I finally caught up with the premiere episode of FOX's reboot of Cosmos, the late Carl Sagan’s iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science, which is now hosted by renowned African American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. In short, I loved it! It's was the first episode, so the content was really a general introduction to the known universe. But I'm a science geek, so I was engaged, and still amazed by how expansive our universe is, and how relatively insignificant we here on planet earth are, even though these are realities I've been fully aware of since I was a kid in grade school. Also, Neil deGrasse Tyson knows his stuff (obviously, otherwise he certainly won't be hosting the series), and it's clear that he loves what he's doing, which helps. It infectious. He's engaging enough.
And based on the strong premiere ratings, there was certainly a lot of interest, and likely not only from science geeks.
But if you're one of those who didn't get to watch the series' premiere, you're in luck, because FOX has made it available in full online, and I've embedded it below.
The new series, executive produced and written by Ann Druyan and executive produced Seth MacFarlane, will be hosted by
The 13-part docu-series will air on FOX on Sunday nights at 9/8c, competing with Omar Epps' Ressurrection on ABC, and The Walking Dead on AMC. The Sunday 9/8c hour looks to become a competitive one. Let's see who comes out on top.
The new series will explore how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time.
Here's a longer description of the upcoming iteration of the franchise:
Hosted by world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the series aspires to awaken a global audience to the wonders of the universe, as revealed by the awesome power of the scientific perspective. Executive producer Brannon Braga serves as the primary director of the series, with cinematographer Bill Pope also directing. The new COSMOS will feature animated sequences with guest voices from MacFarlane and an array of talent to be announced. COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY will invent new modes of scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and re-invent celebrated elements of the original series, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination. Uniting skepticism and wonder, and weaving rigorous science with visual, emotional and spiritual elements, it will be a transcendent experience - a vision of the cosmos on the grandest scale we know.
One of the world's most beloved science series, the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was a watershed moment in nonfiction television, when it premiered in 1980. For 33 years, the series has remained in ongoing worldwide distribution, seen by more than 750 million people in more than 175 countries. In the United States, the series was the most highly-rated public television series at its time of broadcast, and held that record for a decade. It was also the recipient of three primetime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.
Big shoes for Neil deGrasse Tyson to fill.
Watch the premiere episode below: