Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.
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1980  
Top Rated TV #10 | Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Carl Sagan ...  Self - Host 13 episodes, 1980
Jaromír Hanzlík ...  Johannes Kepler 5 episodes, 1980
Jonathan Fahn ...  Young Champollion / ... 4 episodes, 1980
Alan Belod Alan Belod ...  Jean-Francois Champollion 3 episodes, 1980
Jean Charney Jean Charney ...  Betty Hill 3 episodes, 1980
Bill Grant Bill Grant ...  Barney Hill 3 episodes, 1980
Bob Hevelone Bob Hevelone ...  Fourier 3 episodes, 1980
Ronald A. Hilbert Ronald A. Hilbert ...  Tinget Indian 3 episodes, 1980
Victor C. John Victor C. John ...  Tinget Indian 3 episodes, 1980
Arthur 'Lonne' Lane Arthur 'Lonne' Lane ...  Self - Deputy Project Scientist 3 episodes, 1980
Linda Morabito Linda Morabito ...  Self - Voyager Navigation Team 3 episodes, 1980
Larry Soderblom Larry Soderblom ...  Self - Voyager Imaging Team 3 episodes, 1980
Cecilia White Cecilia White ...  Tinget Indian 3 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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The filming of the series lasted one year during which Carl Sagan and his production team traveled around the world, filming in places like India, Egypt, Italy, Cambodia, France, Alaska, Mexico and USA, among others. See more »

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Carl Sagan: The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.
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Alternate Versions

Reissues of the series feature different music than on the original broadcast, due to licensing issues. See more »

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Featured in Symphony of Science: Ode to the Brain (2011) See more »

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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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28 September 1980 (USA) See more »

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Cosmos: A Personal Voyage See more »

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