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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.

Tuesday 8:00 pm EST on PBS
6 Seasons, 61 Episodes
March 25, 2012
Kids & Family, History
8.4/10
Cast: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Finding Your Roots Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the stories of Ty Burrell, Joe Madison and Valerie Jarrett.

  • Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shares the family histories of director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, iconoclastic performance artist Marina Abramović and painter Kehinde Wiley. These visionary artists find their identities challenged-and affirmed.

  • Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the stories of Laura Linney, Michael Moore and Chloé Sevigny.

  • The diverse family histories of politicians Paul Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard and Marco Rubio are explored.

  • Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the family history of S. Epatha Merkerson and Michael Strahan.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the family history of Kal Penn, Sheryl Sandberg and Marisa Tomei.

  • Journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry and Lisa Ling learn their fascinating family histories.

  • Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings actress Felicity Huffman and actor Michael K. Williams their family histories.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actor/comedian Andy Samberg and author George R. R. Martin answer some family mysteries.

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