From PBS - The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of this 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates. Continuing on the quest begun in his previous projects, African American Lives, African American Lives 2 and Faces of America, Gates finds new ways to, as he says, “get into the DNA of American culture.” He takes viewers along for the journey with one celebrity pair bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link. And he treks through layers of ancestral history to uncover the secrets and surprises of their family trees. Gates shares the findings with each guest and travels with them as they process what they’ve learned. The series searches through several branches of the American past, leaving audiences all the more curious about their own background and eager to unearth their own family roots.
Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari and Maya Rudolph, who have mined their family stories for comedy, learn about ancestors who overcame immense suffering. They are struck by the contrast between themselves and these unknown ancestors and stories.