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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Update of Sagan classic is smart, visually spectacular.

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age 9+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 10+

Hope and wonder!

Both Cosmos series (2014 and 2020) are the best things I've ever seen. They are not anti-religious or anti-God, just anti the "one true God" concept that has contributed to 2000 years of worldwide antagonism. I feel they create almost create a Church of Science, full of mysteries, hope and wonder.
age 14+

Very anti-God

I was thrilled with a couple episodes, informative in a visually stimulating way. Then the host managed to darken the whole series by beginning to sprinkle in his anti-religion opinions. As a Christian viewer he made me feel like I was not welcome to view, my beliefs were ridiculous and that I must not be an intelligent individual if I believe in any God. It is a shame because aside from that it was a wonderful show but no family who believes in any type of God should be supporting this franchise. I am incredibly offended.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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The adventure documentary is an updated version of Carl Sagan's Emmy-award winning TV show Cosmos (1980), and it pays tribute to the astronomer's contributions to the study of the universe. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey offers viewers interesting and understandable scientific explanations about our world, the universe, and other fascinating phenomena. Meanwhile, thanks to the work of director and producer Brannon Braga (known for his work with the Star Trek franchise), the series boasts lots of sleek special effects that create visually stunning moments.

The way Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey offers details about the universe and beyond are entertainingly educational, and the stories it tells about early astronomers such as Copernicus and Galileo, as well as important but often-forgotten philosophers such as Giordano Bruno, also are very interesting. But it's the show's thoughtful enthusiasm for using science as a way of understanding our world, and what exists beyond it, that makes it outstanding.

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