Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.
Reviews
Popularity
2,140 ( 81)

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1980  
Top Rated TV #9 | Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (TV Series 2014)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  

An exploration of our discovery of the laws of nature and coordinates in space and time.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stoney Emshwiller, Piotr Michael
Life (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  

David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Oprah Winfrey, Doug Allan
Planet Earth (2006)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  

Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey
Human Planet (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  

Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them. Each episode examines how life differs for men and nature in some type of ... See full summary »

Stars: John Hurt, Roger Munns
The World at War (1973–1976)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  

David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.

Stars: David Attenborough
Frozen Planet (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Stars: David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin, Chadden Hunter
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans.

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, David Attenborough, Jason Roberts
Blue Planet II (2017–2018)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  

David Attenborough returns to the world's oceans in this sequel to the acclaimed documentary filming rare and unusual creatures of the deep, as well as documenting the problems our oceans face.

Stars: David Attenborough, Peter Drost, Roger Munns
The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
Africa (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon Blakeney, James Aldred
The Civil War (1990)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  

A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Carl Sagan ...  Himself - Host 13 episodes, 1980
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosmos by Carl Sagan: A Personal Voyage See more »

Filming Locations:

Alaska, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$8,250,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In many episodes we see a photo of Earth showing Africa in the upper left. That is the 'Blue Marble' photo taken in 1972 by Apollo 7 astronauts on their way to the moon. It is one of the most famous of all space photos, and for 30 years was the only full sunlight shot of Earth. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Short Cuts (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Cosmos
(Main Theme)
Composed by Vangelis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Carl Sagan's great gift is now our own...
22 July 1999 | by Cari-8See all my reviews

Sagan. Who else could reveal the Universe to us so eloquently? Who else could make those humans who scarcely even notice the world around them gaze up at the skies with wonder? And all the while, he was never condescending... He awakened so many ordinary minds--he made us all acolytes to the extraordinary. Amazingly, drew us in to his world, even those of us who felt that true Science was beyond their grasp. His love of the subject was always apparent, and although his knowledge was overwhelming, his presentation of it never was.

I was in school when Cosmos was first broadcast...for me and for many people I know Cosmos was the first time the Universe came to life. I recommend it for anyone of virtually any age...Be enthralled by what's within and without...

Also recommended: The Connections Series (1, 2 and 3) and the Day the Universe Changed (with James Burke)...Also, A Brief History of Time.


68 of 69 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 50 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed