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Criminal Kind

Laura Linney, Lisa Ling, and Soledad O’Brien discover surprising roots.

Italian Roots

Jimmy Kimmel, Marisa Tomei, and John Turturro meet ancestors who made immense sacrifices.

Slave Trade

Ava DuVernay, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Questlove discover unexpected family histories.

Science Pioneers

Francis Collins, Shirley Ann Jackson, and Harold E. Varmus learn their family histories.

Secrets & Lies

Sigourney Weaver, Justina Machado, and Amy Ryan unearth surprising family histories.

Beyond the Pale

Jeff Goldblum, Terry Gross, and Marc Maron uncover unknown family histories.

This Land Is My Land

Queen Latifah and Jeffrey Wright discover unexpected family trees.


Sterling K. Brown, Jon Batiste, and Shasheer Zamata learn their family histories.

Off the Farm

Dr. Gates helps Melissa McCarthy and Eric Stonestreet answer family mysteries.

Hollywood Royalty

Anjelica Huston, Mia Farrow, and Isabella Rosselini learn their family histories.

About Finding Your Roots

For more than a decade, renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has helped to expand America’s sense of itself, stimulating a national conversation about identity with humor, wisdom, and compassion. Professor Gates has explored the ancestry of dozens of influential people from diverse backgrounds, taking millions of viewers deep into the past to reveal the connections that bind us all.

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