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Einstein, Season 1 episodes (22)

1 Einstein: Chapter One
4/24/17
As anti-Semitism reaches a fever pitch in 1930s Germany, famed physicist Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) wrestles with the decision to seek refuge in America with his second wife, Elsa (Emily Watson), or to stay in solidarity with fellow Jewish academics. The struggle evokes memories of his first days as a headstrong student at Zurich Polytechnic when he met the first love of his life, Mileva Maric.
2 Einstein: Chapter Two
5/2/17
After butting heads with Mileva Maric (Samantha Colley), the only girl in his class at Zurich Polytechnic, Albert Einstein (Johnny Flynn) falls in love with this determined fellow student. While the passionate affair fans the flames of their mutual curiosity and love of science, their reckless abandon doesn’t go unnoticed by Einstein’s strict physics teacher, Professor Weber.
3 Einstein: Chapter Three
5/9/17
Recent university graduate Albert Einstein (Johnny Flynn) struggles to make ends meet while trying to land an academic post in a scientific world rigid with tradition and protocol. After finally securing various tutoring jobs, he moves one step closer to being able to provide for his pregnant wife, Mileva (Samantha Colley), when tragedy strikes.
4 Einstein: Chapter Four
5/16/17
While working a day job at the Bern patent office, Albert Einstein (Johnny Flynn) burns the candle at both ends supported by his new wife, Mileva (Samantha Colley), fueling four papers, among them the theory of special relativity, in what will historically be considered his “miracle year.” One of the papers catches the attention of notable theoretical physicist Max Planck.
5 Einstein: Chapter Five
5/21/17
With new teaching duties, Albert Einstein (Johnny Flynn) finally begins to experience the academic life he long coveted as he develops his theory of general relativity. Enjoying his first taste of acclaim among the most renowned scientific minds of Europe, Einstein falters in his familial responsibilities. His only relief comes from a visit to extended family, where he is introduced to his cousin Elsa.
6 Einstein: Chapter Six
5/28/17
After moving his family to Berlin for work, and to be closer to his new love Elsa (Emily Watson), Albert Einstein (Johnny Flynn) sets out to prove his theory of general relativity. He enlists the help of an astronomer to photograph a solar eclipse in Russia, but the expedition goes awry. Einstein’s affair becomes less secret, and Elsa forces an ultimatum: divorce Mileva or lose her forever.
7 Einstein: Chapter Seven
6/4/17
Exhausted and worn out, Albert Einstein’s (Geoffrey Rush) attempt to make scientific history is put to the test as he begins to experience health issues. Meanwhile, sweeping patriotism in the wake of the war has corrupted one of his closest friends, Fritz Haber (Richard Topol), pitting them against each other. In the German war effort, Albert is the lone scientist to refuse the call to arms.
8 Einstein: Chapter Eight
6/11/17
Attempting to flee to the United States, Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) and his wife Elsa (Emily Watson) find that their visas have been blocked for entry by the U.S. State Department because Einstein’s politics placed him on the radar of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (T.R. Knight). Just days before his departure, Einstein must convince the U.S. Consul in Germany that he is no threat to the country.
9 Einstein: Chapter Nine
6/18/17
Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) and Elsa (Emily Watson) settle into America while trying to save those he left behind. Although quantum physics continues to vex him, his focus is diverted by the splitting of the atom in Nazi Germany. When tragedy strikes, Einstein seeks comfort in the arms of a Russian woman whose intentions are unclear.
10 Einstein: Chapter Ten
6/25/17
After the atomic bomb is dropped and WWII ends, Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) assumes the role of world citizen in his elder years. Having been linked to nuclear weapons, he drowns in guilt and refocuses his efforts to prevent further wars. Inspiration strikes when a young neighbor asks him for homework help, reminding him of the joy that science once brought.
101 Extended Trailer
4/10/17
From Executive Producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, GENIUS, will focus on Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein. The all-star cast includes Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, and Emily Watson.
102 Behind the Scenes with Geoffrey Rush ("Albert Einstein")
4/25/17
Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush gives an inside look at playing Albert Einstein.
103 Behind the Scenes: Ron Howard & Brian Grazer
4/25/17
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer provide a glimpse behind the scenes of National Geographic's global event series, Genius.
104 BTS Interview: Johnny Flynn (Young Einstein)
5/2/17
Go on the set of Genius with Johnny Flynn and get an inside look at his breakout performance as the younger Albert Einstein.
105 BTS Interview: Samantha Colley (Mileva Maric)
5/7/17
On the set of Genius, Samantha Colley shares her experience playing Albert Einstein's first wife, Mileva Marić, opposite Johnny Flynn
106 Inside Genius: What Does 'Genius' Mean?
5/22/17
On the set of National Geographic's Genius starring Geoffrey Rush, cast and crew members answer what the word 'genius' means to them.
107 Behind the Scenes: Costumes and Makeup
5/22/17
Meet costume designer Sonu Mishra and makeup artist Davina Lamont whose work on the set of Genius brings the world of Albert Einstein to life.
108 Einstein's Love Life
5/29/17
On the set of Genius, cast and crew members discuss the many women Einstein loved throughout his life.
109 Behind the Scenes: Two Einstein’s
6/5/17
Go behind the scenes and learn how Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn collaborated on their dual roles as Albert Einstein in Genius.
110 Einstein’s Escape from Hitler
6/12/17
The cast and crew of Genius discuss how Adolph Hitler's rise to power influenced Albert Einstein's life and legacy.
111 Behind the Scenes: Emily Watson
6/21/17
Emily Watson ('Elsa Einstein') takes us behind the scenes of Genius, and reveals what it's like to be Geoffrey Rush's work wife.
112 The Making of Genius
6/21/17
Go on the set for an exclusive inside-look at the making of Genius, featuring interviews with Ron Howard, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Johnny Flynn, and more.

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Genius is an anthology series that focuses on the untold stories of the world's most brilliant innovators.
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Barry Martin
April 2, 2021
The music, the magic and the mystery behind a true one-of-a-kind, named the greatest singer of all time (Rolling Stone Magazine Top 100), and FOREVER IN OUR 💕 THE QUEEN 👑 OF SOUL... GENIUS:ARETHA FRANKLIN... Cynthia Errivo is MAGNIFICENT, but so are all of the supporting actors and actresses, including newcomer Shaian Robert's (I think I got her name right!) who plays "young Aretha" from age 9'ish thru her teenage (unwed motherhood) yrs singing gospel at church and 🎪 revivals around the South
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deborah elliott
August 27, 2021
Picasso was a jerk who treated women like dirt. Francoise Gillot prospered after leaving him and married Jonas Salk who contributed much more to this world than Picasso ever could! The series on Picasso stinks, but the one on Aretha is good. You can't go wrong with Aretha.
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Adam Glass
April 30, 2018
Just as brilliant as the Einstein Season. So far, doing a wonderful job holding to the true story of this complex and complicated Genius! I am so pleased to see Antonio playing the role of Picasso, exposing his flaws and humanity. Without being over the top, which would have been disastrous.
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