⚡ Understand how mindblowingly vast the universe really is via amazing special effects and brilliant narration.

The cover of the DVD for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, the 2014 follow-up to Carl Sagan's original series on the Universe

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey | TV Series narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a documentary series that studies the Universe, covering the incredibly tiny (DNA, molecules), the incredibly huge (supernovas) and everything in between.

It’s a follow-up to the 1980s series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was written and narrated by Carl Sagan (astronomer, author and lots of other things). This time around it’s narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which is awesome — he’s got the perfect voice for it and his passion for everything space-related really comes across.

Although there are a ton of cool animations and visual effects, they aren’t at the expense of the science — every episode has a solid scientific foundation. It gets the balance between learning and entertainment pretty much perfect.

Check out Contact for Carl Sagan’s vision of humanity’s first contact with aliens (in film form).