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Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )

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TV Series | Documentary

Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities. In each episode, a set of featured guests view ...See moreHarvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities. In each episode, a set of featured guests view their ancestral histories, learn connections, and discover secrets about their lineage, while sharing the emotional experience with viewers. Gates guides them as they see results and details derived from the background work competed by expert genealogical diagnosticians, who have analyzed genetic code and traced bloodlines that leads to documentation and the occasional confirmation or debunking of long-held beliefs. A variety of guests have included musicians, authors, chefs, and more. Actors who've made an appearance include Julianna Marguiles, Stephen King, Ben Affleck, Sally Field, Mia Farrow, Anderson Cooper, and many others. Written by writermaia See less
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Mar 25, 2012 (United States)

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Henry Louis Gates
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CeCe Moore
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Valerie Jarrett
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Maya Rudolph
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Kevin Bacon
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Cory Booker
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Linda Chavez
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Margaret Cho
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Margarett Cooper
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John Legend
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John Lewis
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Kyra Sedgwick
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Martha Stewart
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Ken Burns
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Tom Colicchio
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Carole King
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Stephen King
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Tony Kushner
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Rebecca Lobo
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Nas
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Deval Patrick
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David Sedaris
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Sting
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Patricia Arquette
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Lidia Bastianich
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Richard Branson
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8.3 / 10 | 453 votes