Cosmos: A Personal Voyage

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage
Created by
Directed byAdrian Malone
Presented byCarl Sagan
ComposersVangelis; various artists
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
  • Gregory Andorfer
  • Rob McCain
Running time60 minutes
Original networkPBS
Original releaseSeptember 28 (1980-09-28) –
December 21, 1980 (1980-12-21)
Followed by
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Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is a thirteen-part, 1980 television series written by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steven Soter, with Sagan as presenter. It was executive-produced by Adrian Malone, produced by David Kennard, Geoffrey Haines-Stiles, and Gregory Andorfer, and directed by the producers, David Oyster, Richard Wells, Tom Weidlinger, and others. It covers a wide range of scientific subjects, including the origin of life and a perspective of our place in the universe.

The series was first broadcast by the Public Broadcasting Service in 1980, and was the most widely watched series in the history of American public television until The Civil War (1990). As of 2009, it was still the most widely watched PBS series in the world.[1] It won two Emmys and a Peabody Award, and has since been broadcast in more than 60 countries and seen by over 500 million people.[2][3] A book was also published to accompany the series.

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage has been considered highly significant since its broadcast; David Itzkoff of The New York Times described it as "a watershed moment for science-themed television programming".[4]

  1. ^ "CosmoLearning Astronomy". CosmoLearning. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
  2. ^ "StarChild: Dr. Carl Sagan". NASA. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
  3. ^ "Carl Sagan". EMuseum@Minnesota State University. Archived from the original on May 28, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
  4. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (August 5, 2011). "'Family Guy' Creator Part of 'Cosmos' Update". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2012.

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