The National Geographic Channel has always made unique shows, but most of their shows have been unscripted, mainly focusing on nature, animals, people and the likes. Their shows have mainly been in the docuseries format. There is only one show from National Geographic which is entirely dramatized. The series I’m talking about is ‘Genius’. Two seasons of ‘Genius’ have been released, and each season covers a bonafide genius’ life in its entirety. While the first season focuses on the life of theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (played by Australian actor Geoffrey Rush), the second season is based on the life of Cubist painter Pablo Picasso (played by the famous Antonio Banderas).
Reports suggest that the makers of ‘Genius’ are coming out with the third season in 2020. And this season focuses on the life of the famous American singer Aretha Franklin. Such a docudrama series helps bring us closer to people or events that have left deep impressions on human history. If you love watching such docudramas, then we have some recommendations for you. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Genius’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Genius’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. American Genius (2015)
‘American Genius’ focuses on the lives and works of famous scientists and innovators who have changed the course of human history. This miniseries consists of a total of eight episodes. Each episode usually pits two geniuses of the same era, both of whom are innovators and equally influential, but had some sort of a rivalry going on between them. The first episode deals with two people solely responsible for the digital age — Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. In this episode, we see how Jobs and Gates both started off building the first personal computers and later took the world by storm. The next episode shows us the lives of the Wright Brothers (airplane inventors) and Glenn Curtis, another pioneer of aviation. Besides the personal computer and aircraft, the other fields covered are: television, newspaper, space travel, gun, nuclear power, and electricity. The series has received widespread acclaim, but some have commented that the use of the word ‘versus’ in the titles of all the episodes is not justified.
7. Patrick Melrose (2018)
‘Patrick Melrose’ is a five-part miniseries based on the series of novels written by British author Edward St Aubyn. The lead character is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and here, the ‘Sherlock’ actor has proved his mettle once again. The series follows the eponymous character, who, despite being born into a rich family, was abused throughout his life by his father. His mother, too, was very negligent about her son. Struggling to deal with such devastating circumstances and with a lot of money in his pockets, Melrose takes to drugs and we see him battling his demons and addictions in the series. ‘Patrick Melrose’ is partially autobiographical, as Aubyn, in his books, portrays his life and the depravity he has seen in the British high society. The series was met with critical acclaim, and Cumberbatch was hailed for his performance in the lead role.