National Geographic’s American Genius miniseries kicks off Monday night with Jobs vs. Gates, a dramatization of the frenemy-ship of the two tech titans. It’s like Pirates of Silicon Valley, just condensed and interspersed with talking-head interviews.
Don’t expect any fresh insight into what made Steve Jobs and Bill Gates tick. But do expect geek-thrilling cameos by vintage PC hardware, surrounded by unknown actors, intense narration, overwrought music, and occasional subtleties, like Gates giving Jobs a discreet eyeroll in this scene because Steve doesn’t code. We thought about crafting a drinking game, but honestly, we don’t want anyone to get hurt.
American Genius: Jobs vs. Gates airs on the National Geographic Channel on Monday, June 1, at 9/8:00 p.m. Central. It’s all good, clean, nerdy fun.