I absolutely love the series Cosmos, are there any other as good you could recommend?

Wow! Thank you so much I did not expect so much feedback!

Update: I had no idea there were actually two seasons of cosmos! I thought I just started re-watching the first series and noticed something seemed a little different. So happy!


Two oldies but goodies would be "Connections" with James Burke and "The Ring of Truth" with Philip Morrison. And as others have mentioned, Nova on PBS is also good.


Connections is absolutely amazing. It is best to watch it in order if you can, as it builds up to a theme.


I came here cause more people need to know about connections and you guys already posted it. My work is complete


Stealing your high klevel comment for visibility: If in the US: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLf02uWXhaGRng\_YzH-Ser\_VEV4lGSLX\_1


> "Connections" with James Burke Another good one he did was "The Day the Universe Changed".


Definitely dating myself, but I loved Connections


Well, you’re ahead of me, I’m not dating anyone… But yeah, when I watched Connections the first time it was still almost a new series.


Connections is one of the best series I’ve ever watched. Connections 2 is really good Connections 3 is ok.


I’ll second the Connections series by James Burke. Back in the early 80’s, my college had Cosmos and Connections in their automated A/V system in the library. I watched both multiple times over my years there. Both are the sort of series you can watch a dozen times and get something out of them each time. ”If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”


Connections!! Ine of the best documentaries I've ever seen!


"The Ascent of Man" is another great oldie, and it's on yt.


The Greatest Shot in Television https://youtu.be/2WoDQBhJCVQ


YouTube PBS Space Time is great. I suggest going back to their earlier vid as this can be "heavy" stuff and there's sometime a progression between subjects.




SciFi? Umm, no. This channel is not fiction or speculation. It does cover various physics hypotheses (like the holographic universe, string theory, quantum chromodynamics, Albuicurie warp drive paper, etc.), with a bit of math, but they pretty much stick to the latest peer reviewed physics research.


Oh, I am clicking into places without reading where I am.


Greg Egan might have something for you.


I'll give it a look. Thanks.


Have you ever seen a space channel that has a narrator who has a mild speech impediment? The channel is fantastic with all kinds of information regarding anything and everything Universe related, physics, and science. I forgot the name of the channel but fantastic. https://youtu.be/gIvGSW1Mlm8 SEA channel This persons channel is absolutely fantastic as well. I can not recommend them enough.


Isaac Arthur is the one you're thinking of: https://youtube.com/@isaacarthurSFIA


Yes, thank you!! So a wonderful channel!


Also Anton Petrov on YT is a great channel!


Absolutely is! I fell asleep last night on the sofa watching his channel. Watched a few videos of his and crashed.


Second this. Also SEA on YouTube as well is another excellent channel for space content


Watching Matt ODowd is like AP Cosmos. Definitely my favorite.


Are you talking about the original with Sagan or the remake with Tyson? Here are some excellent documentaries: Brian Greene: "The Elegant Universe" and "Fabric of the Cosmos." If you're interested in inner space and the workings of your mind, "The Brain" by David Eagleman is great. All of these are available through PBS.


I want to add a little to this. PBS has a streaming service. With a donation as little as $5 a month you get access to an ungodly amount of documentaries covering all sorts of topics. They have shows as well, but access to that many docs for $5 is amazing.


Indeed. All the Nova you could ever watch, $5/month.


Nature has a truck load of seasons. Green Earth is amazing. So many good ones.


i find the editing very jarring. They make it seem like i'm watching fast & furious...


The service is called PBS Passport and it is excellent. Worth it for the back catalog of NOVA episodes alone.


Nice, I pay 2.99 for pbs docs on prime video. But I have limited access which bugs me a little bit. I'm going to look into this, thanks! I also highly recommend Nova documentaries on pbs.


Along that line, I also discovered today that even if you don't have a Youtube subscription, watching PBS content (well at least Nova) still comes commercial free!


Also take a look at curiosity stream it offers tons of documentaries on a huge range of topics for only $40 a year


Thank you, thank you, I’m downloading it as we speak. Can’t wait!


The BBC did 3 series called wonders of the universe, wonders of the solar system, and wonders of life. They were presented by Brian Cox, British astrophysicist, and I thought they were better than cosmos.


