The BEST Episodes of Genius (2017)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2021

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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Einstein: Chapter Ten

#1 - Einstein: Chapter Ten

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 20, 2017

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.

star 8.34
828 votes
Einstein: Chapter Four

#2 - Einstein: Chapter Four

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 16, 2017

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

star 8.06
1,103 votes
Einstein: Chapter Eight

#3 - Einstein: Chapter Eight

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 13, 2017

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

star 8.03
905 votes
Einstein: Chapter Nine

#4 - Einstein: Chapter Nine

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 20, 2017

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

star 7.99
848 votes
Einstein: Chapter Seven

#5 - Einstein: Chapter Seven

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 6, 2017

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

star 7.96
980 votes
Directors: James Hawes
Writers: Walter Isaacson
Einstein: Chapter One

#6 - Einstein: Chapter One

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 25, 2017

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

star 7.86
1,783 votes
Directors: Ron Howard
Writers: Noah Pink, Walter Isaacson
Einstein: Chapter Two

#7 - Einstein: Chapter Two

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 2, 2017

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

star 7.84
1,353 votes
Directors: Minkie Spiro
Writers: Walter Isaacson
Picasso: Chapter Ten

#8 - Picasso: Chapter Ten

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 19, 2018

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.

star 7.82
179 votes
Directors: Mathias Herndl
Writers: Matthew Newman
Einstein: Chapter Five

#9 - Einstein: Chapter Five

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 23, 2017

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

star 7.81
1,052 votes
Einstein: Chapter Six

#10 - Einstein: Chapter Six

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 30, 2017

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.

star 7.81
979 votes
Directors: James Hawes
Writers: Walter Isaacson
Respect

#11 - Respect

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 21, 2021

Desperate for a hit, Aretha travels to Muscle Shoals in 1967 to record her first album with Atlantic Records. After suffering the loss of her surrogate mother, Little Re braves her first solo in 1953, in her father’s, C.L. Franklin, church.

star 7.78
102 votes
Writers:
Einstein: Chapter Three

#12 - Einstein: Chapter Three

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 9, 2017

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

star 7.73
1,128 votes
Directors: Minkie Spiro
Writers: Walter Isaacson
No One Sleeps

#13 - No One Sleeps

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 24, 2021

Despite significant emotional losses, including a second divorce and the death of her father in 1984, Aretha pushes herself artistically and triumphs.

star 7.70
66 votes
Do Right Woman

#14 - Do Right Woman

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 22, 2021

Aretha juggles her music career and her commitment to the civil rights movement, led by Martin Luther King Jr., in 1967 and 1968. Meanwhile, Little Re leaves behind her newborn child to return to the Gospel Circuit in 1955, meeting with music legends James Cleveland and Little Sammie Bryant.

star 7.64
74 votes
Picasso: Chapter One

#15 - Picasso: Chapter One

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 24, 2018

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

star 7.62
371 votes
Directors: Kenneth Biller
Writers: Kenneth Biller, Noah Pink
Young, Gifted and Black

#16 - Young, Gifted and Black

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 23, 2021

Aretha, inspired by Angela Davis and the Soledad Brothers, records her protest album “Young, Gifted and Black” in 1970. Despite Jerry Wexler’s uncertainty, the album is a success. Barbara Franklin makes a decision that has a devastating effect on Little Re in 1951.

star 7.61
71 votes
Until the Real Thing Comes Along

#17 - Until the Real Thing Comes Along

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 21, 2021

Struggling to find her sound, Aretha catches the attention of Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records in 1966. Meanwhile, Little Re has her first touring experience on the Gospel Circuit in 1954 with C.L. Franklin and meets her idol, Clara Ward.

star 7.60
90 votes
Amazing Grace

#18 - Amazing Grace

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 23, 2021

Aretha records her best-selling live Gospel album “Amazing Grace” in 1972 at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, ignoring her sibling’s pleas to record instead at New Bethel with their father, C.L. Franklin.

star 7.60
67 votes
Picasso: Chapter Three

#19 - Picasso: Chapter Three

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired May 1, 2018

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

star 7.56
248 votes
Picasso: Chapter Two

#20 - Picasso: Chapter Two

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 24, 2018

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

star 7.54
269 votes
Picasso: Chapter Seven

#21 - Picasso: Chapter Seven

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 29, 2018

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

star 7.51
198 votes
Chain of Fools

#22 - Chain of Fools

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 24, 2021

As the Queen of Soul enters the age of disco, Aretha will do anything to remain relevant—including stealing an opportunity from her sister Carolyn. She receives a GRAMMY nomination but is ultimately snubbed from winning the award.

star 7.50
66 votes
Picasso: Chapter Four

#23 - Picasso: Chapter Four

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired May 8, 2018

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

star 7.49
230 votes
Picasso: Chapter Five

#24 - Picasso: Chapter Five

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 15, 2018

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

star 7.47
213 votes
Picasso: Chapter Nine

#25 - Picasso: Chapter Nine

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 12, 2018

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

star 7.39
183 votes
Directors: Mathias Herndl
Writers: