Curiosity (TV series)

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Curiosity
Curiosity titlecard.png
Genre Documentary
Composer(s) Sheridan Tongue
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 29
Production
Executive producer(s) Alan Eyres
Ben Bowie
John Smithson
Susan Winslow
Editor(s) Simon Greenwood
Ben Harding
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Darlow Smithson Productions
Distributor Discovery Channel
Broadcast
Original channel Discovery Channel
Original run August 7, 2011 (2011-08-07) – present
External links
Website

Curiosity is an American documentary television series that premiered on August 7, 2011, on the Discovery Channel.[1][2] Each episode focuses on one question in science, technology, and society (e.g., why the RMS Titanic sank) and features a different celebrity host. Stephen Hawking hosted the premiere episode titled "Did God Create the Universe?", which aired simultaneously on seven Discovery Communications networks: Discovery Channel, TLC, Discovery Fit and Health, Animal Planet, Science, Investigation Discovery, and Planet Green. Season one consists of 16 episodes.

Curiosity Project[edit]

The development of "Curiosity: The Questions of Our Life", was announced in September 2009.[3] It was to answer questions and mysteries in fields like space, biology, geology, medicine, physics, technology, nature, archaeology, history, and the human mind. It was considered as a groundbreaking series for Discovery like the BBC's Planet Earth and Life. Originally, this series was to be a monthly show airing 12 one-hour episodes each year for 5 years beginning in January 2011. Dan Riskin was initially slated to host.[4]

Curiosity.com[edit]

The website was opened in June 2011. It was to be an expert Q&A site, where experts and scholars tried to answer some of life's most profound questions. The 32 topics in site ranges from biodiversity to nanotechnology. So far 12,000 questions have been answered.[5]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 16 August 7, 2011 (2011-08-07) November 20, 2011 (2011-11-20) N/A N/A N/A
2 13 October 7, 2012 (2012-10-07) January 27, 2013 (2013-01-27) N/A N/A N/A

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 2011[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Narrated/presented by Original air date
1 1 "Did God Create the Universe?"[6] Stephen Hawking/Benedict Cumberbatch August 7, 2011 (2011-08-07)
2 2 "Alien Invasion: Are We Ready?"[6] Michelle Rodriguez August 14, 2011 (2011-08-14)
3 3 "Why is Sex Fun?"[6] Maggie Gyllenhaal August 21, 2011 (2011-08-21)
4 4 "What Sank Titanic?"[6] Bill Paxton August 28, 2011 (2011-08-28)
5 5 "Parallel Universes - Are They Real?"[6] Morgan Freeman September 4, 2011 (2011-09-04)
6 6 "What's Beneath America?"[6] Martin Sheen September 11, 2011 (2011-09-11)
7 7 "How Will the World End?"[6] Samuel L. Jackson September 18, 2011 (2011-09-18)
8 8 "Atlantis Uncovered"[6] Terry O'Quinn September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25)
9 9 "I, Caveman"[6] Morgan Spurlock October 2, 2011 (2011-10-02)
10 10 "Egypt: What Lies Beneath?"[6] Brendan Fraser October 9, 2011 (2011-10-09)
11 11 "Can You Live Forever?"[6] Adam Savage October 16, 2011 (2011-10-16)
12 12 "World's Dirtiest Man"[6] Mike Rowe October 23, 2011 (2011-10-23)
13 13 "How Evil are You?"[6] Eli Roth October 30, 2011 (2011-10-30)
14 14 "Life Before Birth"[6] Courteney Cox November 6, 2011 (2011-11-06)
15 15 "What's America Worth?"[6] Donald Trump November 13, 2011 (2011-11-13)
16 16 "Your Body on Drugs"[6] Robin Williams November 20, 2011 (2011-11-20)

Season 2: 2012[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Narrated by Original air date
17 1 "Plane Crash"[7] Josh Charles October 7, 2012 (2012-10-07)
18 2 "The Devil's Triangle"[8] Josh Charles October 14, 2012 (2012-10-14)
19 3 "I Was Mummified"[9] Josh Charles October 21, 2012 (2012-10-21)
20 4 "Brainwashed"[10] Josh Charles October 28, 2012 (2012-10-28)
21 5 "Battlefield Cell"[11] Josh Charles November 4, 2012 (2012-11-04)
22 6 "Sex in America"[12] Josh Charles November 11, 2012 (2012-11-11)
23 7 "Megastorm"[13] Josh Charles November 18, 2012 (2012-11-18)
24 8 "Mankind Rising"[14] Josh Charles November 25, 2012 (2012-11-25)
25 9 "Volcano Time Bomb"[15] Josh Charles December 9, 2012 (2012-12-09)
26 10 "What destroyed the Hindenburg?"[16] Josh Charles December 16, 2012 (2012-12-16)
27 11 "X-Ray Yellowstone"[6] Josh Charles December 23, 2012 (2012-12-23)
28 12 "Sun Storm"[6] Josh Charles December 30, 2012 (2012-12-30)
29 13 "Monster Squid: The Giant is Real"[6] Josh Charles January 27, 2013 (2013-01-27)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 4, 2011). "Discovery to Simulcast 'Curiosity' Premiere Across 7 Networks". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Discovery Channel Announces CURIOSITY - Premieres August 7 at 8pm ET". RealityTVWebsite.com. August 1, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Breaking News - Discovery Communications Launches Landmark Original Series: "Curiosity: The Questions of Our Life"". TheFutonCritic.com. September 10, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dan Riskin Named Host Of Discovery Channel's Multi-Year Event Curiosity: The Questions Of Life : Discovery Press Web". Press.discovery.com. April 12, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Discovery Launches Curiosity.com Expert Q&A Site". Dmwmedia.com. June 20, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Shows A-Z - curiosity on discovery". the Futon Critic. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Plane Crash". Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Devil's Triangle". Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "I Was Mummified". Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Brainwashed". Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Battlefield Cell". Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Sex in America". Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Megastorm". Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Mankind Rising". Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Volcano Time Bomb". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  16. ^ "What destroyed the Hindenburg?". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
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