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Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to find out what we really are. Self-assembling machines, light-up bacteria and the world's first physical demonstration of evolution in action conspire to revolutionize their view of life.

 
Episode Title: What Are We?
Airs: 2016-06-01 at 21:00
  • Verne Gay

    Genius can be gimmicky, while those eternal questions about time travel and alien life forms are ultimately beyond the power of TV (or sand piles) to answer. But the value of this series lies in the attempt, which is ambitious and edifying.

    Newsday Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The six-part series not only makes science accessible, but it’s also fun to watch.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian P. Kelly

    One wishes that PBS had let the program’s grand ideas stand on their own, with Prof. Hawking as an optimistic guide; those looking to be wowed by the mysteries of the universe should search elsewhere.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    The pilot is a slog. ... Watching them drive around in a Back in the Future-style DeLorean is a cute way to illustrate how space-time works, but the lessons are basic high school physics. [20 May 2016, p.55]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review