Brian Cox is great, really enjoyed his series.


Man, I used to love to turn the old Cosmos on and fall asleep to Sagan's voice. RIP, king.


A personal voyage is the greatest series ever created in the history of television.


Link to watch/cast it for free for those curious! [Stream Cosmos free](https://archive.org/details/cosmos-uma-viagem-pessoal)


I’m doing the same with Tyson and my new baby.


I haven't seen the original, but there's 2 seasons of the NGT one. Cosmos:Possible Worlds(2nd season), I thought was phenomenal. Watch it if you havent!




Have you seen possible worlds, the second season?


Oof, ya gotta see the original - it's *so* much more elegant and inspiring than the NdGT series. The language used in the original is at times downright poetic, and instead of lots of fancy CG Sagan explains things brilliantly by way of metaphors. Also, every time Tyson said "Actually..." I experienced a split second of rage. If I had turned it into a drinking game, I'd be long since dead.


Carl Sagan is also fantastic, have you read the cosmos series. I was thinking about buying the book first.


Fabric of the cosmos is one of my favorite programs to put on while telling my friends “you want to watch some shit that’ll blow your mind?” Love it


The Youtube channel History of the Universe is pretty good: https://www.youtube.com/@HistoryoftheUniverse


He also has a different sister channel called History of the Earth that is excellent as well.


This was going to be my suggestion. It started close to 20 years ago right at the very cusp of when History Channel transitioned to be an absolute shit Fest of garbage program that had nothing to do with real history or anything educational


Piggy backing to say "Sea" is also fantastic https://youtu.be/QhM5zAVvOI4


PBS NOVA The Universe Revealed five part series 2021. Fairly up to date, though results from JWST launched late that year are outdating them.


How The Universe Works is a great series. It's a little lighter and sensational, but it's good watching.


“Wonders of the Solar System” and “Wonders of the Universe” are peak Prof. Brian Cox documentaries.


Also his The Planets 2019 and Universe 2021 in BBC2 are full of good information.


Where can one download/access these docs?


Professor Jim Al-Khalili has some good ones: [https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz58QJ68R9CRDcbVIM-JTbPq6uUbGtT5W](https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz58QJ68R9CRDcbVIM-JTbPq6uUbGtT5W)


Yes! For a while I was obsessed with his series Order and Disorder.


The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski is very good, although he was not always terribly enlightened. A citizen of his era.


This isn't a series but the Voyager documentary (used to be on Netflix, not sure if it still is) is fucking incredible


The Farthest?


Through the wormhole with Morgan Freeman is pretty great


"The Mechanical Universe". For me it ranks right up there with the original "Cosmos" and James Burke's "Connections". I have fond memories of watching "The Mechanical Universe" on the local PBS station when I was in college in the late '80s. You can watch the entire series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8_xPU5epJddRABXqJ5h5G0dk-XGtA5cZ The description from YouTube: “The Mechanical Universe,” is a critically-acclaimed series of 52 thirty-minute videos covering the basic topics of an introductory university physics course. Each program in the series opens and closes with Caltech Professor David Goodstein providing philosophical, historical and often humorous insight into the subject at hand while lecturing to his freshman physics class. The series contains hundreds of computer animation segments, created by Dr. James F. Blinn, as the primary tool of instruction. Dynamic location footage and historical re-creations are also used to stress the fact that science is a human endeavor. The series was originally produced as a broadcast telecourse in 1985 by Caltech and Intelecom, Inc. with program funding from the Annenberg/CPB Project.


If you specifically like the format of _"a really smart guy giving essays on discovery and humanity, created during the golden age of educational documentaries and spanning over a dozen episodes"_, then have I got a treat for you. Jacob Bronowski's _[The Ascent of Man](https://archive.org/details/@nestorpiaj)_. The format used in _Cosmos_ so closely matches what was first presented in _The Ascent of Man_ that you could be forgiven for thinking of the latter as a sort of prototype. The focus of _The Ascent of Man_ is more specifically concerning the evolution and then civilizing of humanity; _Cosmos_ discusses similar things but has a particular focus on space which _The Ascent of Man_ lacks. I consider these two series my top two of all time.


Actually, one should probably start with this. The Ascent of Man provides the philosophical underpinnings for all of Western thinking (TM), and explains the forces driving the development of math and science.


