This February, National Geographic is bringing back its popular drama series, “Genius”, for a fourth season, and for the first time, it will tell the story of two iconic geniuses: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Setting the series apart from other retellings, “Genius: MLK/X” simultaneously explores the formative years, pioneering accomplishments, duelling philosophies and key personal relationships of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and Malcolm X (Aaron Pierre). While King advanced racial equality through nonviolent activism, X advocated for Black empowerment, identity and self-determination. The eight-part series also brings their wives, Coretta Scott King (Weruche Opia) and Betty Shabazz (Jayme Lawson), to the forefront and shows them as formidable equals of the Movement. While King and X met only once and often challenged each other’s views, the two visionaries, with their wives leading by their sides, ultimately rose to pioneer a movement that lives on today.

For Imagine Television, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Kristen Zolner are executive producers. For Undisputed Cinema, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Francie Calfo are executive producers. Raphael Jackson Jr. and Damione Macedon are showrunners and executive producers. For Madison Wells, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane serve as executive producers. For EUE/Sokolow, Sam Sokolow is the executive producer.

Jeff Stetson (“The Meeting”) penned the pilot and is executive producer. Channing Godfrey Peoples (“Miss Juneteenth”) directed the pilot episode and also served as co-executive producer. Ambassador Shabazz served as a consulting producer. The series is produced by 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios.

How Many Episodes Of “Genius: MLK/X” Will There Be?

There will be eight episodes of the new series.

When Will New “Genius: MLK/X” Episodes Be Released On Disney+ & Hulu?

The first two episodes of “Genius: MLK/X” will be released on the National Geographic channel in the United States on February 1st 2024 on National Geographic at 9/8c, and the episodes will be available to stream the next day on Disney+ and Hulu, with two new episodes being released weekly afterwards. 

Here’s a list of when each of the new episodes will be released on Disney+ and Hulu in the United States:

Note: This is subject to change

  • Episode 1 – Friday 2nd February 2024
  • Episode 2 – Friday 2nd February 2024
  • Episode 3 – Friday 9th February 2024
  • Episode 4 – Friday 9th February 2024
  • Episode 5 – Friday 16th February 2024
  • Episode 6 – Friday 16th February 2024
  • Episode 7 – Friday 23rd February 2024
  • Episode 8 – Friday 23rd February 2024

In the United Kingdom, the show will air first on the National Geographic channel on February 3rd 2023 at 9pm. 

No Disney+ release details have been announced internationally, but expect it to follow at a later date, following the linear release.

What Time Will New Episodes Of “Genius: MLK/X” Be Released On Disney+

Disney+ updates on Fridays at the following times:

  • Pacific Time: 00:00 AM / Midnight
  • Eastern Time: 03:00 AM
  • UK: 08:00 AM
  • Sydney, Australia – 19:00 PM

Sometimes, episodes can arrive a few minutes later as the servers update. The Disney+ front page usually updates about an hour later.

Is “Genius: MLK/X” on Netflix?

This series is made by 20th Television exclusively for Disney+, so it will not be available on Netflix, Max, or Amazon.

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