The Mind, Explained
Narrated byEmma Stone (S1) Julianne Moore (S2)
Theme music composerJackson Greenberg[1]
Opening theme"Explained Theme Song"
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes10
Running time19–21 minutes
Production companyVox Media
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 12, 2019 (2019-09-12)

The Mind, Explained is a 2019 documentary streaming television series. The series is narrated by American actress Emma Stone on Season 1 and Julianne Moore on Season 2, and examines themes such as what happens inside human brains when they dream or use psychedelic drugs.[2] The episodes explore topics including memory, dreams, anxiety, mindfulness, and psychedelics.[3] The Mind, Explained is a spin-off of Vox's Netflix show Explained.[4]

The series makes use of interviews, cartoons, and animation.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
15September 12, 2019 (2019-09-12)
25November 19, 2021 (2021-11-19)

There are 5 episodes, each lasting around 20 minutes.

Season 1 (2019)

No. in
TitleOriginal release date
11"Memory"September 12, 2019 (2019-09-12)
22"Dreams"September 12, 2019 (2019-09-12)
33"Anxiety"September 12, 2019 (2019-09-12)
44"Mindfulness"September 12, 2019 (2019-09-12)
55"Psychedelics"September 12, 2019 (2019-09-12)

Season 2 (2021)

No. in
TitleOriginal release date
61"How to Focus"November 19, 2021 (2021-11-19)
72"Teenage Brain"November 19, 2021 (2021-11-19)
83"Personality"November 19, 2021 (2021-11-19)
94"Creativity"November 19, 2021 (2021-11-19)
105"Brainwashing"November 19, 2021 (2021-11-19)


The Mind, Explained was released globally on September 12, 2019 on Netflix.[2]


The show received mostly positive reviews. The website Decider called it "one of those shows you turn on when you just want to see something short and interesting without having to follow a plot. And though it can be superficial at times, you generally come away from each episode knowing something about your brain you didn't know before."[5] The Review Geek calls the series "[maybe not] the most cerebrally challenging documentary series on the topic but it does have enough engaging material to make for an educational and entertaining watch."[6] While the delivery was appreciated, most people found the content to be fleeting. Emma Stone's narration was widely regarded as doing well.[citation needed]

The first episode of the series has been found lacking compared to others by many reviewers.[5][6]


  1. ^ Greenberg, Jackson (27 September 2019). "Explained Theme Song (Original Music From The Netflix Series)". Spotify. Archived from the original on 16 July 2020. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "The Mind, Explained | Netflix Official Site". Archived from the original on 2019-10-29. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  3. ^ Chittal, Nisha (2019-09-12). "The mind, explained". Vox. Archived from the original on 2019-09-23. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  4. ^ Gordon, Claire (2019-09-12). "The mind, explained in five 20-minute Netflix episodes". Vox. Archived from the original on 2020-05-07. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  5. ^ a b "Stream It Or Skip It: 'The Mind, Explained' On Netflix, A Docuseries That Examines How Our Brains Protect Us… And Trick Us". Decider. 2019-09-12. Archived from the original on 2019-09-23. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  6. ^ a b "The Mind, Explained - Netflix Documentary Series Review". The Review Geek. 2019-09-12. Archived from the original on 2019-09-23. Retrieved 2019-09-23.