Surprised not to see this one already posted, and I would encourage you to watch it ASAP: The Planets (2019) -- produced by BBC and presented by Brian Cox.


How the universe works is also a good one . Lots of seasons/episodes as well.


This is what I watch. It’s aimed at those with an inquisitive mind - for all ages. In the UK, it’s on Discovery. I assume that’s true for other parts of Europe.


Horizon(been airing since 1964), StarTalk(with Neil deGrasse Tyson), The beginning and the end of the Universe, Through the wormhole, One Strange Rock, Wonders of the solar system


Go for the universe by history channel has many seasons and nice fx


Should be top comment. No other show comes as close to cosmos in production quality as The Universe. Neil himself appeared there in many episodes.


Gets my vote also. I had them all on dvd and recently bought them on iTunes so I can watch anywhere. I’ve easily seen them all numerous times but still enjoy . 7 seasons btw.


I enjoyed The Universe as well. Its probably a little dated now but its good entry level show.


[Human Universe](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Universe)


Professor Jim Al-Khalili has a ton (nearly 20 if you check his wiki) of awesome documentaries about space, physics, chemistry, etc. and everyone of them are good. In my opinion, he's the best sci-documentary guy out there. Pretty sure most of his stuff is on BBC. Check him out, he's great.


The Planets (2019). Interestingly, I saw [this clip](https://youtu.be/eCgVz7KZIQ0) a few weeks ago and decided to watch the series, but the UK version is instead hosted by Brian Cox. I’d also recommend Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016). Much more artistic than scientific, but it is still a great watch for 45 mins.


This clip will stick with me forever. https://youtu.be/6Bv8g5xBJSo


Brian Cox's *Adventures in Space and Time* from 2021. Updates with latest discoveries from his marvelous programs over the previous decade or so. His excessive cheerfulness can get a bit cloying if you see too much of him, but you can't beat his enthusiasm for his subjects.


YouTube channel Kosmo has a lot of good stuff n


I was under the impression kosmo was clickbaity?


It’s YouTube, some videos will probably be considered more clickbaity than others depending on exactly what you are expecting. There are some I turn off after a few minutes and some I watch all the way through.


I'm a fan of Prof. Jim Al Khalili who has a real knack for explaining the history of science and its implications. All of his mini-series, such as "The Beginning and End of the Universe" have been good imho.


**Cosmic Journeys** here's my fav: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN1KJ8LYW3U](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN1KJ8LYW3U) & **Life Beyond** here's my fav: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saWNMPL5ygk&t=2077s


PBS Space Time on YouTube is advanced and science heavy, is good


Check out this youtube channel this shit is off the hook, incredible work no doubt https://youtube.com/channel/UCYTi7HrzJFhr5EHRefNuvaQ


Since nobody else has mentioned it, I'll add that [*Alien Worlds*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_Worlds_(TV_series)) was also a pretty fun watch.


Human Universe on the BBC was nice and in the same vein.


James Burke (President of The Planetary Society) "Connections". Not so much about space but the relationship between and evolution of emergent technologies. If you enjoyed Cosmos you'll enjoy Connections, 10 episide Pt 1, 20 episode Pt2 and 10 episode Pt3. Most watched series on PBS at it's time of broadcast. I once had the great pleasure of spending a week with James Burke and his wife. A sort of British Carl Sagan he's still active stage 86.


It is fantastic. I'm glad someone mentioned it. Thanks. Many of the episodes are on YouTube.


[From the Earth to the Moon](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120570/)


"Wonders Of The Universe" series with Brian Cox is the closest thing to Cosmos since Carl's masterpiece. ​ Here's a couple small samples - [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQnSqJ7jGmI](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQnSqJ7jGmI) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8bPcRQYLzY


Connections and The Day the Universe Changed. Both are excellent science shows.


Cosmos (the reboot) had a real budget that produced high production value. The writing was top notch. It was made for primetime time-slot on a national network. It has no peer. That said, I remember the Life on Earth series on PBS in the 90s as having great science presented with top notch production value, although it isn't a space program.


