Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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Tune in Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.

Episode 1 | The Impression - Premieres Tues., Oct. 3, 2017
Guests: Larry David and Bernie Sanders. Two guests linked by one hilarious impersonation trace their roots from 1940s Brooklyn back to Jewish communities in Europe. 

Episode 2 | Unfamiliar Kin - Premieres Tues., Oct. 10, 2017
Guests: Carly Simon, Christopher Walken, and more. In this episode, three guests each learn about a grandparent whose real identity and background had been a mystery to them. Along the way, two of them also discover that their close relatives were on the wrong side of history. 

Episode 3 | Puritans and Pioneers - Premieres Tues., Oct. 17, 2017
Guests: Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy. Three mainstays of modern-day Hollywood discover family legacies that predate the United States itself. 

Episode 4 | The Vanguard - Premieres Tues., Oct. 24, 2017
Guests: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ava DuVernay and Janet Mock. Three guests who have helped to redefine Black America in the last decade find their identities challenged as they learn about their family origins. 

Episode 5 | Immigrant Nation - Premieres Tues., Oct. 31, 2017
Guests: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd and more. In this episode, three guests explore the tremendous challenges faced by their immigrant forebears. 

Episode 6 | Black Like Me - Premieres Tues., Nov. 7, 2017
Guests: Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux. Three African-American guests delve deep into their family trees, discovering unexpected stories that challenge our assumptions about black history. 

Episode 7 | Children of the Revolution - Premieres Tues., Nov. 14, 2017
Guests: Lupita Nyong’o, Carmelo Anthony and Ana Navarro. Three guests explore how their family trees were shaped by political turmoil and violence, discovering sometimes unexpected ancestry along the way. 

Episode 8 | Relatives We Never Knew We Had - Premieres Tues., Nov. 21, 2017
Guests: Téa Leoni and Gaby Hoffman. Two guests whose lives have been shaped by family mysteries are introduced to biological ancestors they never knew they had thanks to genetic detective work. 

Episode 9 | Southern Roots - Premieres Tues., Dec. 12, 2017
Guests: Questlove, Dr. Phil and Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Three guests of disparate backgrounds dig into their Southern roots, where slavery and its aftermath shaped families both black and white. 

Episode 10 | Funny Business - Premieres Tues., Dec. 19, 2017
Guests: Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari. Guests who have found fame mining their family stories for comedy learn about ancestors who overcame immense suffering.

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Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

About the Program

The acclaimed series returns with Professor Gates exploring the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of popular figures including Scarlett Johansson, Ted Danson, Larry David, Ava DuVernay, Bryant Gumbel, Garrison Keillor, William H. Macy, Suzanne Malveaux, Ana Navarro, Amy Schumer, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Walken and more.

Finding Your Roots Season 4 premieres Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.

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