Genius: MLK/X
National Geographic
4 Seasons
36 Episodes
Tracing the lives of both King and X, from their formative years influenced by strong fathers and traumatic injustices to their parallel journeys in shaping their identities and creating the change they desired in the world.
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Latest Episode Aired Thu 2/22/2024 Can You Imagine Season 4: Episode 8
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In an unprecedented move for the Emmy Award-winning anthology series, the upcoming eight-part season will delve into the lives of two iconic visionaries, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and explore how their conflicting ideologies played a pivotal role in guiding America through the Civil Rights Movement.

Produced by 20th Television in collaboration with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Television, along with the company's President of Television, Kristen Zolner, the series is spearheaded by the renowned creative duo Reggie Rock Bythewood ("Swagger," "Shots Fired") and Gina Prince-Bythewood ("The Woman King," "Shots Fired"). They have earned acclaim for their groundbreaking films and series through their production company, Undisputed Cinema. Serving as showrunners and executive producers are Raphael Jackson Jr. and Damione Macedon ("Power," "Mosquito Coast").

The ensemble cast features Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Aaron Pierre as Malcolm X, Weruche Opia as Coretta Scott King, and Jayme Lawson as Betty Shabazz. This series also marks one of the final roles for the Emmy-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones.

GENIUS: MLK/X, produced by Undisputed Cinema, endeavors to tell character-driven stories that are both timely and timeless, focusing on the humanity of people of color.



Season 4 Season 3 Season 2 Season 1
#NameAir Dates
1Graduation Feb 1, 2024
2Who We Are Feb 1, 2024
3Protect Us Feb 8, 2024
4Watch the Throne Feb 8, 2024
5Matriarchs Feb 15, 2024
6The American Promise Feb 15, 2024
7The Sword and the Shield Feb 22, 2024
8Can You Imagine Feb 22, 2024
#NameAir Dates
1Respect Mar 21, 2021
2Until the Real Thing Comes Along Mar 21, 2021
3Do Right Woman Mar 22, 2021
4Unforgettable Mar 22, 2021
5Young, Gifted and Black Mar 23, 2021
6Amazing Grace Mar 23, 2021
7Chain of Fools Mar 24, 2021
8No One Sleeps Mar 24, 2021
#NameAir Dates
1Picasso: Chapter One Apr 23, 2018
2Picasso: Chapter Two Apr 23, 2018
3Picasso: Chapter Three Apr 30, 2018
4Picasso: Chapter Four May 7, 2018
5Picasso: Chapter Five May 14, 2018
6Picasso: Chapter Six May 21, 2018
7Picasso: Chapter Seven May 28, 2018
8Picasso: Chapter Eight Jun 4, 2018
9Picasso: Chapter Nine Jun 11, 2018
10Picasso: Chapter Ten Jun 18, 2018
#NameAir Dates
1Einstein: Chapter One Apr 23, 2017
2Einstein: Chapter Two Apr 30, 2017
3Einstein: Chapter Three May 7, 2017
4Einstein: Chapter Four May 14, 2017
5Einstein: Chapter Five May 21, 2017
6Einstein: Chapter Six May 28, 2017
7Einstein: Chapter Seven Jun 4, 2017
8Einstein: Chapter Eight Jun 11, 2017
9Einstein: Chapter Nine Jun 18, 2017
10Einstein: Chapter Ten Jun 25, 2017

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0 0 rosemary jones  August 23, 2023
I loved Season 3 about Aretha. She was a musical genius. She had perfect pitch, self taught piano player. Her voice was a falcon-soprano, which is rare. She had many obstacles to overcome and she did it. Great job. I felt the actors captivate the people they portrayed.
1 0 Amanda  August 11, 2023
Cleopatra. No brainer.
0 2 FrankieS  July 18, 2021
Third season was just ok! Surprised that ARETHA was chosen as a GENIUS? Prodigy, great talent, yes, but I think there were many better choices.
0 2 Faith Lemons  March 28, 2021
Ok Aretha was a special talent but Genius? Most of her songs were covers. She couldn’t even read music. She had a natural born talent but genius... no.
0 2 Wolpertinger  March 14, 2021
I'll watch, of course, but I agree a different subject would have been preferable. I would love to see them go way back, to Newton, or Plato, or Socrates, or Copernicus, or Aristotle......
4 5 PrairieDweller  February 13, 2021
Like millions of fans, I love Aretha's voice. But featuring her as the subject "genius" on this series, in the same company as Einstein? Seriously? Who's next, Oprah?
5 4 BobbyW  February 13, 2021
Of all people to do a documentary on and you pick Aretha? ??
4 12 jse  July 26, 2019
This is disappointing to me. I watched the first two and learned so much about not just the history of the person but the times and countries portrayed. Ms. Franklin, while an interesting and talented person, is just too recent. Also, I was hoping that NatGeo would steer clear of persons that fit the typical American celebrity definition. We are already bombarded by news stories, movies, and articles about their lives. Waiting for Season 4...

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