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 & 43 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
Cynthia Erivo ...  Aretha Franklin 8 episodes, 2021
Johnny Flynn ...  Young Albert Einstein / ... 9 episodes, 2017-2018
Malcolm Barrett ...  Ted White 8 episodes, 2021
Alex Rich ...  Young Pablo Picasso 9 episodes, 2018
Patrice Covington ...  Erma Franklin 8 episodes, 2021
Rebecca Naomi Jones ...  Carolyn Franklin 8 episodes, 2021
David Cross ...  Jerry Wexler 8 episodes, 2021
Kimberly Hebert Gregory ...  Ruth Bowen 8 episodes, 2021
Shaian Jordan ...  Little Re 8 episodes, 2021
Courtney B. Vance ...  C.L. Franklin 8 episodes, 2021
Pauletta Washington ...  Rachel Franklin 8 episodes, 2021
Steven G. Norfleet ...  Cecil Franklin 7 episodes, 2021
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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Johnny Flynn, who plays the younger Albert Einstein, shares a birthday with the real Einstein. (March 14, 1983). 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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Einstein series
25 June 2017 | by btmac-34444See all my reviews

I am amazed that so many people would dismiss the whole series as "all sex and no substance." It was based on a fantastic book (in my view) by Walter Isaacson who paints a portrait of a Jewish man, husband, father and scientist who lives through WWI as a convinced pacifist and "free thinker." He is a ground breaking scientist, respected by his peers who becomes an important element in convincing Roosevelt to begin the process of developing an atom bomb which helps end WWII. He is slow to warm to the idea of a State of Israel but he does help in fund raising for it, advises on the establishment of its first University and was considered for the presidency of this new country. Einstein the proud US citizen could not help but condemn Nazi treatment of Jews and American treatment of black US citizens.

I found the visualization and explanation of some of his insights very helpful.

I found him to be funny, thoughtful, collaborative, religious, political and definitely "an original."

My only criticism was that I found the "time switching" to be confusing at the start - child, student, newly married, teacher, world celebrity scientist and aging scholar at Princeton University.

Read the book if you are interested in "the whole story" of Einstein the man. Be frustrated with the movie if you are looking for a simplified explanation of his scientific studies. Stay away from it, if you see no need for any of the sex scenes or political involvement.

I disagree with 95% of all the reviews submitted.

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Release Date:

25 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Genius See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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2.00 : 1
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