Sounds like a similar era. I was hooked on “In the Universe” type shows which was my justification for TV as well as finishing up some LONG commitments to other shows I let myself get hooked on (I think the Stargate saga and another).
But I grew disillusioned starting around 2011 when Hawking did his special trying to prove why God need-not-exist. It was really a strange phenomenon and I saw more and more a “let’s get rid of religion” campaign on the science channel.
It was political activism and it was messing up my interest in physics and stuff. Noise instead of signal.
And by 2013 I’d gotten into the habit of recording more shows on science than I could possibly watch and was falling asleep to them just to try to catch up.
SO I had to stop, at least for a short time, and focus on a project, which I’m still on.
I didn’t understand the new atheism movement. But I was raised that they can co-exist so I didn’t understand either side — the science-is-bad and the religion-is-bad didn’t make sense. I understand removing excesses of both but they’re also both useful.