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Premiere April 25, 2017
Airs On hiatus
Creator season 3
Suzan-Lori Parks
Based on season 1
the book "Einstein: His Life and Universe" by
Walter Isaacson
season 2
Developed by season 1
Noah Pink and
Ken Biller
season 2
Ken Biller
Network/Provider National Geographic (seasons 1-3)
Disney+ (season 4)
Style 60-minute anthology
Company Imagine Television,
Paperboy Productions (seasons 1-2),
OddLot Entertainment,
EUE/Sokolow Entertainment,
Warner Music Entertainment (season 3),
Tumbleweed (season 3)
Fox 21 Television Studios (seasons 1-2),
20th Television (seasons 3-)
Seasons 3
Episodes 28 (through season 3)
Status Renewed through season 4
Origin USA
Official Site National Geographic

Genius, National Geographic's first scripted series, tells the stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators.

The first season focused on famous physicist Albert Einstein, based on Walter Isaacson’s biography Einstein: His Life and Universe.

Season two will focus on painter Pablo Picasso.

Season three will focus on American singer Aretha Franklin.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4
Geoffrey Rush Albert Einstein *
Johnny Flynn Albert Einstein (young) *
Alain Cuny o
Samantha Colley Mileva Maric *
Dora Maar *
Richard Topol Fritz Haber *
Michael McElhatton Dr. Philipp Lenard *
Emily Watson Elsa Einstein *
Antonio Banderas Pablo Picasso *
Alex Rich Pablo Picasso (young) *
Clémence Poésy Françoise Gilot *
Cynthia Erivo Aretha Franklin *
Malcolm Barrett Ted White *
Patrice Covington Erma Franklin *
Kimberly Hébert Gregory Ruth Bowen *
Rebecca Naomi Jones Carolyn Franklin *
Shaian Jordan Little Re *
Courtney B. Vance C.L. Franklin *
David Cross Jerry Wexler *
Orange/Red/o indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Dark Green indicates top billing during that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4
T.R. Knight J. Edgar Hoover *
Max Jacob *
Poppy Delevingne Marie-Thérèse Walter *
Robert Sheehan Carlos Casagemas *
Aisling Franciosi Fernande Olivier *
Sebastian Roché Emile Gilot *
Marque Richardson King Curtis *
Pauletta Washington Grandmother Rachel *
Steven Norfleet Cecil *
Omar J. Dorsey James Cleveland *


Season  Premiere Finale #
National Geographic
Season One: Einstein April 25, 2017 June 20, 2017 10
Season Two: Picasso April 24, 2018 June 19, 2018 10
Season Three: Aretha March 21, 2021 March 24, 2021 8
Season Four: Martin Luther King, Jr.


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