The Best TV of 2014 So Far

From purple weddings to female perps, Rob Sheffield lists the highlights of an already abundant year of great TV

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'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' (Fox)
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14. 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' (Fox)

Neil deGrasse Tyson has to be the coolest TV scientist ever — on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, he's the Big Daddy Kane of astrophysics, flexing his bass rumble of a voice to explain black holes and atomic orbitals and time travel. He takes off in his Ship of the Imagination to explore the outer limits of human knowledge, from the Crab Nebula to the Virgo Supercluster. The new Cosmos totally lives up to the legacy of the much-beloved 1980 original, starring old-school groovy philosopher king Carl Sagan. And that's mostly because Tyson drops science like Galileo dropped the orange.

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