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In this nonfiction series, celebrities dig into their family histories with the help of experts, DNA analyses, high-tech tools, and exhaustive research. Celebrity participants include Paul Ryan, Seth Meyers, Sarah Silverman, Christiane Amanpour, Michael Moore, Marco Rubio, S. Epatha Merkerson, Joe Madison, Tig Notaro, and Ann Curry.

Tuesday 8:00 pm EST on PBS
5 Seasons, 48 Episodes
March 25, 2012
Family, History
8.3/10
Cast: Henry Louis Gates
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Finding Your Roots Full Episode Guide

  • The diverse family histories of politicians Paul Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard and Marco Rubio are explored.

  • Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the family history of S. Epatha Merkerson and Michael Strahan.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the family history of Kal Penn, Sheryl Sandberg and Marisa Tomei.

  • Journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry and Lisa Ling learn their fascinating family histories.

  • Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings actress Felicity Huffman and actor Michael K. Williams their family histories.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actor/comedian Andy Samberg and author George R. R. Martin answer some family mysteries.

  • Garrison Keillor, Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari, who have mined their family stories for comedy, learn about ancestors who overcame immense suffering. They are struck by the contrast between themselves and these unknown ancestors and stories.

  • Join actresses Tea Leoni and Gaby Hoffmann as they learn about unknown ancestors.

  • Follow along as Lupita Nyong'o, Carmelo Anthony and Ana Navarro learn their heritage.

  • Watch as Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux discover unexpected ancestry.

  • Follow Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd and John Turturro as they learn about immigrant ancestors.

  • Learn why Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ava DuVernay and Janet Mock's ideas of their families are upended.

  • Learn about nonconformist ancestors of Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy.

  • See what Fred Armisen, Christopher Walken and Carly Simon each learn about a grandparent.

  • Join Larry David and Bernie Sanders, who learn they have more in common than they thought.

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