010-2014)
Jennifer Hirsch .... the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2010)
Roland Hernandez .... the producers wish to thank / the producers wish to thank: Carving Ice (2 episodes, 2011)
 

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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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