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In this nonfiction series, celebrities dig into their family histories with the help of experts, DNA analyses, high-tech tools, and exhaustive research. Celebrity participants include Paul Ryan, Seth Meyers, Sarah Silverman, Christiane Amanpour, Michael Moore, Marco Rubio, S. Epatha Merkerson, Joe Madison, Tig Notaro, and Ann Curry.

Finding Your Roots is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (73 episodes). The series first aired on March 25, 2012.

Where do I stream Finding Your Roots online? Finding Your Roots is available for streaming on PBS, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Finding Your Roots on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Hoopla, Apple TV, PBS online.

Tuesday 8:00 pm EST on PBS
7 Seasons, 73 Episodes
March 25, 2012
Kids & Family, History
Cast: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Finding Your Roots Full Episode Guide

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers the remarkable backgrounds of country music icons Clint Black and Rosanne Cash, traveling generations into the past to trace lineages from the shores of Sicily to the American South.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps Pharrell Williams and Kasi Lemmons discover their enslaved ancestors.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the immigrant roots of actors Tony Shalhoub and Christopher Meloni.

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

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. introduces media personality Andy Cohen and radio journalist Nina Totenberg to their survivor ancestors.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discovers the privileged lineages of Glenn Close and John Waters.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, news anchor Norah O'Donnell and fashion designer Zac Posen explore their immigrant roots, retracing the journeys of their ancestors who arrived in the United States with little more than a dream--and revealing why that dream is still so inspiring today.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the family secrets of journalist Gayle King, film director Jordan Peele, and comedian Issa Rae, introducing them to ancestors who raise profound questions about the shape and meaning of their family trees.

  • Meet the globetrotting ancestors of Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o and Lidia Bastianich.

  • Learn about the military roots of Julianne Moore, Bill Hader and Kehinde Wiley.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uses DNA detective work to solve mysteries in the family trees of actor Tea Leoni, and radio host Joe Madison, introducing each of them to parents and grandparents whose names they've never heard before.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. steps into the world of fashion and meets three icons of style: Diane Von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, and RuPaul Charles, introducing ancestors who were just as audacious as they are.

  • Uncover the outlaw roots of actor Laura Linney and journalists Lisa Ling and Soledad O'Brien.

  • Discover the Italian roots of talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, Marisa Tomei and John Turturro.

  • Trade the unexpected history of Ava DuVernay, S. Epatha Merkerson and Questlove's ancestors.

  • Guests: Francis Collins, Shirley Ann Jackson, Harold E. Varmus.

  • Discover the surprising family histories of actors Sigourney Weaver, Justina Machado and Amy Ryan.

  • Explore the Jewish heritages of actor Jeff Goldblum, radio host Terry Gross and comedian Marc Maron.

  • Learn more about the unexpected family trees of entertainer Queen Latifah and actor Jeffrey Wright.

  • Follow Sterling K. Brown, Sasheer Zamata and Jon Batiste as they learn about unknown ancestors.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the humble roots of comedic actors Melissa McCarthy and Eric Stonestreet, retracing the ancestral journeys that laid the groundwork for their success.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Isabella Rossellini, Anjelica Huston and Mia Farrow unearth surprising new revelations about their family histories, taking them generations beyond their famous cinematic forebears.

Finding Your Roots Video Clips & Extras

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr. Full Episode (17 sec) Slave Trade Clip (31 sec)