8.1
556 votes
Genius

Genius

National Geographic 2017

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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The 10 Best Episodes of Genius

Genius - S1E10

#1 - Chapter Ten

8.36

Season 1 - Episode 10

After the atomic bomb is dropped and World War II draws to a close, Einstein assumes the role of world citizen in his twilight years.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Genius from 809 votes.

Genius - S1E4

#2 - Chapter Four

8.07

Season 1 - Episode 4

Albert Einstein and Mileva juggle raising a kids with his attempts to catch the eye of the scientific establishment.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Genius from 1085 votes.

Genius - S1E8

#3 - Chapter Eight

8.03

Season 1 - Episode 8

Einstein and his wife Elsa attempt to flee Germany after the rise of the Nazis, but they face unexpected roadblocks.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Genius from 889 votes.

Genius - S1E9

#4 - Chapter Nine

7.99

Season 1 - Episode 9

Albert Einstein settles into life in America, but dangers abroad continue to be a threat to both him and his former colleagues.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Genius from 830 votes.

Genius - S1E7

#5 - Chapter Seven

7.96

Season 1 - Episode 7

In the wake of the war, patriotism corrupts one of Albert Einstein’s closest friends, Fritz Haber, pitting them against each other.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Genius from 968 votes.

Genius - S2E10

#6 - Picasso: Chapter Ten

7.88

Season 2 - Episode 10

After leaving Picasso Françoise Gilot struggles to escape his shadow and make it on her own. Picasso finds companionship with Jacqueline Roque, but secludes himself from the world, determined to paint the perfect painting.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Genius from 165 votes.

Genius - S1E1

#7 - Chapter One

7.87

Season 1 - Episode 1

The life of the 20th century’s most brilliant icon, Albert Einstein, was full of passionate, volatile relationships.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Genius from 1756 votes.

Genius - S1E2

#8 - Chapter Two

7.85

Season 1 - Episode 2

After butting heads in class, Einstein falls in love with the determined Mileva Maric. Their affair raises eyebrows.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Genius from 1335 votes.

Genius - S1E6

#9 - Chapter Six

7.82

Season 1 - Episode 6

Einstein moves his family for work, and to be closer to his new love, Elsa. He sets out to prove his theory as his marriage reaches a breaking point.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Genius from 960 votes.

Genius - S1E5

#10 - Chapter Five

7.81

Season 1 - Episode 5

Einstein begins to experience the academic life he coveted, but he falters in his familial responsibilities. He is reintroduced to his cousin Elsa.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Genius from 1036 votes.

Genius - S1E3
#11 - Chapter Three
7.73
Season 1 - Episode 3

Einstein struggles to support his pregnant wife and land an academic post in a rigid world of tradition and protocol.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Genius from 1109 votes.

Genius - S2E1
#12 - Picasso: Chapter One
7.65
Season 2 - Episode 1

Pablo Picasso confronts the threat of fascism in Spain, and Young Pablo rejects traditional painting to search for his own voice.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Genius from 350 votes.

Genius - S2E3
#13 - Picasso: Chapter Three
7.62
Season 2 - Episode 3

Picasso meets his great love Franoise Gilot. Young Pablo begins his Blue Period after the suicide of his friend.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Genius from 231 votes.

Genius - S2E2
#14 - Picasso: Chapter Two
7.61
Season 2 - Episode 2

Picasso's relationship with Dora Maar is strained by war. Young Pablo succeeds by imitating the masters, but struggles to be original.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Genius from 251 votes.

Genius - S2E4
#15 - Picasso: Chapter Four
7.56
Season 2 - Episode 4

As older Picasso juggles two love affairs, Young Pablo strives to create a masterpiece that will signal his arrival as a great artist.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Genius from 212 votes.

Genius - S2E7
#16 - Picasso: Chapter Seven
7.55
Season 2 - Episode 7

After WWII, Picasso joins the Communist Party. He is haunted by a tragic love affair.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Genius from 187 votes.

Genius - S2E5
#17 - Picasso: Chapter Five
7.53
Season 2 - Episode 5

Picasso tries to convince Franoise to move in with him, while Young Pablo is challenged by the radical genius of Matisse.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Genius from 197 votes.

Genius - S2E9
#18 - Picasso: Chapter Nine
7.43
Season 2 - Episode 9

Fransoise Gilot defies Picasso and pursues her artistic goals. Meanwhile a young Dora Maar strives to meet Picasso.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Genius from 169 votes.

Genius - S2E6
#19 - Picasso: Chapter Six
7.42
Season 2 - Episode 6

Picasso takes Franoise Gilot on vacation. Young Pablo starts cubism with Georges Braque, but is accused of stealing the Mona Lisa.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Genius from 200 votes.

Genius - S2E8
#20 - Picasso: Chapter Eight
7.26
Season 2 - Episode 8

Pablo meets his first wife, a ballerina, while designing a ballet. Older Picasso struggles to manage his complex family.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Genius from 180 votes.

Last updated: apr 11, 2021

Comments

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If the goal of the maker was to make us all hate Einstein, he has definitely succeeded.

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Is genius the most highly treasured measure of a person's character? Is a TV series good that excels in production, acting, writing, venue, and cinematography, yet disengages the audience from it's subject? I loved the idea of this series, to take a closer look at the life and character of people of genius in their fields, and hastily gave the first episode a 10 (brilliant) out of 10, but as both seasons progressed I was disenchanted by the egotism, self-centred barbarity of the persons featured - to the point that my interest faded and I became uninterested and bored. My rating slid with each successive episode until I abandoned the series after the 5th episode of the 2nd season, when my rating became 5 (meh) out of 10. One viewer spoke of the first season as follows, "If the goal of the maker was to make us all hate Einstein, he has definitely succeeded." I found I felt the same about Picasso. I've abandoned the series and my final rating is 5 (meh) out of 10. Brilliant casting, performances, etc. but disappointing subject. [BioPic Drama]

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This show airs on Tuesdays on Nat Geo (in America at least). So why every week does it say episodes air on Sundays?

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