Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

2014 American science documentary television series presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a 2014 American science documentary television series.[2] The show is a follow-up to the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan on the Public Broadcasting Service and is considered a milestone for scientific documentaries. This series was developed to bring back the foundation of science to network television at the height of other scientific-based television series and films. The show is presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who, as a young high school student, was inspired by Sagan. Among the executive producers are Seth MacFarlane, whose financial investment was instrumental in bringing the show to broadcast television, and Ann Druyan, a co-author and co-creator of the original television series and Sagan's wife.[3] The show is produced by Brannon Braga, and Alan Silvestri composed the backing score.[4]

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
GenreScience documentary
Based on
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage
Written byAnn Druyan
Steven Soter
Presented byNeil deGrasse Tyson
ComposerAlan Silvestri
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
ProducersLivia Hanich
Steven Holtzman
Jason Clark
Production locationsSanta Fe, New Mexico
Culver City, California
CinematographyBill Pope
EditorsJohn Duffy
Eric Lea
Michael O'Halloran
Running time41–44 minutes[1]
Production companiesCosmos Studios
Fuzzy Door Productions
Santa Fe Studios
Original networkFox
National Geographic Channel
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original releaseMarch 9 (2014-03-09) 
June 8, 2014 (2014-06-08)
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980)
Cosmos: Possible Worlds (2020)

The series loosely follows the same thirteen-episode format and storytelling approach that the original Cosmos used, including elements such as the "Ship of the Imagination" and the "Cosmic Calendar", but features information updated since the 1980 series, along with extensive computer-generated graphics and animation footage augmenting the narration.

The series premiered on March 9, 2014,[5] simultaneously in the United States across ten 21st Century Fox networks. The remainder of the series aired on the Fox Network, with the National Geographic Channel rebroadcasting the episodes the next night with extra content. The series has been rebroadcast internationally in dozens of other countries by local National Geographic and Fox stations. The series concluded on June 8, 2014, with home media release of the entire series on June 10, 2014. Cosmos has been critically praised, winning several television broadcasting awards and a Peabody Award for educational content.

A sequel series, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, premiered on March 9, 2020, on National Geographic.[6]