More than three decades after the debut of “Cosmos,” Carl Sagan’s stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science, FOX sets off on a voyage for the stars with “COSMOS: A SPACE-TIME ODYSSEY”. Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD) has teamed up with Sagan’s original creative collaborators – writer/producer Ann Druyan and astrophysicist Steven Soter – to conceive a 13-part “docu-series” that will serve as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series.
Season 01 , Episode 1 – “Standing Up in the Milky Way”
More than three decades after the debut of Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking and iconic series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” it’s time once again to set sail for the stars. Host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sets off on the Ship of the Imagination to discover earth’s Cosmic Address and its coordinates in space and time.
Season 01 , Episode 2 – “Some of the Things That Molecules Do”
A look at canine breeds and how they’re related to wolves; an examination of the human eye. Also: a visit to the Hall of Extinction.
Season 01 , Episode 3 – “When Knowledge Conquered Fear”
A comet’s path is traced on its long plunge toward the sun. Also: a visit to Isaac Newton’s birthplace; and a look at his friendship with Edmond Halley, whose interest in Newton’s work led him to publish the latter’s “Principia Mathematica.”
Season 01 , Episode 4 – “A Sky Full of Ghosts”
A journey back to 1809 features astronomer William Herschel’s observations on the effects of light on time and gravity. Also: Tyson travels to the event horizon of a black hole.
Season 01 , Episode 5 – “Hiding in the Light”
The behavior of light and its relationship to vision are studied by Ibn al-Haytham in the Middle East during the 11th century. Also: astronomer William Herschel discovers infrared radiation in 1800.
Season 01 , Episode 6 – “Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still”
A look at exotic life forms that are invisible to the naked eye; an examination of the parts of the brain responsible for the sense of smell and memory; a journey beneath the Earth’s surface to discover a mysterious particle.
Season 01 , Episode 7 – “The Clean Room”
A look at the work of geochemist Clair Patterson (1922-95), who calculated the age of the Earth—4.5 billion years—using a uranium-lead dating method, and also drew attention to the dangers of lead in the atmosphere and the food chain.
Season 01 , Episode 8 – “Sisters of the Sun”
A spotlight on the work of female astronomers, including Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941), who cataloged stars by class, and Cecilia Payne (1900-79), who calculated the chemical compositions of stars. Also: an exploration of the lives and deaths of stars; and a visit to the planet of a star orbiting a globular cluster.
Season 01 , Episode 9 – “The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth”
A profile of U.S. geologist Marie Tharp (1920-2006), who created the first comprehensive map of the entire ocean floor. Also: a look at the Earth’s autobiography according to its atoms, oceans, continents and all living things.
Season 01 , Episode 10 – “The Electric Boy”
A profile of Michael Faraday (1791-1867), an English scientist known for his experiments with electricity and magnetism.
Season 01 , Episode 11 – “The Immortals”
Why civilizations perish and the possibility of beings that live forever are explored. Also: a look at what can be learned from science about the future.
Season 01 , Episode 12 – “The World Set Free”
A look at Venus and what may have happened to it as a result of the greenhouse effect. Also: an examination of climate change on Earth and what it means for the future.
Season 01 , Episode 13 – “Unafraid of the Dark”
A profile of the famous astronomer Fritz Zwicky.