Finding Your Roots

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Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. weaves together genealogical detective work with cutting-edge DNA analysis to trace the ancestry of a diverse array of trailblazing public figures. The result is a captivating cross-section of history.
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Genres
Special InterestDocumentary
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Grandparents and Other Strangers
    January 7, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actor Andy Samberg and author George R. R. Martin answer family mysteries when DNA detective work uncovers branches of their family trees. The DNA analysis upends family history and reveals new relatives.
  2. 2. Mystery Men
    January 14, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Felicity Huffman and Michael K. Williams discover a wealth of hidden family history. Both grew up knowing little about their biological fathers, and seeing their lost ancestry restored proves empowering.
  3. 3. Reporting on the Reporters
    January 21, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shows journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry and Lisa Ling that the stories within their own family trees are every bit as compelling as the news stories they have been covering for the world.
  4. 4. Dreaming of a New Land
    January 28, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores with Marisa Tomei, Sheryl Sandberg and Kal Penn the tremendous challenges faced by their immigrant forebears. From Italy, Russia and India, their histories show success could take generations to achieve.
  5. 5. Freedom Tales
    February 4, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. delves into the roots of two African-American guests, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and athlete and television personality Michael Strahan. Both discover unexpected stories that challenge assumptions about black history.
  6. 6. Roots in Politics
    February 11, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the diverse family histories of politicians Paul Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard and Marco Rubio. They each see a shared vision of the great American melting pot reflected in their ancestors’ stories.
  7. 7. No Laughing Matter
    February 18, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shows comedians Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman that their family trees are filled with people whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success. Gates also reveals news of an unexpected DNA cousin.
  8. 8. Hard Times
    February 25, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the family stories of filmmaker Michael Moore and actors Laura Linney and Chloë Sevigny—three people whose distant ancestors overcame great hardships in ways that resonate with their lives today.
  9. 9. The Eye of the Beholder
    April 1, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shares the family histories of director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, iconoclastic performance artist Marina Abramović and painter Kehinde Wiley. These visionary artists find their identities challenged—and affirmed.
  10. 10. All in the Family
    April 8, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The family stories of actor Ty Burrell, radio host Joe Madison and political strategist Valerie Jarrett. Also a look at how a summer camp for children is using genetic genealogy to help people better understand their burgeoning identities.

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Directors
Hazel Gurland-PoolerSabin StreeterKrista Whetstone
Producers
Hazel Gurland-PoolerCeCe MooreHannah OlsonPrisca PointdujourNatalia WarcholElizabeth Woller Wilson
Season year
2019
Network
PBS
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