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Slave Trade

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. journeys with film director Ava DuVernay, actor S. Epatha Merkerson, and musician Questlove to the unexpected places where their ancestors were scattered by slavery, upending their notions of African American history—and their own family trees.
S6 E8 Length 52:41 Premiere: 2.11.20

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Finding Your 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.

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No Irish Need Apply

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of actor Jane Lynch and comedian Jim Gaffigan.

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War Stories - S6 E13

Actor Julianne Moore, comedian Bill Hader, and painter Kehinde Wiley's ancestors' military service left an indelible mark on their families and country.

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Laughing on the Inside

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. provides comedians Lewis Black and Roy Wood, Jr. with accounts of hardship in their family trees, which may have led them to find humor in adversity.

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Flight - S6 E14

Actors Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o and chef Lidia Bastianich learn about their ancestors, who crisscrossed the globe to escape oppression and find opportunities.

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The New World

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the ancestors of actor John Lithgow and journalist Maria Hinojosa.

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Breaking the Silences - S6 E15

Explore the family secrets of journalist Gayle King, director Jordan Peele, and comedian Issa Rae.

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Against All Odds

Media personality Andy Cohen and radio journalist Nina Totenberg discover ancestors who were determined to survive.

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Coming to America - S6 E16

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, news anchor Norah O'Donnell, and fashion designer Zac Posen learn about the journeys of their ancestors.

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Write My Name in the Book of Life

Musician Pharrell Williams and filmmaker Kasi Lemmons uncover rare first-person accounts of their enslaved ancestors.

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To the Manor Born

Actor Glenn Close and director John Waters find out about ancestors who are as bold and independent as they are.

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DNA Mysteries - S6 E12

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Anchored to the Past

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Fashion's Roots - S6 E11

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The Shirts on Their Backs

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Criminal Kind - S6 E10

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To the Manor Born

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Italian Roots - S6 E9

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Season 6 Episodes

Coming to America

S6 E16 Length 52:10 Premiere Date 1.12.21

Breaking Silences

S6 E15 Length 52:10 Premiere Date 1.5.21

Flight

S6 E14 Length 52:40 Premiere Date 11.17.20

War Stories

S6 E13 Length 52:40 Premiere Date 11.10.20

DNA Mysteries

S6 E12 Length 52:45 Premiere Date 10.20.20

Fashion's Roots

S6 E11 Length 52:46 Premiere Date 10.13.20

Criminal Kind

S6 E10 Length 52:16 Premiere Date 2.25.20

Italian Roots

S6 E9 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 2.18.20

Slave Trade

S6 E8 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 2.11.20

Science Pioneers

S6 E7 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 2.4.20

Secrets & Lies

S6 E6 Length 52:11 Premiere Date 1.28.20

Beyond the Pale

S6 E5 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 1.21.20

This Land Is My Land

S6 E4 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 1.14.20

Homecomings

S6 E3 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 1.7.20

Off the Farm

S6 E2 Length 52:36 Premiere Date 10.15.19

Hollywood Royalty

S6 E1 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 10.8.19

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Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 2.11.20

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