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
Philip J Day
Editor(s) Simon Greenwood
Ben Harding
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Darlow Smithson Productions
Edge West Productions
Distributor Discovery Channel
Release
Original network Discovery Channel
Original release August 7, 2011 (2011-08-07) – January 27, 2013 (2013-01-27)
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, for the first season, 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 Destination America. Season one consists of 16 episodes.

Curiosity: The Questions of Our Life[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] On November 11, 2014 Curiosity.com became independent[6] of Discovery Communications.

CuriosityStream.com[edit]

Ad-free SVOD science and history documentaries.

John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel and creator of the original Curiosity brand,[7] launched CuriosityStream on March 18, 2015. An ad-free subscription video on demand platform for science and history documentaries, CuriosityStream is a continuation of Hendricks' vision for the original Curiosity TV series. The service exclusively features documentaries and series in the areas of Science, Technology, Civilization and the Human Spirit as well as offers mobile viewing applications on iOS and Android devices.[8][9]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
116August 7, 2011 (2011-08-07)November 20, 2011 (2011-11-20)
213October 7, 2012 (2012-10-07)January 27, 2013 (2013-01-27)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 2011[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleNarrated / presented byOriginal air date
11"Did God Create the Universe?"[10]Stephen Hawking / Benedict CumberbatchAugust 7, 2011 (2011-08-07)
22"Alien Invasion: Are We Ready?"[10]Michelle RodriguezAugust 14, 2011 (2011-08-14)
33"Why is Sex Fun?"[10]Maggie GyllenhaalAugust 21, 2011 (2011-08-21)
44"What Sank Titanic?"[10]Bill PaxtonAugust 28, 2011 (2011-08-28)
55"Parallel Universes - Are They Real?"[10]Morgan FreemanSeptember 4, 2011 (2011-09-04)
66"What's Beneath America?"[10]Martin SheenSeptember 11, 2011 (2011-09-11)
77"How Will the World End?"[10]Samuel L. JacksonSeptember 18, 2011 (2011-09-18)
88"Atlantis Uncovered"[10]Terry O'QuinnSeptember 25, 2011 (2011-09-25)
99"I, Caveman"[10]Morgan SpurlockOctober 2, 2011 (2011-10-02)
1010"Egypt: What Lies Beneath?"[10]Brendan FraserOctober 9, 2011 (2011-10-09)
1111"Can You Live Forever?"[10]Adam SavageOctober 16, 2011 (2011-10-16)
1212"World's Dirtiest Man"[10]Mike RoweOctober 23, 2011 (2011-10-23)
1313"How Evil are You?"[10]Eli RothOctober 30, 2011 (2011-10-30)
1414"Life Before Birth"[10]Courteney CoxNovember 6, 2011 (2011-11-06)
1515"What's America Worth?"[10]Donald TrumpNovember 13, 2011 (2011-11-13)
1616"Your Body on Drugs"[10]Robin WilliamsNovember 20, 2011 (2011-11-20)

Season 2: 2012[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleNarrated byOriginal air date
171"Plane Crash"[11]Josh CharlesOctober 7, 2012 (2012-10-07)
182"The Devil's Triangle"[12]Josh CharlesOctober 14, 2012 (2012-10-14)
193"I Was Mummified"[13]Josh CharlesOctober 21, 2012 (2012-10-21)
204"Brainwashed"[14]Josh CharlesOctober 28, 2012 (2012-10-28)
215"Battlefield Cell"[15]Josh CharlesNovember 4, 2012 (2012-11-04)
226"Sex in America"[16]Josh CharlesNovember 11, 2012 (2012-11-11)
237"Megastorm"[17]Josh CharlesNovember 18, 2012 (2012-11-18)
248"Mankind Rising"[18]Josh CharlesNovember 25, 2012 (2012-11-25)
259"Volcano Time Bomb"[19]Josh CharlesDecember 9, 2012 (2012-12-09)
2610"What destroyed the Hindenburg?"[20]Josh CharlesDecember 16, 2012 (2012-12-16)
2711"X-Ray Yellowstone"[10]Josh CharlesDecember 23, 2012 (2012-12-23)
2812"Sun Storm"[10]Josh CharlesDecember 30, 2012 (2012-12-30)
2913"Monster Squid: The Giant is Real"[10]Josh CharlesJanuary 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. ^ "LEARNING-FOCUSED DIGITAL DESTINATION CURIOSITY.COM ANNOUNCES OWNERSHIP CHANGE AND SERIES A FUNDING LED BY DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS AND PRITZKER GROUP".
  7. ^ Crupi, Anthony. "Hendricks to Satisfy Discovery's 'Curiosity'". Ad Week. Ad Week. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  8. ^ Davies, Alex. "Discovery's Hendricks plans CuriosityStream SVoD service". Rethink Research. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  9. ^ "CuriosityStream Deploys Infotrend Storage to Satisfy its high speed SVOD platform requirements". Infotrend. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Plane Crash". Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  12. ^ "The Devil's Triangle". Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  13. ^ "I Was Mummified". Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  14. ^ "Brainwashed". Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  15. ^ "Battlefield Cell". Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  16. ^ "Sex in America". Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  17. ^ "Megastorm". Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  18. ^ "Mankind Rising". Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  19. ^ "Volcano Time Bomb". Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  20. ^ "What destroyed the Hindenburg?". Retrieved December 18, 2012.
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