9.3/10
36,026
57 user 7 critic

Cosmos 

Trailer
1:09 | Trailer
Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.
Reviews
Popularity
2,877 ( 254)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1980  
Top Rated TV #10 | Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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
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

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of several viewership shows from PBS including others like Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (1988), I, Claudius (1976), Nova (1974), Nature (1982) and Frontline (1983). See more »

Quotes

Carl Sagan: A galaxy is composed of gas and dust and stars - billions upon billions of stars.
See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Spoofed in An Evening with Robin Williams (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Cosmos
(Main Theme)
Composed by Vangelis
See more »

User Reviews

 
A series that can literally engineer dreams.
15 August 2005 | by sent2nullSee all my reviews

I was always fascinated by the documentaries created by public television after my experience with Cosmos, Carl Sagans gift to humanity. Beautifully weaving human knowledge into a 13 part series. He covers the entire landscape of understanding in some way; History, Biology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Religion and the relationships of all these with human politics throughout history and across cultures. It is quite a goal to hit and it is done masterfully. I clearly remember anticipation for the commencement of the series in 1980 when I was 9. It and many of the later science/natural world focused PBS series to follow (Nature, Nova,The Mechanical Universe) in the 80's were what inspired me to pursue a profession in engineering. I hold an electrical engineering degree because of shows like this. Here I am 25 years later discovering again the wonder of Cosmos. I've picked up the series as a gift for my children, yet unborn, that they may hopefully be similarly inspired by this masterful work of television at its best.

Highiest possible recommendation.

Regards,


57 of 60 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 57 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosmos: 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 »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed