What are the family roots of celebrities? This series brings together the rich and famous with their long-lost relatives, revealing the roots of family mysteries, lineage, and how we are all connected.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2017
Watched all six episodes in a short period of time and am sad there were only six. I've never heard of haplo groups before and was astounded at how far back a person's heritage could be traced. I hope there are more seasons of this to look forward to!!!
Really interesting concept. I wish they'd do a version of this series in the USA.
I can't quite make up my mind if I like or am slightly repelled by the host or narrator and I'm not sure why. He almost has an aura of a mad scientist. Maybe the show cultivates that deliberately. After all they're trying to take lab science which they might fear would seem boring, and turn it into entertainment. The host's enthusiasm is a little over the top at times. I kept feeling he might rub his hands together and call for Igor. But in the end he's entertaining so fair play.
In each episode someone finds out more about their family tree thanks to a DNA test. We then see them travel to the part of the world their DNA test supposedly said their ancestors were from. We see what they find there. So you get to see different parts of the world, and you get to watch someone learn more about their family tree. Fans of genealogy Tv shows will probably enjoy this one. I'm riveted waiting to see if they install a Tesla coil behind the host and have him shout "It's alive!" in the next episode. Only kidding. The show has a little bit of tear jerking reunion stories in it occasionally too, for those who like that type of thing. I'm in it for the novelty, genealogy, and travel scenes.
More seasons please and start this show in the USA.
Throw the red button across the room and toss this show away. Weird set with backdrops painted to look like bookshelves. I wasn't familiar with the celebrities because the show is based in New Zealand, and that's fine. The segments where the celebrities meet their relatives were so dull and went on too long. I found some of the relatives vaguely creepy. The host is Richard O'Brien, who played Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (and lots of other roles since, I'm sure).
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2018
Low four stars. This was interesting to me because I've been interested in genealogy and dna testing. It was set up as a sort of international scavenger hunt. Go to this place and look for the lady with stripes on her shirt... she will show you more about your family. However, it was not a competition. This means it lacked the rush rush you might see in competition shows that are similar.
My thoughts were that this moved very slowly. The people participating, with very few exceptions, were not particularly excited so the whole thing was very low key. Additionally, there was very little information about how DNA testing works or how to do more genealogy.
Regardless of my two points above, it was interesting. I enjoyed watching it and I watched the whole series.
Perhaps if I had known who the celebrities were I may have enjoyed it more, but on the whole I found it mostly boring and lackluster considering the topic. Finding Your Roots and Who Do You Think You Are? are much better genealogy TV shows.
After watching Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, I was looking for similar programs and stumbled upon this series. It is an excellent find and the host approaches the topic with humor, empathy, and graciousness. I really learned a lot and appreciated the wide-ranging travels of the show's subjects.