I thought the latest Cosmos Series with Neal DeGrasse Tyson was entertaining and successful. It was professionally done and I believe Tyson presented the material in a well thought out manner. Getting the viewer to understand the vastness of time and space in our universe helped reinforce the fact that our little orb called Earth is truly a fairly insignificant rock in the overall scope of things. His references to historical figures and their impact on our understanding of the cosmos and earth itself was enlightening. The show also mentioned mythology and cited examples where stories used by present day religions were actually plagiarized from ancient tales (ie Noah and the Ark). But it was all done matter-of-factly and without a condescending tone. Evolution and the tree of life was clearly presented and explained.
I hope the series remains in active circulation and serves as a continuing teaching aid to help everyone understand the world around us. The close of the series emphasized our civilization's need to overcome the shortsighted views of capitalism and take greater responsibility for protecting the health and viability of our planet. We truly should be thinking beyond ourselves and about what impact our actions will cause for humanity thousands of years from now.
The series was definitely a breath of reasoned logical air.