Network: National Geographic Channel
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: April 25, 2017 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Nicholas Rowe, Samantha Colley, Jon Fletcher, Richard Topol, Alicia von Rittberg, Emily Watson, Shannon Tarbet, Seth Gabel, Ralph Brown, Klára Issová, Corrado Invernizzi, Rod Hallet, Christian Rubeck, and Michael McElhatton.
TV show description:
A scripted anthology series, each season of Genius tells the “untold” stories about the most intelligent and inventive innovators in the world.
The first season of Genius centers on scientist Albert Einstein and is a TV show adaptation of the book, Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson. Johnny Flynn plays Einstein in his younger days, with Geoffrey Rush assuming the role in the German-born physicist’s later years.
Genius, season one, explores how Einstein became a worldwide icon and developed the theory of relativity. The TV series features his incredible professional accomplishment. In addition, it delves into his passionate, complicated, and sometimes explosive private life.
Season one also introduces Einstein’s peers of the day, such as Marie Curie (Issová), Pierre Curie (Invernizzi), Carl Jung (Hallet), Max Planck (Brown), and Werner Heisenberg (Rubeck).
Genius kicks off when Einstein (Flynn), as a teen, defies is father and drops out of school in Germany, to attend university in Switzerland. Young Albert then disappoints first love, Marie Winteler (Tarbet), to woo physics student Mileva Marić (Colley).
When Mileva gets pregnant, the couple has to set aside their lofty aspirations. On the advice of his friend Michele Besso (Gabel), Albert takes a job a lowly patent clerk.
Still seeking scientific success, he manages to publish five papers in a single year. This accomplishment draws a lot of attention to Einstein, particularly from Dr. Philipp Lenard (McElhatton), who will become his professional rival.
As WWI approaches, Albert and Mileva’s marriage is falling apart. He eventually embarks upon an affair with Elsa Einstein Löwenthal, his first cousin, who would go on to become his second wife.
The first installment of Genius takes place amidst the global upheaval during World War I and World War II and will introduce the subject for the show’s second season. As anti-Semitism crests in Europe, and atomic weapons threaten the survival of mankind, the principled Einstein’s life is at risk, even as he struggles as a husband and a father.
This episode has not aired yet.
First aired: TBD
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