A brand new season of PBS’ hit show Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres on Tuesday, October 3 at 8/7c.
This star studded season features some of our favorite comedians, journalists, and A-list celebrities. Catch the season teaser below:
Episode 1 | The Impression
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. Premieres Tues., Oct. 3, 2017
Episode 2 | Unfamiliar Kin
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. Premieres Tues., Oct. 10, 2017
Episode 3 | Puritans and Pioneers
Guests: Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy. Three mainstays of modern-day Hollywood discover family legacies that predate the United States itself. Premieres Tues., Oct. 17, 2017
Episode 4 | The Vanguard
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. Premieres Tues., Oct. 24, 2017
Episode 5 | Immigrant Nation
Guests: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, and more. In this episode, three guests explore the tremendous challenges faced by their immigrant forebears. Premieres Tues., Oct. 31, 2017
Episode 6 | Black Like Me
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. Premieres Tues., Nov. 7, 2017
Episode 7 | Children of the Revolution
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. Premieres Tues., Nov. 14, 2017
Episode 8 | Relatives We Never Knew We Had
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. Premieres Tues., Nov. 21, 2017
Episode 9 | Southern Roots
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. Premieres Tues., Dec. 12, 2017
Episode 10 | Funny Business
Guests: Garrison Keillor, Amy Schumer, and more. Three guests who have found fame mining their family stories for comedy learn about ancestors who overcame immense suffering. Premieres Tues., Dec. 19, 2017
About Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or co-authored twenty-two books and created eighteen documentary films, including Wonders of the African World, African American Lives, Faces of America, Black in Latin America, Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise, Africa’s Great Civilizations, and Finding Your Roots, his groundbreaking genealogy series, now in its fourth season on PBS.
Catch behind the scenes photos, watch clips from past seasons on Finding Your Roots.
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