The BEST Episodes of Genius (2017)
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 29, 2021
Network: National Geographic
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#6 - 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.
#7 - 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.
#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.
#9 - 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.
#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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - 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.
#16 - 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.
#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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - 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.
#25 - Unforgettable
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 22, 2021
Aretha is featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 1968, but she’s devastated when the article focuses on the scandalous details of her personal life. Barbara Franklin and Young C.L. Franklin struggle to establish themselves in Memphis in 1941, before Little Re is born.