Finding Your Roots

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


  • Country Roots

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. uncovers the diverse backgrounds of Clint Black and Rosanne Cash.
  • Write My Name in the Book of Life

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps musician Pharrell Williams and filmmaker Kasi Lemmons.
  • The Shirts on Their Backs

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the immigrant roots of actors Tony Shalhoub and Christopher
  • No Irish Need Apply

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of actor Jane Lynch and comedian Jim Gaffigan.
  • Against All Odds

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discovers the lineages that claim Andy Cohen and Nina Totenberg.
  • To the Manor Born

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discovers the lineages that claim Glenn Close and John Waters.
  • Coming to America

    Nancy Pelosi, Norah O’Donnell, and Zac Posen discover surprising roots.
  • Breaking Silences

    Gayle King, Jordan Peele, and Issa Rae discover surprising roots.

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.