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  • Summary: Based on Carl Sagan's original Cosmos series, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this new version executive produced by Ann Druyan, Steven Soter, and Seth MacFarlane.
  • Genre(s): Documentary, Science, Educational

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 7, 2014
    100
    It's educational, kid-oriented and fun, and Tyson us confidently smooth popularizer of science. [17 Mar 2014]
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 6, 2014
    100
    At least the first episode of the new Cosmos is terrific. And if the other 12 episodes are as good, the series will serve as a valuable continuation of Sagan's legacy.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 6, 2014
    91
    It's a show that stands entirely on its own while never forgetting the series that inspired it.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 7, 2014
    80
    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is certainly trippy and visually dazzling, but it’s also a big-thought-provoking series crammed with scientific and historical fact. Hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, it is a transporting mass of CGI special effects and cartoon sequences, but it has the heft and scope of cable’s most esteemed science series, “Planet Earth” and “Life.”
  5. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Mar 7, 2014
    80
    The premiere episode nimbly balances information with visual spectacle, forging a middle ground between sci-fi and science fact.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 6, 2014
    75
    The reboot, with only Episode 1 to go by, looks like a noble, educational and decidedly visual effort that can only be enhanced by the HD crystal clarity that Sagan never had a chance to behold.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 7, 2014
    60
    Where Sagan’s narrative often approached poetry, Dr. Tyson’s can sound like an overwrought, overamplified planetarium show.... The animation used to present his story resembles low-budget anime and isn’t terribly absorbing. Bruno deserves better. Nit-picking aside, if the new Cosmos doesn’t deliver quite the punch of the original, it’s because this isn’t 1980.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 90
  2. Negative: 26 out of 90
  1. Mar 9, 2014
    10
    As a huge fan of the original series, I'm happy to let you know the pilot continued the legacy of the great Carl Sagan behind the veryAs a huge fan of the original series, I'm happy to let you know the pilot continued the legacy of the great Carl Sagan behind the very respectable Neil DeGrasse Tyson with great overview and some eye candy visuals. I expect that the science will get more detailed once it focuses on more succinct subjects but so far it was an absolute joy for the anticipation!! Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2014
    10
    When i saw this New Tv show i was so suprised of how the effects are also seeing space time . the show blew me away its like watching myWhen i saw this New Tv show i was so suprised of how the effects are also seeing space time . the show blew me away its like watching my teacher talk about science and watching the most great science show i have ever seen . Grade A+ Expand
  3. Jul 1, 2014
    10
    One of the best documents of our lifetime. Tyson tells it as it is. While explaining the wonders of the Cosmos, he also explains the rationaleOne of the best documents of our lifetime. Tyson tells it as it is. While explaining the wonders of the Cosmos, he also explains the rationale behind the people who deny Science. Overall, very entertaining and educational. Expand
  4. Mar 10, 2014
    10
    Wondrous! This first episode was a grand outline of the universe and the history of the earth, told simply and clearly and utilizingWondrous! This first episode was a grand outline of the universe and the history of the earth, told simply and clearly and utilizing breathtaking visuals. I can't wait to see more. I think this show will help inspire a whole new generation to appreciate science. Expand
  5. May 22, 2014
    9
    Very beautiful and informative. Every episode explained as much as it could with about 42 minutes allocated to it. It cleared up someVery beautiful and informative. Every episode explained as much as it could with about 42 minutes allocated to it. It cleared up some misconceptions I'd been taught as a child. Growing up in a religious household can be very limiting. I love how the show seems to be geared more toward younger audiences, like those in high school who could get a great deal of information and actually understand it. I usually prefer things to be a little less animated, but if it helps people get interested, I'm all for it. Expand
  6. Mar 20, 2014
    5
    The show has a heavy production value to it and Neil DeGrasse Tyson has a great narrative presence. Still, the show at times gets away fromThe show has a heavy production value to it and Neil DeGrasse Tyson has a great narrative presence. Still, the show at times gets away from itself when presenting now-shaky sciences like macro-evolution which has slowly been fading out of the public school system for some years because of its fact-less basis. That's not to say that there isn't plenty of science here that is backed up and intriguing, but personally I felt the show's credibility gets distorted when using scientific ideas that have yet to see successful trials. Even some of Darwin's personally-discounted theories are still being preached in Cosmos. I just have a hard time with it as a result. Otherwise there's a sometimes entertaining and illuminating show to be found here even though its executive producer is Family Guy's Seth MacFarlene, who is a bit of a weird and twisted guy. Maybe you'll like it, maybe you won't. I'd personally rather stick with other programming on Discovery and The History Channel as they tend to navigate the educational waters more successfully and meaningfully. Expand
  7. Sep 23, 2014
    0
    science? haha no

    #fail Unfortunately this horrifically poor show has ended with cancelation albeit not swiftly enough according to
    science? haha no

    #fail

    Unfortunately this horrifically poor show has ended with cancelation albeit not swiftly enough according to justice. This was a huge time waste with no redeeming value.
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