Though my folks didn't forbid television, they discouraged most of it. (Sadly I didn't listen, and am sometimes overwhelmed by the theme from Facts of Life looping in my brain, causing nausea and headaches.) But they did encourage me to watch Carl Sagan's 13 episode series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. And now Vangelis plays a sort of counterpoint loop as well, often drowning out the Facts song, restoring order and sanity to my life.
Additionally, I have always had a soft spot for Sagan.
Last month, a book of lectures compiled by Sagan's widow was published. Read more about it here.