Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Pure Genius Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

13 Episodes 2016 - 2017

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.

Episode 1


Thu, Oct 27, 2016 60 mins

A veteran surgeon with a controversial past is enlisted to run an ultramodern hospital with a cutting-edge approach to medicine in the premiere of this drama.

Where to Watch
Pure Genius, Season 1 Episode 1 image

Episode 2

It's Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider Silk Surgery

Thu, Nov 3, 2016 60 mins

Malik and Zoe don't see eye to eye when it comes to using a revolutionary procedure involving spider silk to save a boy's crushed legs versus the safer route of amputation. Elsewhere, James, Walter and Talaikha care for a young woman in desperate need of a liver transplant who, to their surprise, is reluctant to accept a donation from her estranged father.

Where to Watch
Pure Genius, Season 1 Episode 2 image

Episode 3

You Must Remember This

Thu, Nov 10, 2016 60 mins

James wants to treat a police officer who suffered a brain injury in a car crash and lost all of his memories with a cutting-edge method to recode his brain; at the same time, an obese woman is given an appetite suppression sensor; and Zoe tries to erase security footage of her kiss with Malik.

Where to Watch
Pure Genius, Season 1 Episode 3 image

Episode 4

Not Your Grandmother's Robotic Surgery

Thu, Nov 17, 2016 60 mins

Walter disagrees with James over a risky robotic surgery the tech titan wants to use to save his beloved elementary school teacher after she's diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. Meanwhile, a military veteran who was blinded in combat resists Zoe and Talaikha's efforts to help him.

Where to Watch
Pure Genius, Season 1 Episode 4 image

Episode 5

Fire and Ice

Thu, Nov 24, 2016 60 mins

James convinces a hockey player with a severe spinal injury to undergo risky surgery to walk again; at the same time, Walter's wife, FDA executive Julianna Wallace, accepts an invitation to Bunker Hill to consider approving a new skin bio-printing trial.

Where to Watch
Pure Genius, Season 1 Episode 5 image

Episode 6

Bunker Hill, We Have a Problem

Thu, Dec 1, 2016 60 mins

Walter attempts a remote surgery on someone on the International Space Station who requires an emergency procedure; at the same time, the team use social media to pinpoint the source of an E. coli outbreak in town. In other developments, Scott's secret past is no longer a secret; and Zoe and Malik's flirtation turns into something more.

Where to Watch
Pure Genius, Season 1 Episode 6 image

Episode 7

A Bunker Hill Christmas

Thu, Dec 8, 2016 60 mins

James tries to give a teenage leukemia patient a Christmas miracle and, in the process, is inspired to be a better version of himself. Meanwhile, Zoe agrees to go on a date with Malik, but then James complicates her romantic life by confessing his feelings to her. And elsewhere, Walter and his wife, Julianna, have a hard time reconnecting when she arrives for a holiday visit.

Where to Watch
Pure Genius, Season 1 Episode 7 image

Episode 8

Around the World in Eight Kidneys

Thu, Dec 15, 2016 60 mins

James and the Bunker Hill surgeons attempt to make medical history with an organ transplant chain of 16 surgeries, with donors and patients from around the world taking part. Meanwhile, Zoe and Malik decide to go on a "real" date.

Where to Watch
Pure Genius, Season 1 Episode 8 image

Episode 9


Sun, Jan 1, 2017 60 mins

James attempts a radical anti-viral treatment to help a man ravaged by HIV; and makes a special connection with Louis Keating's nurse. Meanwhile, Walter must act quick to save his daughter's best friend after she contracts a fatal flesh-eating bacteria.

Where to Watch
Pure Genius, Season 1 Episode 9 image

Episode 10

Hero Worship

Thu, Jan 5, 2017 60 mins

A tech guru disappoints James, who connects a cluster of respiratory cases to environmental contamination caused by a microchip factory owned by this man he idolizes. Meanwhile, the reason a young man can't walk confounds Walter and Taliakha; and Zoe finds herself feeling jealous over the connection James has with Nina.

Where to Watch
Pure Genius, Season 1 Episode 10 image

Episode 11

Touch and Go

Thu, Jan 12, 2017 60 mins

Radical treatments are used to help a teenage girl with a rare skin blistering disorder heal in time for her prom; and James is tempted to try his experimental cure on Louis Keating as his GSS condition worsens. On a personal front, Malik is bothered by how James and Zoe relate to each other; at the same time, Zoe has an awkward encounter with James' new crush, Nina.

Where to Watch
Pure Genius, Season 1 Episode 11 image

Episode 12

I Got This

Thu, Jan 19, 2017 60 mins

A major pop star's voice and career are threatened by laryngeal cancer, which Talaikha and Malik treat while at the receiving end of the terrified singer's wrath. Meanwhile, Angie's mother, worried that she's ill, reluctantly agrees to see Scott as a patient; and James feels discouraged over Louis Keating's seemingly worsening condition.

Where to Watch
Pure Genius, Season 1 Episode 12 image

Episode 13

Lift Me Up

Thu, Jan 26, 2017 60 mins

In the Season 1 finale, Angie wants to treat her mom's illness with a radical approach, but the patient prefers more traditional methods. Meanwhile, Walter, Malik and Zoe attempt to use suspended animation to stop a graffiti artist's internal bleeding; and Julianna discovers that James gave the unapproved GSS drug to Louis Keating.

Where to Watch
Pure Genius, Season 1 Episode 13 image