Finding Your Roots

Today’s most compelling personalities discover the surprising stories buried within their own families in the seventh season of the critically acclaimed PBS series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR, offering viewers ten new episodes that will continue through May 2021. The new season premieres Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET on WXXI-TV / PBS

Each story illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that makes up the fabric of America. In Season 7, Gates uncovers the ancestral trails from:

  • Actor Glenn Close and director John Waters on 1/19/21
  • Media personality Andy Cohen and radio journalist Nina Totenberg on 1/26/21
  • Actor Jane Lynch and comedian Jim Gaffigan on 2/2/21
  • Actors Tony Shalhoub and Christopher Meloni on 2/9/21
  • Musician Pharrell Williams and filmmaker Kasi Lemmons on 2/16/21
  • Country music icons Clint Black and Rosanne Cash on 2/23/21
  • Actor John Lithgow and journalist Maria Hinojosa on 4/13/21
  • Journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon  on 4/20/21
  • Broadway stars Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin on 4/27/21
  • Comedians Lewis Black and Roy Wood, Jr  on 5/4/2021


Funding provided by:

Corporate support for FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.Season Seven is provided by Ancestry and Johnson & Johnson. Support is also provided by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, Candace King Weir, The Zegar FamilyFoundation, Lloyd Carney Foundation, and by The Inkwell Society and its members Felicia A. and Benjamin A. Horowitz Fund; Demond Martin; Sheryl Sandberg and Tom Bernthal; Jim and Susan Swartz; Anne Wojcicki; John and Jennifer Fisher; Fletcher and Benaree Wiley; Gwen and Peter Norton; and Darnell Armstrong and Nicole Commissiong. Major support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS. 

On-Demand Finding Your Roots Programming

Vast amounts of African American gravesites and burial grounds for enslaved persons have been disappearing over the years and with them personal connections unless these locations are restored.


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