A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Reinforces idea that scientific exploration and method is necessary for human progress. Themes include conflicts between early scientists and scientific theories and various faiths and governments. Series inspires awe for our spiritual and scientific world.
Positive Role Models
Neil deGrasse Tyson dramatically approaches the subject matter from a scientific and historical point of view, but he breaks it down so even young viewers can understand the concepts more easily.
Violence & Scariness
Contains discussions about end of the planet, how the universe destroys and rebuilds. Visuals also feature explosions and other major natural and cosmic events. Violent acts committed against people are briefly mentioned, and on occasion shown in animated form, but without blood or gore.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cosmos: Possible Worlds is a spin-off of 2014's Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey -- itself an updated take on Carl Sagan's landmark 1980 TV series Cosmos -- that explores potential future scientific discoveries based on current research-based theories and explanations. Like its sister series, it has lots of brilliant visual effects, ranging from cosmic explosions to prehistoric (and potentially new) species of animals, and host Neil deGrasse Tyson explains things in understandable ways. Younger viewers may find narratives about the destruction of the planet, documented religious and political obstacles to scientific inquiry, and other heavy topics potentially unsettling. Violent acts against people are occasionally shown in animated form (without blood or gore). All of this is offered within an educational context and underscores the valuable role of scientific exploration and discovery in helping humanity progress.
Is It Any Good?
This inspiring installment of the Cosmos franchise offers a mesmerizing viewing experience as it reveals what current scientific exploration is telling us about the potential wonders our future may hold. It contextualizes these conversations by offering some interesting history behind what is happening in the universe, and it identifies scientists who studied phenomena in hopes of helping humanity propel itself forward. The role of technology is also highlighted. Cosmos: Possible Worlds is as beautiful as it is interesting and is an important testament to the power of imagination and scientific exploration to keep humanity moving forward.
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