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Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn as Albert Einstein 

Review of "Genius" 5/27/17 by Suzanne
Airs Tuesdays, 9/8c on The National Geographic Channel

This is a very good series about Albert Einstein. It shows him as an older professor and flashes back to when he was younger. Geoffrey Rush plays him as an older man, and Johnny Flynn plays him as the younger one.  It's got a great story, well-acted. Einstein's background is interesting to watch and learn about. We've always heard how he didn't do so well in school, so now we know why.  We also learn about his family, his love life, what he went through in his home land and more.

The NatGeo show is based on a book, and it's their first scripted series. It's also produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and the first episode is directed by Howard. Indeed, it has a minsieries feel. I wonder how long they can make it a series? One assumes that eventually, they will run out of material when they reach the end of his life. This season is 10 episodes. I haven't watched them all, but I've enjoyed what I've seen so far. Check it out!


National Geographic presents GENIUS, the network’s first-ever scripted series, based on the Walter Isaacson book Einstein: His Life and Universe and executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, with Howard also directing the first episode. The all-star cast includes Geoffrey Rush as Professor Einstein, Johnny Flynn as Albert in his youth and Emily Watson as the scientist’s second wife — and first cousin — Elsa Einstein. Over 10 episodes, the series takes Einstein’s story beyond the halls of academia to explore his struggles to be a good husband and father, and a man of principle during a period of global unrest. His daringly creative mind often landed him in trouble with his loved ones and peers, but also helped him to usher in groundbreaking discoveries that reshaped modern science.

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