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Cosmos 

Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.
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Top Rated TV #9 | Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Carl Sagan ...  Himself - Host 13 episodes, 1980
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Astronomer Dr. Carl Sagan is host and narrator of this 13-hour series that originally aired on Public Broadcasting Stations in the United States. Dr. Sagan describes the universe in a way that appeals to a mass audience, by using Earth as a reference point, by speaking in terms intelligible to non-scientific people, by relating the exploration of space to that of the Earth by pioneers of old, and by citing such Earth legends as the Library of Alexandria as metaphors for space-related future events. Among Dr. Sagan's favorite topics are the origins of life, the search for life on Mars, the infernal composition of the atmosphere of Venus and a warning about a similar effect taking place on Earth due to global pollution and the "greenhouse effect", the lives of stars, interstellar travel and the effects of attaining the speed of light, the danger of mankind technologically self-destructing, and the search, using radio technology, for intelligent life in deep space. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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USA | UK

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English

Release Date:

28 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosmos by Carl Sagan: A Personal Voyage See more »

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Alaska, USA See more »

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$8,250,000 (estimated)
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(13 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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Carl Sagan: There are some hundred billion galaxies, each with, on the average, a hundred billion stars, 1011 x 1011 = 1022, ten billion trillion. In the face of such overpowering numbers, what is the likelihood that only one ordinary star, the Sun, is accompanied by an inhabited planet? Why should we, tucked away in some forgotten corner of the Cosmos, be so fortunate? To me, it seems far more likely that the universe is brimming over with life. But we humans do not yet know. We are just beginning our ...
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Alternate Versions

In 1991, Sagan taped new introductions and afterwords to mark the show's 10th anniversary. These new segments allowed him to update and correct information presented in the series. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Short Cuts (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Cosmos
(Main Theme)
Composed by Vangelis
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A dreamy and hopeful meditation on science and the universe
6 September 2004 | by stephen_boundsSee all my reviews

This thirteen part series is Carl Sagan's personal account of the universe and how humans have interpreted it through time. In Cosmos, Carl Sagan takes us on location to places in the world where the most important people and ideas in science and astronomy were born, and to places in outer space where those ideas have revealed the universe to us. Carl Sagan shares a sense of wonder that is both intelligent and humorous, while occasionally warning us of our capabilities of self-destruction. Though Cosmos was made during the height of the cold war, it still stands as a reminder of global problems and dangers we still need to resolve. This series has either consciously or unconsciously set the standard for the format of almost every hosted science show or series on Television since it was made, and it's no wonder. Carl Sagan is a charismatic and sincere authority on the subject matter, and the music score is mostly by Vangelis (Bladerunner, Chariots of Fire, 1492) Synergy, Tangerine Dream, Vivaldi, and more. The visuals are amazing and remain as relevant as they were on the release date.


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