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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 #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 »

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Kosmos See more »

Filming Locations:

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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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

For the German version, all episodes were cut down to ca. 43 minutes to fit into the programming schedule of public broadcaster ZDF. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Cosmos
(Main Theme)
Composed by Vangelis
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The best way to be introduced to science!
24 January 2000 | by tcooke-2See all my reviews

Carl Sagan had a way with words. He had a way of making the complex simple. As a young teenager growing up with an interest in science this was an excellent way to begin.

This is one of those must see programs. The music by Vangelis was also fantastic.

This ignited (excuse the pun) my interest in science and Vangelis' music which is as keen now as when I first saw and heard it.

Excellent!


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