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Introducing Cosmos with Cosmos

Let's Grab a Drink and Watch Cosmos Together

Posted by Casey Dreier

10-10-2013 20:07 CDT

Topics: fun

Starting this Sunday and continuing nearly every Sunday night until January 26th, I am going to gather with friends and watch every episode of Cosmos. I hope you'll do something like this with your friends and family, too. If you’ve never seen it, watch it. You'll be surprised how good it is.

Why? Because we’re rapidly approaching the last time we can ever watch Cosmos as just “Cosmos.”

Fox’s new series begins sometime early next year, starring the ever-so-excellent Neil deGrasse Tyson in the main role.

I’m excited about it, but once it airs, there will be two Cosmos series. Our brains will inevitably make comparisons between the staging, special effects, themes, music, etc. Think of how the Star Wars trilogy changed after Episode One.*

So I’d like to take advantage of the next few months to re-watch Cosmos, the original, without any comparisons. We’re calling this “Cosmos with Cosmos,” after an informal Cosmos-watching group I participated in while my wife was a graduate student at Cornell University. We’d get together with friends once a week, make some cosmos, watch an episode, and then talk about it. Cosmos with Cosmos. But you could call it Cosmos with Beer, Cosmos with Apple Pie, or just Cosmos with Friends.

Every Monday, I will post a piece discussing the previous night’s episode, and hopefully feature guest posts from scientists and Society members (not necessarily different groups!) for people to follow along with, comment, and discuss. I’ll generally follow a format that I enjoy from the AV Club TV reviews: general episode recap, discussion, observations, and user comments.

So even though we can't throw formal viewing parties, we can watch it more informally with friends and then talk about it online. This series is nothing if not thought-provoking.

There are multiple ways to watch. Hulu has the whole series available to stream for free (though with commercials). iTunes has it. Of course, you could get all old-school (like me) and watch it on the Cosmos DVD box set .

We’ll also post my (and your) favorite cosmopolitan and virgin cosmopolitan recipes, too.

Enjoying a drink, friends, and a mind-expanding show about the interconnectedness of the universe sounds like just the thing we need to put the world into perspective for a while.

I hope you can watch this with us.


Obvious disclaimer: I'm not making any quality comparisons between Episode One and the new Cosmos. Episode One was a once per century disappointment-level event.

  Episode 1: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean »
See other posts from October 2013


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Daniel Ruplinger: 10/10/2013 09:42 CDT

Cosmos went off Netflix streaming as of a couple months ago. I'm hoping the Blu ray set comes out soon.

Casey Dreier: 10/10/2013 09:49 CDT

Man, you let your Netflix subscription lapse for a few months and look what happens. Thanks for the info, Daniel, I've corrected the post. At least it's cheap on iTunes!

Daniel Ruplinger: 10/10/2013 10:49 CDT

Great idea. How many Cosmos fans were thinking the same thing? Re watch the whole series before the new one comes out. Can't wait to follow along. Cosmos needs to be seen by everyone. This will be fun.

Dan Cook: 10/12/2013 03:42 CDT

Looking forward to the discussion.

Laura Monteros: 10/13/2013 04:50 CDT

I never watched Cosmos, so this is a good nudge to see it. I thought it went on for years, I can hardly believe there were only 13 episodes. BTW, it is available on Neflix DVDs, but there are 7 so you need a bigger subscription than I have! It's also available on Hulu+ via Roku.

shan solo: 10/13/2013 06:20 CDT

ooh my wife and i just watched episodes 1 and 2 last night! must i start over tonight?

MarsFKA: 10/13/2013 06:36 CDT

My faithful, 20-year-old Mitsubishi Black Diamond VCR died two months ago and I can no longer play my Cosmos VHS set. Got around the problem with a Cosmos DVD set from Amazon, which arrived three weeks ago. I'll join your Cosmos-fest from here.

alvagraul: 10/13/2013 08:07 CDT

Watching at home with family and cats

Jimi Maze: 10/13/2013 08:09 CDT

This is a great idea... this will be my 5th time watching the series, but the first time in over 5 years. I might like to smoke some non-tobacco while watching... just a little though, I'm getting old.

