"GENIUS BY STEPHEN HAWKING", from production company Bigger Bang, will be presented and narrated by renowned theoretical physicist Prof. Stephen Hawking. Through the use of large-scale experiments and remarkable demonstrations, the program decodes the mysteries of evolutionary biology, astrophysics and quantum mechanics, solving questions like "Why am I here?," "Are we alone?" and "Can we travel through time?" Each episode features three people with curious minds who must use their own intellect to learn what humanity's most notable thinkers have discovered about the greatest scientific mysteries over the centuries. GENIUS takes its participants (and viewers at home) back in time – to ancient Greece, where Eratosthenes calculated the Earth's circumference – and to more recent history and such thinkers as Edward Hubble, who uncovered and established the distances between our planet and the vast galaxies throughout the universe.
Genius can be gimmicky, while those eternal questions about time travel and alien life forms are ultimately beyond the power of TV (or sand piles) to answer. But the value of this series lies in the attempt, which is ambitious and edifying.Newsday Full Review
The six-part series not only makes science accessible, but it’s also fun to watch.San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
One wishes that PBS had let the program’s grand ideas stand on their own, with Prof. Hawking as an optimistic guide; those looking to be wowed by the mysteries of the universe should search elsewhere.Wall Street Journal Full Review
The pilot is a slog. ... Watching them drive around in a Back in the Future-style DeLorean is a cute way to illustrate how space-time works, but the lessons are basic high school physics. [20 May 2016, p.55]Entertainment Weekly Full Review