Episode One/Part Two
Why does Charles Darwin's ''dangerous idea'' matter more today than ever, and how does it explain the past and predict the future of life on Earth? The first show interweaves the drama of Darwin's life with current documentary sequences, introducing key concepts of evolution.
TV critic Julie Salamon, writing in the New York Times, said that the series had "a powerful sense of drama, discovery and intellectual enthusiasm runs through this rich eight-hour series ... The series covers an enormous amount of ground but doesnâ€™t leave you feeling swamped."
Being made and broadcast in the country where creation-evolution controversy is strongest, the last episode What About God? focused on religion, and "through personal stories of students and teachers, it offers the view that they are compatible". Phina Borgeson, Faith Network Director of the National Center for Science Education provided Congregational Study Guide for Evolution.
Creationists, however, were less than impressed. Answers in Genesis called it a "barrage of evolutionary indoctrination". The Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture produced an entire website and started their A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism petition to show that there were "scientists that dispute the claims".