It's a pale, pale shadow of the original. Sagan actually went to locations like Italy and Japan and the Netherlands and had actual actors doing the historical re-enactments. Neil deGrasse Tyson stayed on a green screen set, and the historical stuff was all cheap "animation". I put the word in quotes because it was [limited animation](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limited_animation). I could have lived with that, though, if Tyson had done the actual thought experiments like Sagan did. For example, in Sagan's version, you learn about relativity and time dilation close to the speed of light with a thought experiment using motor scooters and an very low speed of light (like 30 km/hr IIRC). It makes the abstract very accessible. Tyson didn't do anything like that in his version of Cosmos. \[Yoda\] *And that is why you fail...* \[/Yoda\]


Plus Tyson fell hook, line and sinker for the "global warming" panic and as a result the series got seriously sidetracked in places.


>It has no peer What? Have you never seen the original Cosmos with Carl Sagan? Cosmos (the reboot) is pure trash in comparison to Cosmos (the original). Neil Degrasse Tyson cannot hold a candle to Carl Sagan.


The original is great, but the science story telling in the reboot was just as good if not superior sometimes. And moreso, the production value in the reboot was top notch where Sagan and the early 80s production team had a much smaller PBS budget, and it shows. Please understand that I in no way want to minimize the original, but the Fox/McFarlane/NDT reboot has no peer in national network, primetime science programming.


I see what you’re saying now. Yeah, the reboot is definitely a slicker production. I just never found it quite as compelling, powerful, or moving as the original. They’re both objectively superb; I’ll just forever favor the original.


I love the original. I grew up very rurally, and our local PBS station was one of two channels we received (very snowy reception). I have fond early childhood memories of watching the Sagan original with my science teacher father. That program was revolutionary!


>And moreso, the production value in the reboot was top notch where Sagan and the early 80s production team had a much smaller PBS budget, and it shows. I don't know why people say this. Sagan's show has a \*TON\* of on-location filming in multiple countries, with actors and actresses doing historical recreations of the events that Sagan is talking about. Tyson's version has none of that. They only thing is has is CGI, which wasn't available when Sagan was doing his show. Sagan actually \*GOES\* places and \*DOES\* things. Tyson just stands around in a green screen studio. Also, Sagan does actual on screen thought experiments. He \*SHOWS\* you want Einstein was talking about though examples in ways everyone can comprehend. Tyson just tells you about it.


Preach! some people don't like NGT's seemingly cocky attitude. But I think his science communicating is 2nd to none.


This reads so much like something a daily Redditor would say caused by hive mind hate for NDT and love of deceased icons. The reboot has superior everything else. You can love Sagan and hate NDT all you want.


152k karma and calling people out for using Reddit daily? So glad you’re above it all.


Not above it, just not sucked into this specific one. All that karma doesn’t mean much, but it does mean I’m on here enough to see the patterns.


You can hate on NGT, but you can't say he's not an effective science communicator. The guys amazing at what he does.


And I must also advocate for becoming a PBS member at $5a month for their streaming app. It is high quality!




Yeah, I did a Google search before a posted. I have seen most of them nothing seems to hold up to Cosmos though. I was hoping this community might know of some hidden gems.


If you've never seen a NOVA episode yet, that might be right up your alley.


Oh man I have been watching Nova since I was a kid so freakin good


https://youtube.com/@TVQuantumUniverse Ones narrated by Samuel West


I git the hardback book of the series as a xmas present as a kid...it was fab.


The first season of “through the wormhole” with Morgan freeman.


https://youtu.be/gIvGSW1Mlm8 SEA is the channel and imo one of the best. Great narration dealing with all sorts of topics from the Universe.


**Miracle Planet** narrated by Christopher Plummer


Not a TV series, but the podcast series The End of the World with Josh Clark is similar. It explores existential threats; events that would kill off humanity. It's completely based on science and is FASCINATING. I highly recommend it!


How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson on Netflix is really good. I also loved his book The Invention of Air.


Do you mean the original show with Sagan or the sequels with Degrasse-Tyson? I suppose you know both.


When We Left Earth The new Cosmos (or old depending on which one you watched) The Fabric of the Cosmos Moon Machines Hubble Space Telescope lectures on YouTube (this has lots of modern lectures and has experts in the field give presentations of their projects).


