8.8
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Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

PBS 2012

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the 12th and latest series from the renowned cultural critic and Harvard scholar. In this 10-part series, Professor Gates continues the quest he begun in African American Lives 1 and 2 and Faces of America delving into the genealogy and genetics of an all new group of famous Americans. The series combines history and science in a fascinating exploration of race, family, and identity in today's America. Each hour features a different pair of celebrity guests, who are bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link, whether it be as old friends, through long-lost relatives, or even through a common ancestral past.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - S6E13

#1 - DNA Mysteries

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Season 6 - Episode 13

Guests: Ann Curry, Téa Leoni, Joe Madison

The episode was rated from 0 votes.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - S6E14

#2 - War Stories

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Season 6 - Episode 14

Guests: Kehinde Wiley, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader

The episode was rated from 0 votes.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - S6E15

#3 - Flight

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Season 6 - Episode 15

Guests: Lupita Nyong’o, Lidia Bastianich, Scarlett Johansson

The episode was rated from 0 votes.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - S6E16

#4 - Coming to America

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Season 6 - Episode 16

Guests: Nancy Pelosi, Norah O'Donnell, Zac Posen

The episode was rated from 0 votes.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - S6E7

#5 - Science Pioneers

6.00

Season 6 - Episode 7

Guests: Francis Collins, Shirley Ann Jackson, Harold E. Varmus. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the family trees of Francis Collins, Shirley Ann Jackson, and Harold E. Varmus — three pioneering scientists who’ve made dramatic contributions to our understanding of the world, all the while knowing little about their own ancestry.

The episode was rated from 2 votes.

#6 - Fashion's Roots
6.00
Season 6 - Episode 11

Guests: Diane von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, RuPaul. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. steps into the world of fashion and meets three icons of style — Diane Von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, and RuPaul Charles — introducing ancestors who were just as audacious as they are.

The episode was rated from 1 votes.
#7 - War Stories
6.00
Season 6 - Episode 13

Guests: Kehinde Wiley, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of actor Julianne Moore, comedian Bill Hader, and painter Kehinde Wiley, revealing how their ancestors’ military service left an indelible mark both on their families and on their country. (S03E06 was also titled "War Stories." Kehinde Wiley originally appeared in S05E09. Julianne Moore originally appeared in S03E06. Bill Hader originally appeared in S03E04.)

The episode was rated from 1 votes.
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - S6E4
#8 - This Land is My Land
6.50
Season 6 - Episode 4

Guests: Queen Latifah, Jeffrey Wright. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the unexpected family trees of entertainer Queen Latifah and actor Jeffrey Wright, redefining their sense of the black experience — and challenging preconceptions about America’s past.

The episode was rated from 2 votes.
#9 - Criminal Kind
6.50
Season 6 - Episode 10

Guests: Laura Linney, Lisa Ling, Soledad O'Brien. In Loving Memory: Johni Cerny, Lead Genealogist, Finding Your Roots. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of actor Laura Linney and journalists Lisa Ling and Soledad O’Brien—telling them stories of tricksters, scoundrels, and outright criminals, who nevertheless laid the groundwork for their success. (Contains content from previous episodes: Laura Linney originally appeared in S05E08. Lisa Ling originally appeared in S05E03. Soledad O'Brien originally appeared in S03E02.)

The episode was rated from 2 votes.
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - S6E3
#10 - Homecomings
6.67
Season 6 - Episode 3

Guests: Sterling K. Brown, Sasheer Zamata, Jon Batiste. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actor Sterling K. Brown, comedian Sasheer Zamata and musician Jon Batiste discover the unexpected places their ancestors once called home, providing new insight into the people and places that made them who they are today.

The episode was rated from 3 votes.

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