Finding Your Roots Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. is an American documentary style TV show. The host is historian Dr. Henry Louis Gate Jr. The first episode was shown Mar 25, 2012. So far, there have been four seasons of the program. A fifth season in 2019 is planned.

The show focuses on the genealogy and personal ancestry of celebrity guest stars. Their lives are explored through interviews, research done by professional genealogists, and with DNA testing.

SeasonEpisodeCelebrity GuestsFirst Air Date
11Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr.25-Mar-2012
12John Lewis and Cory Booker25-Mar-2012
13Barbara Walters and Geoffrey Canada1-Apr-2012
14Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon8-Apr-2012
15Rick Warren, Angela Buchdahl, and Yasir Qadhi15-Apr-2012
16Robert Downey Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal22-Apr-2012
17Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice, and Ruth Simmons29-Apr-2012
18Martha Stewart, Margaret Cho, and Sanjay Gupta6-May-2012
19John Legend and Wanda Sykes13-May-2012
110Michelle Rodriguez, Adrian Grenier, and Linda Chavez20-May-2012
21Stephen King, Gloria Reuben, and Courtney B. Vance23-Sep-2014
22Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King, and Rebecca Lobo30-Sep-2014
23Ken Burns, Anderson Cooper, and Anna Deavere Smith7-Oct-2014
24Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander, and Benjamin Jealous14-Oct-2014
25Tom Colicchio, Aarón Sánchez, and Ming Tsai21-Oct-2014
26Angela Bassett, Valerie Jarrett, and Nas28-Oct-2014
27Alan Dershowitz, Carole King, and Tony Kushner4-Nov-2014
28Deepak Chopra, Sally Field, and Sting11-Nov-2014
29Tina Fey, George Stephanopoulos, and David Sedaris18-Nov-2014
210Jessica Alba and Governor Deval Patrick;
DNA Episode also includes Anderson Cooper, Valerie Jarrett, etc.;
Gates’ relationship to Wilmore Mail is described.
31Donna Brazile, Kara Walker, and Ty Burrell5-Jan-2016
32Soledad O’Brien, Bill O’Reilly, and Bill Maher12-Jan-2016
33Maya Rudolph, Shonda Rhimes, and Keenen Ivory Wayans19-Jan-2016
34Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear, and Bill Hader26-Jan-2016
35Richard Branson, Maya Lin, and Frank Gehry2-Feb-2016
36Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, and John McCain9-Feb-2016
37Sean Combs and LL Cool J16-Feb-2016
38Neil Patrick Harris, Gloria Steinem, and Sandra Cisneros23-Feb-2016
39Azar Nafisi, Lidia Bastianich, and Julianna Margulies1-Mar-2016
310Mia Farrow and Dustin Hoffman8-Mar-2016
41Larry David and Bernie Sanders3-Oct-2017
42Christopher Walken, Carly Simon, and Fred Armisen10-Oct-2017
43Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, and William H. Macy17-Oct-2017
44Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ava DuVernay, and Janet Mock24-Oct-2017
45Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, and John Turturro31-Oct-2017
46Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee, and Suzanne Malveaux7-Nov-2017
47Lupita Nyong’o, Carmelo Anthony, and Ana Navarro14-Nov-2017
48Tea Leoni and Gaby Hoffmann21-Nov-2017
49Questlove, Dr. Phil, and Charlayne Hunter-Gault12-Dec-2017
410Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari19-Dec-2017

Sources & Resources

Wikipedia contributors. (2018, August 6). Finding Your Roots. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:03, September 20, 2018, from

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