The Universe (2007– )
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Beyond the Big Bang 

The universe began with a massive expansion, billions and billions of years ago, and it continues to expand with every passing second. The idea that the universe, and man's very existence, ... See full summary »


Luke Ellis


Matthew P. Hickey (as Matt Hickey)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Ackroyd ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Maxie Santillan Jr. Maxie Santillan Jr. ... Shaman (as Maxie J. Santillan Jr.)
Brian Greene ... Himself - Prof. Math & Physics, Columbia University
Geoffrey Landis Geoffrey Landis ... Himself - Physicist, NASA Glenn Research Center
Nima Arkani-Hamed Nima Arkani-Hamed ... Himself - Prof. Physics, Harvard University
Michio Kaku ... Himself - Author, 'Parallel Worlds'
Alan Guth Alan Guth ... Himself - Prof. Physics, MIT
Lawrence Krauss ... Himself - Author, 'Hiding in the Mirror'
Neil deGrasse Tyson ... Himself - Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History
Marcelo Gleiser Marcelo Gleiser ... Himself - Prof. Physics & Astronomy, Dartmouth College
Sterling Greene Sterling Greene ... Early Man
Wolfhard Schlosser Wolfhard Schlosser ... Himself - Prof. Astronomy, Bochum University
Charles Seife Charles Seife ... Himself - Assoc. Prof. Journalism, New York University
Owen Gingerich Owen Gingerich ... Himself - Harvard-Smithsonian Center of Astrophysics
Gerald Brodin ... Nicholas Copernicus


The universe began with a massive expansion, billions and billions of years ago, and it continues to expand with every passing second. The idea that the universe, and man's very existence, began with a "Big Bang" is no longer a topic of debate among most scientists--it is essentially taken as fact. Written by Anonymous

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"Where Do We Begin?"








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4 September 2007 (USA) See more »

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Workaholic Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Physicist Ralph Alpher, a pioneer of the Big Bang theory, gave his last interview for this documentary. See more »


At 1:21 the narrator states: "One of these lumps of stardust, after being pummeled for eons by residual solar debris, has temperatures warm enough to allow for hydrogen dioxide, water, to build up in the atmosphere." Hydrogen dioxide is called hydrogen peroxide. Water is dihydrogen monoxide. See more »

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Double-Length Episode
29 March 2008 | by ckollererSee all my reviews

This is the only two-hour episode. Accordingly, this the meatiest.

It covers the entire history of astronomy and astrophysics to the present. It is amazing how much territory they cover in just this one episode. No way could they do that with just the one hour of a typical episode.

We can think of this episode as a series synopsis, overview or condensed version of the series in one episode. It is by no means a substitution for the plethora of knowledge the entire series offers. Many subjects aren't even touched upon, which are gone into fine detail in some episodes, like "The Colonization of Space." However, this one episode could stand alone as a magnificent presentation of humankind's ascent of the "ladder of knowledge" of astronomy, astrophysics and particle/macro-physics to date.

This is the episode by which one can judge the entire series. You can see that I gave it a 10. Perfection of presentation, it may not have. But up-to-date content, it has in spades. It might be lacking for detail in some places. But that's the hook to watch the rest of the series. I'm surprised this wasn't the pilot episode.

This is an aside: I was watching this episode when a UPS delivery arrived needing my signature. I paused the recording, which leaves the title lettered over the screen. As I was signing for the packages the driver noticed what I had been watching and said, "The Universe! I love that series!" I was flabbergasted to find a fellow "Universe" enthusiast randomly at my door. This series must be more popular than I realized.

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