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.

Anchored to the Past

52m 10s

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines how journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon were able to overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who met profound challenges of their own.

Episodes

  • Anchored to the Past: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Anchored to the Past

    S7 E8 - 52m 10s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines how journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon were able to overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who met profound challenges of their own.

  • The New World: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The New World

    S7 E7 - 52m 11s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces ancestors of actor John Lithgow and journalist Maria Hinojosa who thrived in North America long before the birth of the United States.

  • Country Roots: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Country Roots

    S7 E6 - 52m 11s

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. uncovers the remarkably diverse backgrounds of country music icons Clint Black and Rosanne Cash.

  • Write My Name in the Book of Life: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Write My Name in the Book of Life

    S7 E5 - 52m 10s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps musician Pharrell Williams and filmmaker Kasi Lemmons uncover extraordinary rare first-person accounts of their enslaved.

  • The Shirts on Their Backs: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Shirts on their Backs

    S7 E4 - 52m 10s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the immigrant roots of actors Tony Shalhoub and Christopher Meloni, introducing ancestors who came to America to build a better life.

  • No Irish Need Apply: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    No Irish Need Apply

    S7 E3 - 52m 10s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of actor Jane Lynch and comedian Jim Gaffigan, revealing the Irish American experience through their families.

  • Against All Odds: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Against All Odds

    S7 E2 - 52m 10s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. introduces media personality Andy Cohen and radio journalist Nina Totenberg to ancestors who were determined to survive.

  • To the Manor Born: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    To the Manor Born

    S7 E1 - 52m 11s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discovers the privileged lineages that claim actor Glenn Close and director John Waters as descendants, introducing ancestors who are as bold and independent as they are.

Extras + Features

  • On Broadway: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    On Broadway

    S7 E9 - 30s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. investigates the family histories of Broadway stars Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin, discovering ancestors whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success.

  • Anchored to the Past Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Anchored to the Past Preview

    S7 E8 - 30s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines how journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon were able to overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who met profound challenges of their own.

  • John Lithgow’s Ongoing Cousin Reveal: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Cousin Reveal

    S7 E7 - 1m 1s

    John Lithgow discovers he is DNA cousins with actor Clint Eastwood on this week’s episode of Finding Your Roots.

  • The New World Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The New World Preview

    S7 E7 - 30s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces ancestors of actor John Lithgow and journalist Maria Hinojosa who thrived in North America long before the birth of the United States.

  • Dr. Gates, Jr. Reveals He’s DNA Cousins with John Lithgow: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Skips Cousin Reveal

    S7 E7 - 55s

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. reveals that he and John Lithgow are DNA cousins.

  • Imprisoned Puritan Great-Grandfather: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    William Bradford Going to Jail

    S7 E7 - 1m 28s

    John Lithgow discovers that his Puritan great-grandfather was arrested at 17-years old for his religious beliefs.

  • A Surprise in DNA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Surprise in DNA

    S7 E6 - 1m 14s

    Clint Black learns that he is 1% Sub-Saharan African, equivalent to a fourth or fifth great grandparent of full Black African ancestry.

  • Johnny Cash was an Amateur Genealogist: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Johnny Cash was an Amateur Genealogist

    S7 E6 - 1m 12s

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. learns that Johnny Cash was an amateur genealogist, and as a result, Rosanne had a bit of knowledge about her ancestral background.

  • African American Ancestry: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    African American Ancestry

    S7 E6 - 1m 27s

    Rosanne Cash learns she has African American ancestry on both sides of her family tree.

Schedule

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    Finding Your Roots

    Anchored to the Past

    Wednesday
    Apr 21

    1 Hour

    Journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who also met challenges.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Anchored to the Past

    Wednesday
    Apr 21

    1 Hour

    Journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who also met challenges.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Anchored to the Past

    Sunday
    Apr 25

    1 Hour

    Journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who also met challenges.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Anchored to the Past

    Monday
    Apr 26

    1 Hour

    Journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who also met challenges.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Anchored to the Past

    Monday
    Apr 26

    1 Hour

    Journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who also met challenges.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    On Broadway

    Tuesday
    Apr 27

    1 Hour

    Broadway veterans Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin investigate their family histories.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    On Broadway

    Tuesday
    Apr 27

    1 Hour

    Broadway veterans Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin investigate their family histories.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    On Broadway

    Wednesday
    Apr 28

    1 Hour

    Broadway veterans Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin investigate their family histories.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    On Broadway

    Wednesday
    Apr 28

    1 Hour

    Broadway veterans Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin investigate their family histories.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Anchored to the Past

    Wednesday
    Apr 28

    1 Hour

    Journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who also met challenges.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    On Broadway

    Thursday
    Apr 29

    1 Hour

    Broadway veterans Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin investigate their family histories.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Anchored to the Past

    Thursday
    Apr 29

    1 Hour

    Journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who also met challenges.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    On Broadway

    Sunday
    May 2

    1 Hour

    Broadway veterans Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin investigate their family histories.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    On Broadway

    Monday
    May 3

    1 Hour

    Broadway veterans Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin investigate their family histories.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    On Broadway

    Monday
    May 3

    1 Hour

    Broadway veterans Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin investigate their family histories.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Laughing on the Inside

    Tuesday
    May 4

    1 Hour

    Comics Lewis Black and Roy Wood Jr. learn about the hardships in their family trees which may have attributed to their ability to find humor in adversity.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Laughing on the Inside

    Tuesday
    May 4

    1 Hour

    Comics Lewis Black and Roy Wood Jr. learn about the hardships in their family trees which may have attributed to their ability to find humor in adversity.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Laughing on the Inside

    Wednesday
    May 5

    1 Hour

    Comics Lewis Black and Roy Wood Jr. learn about the hardships in their family trees which may have attributed to their ability to find humor in adversity.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Laughing on the Inside

    Wednesday
    May 5

    1 Hour

    Comics Lewis Black and Roy Wood Jr. learn about the hardships in their family trees which may have attributed to their ability to find humor in adversity.

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