Finding Your RootsFinding Your Roots
Episode 1 | The Impression

Episode 1 | The Impression

Guests: Larry David and Bernie Sanders. Two guests linked by one hilarious impersonation trace their roots from 1940s Brooklyn back to Jewish communities in Europe.

Episode 2 | Unfamiliar Kin

Episode 2 | Unfamiliar Kin

Guests: Carly Simon, Christopher Walken, and more. In this episode, three guests each learn about a grandparent whose real identity and background had been a mystery to them.

Episode 3 | Puritans and Pioneers

Episode 3 | Puritans and Pioneers

Guests: Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy. Three mainstays of modern-day Hollywood discover family legacies that predate the United States itself.

Episode 4 | The Vanguard

Episode 4 | The Vanguard

Guests: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ava DuVernay and Janet Mock. Three guests who have helped to redefine Black America in the last decade find their identities challenged.

Episode 5 | Immigrant Nation

Episode 5 | Immigrant Nation

Guests: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd and John Turturro. In this episode, three guests explore the tremendous challenges faced by their immigrant forebears.

Episode 6 | Black Like Me

Episode 6 | Black Like Me

Guests: Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux. Three African-American guests delve deep into their family trees, discovering unexpected stories.

Episode 7 | Children of the Revolution

Episode 7 | Children of the Revolution

Guests: Lupita Nyong’o, Carmelo Anthony and Ana Navarro. Three guests explore how their family trees were shaped by political turmoil and violence.

Episode 8 | Relatives We Never Knew We Had

Episode 8 | Relatives We Never Knew We Had

Guests: Gaby Hoffmann and Téa Leoni. Two guests whose lives have been shaped by family mysteries are introduced to biological ancestors they never knew they had.

Episode 9 | Southern Roots

Episode 9 | Southern Roots

Guests: Questlove, Dr. Phil and Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Three guests of disparate backgrounds dig into their Southern roots, where slavery and its aftermath shaped families.

Episode 10 | Funny Business

Episode 10 | Funny Business

Guests: Amy Schumer and more. Guests who have found fame mining their family stories for comedy learn about ancestors who overcame immense suffering.

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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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