TV Review–The Universe (2007-)

Narrated by Erik Thompson
With Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, Alex Filippenko, Kevin Grazier
45 min episodes

Available on Amazon Prime Instant Video

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I used to have cable, but I realized it was pretty much a waste of money. Ninety percent of shows at any given time were infomercials, “reality” TV, or reruns. With over one hundred choices I almost always ended up on The History Channel, and it’s a great channel–just not worth eighty bucks a month. Luckily one of its best shows is now on Amazon Prime Instant Video. All six seasons of The Universe are available to stream.

The thing I like best about this series is that it never feels like a lecture. It is far more engaging and so it follows that it is far more educational. Let me be clear though–the things you’ll hear in this show are not all hard proved facts. There is a lot of speculation, a few far-fetched theories, and a one nutzo (Michio Kaku). But that’s what makes it so fun. There is a lot of legitimate science in addition to the speculative musings of the physicists. You’ll learn a lot, and you’ll be curious to learn even more.

The series eases the viewer in with easy topics like our solar system and the possibility of life on mars. But by the end, you’ll be learning about neutron stars and magnetic storms. There is also some philosophy thrown in, and you’d be surprised what some scientist have to say about God’s place in this world.

All in all, The Universe is fun, smart, and good to look at. It has its flaws, but it sure beats Real Housewives.

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3 out of 4 stars

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