Finding Your Roots

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


  • Anchormen

    Journalists Jim Acosta and Van Jones uncover the ancestors who blazed a trail for them.
  • And Still I Rise

    Henry Louis Gates reveals the unexpected family trees of Angela Y. Davis and Jeh Johnson
  • Chosen

    David Duchovny and Richard Kind trace their Jewish roots from Eastern Europe to the US.
  • Family: Lost and Found

    Joe Manganiello and Tony Gonzalez discover close relatives whose names they’ve never heard
  • 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.


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.