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The life stories of history's greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius.




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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Samantha Colley ...  Dora Maar / ... 15 episodes, 2017-2018
Seth Gabel ...  Michele Besso / ... 11 episodes, 2017-2018
Antonio Banderas ...  Pablo Picasso 10 episodes, 2018
Clémence Poésy ...  Françoise Gilot 10 episodes, 2018
T.R. Knight ...  Max Jacob / ... 11 episodes, 2017-2018
Michael McElhatton ...  Dr. Philipp Lenard / ... 9 episodes, 2017-2018
Johnny Flynn ...  Young Albert Einstein / ... 9 episodes, 2017-2018
Alex Rich ...  Young Pablo Picasso 9 episodes, 2018
Malcolm Barrett ...  Ted White 8 episodes
Patrice Covington ...  Erma Franklin 8 episodes
David Cross ...  Jerry Wexler 8 episodes
Omar J. Dorsey ...  James Cleveland 8 episodes
Cynthia Erivo ...  Aretha Franklin 8 episodes
Tina Fears Tina Fears 8 episodes
Kimberly Hebert Gregory ...  Ruth Bowen 8 episodes
Rebecca Naomi Jones ...  Carolyn Franklin 8 episodes
Shaian Jordan ...  Little Re / ... 8 episodes
Antonique Smith 8 episodes
T.I. ...  Ken Cunningham 8 episodes
Courtney B. Vance ...  C.L. Franklin 8 episodes
Sanai Victoria ...  Little Re 8 episodes
Bruno Paviot ...  Marcel 7 episodes, 2018


The life stories of history's greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius.

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In April 2018, National Geographic renewed the series for a third season set to follow the life of writer Mary Shelley. See more »


The scene where Einstein's associates travel to Crimea in order to photograph the solar eclipse is shot in a snowy scenery. The expedition took place in August, 1914 and it's too early for snow, even in Russia. See more »

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First episode isn't representative for entire series
30 May 2017 | by gameon-95407See all my reviews

After reading other reviews about this show I was hesitant to watch it. But there are e few points I'd like to make after seeing it up until now:

First of all: as anyone should know this is not a documentary. Don't expect a 100% accurate description of Einstein's life or complex explanations of his theories. It's a drama and you should know this while watching it. That being said: The first episode is actually a really bad introduction for the rest of the series: the drama aspect is way too high, they jump back and forward (which they don't in later episodes) and the focus of the episode is all over the place. In later episodes you get a much more structured way of looking at Einstein's life. There is a clear story line which you can understand and empathize with.

In conclusion: don't judge the entire series in the first 20 minutes of the first episode like seemingly a lot of others have done here.

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25 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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