He is good but his writing is not as simple and easy to understand when you compare him with Brian Greene
Release date: Sep 28, 1980
Directed by: Adrian Malone
Season count: 1
Mpaa rating: PG
I hate people who recommend things that they don't actually know about, but just 2 episodes into this I am confident that it's 5*. Already Carl Sagan has taught about the universe, provided fascinating examples of human history about how we made discoveries, and covered the history of life on Earth. He explains clearly and is obviously in awe of space and nature. DVD has science updates too
The glory of the Cosmos series is not just the science, but the sheer poetry of Sagan's scripting. He makes science not only interesting, but beautiful as well.
It was recently announced by Sagan's widow that they will be remaking Cosmos. I hope they keep as much of Sagan's original writing as possible.
This show changed my life (not kidding) when I was eight. Carl Sagan did more to shape my worldview than my parents did. Recently re-watched on Netflix and it definitely holds up, though the outfits and simulation technologies are dated. Unapologetically atheistic (though deeply moral) and assertively progressive, this show could never get made today
About so much more than space; it's also about Earth, the origins of life, humanity, & the future of civilization. Obviously a labor of love for Sagan; his sense of wonder & optimism is infectious.
Cons: Many of the effects, while innovative at the time, seem a little cheesy now. Most appropriate for children and adults who don't know much about space, but still enjoyable for those who do.