Pure Genius: Season 1 (2016 - 2017)

Season 1
Pure Genius

Critics Consensus

Pure Genius is weighed down by stereotypical doctor drama trappings, suffocating its chances of bringing anything compelling and entertaining to the genre.



Critic Ratings: 23


Audience Score

User Ratings: 135
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Air date: Oct 27, 2016
Air date: Nov 3, 2016
Air date: Nov 10, 2016
Air date: Nov 17, 2016
Air date: Nov 24, 2016
Air date: Dec 1, 2016
Air date: Dec 8, 2016
Air date: Dec 15, 2016
Air date: Jan 1, 2017
Air date: Jan 5, 2017
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The medical drama "Pure Genius" follows the inner life of Bunker Hill, a private hospital where a team of doctors strive for innovation and medical breakthroughs. James Bell (Augustus Prew) is a billionaire with a rare and fatal disease who has become devoted to helping people like himself, so he decides to build and fund his own hospital. He hires doctors and researchers who he believes can help with his mission. Among them: genius surgeon Dr. Walter Wallace (Dermot Mulroney); pessimistic Dr. Zoe Brockett (Odette Annable); neurosurgeon Dr. Talaikha Channarayapatra (Reshma Shetty); altruistic Dr. Malik Verlaine (Aaron Jennings); neurologist Dr. Scott Strauss (Ward Horton); and 3-D printing expert Angie Cheng (Brenda Strong). During the first season, the team deal with risky pregnancies, terminal cancer patients, multiple organ transplants, remote surgeries and James' own disease.


Dermot Mulroney
as Walter Wallace
Augustus Prew
as James Bell
Odette Annable
as Dr. Zoe Brockett
Reshma Shetty
as Dr. Talaikha Channarayapatra
Aaron Jennings
as Dr. Malik Verlaine
Brenda Song
as Angie Cheng
Ward Horton
as Dr. Scott Strauss
Wendy Moniz
as Julianna Wallace
Cullen Douglas
as Louis Keating
Nirayl Stone
as BH Ambassador
Page Leong
as Mrs. Cheng
Andy Taylor Kim
as BH Ambassador
Brian Stepanek
as Lenny Kramer
Stacy Edwards
as Constance Durand
Lindsey Gort
as Georgia Ray
Missy Doty
as Melissa Remy
Lulu Brud
as Skylar Stevens
Michael Johnston
as Luke Wallace
Nick Thurston
as Billy Watts
Jade Pettyjohn
as Madeline Sorenson
Kelly Albanese
as BH Ambassador
Darius de la Cruz
as Digitalist #2
J. Rene Pena
as Administrator
Christine Adams
as Giselle Overman
A.J. Hudson
as Klay Jackson
Lucas Jaye
as Brandon Hsu
Esther Scott
as Elaine Gardner
Elka Rodriguez
as Anna Guerrero
Drew Fonteiro
as Digitalist
Idara Victor
as Tanya Jackson
Jamil Walker Smith
as Ryan Hamilton
Keon Alexander
as Bashir Masood
Pooja Shah
as Personal Assistant
Lourdes Benedicto
as Claudia Guerrero
Hrach Titizian
as John Keushkerian
Kevin Shen
as Lee Wen
Angelo Perez
as Zoo Employee
Greg Winter
as Ed Sorenson
Kathy Wu
as Mei Hsu
Chasten Harmon
as Natalie Masood
Laura Seay
as Amelia Monroe
Daniel Lue
as Busboy
David Paymer
as Douglas Prescott
Link Ruiz
as Bodyguard
Joseph Will
as Dr. Gilroy
Leslie Miller
as BH Ambassador
Jordan Calloway
as Henry Jones
Geoffrey Blake
as Dr. Madison
Doug Savant
as Simon Monroe
Natasha Murray
as Lusiah Pierre
Amy Benedict
as Bonnie Sorenson
Diana Toshiko
as Delivery Man
Cesili Williams
as Astrid Pierre
Danny Vasquez
as Paramedic One
Kevin Clash
as Puppeteer
Nick Hardcastle
as Dean Trainer
Paul Diaz
as Paramedic
Alek Cole
as Jordan
Elizabeth Sandy
as Helen Trainer
Marisa Echeverria
as Maria Ramirez
Alexandra Barreto
as Amy Delgado
Shay Ali
as Samir
Nidhi Ghildiyal
as Azeem Habib
Steve Suh
as Security Guard #1
Devin Sidell
as Veronique
Moe Irvin
as Ron Evans
Sergio Vasquez
as Police Officer
Karter Simmons
as Young Boy
Dan Sachoff
as TV Reporter
Kimberly Brooks
as Sheila Evans
Annette M. Lesure
as Night Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Pure Genius Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (14)

I have no idea what happened in the making of Pure Genius, but it is impossible to tell that Katims was involved, on the level of performance or intelligence.

