Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: Season 1 Reviews

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August 5, 2020
The original seemed to flow better and had a finer dramatic touch. The newer has the advantages of modern visual technology -- it's spectacular in high-definition -- and of course contains more current scientific knowledge.
August 5, 2020
It would be easy to have flashy visuals and no substance, but the creators have spent almost a decade working on this reboot to the extent that it oozes the same passion that made Sagan's original so popular.
July 8, 2020
I could do without the cheesiness of some of the narration, but the "cosmic address"... sequences managed to communicate where humanity sits within boundless time and space in a way I could kind of grasp, which is a real achievement.
July 8, 2020
Their mission is to try to explain what is known about the universe and beyond and to make it into a family friendly entertainment. Episode one would suggest that it's going to be a successful venture and essential viewing.
July 8, 2020
It's incredibly rare to find a documentary series that can dazzle, educate and entertain in equal measures, yet Cosmos has all three qualities in abundance.
July 7, 2020
Thankfully Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is grounded in science, not pseudoscience, and finally we have something epic to tell the tale to a new generation.
July 7, 2020
A wonderful journey, with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson doing a fine job of explaining the workings of the universe, from the sub-atomic level out to the very edge of the cosmos.
July 7, 2020
Cosmos is evidence that there is room for blockbuster style science programming that interprets scientific research into malleable concepts -- a wonderful gift of knowledge to anyone who watches it.
July 2, 2020
Cosmos is generating debate and attracting a moderate number of viewers, but its greatest strength comes from its potential to spark an interest in science in children who will grow up to pursue it as a career.
July 2, 2020
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is one of the most extraordinary television projects in recent years. Call it a reboot to Carl Sagan's 1980 PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, or call it a sequel, it's an astonishing work.
July 2, 2020
The new Cosmos has smarts and spectacle. Now, more heart.
July 2, 2020
Its intended value seems one of education as well as entertainment, and Tyson does a good job of combining both with his thoughtful, but passionate countenance.
July 2, 2020
While some of the effects in Cosmos are really quite innovative, there's an old-school feeling here. I've always loved scientific educational programs from the '80s, and Cosmos feels sort of wholesome and almost quaint.
July 2, 2020
MacFarlane and his partners have kept their eyes on the value of the material. They have created something that arouses wonderment, despite the fact that it's airing in prime time, in front of mainstream viewers.
July 2, 2020
Whether or not a contemporary "Cosmos" clicks with viewers, it's an undeniably welcome experiment and refreshing change of pace in the typically disreputable arena of unscripted TV.
July 2, 2020
The show deploys blockbuster-quality visual effects, triumphant orchestral music by Alan Silvestri, and cartoon interludes... But its greatest special effect is the laid-back charisma of its host, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
July 2, 2020
Lovingly shepherded by Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan, who worked on the original series, and hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, a worthy heir to Sagan's legacy, even if he doesn't quite possess Sagan's natural ability to captivate viewers.
July 2, 2020
If science, as Neil deGrasse Tyson says, is "the passing of a torch from teacher to student to teacher," Carl Sagan's flame is in good hands.
July 2, 2020
If every generation's Cosmos is a little better than the one before, and buckles more knees in its contemplation of the universe, we must be doing something right.
Top Critic
July 2, 2020
Basic yet beautiful, Cosmos appears to be a winner.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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