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Series / Finding Your Roots

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"I'm Henry Louis Gates Jr. Welcome to Finding Your Roots. In this episode..."
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a Documentary series hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. that has various celebrities explore their family trees and the surprises they find in their family trees.

The show airs on PBS and helps show the context of the period any celebrities' ancestors were living in.

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    Season One 

    Season Two 

    Season Three 

    Season Four 

    Season Five 

    Season Six 

    Season Seven 

    Season Eight 

    Season Nine 

Tropes for the show:

  • Asshole Victim: Anderson Cooper discovered that an ancestor of his was killed by one of his slaves and Cooper is more sympathetic to the slave than his ancestor.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Some of the guests ancestors dealt with hardships like either being enslaved, been in abusive relationships or were forced into a life of crime when they had no other options.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Some of the guests find out they are related to each other like Larry David and Bernie Sanders finding out they are distant cousins. At least one person has turned out to be related to Gates himself.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Several guests find out their family trees are filled with family members like cousins marrying cousins.