Culture

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.

Viewers Like You

52m 10s

After a national casting call that received over nine thousand submissions, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. meets 3 everyday Americans. Each has a family mystery that they have spent years trying to solve—only to reach dead ends. Using genetic genealogy and old-fashioned detective work, Gates unravels these mysteries, allowing each of his guests to understand themselves—and their families--as never before.

Episodes

  • Viewers Like You: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Viewers Like You

    S10 E10 - 52m 10s

    After a national casting call that received over nine thousand submissions, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. meets 3 everyday Americans. Each has a family mystery that they have spent years trying to solve—only to reach dead ends. Using genetic genealogy and old-fashioned detective work, Gates unravels these mysteries, allowing each of his guests to understand themselves—and their families--as never before.

  • In the Blood: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    In the Blood

    S10 E9 - 52m 10s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of actor Michael Douglas & writer-director Lena Dunham. Both guests are the children of famous artists—and both proudly followed in their parents’ footsteps. But their family trees contain a cast of characters whose lives were forgotten. Gates recovers them, telling fascinating stories from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the streets of colonial America.

  • Mean Streets: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mean Streets

    S10 E8 - 52m 11s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. maps the family trees of comedian Tracy Morgan & actor Anthony Ramos—two native New Yorkers whose roots stretch to surprising places and contain inspiring stories. Moving from the Canary Islands to battlefields in Europe & Asia to slave plantations in Virginia, long-lost records reveal ancestors who laid the groundwork for Tracy and Anthony’s success by fighting to survive.

  • The Brick Wall Falls: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Brick Wall Falls

    S10 E7 - 52m 11s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps musician Dionne Warwick and actor Danielle Brooks break down the barriers imposed by slavery to learn the names and stories of their ancestors who endured bondage. Facing one of the greatest genealogical challenges, Gates uses his detective skills to piece together the lives of women and men who survived unimaginable ordeals—but emerged to forge families that thrived.

  • Far and Away: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Far and Away

    S10 E6 - 52m 11s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of journalist Sunny Hostin & actor Jesse Williams—revealing the tremendous diversity hidden within their family trees. Sifting through stories of Swedish musical prodigies, Spanish slave traders, Southern plantations, and Salem Witch Trials, Gates unravels deep secrets and uncovers lost ancestors—compelling each of his guests to rethink their identities.

  • Hold the Laughter: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hold the Laughter

    S10 E5 - 52m 11s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers the roots of comedians Bob Odenkirk and Iliza Shlesinger—two very funny people whose family trees brim with stories that are more drama than comedy. Moving from Napoleonic France to Nazi-occupied Poland to the castle of a European duke, Gates introduces them to relatives who took great risks and overcame enormous hardships for the sake of their families.

  • Buried Secrets: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Buried Secrets

    S10 E4 - 52m 11s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps singer Sammy Hagar and actor Ed O’Neill uncover their hidden roots, revealing scandals and secrets that their ancestors went to great lengths to conceal. Traveling from criminal underworlds to Civil War battlefields, they explore the meaning of family bonds—meet heroes and villains—and celebrate the virtue of accepting one’s relatives, whoever they may be.

  • Fathers and Sons: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fathers and Sons

    S10 E3 - 52m 11s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. meets actors LeVar Burton and Wes Studi—two men who grew up without their fathers, haunted by questions about entire branches of their family trees. With only a handful of clues to guide him, Gates uncovers stories his guests have long wanted to hear, introducing them to ancestors whose names they’ve never known-—and revealing their connections to key moments in history.

  • Forever Young: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Forever Young

    S10 E2 - 52m 11s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. meets Valerie Bertinelli and Brendan Fraser—two actors who found fame when they were young and lived much of their lives in the limelight, cut off from their roots. Moving from war-torn Europe to the coal mines of Pennsylvania to the Amazon jungle, each discovers the places their ancestors once called home—providing new insight into what made them who they are today.

  • Born to Sing: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Born to Sing

    S10 E1 - 52m 12s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of singers Alanis Morissette and Ciara—using DNA analysis and genealogical detective work to trace lineages that run from shtetls in Eastern Europe to Jazz Age Harlem. Along the way, Alanis and Ciara reimagine their families and meet the people who laid the groundwork for their success—including one ancestor who was at the center of a song.

Extras + Features

  • Fathers and Sons Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fathers and Sons Preview

    S10 E3 - 30s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. meets actors LeVar Burton and Wes Studi — two men who grew up without their fathers, haunted by questions about their family trees.

  • Journey From Brazil to Becoming a Baker: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Journey From Brazil to Becoming a Baker

    S10 E2 - 7m 43s

    Valerie Bertinelli explores her mother's family history, uncovering the hardships and challenges they faced. She discovers her great-great-grandfather William's remarkable journey to Brazil and the demanding work he undertook. Despite the difficulties, Valerie finds a strong connection with her ancestor, especially when she learns that they both share a passion for baking.

  • Brendan Fraser's Ancestor Attempted Murder!: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Brendan Fraser's Ancestor Attempted Murder!

    S10 E2 - 3m 47s

    Brendan Fraser discovers his great-great grandfather was fired for striking, and responded by shooting at the man who replaced him in the job! It appears that no criminal case was ever brought against the man, an Irish immigrant making his way in the turbulent Pennsylvania coal mines.

