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Where Did We Come From?

Erin Burnett, Amy Carlson and André Leon Talley trace their ancestral roots.

Watchmen

Regina King and Damon Lindelof discover that they have more in common than meets the eye.

Songs of the Past

Broadway stars Leslie Odom, Jr. and Nathan Lane meet a cast of inspiring ancestors.

Forgotten Journeys

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps John Leguizamo and Lena Waithe retrace their ancestral paths.

Fighters

Terry Crews and Tony Danza find they aren’t the first in their families to beat the odds.

Mexican Roots

Mario Lopez and Melissa Villaseñor look at The Mexican-American experience.

Things We Don't Discuss

Pamela Adlon and Kathryn Hahn discover the truth about their scandal-plagued ancestors.

Children of Exile

Retracing the ancestral journeys of David Chang and Raúl Esparza.

Activist Roots

The family history of Brittany Packnett Cunningham & Anita Hill.

Hidden in the Genes

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. investigates the family history of Rebecca Hall & Lee Daniels

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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