Finding Your Roots

Join Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in Finding Your Roots on PBS!


  • The Brick Wall Falls

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shares ancestry with actor Danielle Brooks & singer Dionne Warwick.
  • Far and Away

    Sunny Hostin and Jesse Williams discover ancestors from very diverse places.
  • Hold the Laughter

    Bob Odenkirk and Iliza Shlesinger—two very funny people whose family trees brim with drama
  • Buried Secrets

    Sammy Hagar and Ed O’Neill discover the dramatic stories hidden within their own roots.
  • Fathers and Sons

    LeVar Burton & Wes Studi grew up fatherless, haunted by questions about their family trees
  • Forever Young

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. unearths the hidden roots of Valerie Bertinelli and Brendan Fraser.
  • Born to Sing

    Explore the roots of Alanis Morissette and Ciara and their hidden connections to history.
  • Out of the Past

    Henry Louis Gates uncovers the lost roots of actors Billy Crudup and Tamera Mowry-Housley.


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.