  • Forever Young Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Forever Young Preview

    S10 E2 - 31s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. meets Valerie Bertinelli and Brendan Fraser—two actors who found fame when they were young and lived their lives in the limelight, cut off from their roots. Each discovers ancestors who paved the way for their success.

  • Ciara Discovers Her Ancestors' Hidden Relationship: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ciara Discovers Her Ancestors' Hidden Relationship

    S10 E1 - 6m 37s

    DNA research helps Ciara Harris discover one of her biological ancestors was not who the records show, and that a relationship must have occurred between this mystery man and her great-great grandmother. Ciara is a Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. During her 20-year career, she has sold over 23 million records and 22 million singles worldwide.

  • Alanis Morissette's Daredevil Ancestors Memorialized in Song: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Alanis Morissette's Daredevil Ancestors Memorialized in Song

    S10 E1 - 4m 3s

    In 1815, an ancestor of Alanis Morissette, and his companions, attempted a daring feat of riding a boat over the Chaudière Falls in Ontario, Canada. A folk song recounts their bravery, with some losing their lives in the attempt.

  • The Mystery of Alanis Morissette's Missing Family Members: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Mystery of Alanis Morissette's Missing Family Members

    S10 E1 - 5m 6s

    Alanis Morissette discusses her Hungarian Jewish heritage and learns about her grandfather's search for his lost brothers during the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust. Alanis Morissette is one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians/artists in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise, 14 Canadian Juno Awards, 7 Grammys®

  • Born to Sing Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Born to Sing Preview

    S10 E1 - 32s

    Henry Louis Gates , Jr. explores the roots of singers Alanis Morissette and Ciara — using DNA analysis and genealogical detective work to trace lineages that run from shtetls in Eastern Europe to Jazz Age Harlem. Along the way, Alanis and Ciara reimagine their families and meet the people who laid the groundwork for their success — including one ancestor who was at the center of a song.

  • Ciara's Deep Southern Roots: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ciara's Deep Southern Roots

    S10 E1 - 6m 11s

    Ciara learns about her great-grandfather Luther's upbringing on a cotton farm with numerous siblings, shedding light on her deep roots in South Carolina.

  • Season 10 Inside Look: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Season 10 Inside Look

    S10 - 30s

    In addition to exploring the family mysteries of three members of the viewing public, chosen for the series following a casting call, Season 10 of "Finding Your Roots" dives into the ancestral backgrounds and stories of Valerie Bertinelli, Danielle Brooks, LeVar Burton, Ciara, Michael Douglas, Lena Dunham, Brendan Fraser, Sammy Hagar, Sunny Hostin, Tracy Morgan, Alanis Morissette and more.

Schedule

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    Finding Your Roots

    Viewers Like You

    Saturday
    Apr 13

    1 Hour

    Three everyday Americans learn about their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots

    Viewers Like You

    Sunday
    Apr 14

    1 Hour

    Three everyday Americans learn about their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Viewers Like You: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Viewers Like You

    Sunday
    Apr 14

    1 Hour

    Three everyday Americans learn about their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Viewers Like You: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Viewers Like You

    Sunday
    Apr 14

    1 Hour

    Three everyday Americans learn about their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Viewers Like You: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Viewers Like You

    Sunday
    Apr 14

    1 Hour

    Three everyday Americans learn about their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Viewers Like You: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Viewers Like You

    Monday
    Apr 15

    1 Hour

    Three everyday Americans learn about their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Viewers Like You: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Viewers Like You

    Monday
    Apr 15

    1 Hour

    Three everyday Americans learn about their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Viewers Like You: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Viewers Like You

    Monday
    Apr 15

    1 Hour

    Three everyday Americans learn about their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Viewers Like You: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Viewers Like You

    Tuesday
    Apr 16

    1 Hour

    Three everyday Americans learn about their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Born to Sing: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Born to Sing

    Tuesday
    Apr 16

    1 Hour

    Singers Ciara and Alanis Morissette examine their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Born to Sing: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Born to Sing

    Tuesday
    Apr 16

    1 Hour

    Singers Ciara and Alanis Morissette examine their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Born to Sing: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Born to Sing

    Wednesday
    Apr 17

    1 Hour

    Singers Ciara and Alanis Morissette examine their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Born to Sing: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Born to Sing

    Wednesday
    Apr 17

    1 Hour

    Singers Ciara and Alanis Morissette examine their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Born to Sing: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Born to Sing

    Wednesday
    Apr 17

    1 Hour

    Singers Ciara and Alanis Morissette examine their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Born to Sing: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Born to Sing

    Wednesday
    Apr 17

    1 Hour

    Singers Ciara and Alanis Morissette examine their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Born to Sing: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Born to Sing

    Saturday
    Apr 20

    1 Hour

    Singers Ciara and Alanis Morissette examine their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Born to Sing: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Born to Sing

    Sunday
    Apr 21

    1 Hour

    Singers Ciara and Alanis Morissette examine their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Born to Sing: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Born to Sing

    Sunday
    Apr 21

    1 Hour

    Singers Ciara and Alanis Morissette examine their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Born to Sing: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Born to Sing

    Sunday
    Apr 21

    1 Hour

    Singers Ciara and Alanis Morissette examine their family histories.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Born to Sing: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Born to Sing

    Sunday
    Apr 21

    1 Hour

    Singers Ciara and Alanis Morissette examine their family histories.

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