Genius MLK/X Series:  Release date for all episodes and more 

The latest edition of National Geographic’s Genius: MLK/X illuminates the remarkable lives of two towering figures of the Civil Rights Movement in America—Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

In this article, we delve into the release dates of all episodes, key plot details, notable cast members, and the significance of this riveting series.

Genius: MLK/X Episode Release Dates

Genius: MLK/X Series

Genius: MLK/X Series

National Geographic premiered Season 4 of Genius: MLK/X on Thursday, February 1, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Subsequent episodes are set to release weekly on both National Geographic and ABC, with streaming available on Disney+ and Hulu starting from February 2.

Here’s a breakdown of the episode schedule:

  • Episode 1: Graduation — Thursday, Feb. 1
  • Episode 2: Who We Are — Thursday, Feb. 1
  • Episode 3: Protect Us — Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Episode 4: Watch the Throne — Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Episode 5: Matriarchs — Thursday, Feb. 15
  • Episode 6: The American Promise — Thursday, Feb. 15
  • Episode 7: The Sword and the Shield — Thursday, Feb. 22
  • Episode 8: Can You Imagine — Thursday, Feb. 22

Plot Exploration

Genius: MLK/X intricately traces the journey of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X from their formative years to becoming pivotal figures in the fight against racial injustice.

King’s upbringing in the Jim Crow-era South, juxtaposed with Malcolm X’s turbulent life and transformative experience with the Nation of Islam, sets the stage for their profound impact on history.

Cast and Production

  • Martin Luther King Jr. is portrayed by Kelvin Harrison Jr. (The Trial of the Chicago 7)
  • Malcolm X is brought to life by Aaron Pierre (The Underground Railroad)
  • Coretta Scott King is portrayed by Weruche Opia (I May Destroy You)
  • Betty Shabazz is portrayed by Jayme Lawson (The Batman)
  • Emmy-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones (This is Us) delivers one of his final performances in the series.

Genius series has a history of stellar performances, with actors like Geoffrey Rush, Antonio Banderas, and Cynthia Erivo previously taking on iconic roles. Season 4 continues this tradition of excellence.

Significance and Reception

The Genius series, known for its in-depth exploration of influential personalities, has garnered critical acclaim and numerous award nominations. Season 4, focusing on the dynamic relationship between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, promises to captivate audiences and spark important conversations about race, justice, and legacy.


When does Genius: MLK/X air?

The series premiered on February 1 and airs weekly on National Geographic and ABC.

Who portrays Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X?

Kelvin Harrison Jr. plays Martin Luther King Jr., while Aaron Pierre portrays Malcolm X.

How many episodes are there in Season 4?

Season 4 consists of eight compelling episodes, each delving deeper into the lives of King and X.

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