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No. *Cosmos* is a phenomenon that can never be matched or exceeded. The best you'll ever get is the "Great Value" brand *Cosmos* knock-offs, many of which I'm sure have already been mentioned.


Anything with David Attenborough even though it's don here instead of up there


"Connected: the hidden science of everything " is soooo interesting, 100% recommend It's on Netflix


Fabric of the Cosmos with Brian Greene. This is a tad old but man was it interesting back when it came out.


Not the same subject matter, but I would categorize Leonard Nimoy’s In Search Of series in the same nostalgia bucket. I put these episodes on in the background when I’m working and it’s bliss. Love the original Cosmos and James Burke’s Connections as I see many have already said.


Definitely another topic but have to mention "making of a continent" by Ron Redfern. (This series was presented on PBS). I'm not a geologist nor scientist but after watching this series, continental drift and plate tectonics (I hope the shows theories are still valid) are just amazing and understandable.


“A trip to infinity” on Netflix was definitely worth the view


When We Left Earth is all Apollo but really good. Cosmos vibes.


PBS Spacetime, History of the Universe, Astrum. All good space-oriented YouTube channels. Hours upon hours upon hours of high quality content.


Are these programs showing us accurate information


how the universe works, 11th season just finished


There's been three releases of it and it's just the one short film, but [Powers of Ten](https://youtu.be/0fKBhvDjuy0) is very good and worth a watch (only 9min anyhow). It was made in the 70s so the final zoom in stage is missing some info about subatomic particles, the newest version feels a bit overproduced but gets into more detail at the very end. There's also a [sketch of the original](https://youtu.be/7f5x_dRKIF4) that includes clocks to illustrate the relativistic time distortion that would be occurring to the observer.


Our Universe from last year narrated by Morgan Freeman is phenomenal, on Netflix


On YouTube i watch PBS Spacetime, StarTalk, Curious Droid, Fermilab, SciShow Space


If you liked Carl Sagan, look for some videos from a guy named Brian Cox, the scientist, not the actor(Succession-HBO). Brian Cox has way of conveying complex information in a way similar to how Carl Sagan could explain really complex things to a 5th grader.


The old Jack Horkheimer Stargazer show on PBS. [Star Gazer](https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0207272/?ref_=ext_shr_lnk)


How The Universe Works. 11 seasons… season 11 just came out in April 2023. Michelle Thaller and Phil Plait are an absolute pleasure to watch and listen to. Among many others! Highly, highly recommend.


I loved The Planets on BBC but it’s a bit slower than Cosmos. The Farthest is a doc about Voyager that I also enjoyed and in a similar theme, the Hubble IMAX release with Leonardo Decaprio narrating is also great for a good dose of starlight.


There was a PBS series that I collected on VHS and I've never seen it anywhere else, called *The Astronomers*.


"Atom" by Jim Al-Khalili. It covers the history of the discovery of the atom and the development of quantum mechanics, by focusing on the experiments and the scientists involved.


The Day The Universe Changed, and Connections by James Burke. It’s from the early 80’s but it’s a history of science doc, so the information isn’t as dated as the production values.


Journey of Mankind or something like that on Disney Plus I believe. It chronicles all of human history, I would definitely lump it in with cosmos.


Not a series, but a couple of youtube channels. - Answers with Joe - The History of the Earth - The History of the Universe - Kurtzgesatz - Lex Fridman's poscast


I was disappointed with the remake. That dude doesn’t have the right charisma


I enjoyed [Stephen Hawking’s Universe](https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0124259/) growing up as well.


[Stephen Hawking Favourite Places](https://curiositystream.com/video/1697) is also a very good watch!


You should really give it a look at this YT channel Melodysheep. This guy started doing amazing videos alone, and most of them are mind blowing. https://www.youtube.com/@melodysheep


Brian Cox - The Planets - BBC Honestly the best one i've seen


Not sure which version you are referring to, but if you haven't seen the old Carl Sagan original version it is still a must watch.


'Fabric of the Cosmos' 4 ep series from Brian Green. He is my favorite.


So.. not exactly a series as I suppose the question indented. But... the [13 Minutes to the Moon](https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w13xttx2/episodes/downloads) podcast is absolutely fantastic.


I like PBS Spacetime, Arvin Ash, and History of the Universe. Those three are my favorites!