Finding Your Roots

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


  • Rising From the Ashes

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the roots of actors Brian Cox and Viola Davis.
  • Far from Home

    Cyndi Lauper, Jamie Chung and Danny Trejo uncover the stories of their immigrant ancestors
  • Secret Lives

    Comedians Carol Burnett and Niecy Nash discover scandals hidden within their roots.
  • Salem's Lot

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes Claire Danes and Jeff Daniels on a journey into their roots.
  • Hidden Kin

    We explore Edward Norton and Julia Roberts' roots, revealing their hidden connections.
  • Where Did We Come From?

    Erin Burnett, Amy Carlson and André Leon Talley trace their ancestral roots.
  • Watchmen

    Regina King and Damon Lindelof discover that they have more in common than meets the eye.
  • Songs of the Past

    Broadway stars Leslie Odom, Jr. and Nathan Lane meet a cast of inspiring ancestors.


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.