Coronavirus, Explained
GenreDocuseries
Narrated by
Theme music composerJackson Greenberg[1]
Opening theme"Explained Theme Song"
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3
Production
Executive producers
  • Claire Gordon
  • Joe Posner
  • Ezra Klein
  • Chad Mumm
  • Mark W. Olsen
Producers
  • Sara Masetti
  • Sam Ellis
  • Marie Cascione
  • Grace Wan
CinematographyCory Popp
Editors
  • Jan Kobal
  • Denny Thomas
Running time20–26 minutes
Production companyVox Media
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseApril 26 (2020-04-26) –
June 16, 2020 (2020-06-16)
Chronology
Related shows

Coronavirus, Explained is an American documentary limited series produced by Vox. The series, along with The Mind, Explained and Sex, Explained, is a spin-off of the television series Explained.[2] Episodes of the show explore various topics around the subject of the COVID-19 pandemic, exploring the efforts to stop it.[3] The series premiered on Netflix on April 26, 2020. The series is narrated by J. K. Simmons, Laura Linney and Idris Elba

Episodes

No.TitleNarratorOriginal release date [4]
1"This Pandemic"J. K. SimmonsApril 26, 2020 (2020-04-26)
An update on an episode of Explained titled "The Next Pandemic", a look at how the virus grew and expanded around the globe.
2"The Race for a Vaccine"Laura LinneyJune 16, 2020 (2020-06-16)
An overview on vaccines and the race to develop one to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
3"How to Cope"Idris ElbaJune 16, 2020 (2020-06-16)
A discussion on coping mechanisms as the world grapples with the stress of the pandemic and a global lockdown.

Production

Filming

Vox Media planned to have ten weeks to work on each episode; however, the first episode was rushed to be released in two-and-a-half weeks due to the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic. They had already interviewed Bill Gates for an episode in season 2 of Explained called "The Next Pandemic" before the pandemic began, and Vox Media ended up using some of that footage for their first episode.[2]

Release

The trailer for the mini-series was released on April 22, 2020.[3] The first episode was released on April 26, 2020, with the second and third episode being released on June 16, 2020.[2]

References

  1. ^ Greenberg, Jackson (27 September 2019). "Explained Theme Song (Original Music From The Netflix Series)". open.spotify.com. Spotify. Archived from the original on 2020-01-02. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Jarvey, Natalie (April 25, 2020). "Netflix Unpacks Coronavirus Pandemic With New Season of 'Explained'". hollywoodreporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2020-04-25. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Sex, Explained' On Netflix, A New Season Of Vox's Docuseries That's All About Doin' It". Decider. 2020-01-02. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  4. ^ "Explained – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 30, 2019.