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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 4 wins & 39 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
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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Release Date:

25 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Genius See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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In April 2017, National Geographic renewed the series for a second season. 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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You'll feel as though you've lived his life with Einstein..
24 February 2018 | by dan_slentzSee all my reviews

I read one review that said the viewer was disappointed after watching the first episode for its switching between past and present. Interestingly, the first episode was the least enjoyable to watch as it was a little disconcerting. But the production of the show was very well thought-out in the sense that this series (season one) BUILT the story of Einstein. It didn't just TELL a story, but allowed you to "get into Einstein's head" and understand what made the man the way he was.

To watch this series, commit yourself to watching it and stay with it. A few times I thought it was slow and some of the detail written into the script was "fill", but the fact is that at the end of the last episode.. and the end of the last scene.. every part of the filming that made this production ALL came together!

Kudo's to the writers and production team for an EXCELLENT production! Movies nearly always tell a story, but they don't frequently make you feel as though you've been a PART of that story or lived the experiences of the people in that movie. Genius: Einstein successfully did exactly that!

Without giving away anything, it appears to be close to real life (though does take some creative license as you would expect, plus it doesn't completely write out some of the details of his life.. but that's probably because the seasons appear to be a straight 10 episode "adventure). You'll learn about his life from his childhood to his death, his influences, the tragedies, his family, his success, AND his failures (with many in his own personal life). You'll learn that this true genius certainly has his human flaws!

Really worth watching! Entertaining (though don't expect fast-paced, heart-pounding adventure as it's not that type of series and does move slow at times), very informative, and educational as well. Don't let negative reviews influence you to not watch this.. and certainly watch at least two or three episodes before forming an opinion (as at least one reviewer clearly did). If you watch one episode and say "not for me", you won't know what the series is really like. It takes a few.. and you WILL be hooked!

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