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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.

Country Roots

52m 11s

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

Episodes

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    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

  • Grandmothers Great Spirit: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Grandmothers Great Spirit

    S7 E1 - 41s

    Glenn Close remembers meeting a woman who had known her grandmother and being told, "she knew how to enter a room."

  • Ancestors Disowned: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ancestors Disowned

    S7 E1 - 1m 8s

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. informs Glenn Close that the Quakers disowned her ancestor in 1843.

  • Related to Royalty: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Related to Royalty

    S7 E1 - 54s

    Glenn Close discovers that she is eighth cousins with Princess Diana

  • Discovering a Dream: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Discovering a Dream

    S7 E1 - 44s

    John Waters discusses how, when he was a child, he attended a Howdy Doody show and, at that moment, knew he wanted a career in entertainment.

  • Catholic Divorce Scandal: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Catholic Divorce Scandal

    S7 E1 - 1m 19s

    John Waters discusses how his Catholic grandmother's divorce was seen as a scandal.

  • Family Fortune: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Family Fortune

    S7 E1 - 1m 23s

    John Waters discovers his great-great-grandmother sued his great-grandmother for their fortune.

  • Season 7 Inside Look: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Season 7 Inside Look

    S7 - 2m

    Today’s most compelling personalities discover the surprising stories buried within their own families. Meet 20 fascinating new guests who are game-changers in their fields, with family histories that illustrate the power and diversity of the human experience. The new season premieres Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).

  • Season 7 Official Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Season 7 Official Preview

    S7 - 30s

    A new season of Finding Your Roots premieres on January 19 at 8/7c! Tune in for all-new episodes as Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores fascinating ancestries and family mysteries for an array of notable guests.

Schedule

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    Finding Your Roots

    Slave Trade

    Monday
    Apr 12

    1 Hour

    Questlove, S. Epatha Merkerson and Ava DuVernay explore the unexpected places where their ancestors were scattered by slavery.
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    Finding Your Roots

    Slave Trade

    Monday
    Apr 12

    1 Hour

    Questlove, S. Epatha Merkerson and Ava DuVernay explore the unexpected places where their ancestors were scattered by slavery.
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    Finding Your Roots

    The New World

    Tuesday
    Apr 13

    1 Hour

    The ancestors of actor John Lithgow and journalist Maria Hinojosa thrive in North America long before the birth of the U.S.
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    Finding Your Roots

    The New World

    Tuesday
    Apr 13

    1 Hour

    The ancestors of actor John Lithgow and journalist Maria Hinojosa thrive in North America long before the birth of the U.S.
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    Finding Your Roots

    The New World

    Wednesday
    Apr 14

    1 Hour

    The ancestors of actor John Lithgow and journalist Maria Hinojosa thrive in North America long before the birth of the U.S.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    The New World

    Wednesday
    Apr 14

    1 Hour

    The ancestors of actor John Lithgow and journalist Maria Hinojosa thrive in North America long before the birth of the U.S.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    The New World

    Wednesday
    Apr 14

    1 Hour

    The ancestors of actor John Lithgow and journalist Maria Hinojosa thrive in North America long before the birth of the U.S.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    The New World

    Sunday
    Apr 18

    1 Hour

    The ancestors of actor John Lithgow and journalist Maria Hinojosa thrive in North America long before the birth of the U.S.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    The New World

    Monday
    Apr 19

    1 Hour

    The ancestors of actor John Lithgow and journalist Maria Hinojosa thrive in North America long before the birth of the U.S.
  • Image
    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    The New World

    Monday
    Apr 19

    1 Hour

    The ancestors of actor John Lithgow and journalist Maria Hinojosa thrive in North America long before the birth of the U.S.
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    Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: TVSS: Iconic

    Finding Your Roots

    Anchored to the Past

    Tuesday
    Apr 20

    1 Hour

    Journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who also met challenges.
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    Finding Your Roots

    Anchored to the Past

    Tuesday
    Apr 20

    1 Hour

    Journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who also met challenges.
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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