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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 & 42 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Samantha Colley ...  Dora Maar / ... 15 episodes, 2017-2018
Seth Gabel ...  Michele Besso / ... 10 episodes, 2017-2018
Antonio Banderas ...  Pablo Picasso 10 episodes, 2018
Clémence Poésy ...  Françoise Gilot 10 episodes, 2018
T.R. Knight ...  Max Jacob / ... 10 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 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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Genius is an American anthology period drama television series developed by Noah Pink and Kenneth Biller that premiered on April 25, 2017 on National Geographic. 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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Season 1: The 10 Albert Einstein episodes.
7 November 2018 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

I managed to find this 4 DVD set at my public library. Ten episodes at 50 minutes each, over 8 hours on the life of Einstein.

In college and graduate school I studied Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry. As a result I became very familiar with the contributions of Einstein and his fellow Physicists during the first half of the 20th century. The reason I enjoyed this series so much is that it put Einstein's whole life in a proper perspective.

Surely there are many "created" situations and conversations as the filmmakers' way of making all this interesting enough to invest 8+ hours in watching it. To me it doesn't matter if everything happened the way depicted here, as long as everything depicted is plausible, and it all is.

Other than that the story told here appears to be very faithful, historically, to Albert Einstein's whole life, his early struggles to get accepted, his marriages and romances, his difficulties with his sons, his being forced to flee Nazi Germany in the 1930s, his being hunted by J Edgar Hoover in the 1940s after Einstein became a USA citizen and professor at Princeton.

Overall a superb series especially for someone who has made a career in the sciences.

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25 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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