Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman

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Complex physics made fun on interesting educational series.

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Positive messages

This show tackles some of the most complex theories of physics and mathematics, trying to explain the very meaning of the universe.

Positive role models

The physicists and mathematicians interviewed here have mastered some impressively complicated concepts.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this educational show, hosted by actor Morgan Freeman, tries by explain the very nature of the universe by examining some of the most advanced and complicated theories of physics, mathematics, and cosmology. Renowned researchers discuss such topics as dark matter, string theory, astrobiology and more. There’s nothing here that’s inappropriate for kids, but the subjects are pretty tough, and probably will go over the heads of tweens and younger teens.

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What's the story?

The universe is a complex place, and even the most advanced rules of physics and math still can’t quite explain the whole thing. In THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN, the renowned actor is narrator and host on a journey to the origins of the cosmos. The show features interviews with scientists and researchers who explain dark matter, string theory, cosmology and other complicated concepts, and uses simple models and computer graphics to help viewers understand just what might be going on, way, way, way out in space.

Is it any good?

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Freeman guides viewers, as the title says, through the wormhole, trying to explain the very origins of the universe. Many of these concepts are pretty far out, ideas that might have seemed completely ridiculous to scientists 20 or 50 years ago. Indeed, some of them are still just theories, and in another decade may have been totally discredited. And all of them are tough stuff.

Even with the basic graphics and the simplified explanations aimed at the ordinary viewer, these theories can be tough to grasp. That doesn’t make the show less entertaining, but it does mean it will appeal to a limited audience. Young kids probably won’t get it, and even older viewers need to pay attention, so may not be right for people looking for simple distraction. But for people who really do want to know more about the meaning of life, this one is hard to beat.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about space and science. How do you think the universe formed? Did you learn anything surprising from this show? Is there anything that you don't agree with on this show?

  • How do you think scientists’ understanding of the universe has changed in the past few decades? Some of the ideas presented on this show would have seemed outlandish to the best physicists a century ago -- do you think there will be any significant new theories a century from now? If so, like what?

  • Does this show make you want to study the origins of the universe? Would you like to be a physicist or mathematician?

  • Where do spiritual beliefs factor into this discussion about the nature of the universe?

  • What do you think Morgan Freeman brings to the show? Why was he chosen to host?

TV details

Cast:Morgan Freeman
Network:SCIENCE
Genre:Educational
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent Written bytitanius719 July 13, 2012
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Wonderful Series!

I work at Dish full time but I also go to college for Biochemistry and a lot of the subjects discussed on this show are ones that I have recently learned in class. This show is on the cutting edge of science. If your children enjoy watching Through the Wormhole, as mine do, it would be best to encourage them. I have often discussed particle physics with coworkers at Dish and this show is an excellent source of information for conversations.
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Kid, 12 years old January 13, 2011
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Looks better than WTBDYK
Parent of a 13 year old Written bysurrender_fan1 June 30, 2010
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I love the fact that Morgan Freeman teaches people about such great influences like, time travel, and God, and i found it very educational.However, my child, who is 13, was losing interest very often and got "bored" with it.I still believe that this is a great thing to watch with your children sometimes.
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