Oct 28, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

he script is assembled from cliches, some so hokey the actors seem to have trouble keeping straight faces. The plot rarely holds together, and the technology is more new age (a real-life "Vulcan mind meld"?) than cutting age.

Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

If only a generation gap was the biggest issue facing the characters on CBS' new medical drama Pure Genius.

Oct 26, 2016 | Full Review…

Marred by the usual hospital prime-time melodramatics, Pure Genius is still a compelling idea matched to a superior cast.

Oct 26, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Here's to its long-term ratings health as a medical series that, unlike Code Black, has an overall calming effect.

Oct 26, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

This medical drama is absurd in every possible way, but the fake medical devices and treatments it comes up with are amusing enough to give the proceedings some zing.

Oct 28, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

At this point, it would take a true genius to revolutionize and refresh TV's medical genre, and this flat-lining series couldn't fall farther from that mark.

Oct 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Whenever Bell pressed an index finger to his lips shortly before dispensing some medical wisdom about which he has no medical training to draw upon, I wanted to slap his hand from his mouth and say, "Scram, jerk!"

Oct 27, 2016 | Full Review…

By relying on the predictable emotional manipulation that accompanies life-threatening situations to deliver its drama, the series is forgoing the opportunity to build characters with personalities and in turn pull real emotion from them.

Oct 27, 2016 | Full Review…

"Pure Genius" contains a message that still needs to be smoothed out.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pure Genius: Season 1

  • Jan 25, 2018
    I honestly loved this show and I’m sad it got cancelled. I loved the characters and the story lines. Each episode was great. It was such a feel good show.
  • Mar 10, 2017
    I hope they renew it and put it in a better time slot. I like the fact that they spend time on new cutting edge medicine (that is real or in development) that the other med shows and THAT is what makes it compelling to me as I am in healthcare.
  • Feb 12, 2017
    Amazing show, really enjoy the use of medicine with innovative technology. The show is a very interesting look to what medicine can be.
  • Jan 29, 2017
    One of the best shows on tv and the cast is amazing.
  • Jan 29, 2017
    A great fusion of medical drama and future tech, that gets better with every episode.
  • Jan 27, 2017
    Initially I thought this series was too corny. However after watching the entire season I believe it is just the sort of tv I needed to watch to counter all the upsetting things happening not only in the US but around the world. Not unlike the DC or Marvel comic book programs - people (today) seem to need heros who seem to pull off the impossible - defeat the unbeatable. I see that the critics panned it but that (IMO) is pure cynicism. Thank you CBS for offering me some old fashioned hopefulness and (your) belief in miracles. I vote for Season 2.
  • Jan 26, 2017
    There are 40,000 folks on their FB page that love this show just like me.
  • Jan 21, 2017
    I love this show and would love to see where it goes, but to hear CBS isn't picking it back up breaks my heart into so many pieces I might need James Bell to build me a new one.
  • Jan 17, 2017
    I was amazed by how little support this awesome series got. The show is not about medicine only and smart talks, actually it's a rare case where there is a real "good" and it fights real "bad". By saying real I mean that to the maximum extent it's possible in real life - people ARE driven by ideas when they have enough money and good people ARE making things happen no matter what. If there would be more of these - I'm pretty sure the world would faster get to be a better place. Let me make it straight - I'm watching 4 series constantly: GoT, Billions, Mr. Robot and, well, now this. And out of all the shows it's the only one that makes me cry in the end of EACH episode and - damn! - the Christmas episode was so good it helped me understand what's wrong with one of the projects I'm currently participating. And I don't understand what you people are not happy with? Why don't you take a closer look at the positive sides, and see where it leads.
  • Jan 12, 2017
    This show is inspirational! My favorite show.

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