Cosmos: A Personal Voyage

1980, PBS affiliate KCET

Hard to believe it's 40 years old: the late Carl Sagan's landmark science series still holds up solidly today. Sagan is an enthralling host, making some of the most arcane aspects of science easily-digested. His widow, Anne Druyan, has taken over the franchise, starting with a DVD re-release of the original series updated with new science information. She also spearheaded a re-boot of the series with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

       

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

2014, Cosmos Studios et al

Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts a twenty-first century reboot of Carl Sagan's landmark series, written and co-directed by Ann Druyan, and executive-produced by Ann Druyan, Brannon Braga (Star Trek) and Seth MacFarlane (The Orville), with MacFarlane providing considerable financial support. Although the science is captivating, unfortunately the special effects take center-stage, and the science is parsed out in disjointed vignettes delivered with just a bit too much "oh wow" drama.

     

 

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Cosmos: Possible Worlds

2020, Cosmos Studios et al

Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to host a series based on Anne Druyan's new novel of the same name, once again written and co-directed by Ann Druyan, and executive-produced by Ann Druyan, Brannon Braga and Seth MacFarlane. Originally scheduled to air in 2019, the series' production was suspended while accusations of Tyson's sexual harassment were investigated; Tyson was cleared, and production resumed.

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