Eric Wallach: 10/14/2013 12:12 CDT

Here you go without the commercial interruptions

Tom Kemp: 10/14/2013 01:36 CDT

Watched episode 1 last night. It's as fresh and inspiring as ever more than 30 years later. Not much TV can say that. It set a high standard.

Aeris: 10/14/2013 02:52 CDT

I bought the entire series on DVD some years ago. I guess it's time to watch it again! I'll be sure to keep up

Casey Dreier: 10/14/2013 08:08 CDT

Just a heads-up that the first post in the series is now posted: As we post more, check the "Viewing Schedule" sections for more links.

karmca: 10/15/2013 11:39 CDT

I've never seen it! I remember it being on TV many years ago but I never watched it! After reading about Cosmos with Cosmos I'm going to get it from iTunes and watch it every week! Thankyou for the idea!

Patricia Walters: 10/16/2013 05:57 CDT

Cosmos is NOT listed on Fox, Sunday, Oct. 13 , in Tampa, Fla. For heaven's (and I mean the Cosmos) sake, somebody tell me where I can find it! I must have my Sagan fix. Please, please help, Thank you, thank you!

Gary Campbell: 10/17/2013 05:21 CDT

I would lock the doors and leave the phone off the hook when the original Cosmos TV series aired. It is about he best television I have ever seen. It was an excruciatingly long week between episodes.

Casey Dreier: 10/19/2013 12:46 CDT

Patricia: It's not being broadcast. I'm using my Cosmos DVD set, and others are following along at or by purchasing the episodes on iTunes. The Sunday night timing is an optional convention, my episode recaps are published on Mondays.

Fred Merchant: 10/19/2013 06:13 CDT

Patricia, Vimeo appears to have no commercials and you can download the episodes. Eric posted this address on the 14th: Thanks, Eric.

Frank Hardy: 10/20/2013 08:21 CDT

Dan, excellent comment: For the most part cosmologists, astronomers, theoretical and astrophysicists make lousy project managers. I grew up during the “space race” and while much of it was dedicated to the “red menace,” Kennedy could never have chosen “…to go to the moon…not because it was easy but because it was hard,” today. I saw the parades after Sheppard’s popgun flight and Gus’ “screw the pooch” landing. Had the “span in the can” Seven not been so exalted, most Americans would have gone the way of the Soviets in their distain for such смешно начинаниях (ridiculous endeavors). Members of the NAS always needs to question, if a tree falls in the woods and no one is around, does it make a noise?

Eugene Preston: 10/22/2013 08:48 CDT

You can currently see the original COSMOS at Hulu at this location The first episode is pretty amazing predicting our success is less than 1% we will survive for 100 years after the nuclear bomb was invented, which Sagan uses to explain why we aren't seeing a lot of intelligence out there.

Masanori NISHI: 10/22/2013 02:55 CDT

Hi from Japan. It's such a thrill to watch the origianl episodes of Dr. Sagan's "COSMOS" again after all those years. I heard that this is the MOST watched science tv program in the world or on earth ever been made or aired. The COSMOS has been educating young and old around the globe about what we know about the cosmos and how precious we are, warning us not to destroy ourselves and telling us why it is important to know about the space: We are all made up with the star staff. Every single one of us on this planet shares the same molecules and elements commonly found in the universe. We all should thank Dr.Sagan and the criators of this program for telling us what we know now as common knowledge: Without this show, we haven't reached this far.

Joseph O'Connell: 01/23/2014 12:09 CST

Why is this Cosmos posting now? It's 23 Jan 2014.

Gordon Turpin: 01/23/2014 05:13 CST

I have been telling everyone who will listen, that I just hope that with all of the things going on RIGHT NOW with both NASA and civilian space endeavors as well as so many new inventions that have evolved from science fiction, that we should be left breathless at the end of each program agreed ??

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