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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 & 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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National Geographic





Release Date:

25 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Genius See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filming for season two began in November 2017 in Málaga and was expected to take place for over five months in various cities around the world, including Barcelona, Paris, and Budapest. 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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Excited the curious child in me.
22 June 2017 | by Rochak_GuptaSee all my reviews

Although the story about Einstein's life as depicted in this show might not be the accurate to every detail, the show captures the nuances that highlight his brilliance via great acting and directing. There are not one, but many scenes where I am exhilarated by the way everything is presented - the story, the emotions and the science. There are a lot of scenes where I was hit by a train of emotions that left me tearing up. I agree with the most reviewers that view this show as an incorrect portrayal of his work and his life, but I don't agree with them in rejecting it straightaway. I always give time to a series to develop, despite it's inconsistencies. It helps the people involved to learn from their shortcomings. Where would our world be if we start rejecting stuff by just a glance of it? Thankfully, they brought the series back on track giving it the edge it needed to become a masterpiece. I thank the producers, the directors, the writers and the actors for venturing me into this incredible journey to witness the life of a great man.

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