American Genius American documentary series

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American Genius
American Genius Nat Geo.jpg
Narrated byJeff Wilburn
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Running time40-45 minutes
Production companyStephen David Entertainment
Original networkNational Geographic Channel
Original releaseJune 1 (2015-06-01) –
June 22, 2015 (2015-06-22)
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American Genius is an American documentary series focusing on the lives of inventors and pioneers who have been responsible for major developments in their areas of expertise and helped shape the course of history. Consisting of eight episodes, it was telecast on the National Geographic Channel from June 1, 2015 to June 22, 2015.[1] Through re-enactments, each episode focuses on the lives of two individuals (or groups) competing with each other in the same field of expertise, illustrating how some of the greatest inventions were made possible by competition between aspirants. Segments of the episodes also consist of interviews by historians and experts in the specific domain under discussion.[2][3] Apple Inc.'s co-founder Steve Wozniak gave his perspective and thoughts on the episode 'Jobs vs Gates' to several media outlets before the series premiere.[4]


No.TitleArea of expertiseOriginal air date
1"Jobs vs Gates"Personal computer1 June 2015 (2015-06-01)
2"Wright Brothers vs Curtiss"Aircraft1 June 2015 (2015-06-01)
3"Farnsworth vs Sarnoff"Television8 June 2015 (2015-06-08)
4"Hearst vs Pulitzer"Newspaper8 June 2015 (2015-06-08)
5"Space Race"Space travel15 June 2015 (2015-06-15)
6"Colt vs Wesson"Gun15 June 2015 (2015-06-15)
7"Oppenheimer vs Heisenberg"Nuclear power22 June 2015 (2015-06-22)
8"Edison vs Tesla"Electricity22 June 2015 (2015-06-22)


The series received favorable reviews from critics. Melissa Camacho from the Common Sense Media rated it 4 out of 5 stars while concluding “It will encourage the audience to think about the technology we rely on today a little differently”.[5] While Neil Genzlinger from The New York Times described the expert interviews as interspersing and illuminating, he wrote the word 'versus' in the episode titles were unsuitable as several of the inventors had collaborated to work at some point in their lives.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "American Genius". National Geographic.
  2. ^ "Television Review: American Genius". Scientific American.
  3. ^ "NYFA Cinematography Instructor Piero Basso Works on NAT GEO's 'American Genius'". New York Film Academy. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  4. ^ Brown, Molly. "Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs: Steve Wozniak talks about Nat Geo's new show 'American Genius'". GeekWire.
  5. ^ "American Genius". Common Sense Media.
  6. ^ "Review: 'American Genius' Focuses on Rivalries on the Road to Innovations". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 May 2015.

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