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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
6 February 2008 (USA) See more »
Plot:
This 4 part PBS series attempts to trace the roots of 8 guests using genealogy, oral history, family stories, and DNA analysis.
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Cast

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Henry Louis Gates ... Himself / ... (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Benjamin Carson Sr. ... Himself (4 episodes, 2006)

Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself (4 episodes, 2006)

T.D. Jakes ... Himself (4 episodes, 2006)
Mae C. Jemison ... Herself (4 episodes, 2006)

Quincy Jones ... Himself (4 episodes, 2006)

Chris Tucker ... Himself (4 episodes, 2006)

Oprah Winfrey ... Herself (4 episodes, 2006)

Maya Angelou ... Herself (4 episodes, 2008)

Don Cheadle ... Himself (4 episodes, 2008)

Morgan Freeman ... Himself (4 episodes, 2008)

Chris Rock ... Himself (4 episodes, 2008)
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Series Directed by
Leslie Asako Gladsjo (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Graham Judd (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Jesse Sweet (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
 
Series Writing credits
Henry Louis Gates (8 episodes, 2006-2008)

Series Produced by
Henry Louis Gates .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Barnard Jaffier .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2006)
Tara Thomas .... coordinating producer (4 episodes, 2006)
Stephanie Carter .... coordinating producer (4 episodes, 2008)
William Grant .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2008)
Lewanne Jones .... producer (4 episodes, 2008)
Graham Judd .... producer (4 episodes, 2008)
Peter W. Kunhardt .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2008)
Dyllan McGee .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2008)
Sabin Streeter .... producer (4 episodes, 2008)
Amilca Palmer .... co-producer / associate producer (3 episodes, 2006-2008)
Wendy Llinas .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2008)
Julia Marchesi .... co-producer (2 episodes, 2008)
Sandra I. McDaniel .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2008)
Titi Yu .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2008)
Jesse Sweet .... producer (1 episode, 2008)
 
Series Original Music by
Michael Bacon (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Cinematography by
John Chater (4 episodes, 2008)
Stephen McCarthy (4 episodes, 2008)
Erich Roland (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Film Editing by
Michael Weingrad (3 episodes, 2006-2008)
Kate Hirson (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Merril Stern (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Scott Lozea (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Makeup Department
Catherine Gilly .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 2008)
Herita Jones .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 2008)
Donatelle Mascari .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 2008)
Michelle Mundell .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 2008)
Bridget Trama .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Production Management
Naomi Tan .... production manager (4 episodes, 2008)
Julie Schapiro Thorman .... production manager (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Art Department
Adriana Andujar .... graphic designer (4 episodes, 2008)
Brian Oakes .... graphic designer / motion graphics and design (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Sound Department
Bob Freeman .... sound mixer (4 episodes, 2006)
Tom Alford .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Mitch Bird .... sound mixer (4 episodes, 2008)
Jason Blackburn .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Stephen Bores .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
G. John Garrett .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Brian Kweskin .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Mark Mandler .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
John Mathie .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Caleb Mose .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Steve Muir .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Johnny O'Connor .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Juan Rodriguez .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Olivier Roux .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Lenny Schmitz .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Phil Shipman .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Mike Thomason .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Merce Williams .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Jonathan Gaynor .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 2008)
John Cameron .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 2008)
Sean de Brun .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Brian Oakes .... graphics and titles (unknown episodes, 2008)
David Rivello .... animator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Armstrong .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Neil Barrett .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Nicholas Blair .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Murdoch Campbell .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2008)
Rich Confalone .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Spencer Cooper .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Christopher Cox .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Jeremiah Crowell .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Brian Dowley .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Joshua Dreyfus .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2008)
Thierry Garcia .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2008)
Ned Hallick .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2008)
Carl Hamilton .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2008)
Terry Hopkins .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Mead Hunt .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Dave Huntley .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Geoff Knight .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2008)
Steve Lang .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2008)
Jason Longo .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
William Charles Moss .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
John Paulson .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Jack Twesten .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Keith Walker .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Brian Wingert .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
James Young .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2008)
Jeff Hurst .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2008)
Jimmy Martins .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2008)
Alex Mena .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2008)
Steve Seukiw .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Animation Department
Brian Oakes .... animator (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maurice Sedwell .... costumes (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Editorial Department
Johanna Giebelhaus .... additional assistant editor (4 episodes, 2006)
Matthew H. Giordano .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2006)
Paul Docherty .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2008)
Stephen Hoppe .... on-line editor (4 episodes, 2008)
Gladys Murphy .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Music Department
K. Frazier Robinson .... music supervisor (4 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Other crew
Paul K. Graham .... genealogical researcher (4 episodes, 2006)
Jane Ailes .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Judy Aley .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Tony Burroughs .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Johni Cerny .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Jill Cowan .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Leslie D. Farrell .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Paul Finkelman .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Irene Garcia Rodriguez .... apprentice (4 episodes, 2008)
Robert Gold .... legal counsel (4 episodes, 2008)
Mark Harding .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Alexia Jones Helsley .... additional researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Dina Hossain .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Charlie Hoxie .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 2008)
Emily Hughes .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Shamele Jordon .... additional researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
George Kunhardt .... apprentice (4 episodes, 2008)
Jean Pierre Lenoir .... location manager (4 episodes, 2008)
J. Mark Lowe .... additional researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Mike Maron .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 2008)
Rekha Menon .... project manager (4 episodes, 2008)
Alexis Pancrazi .... apprentice (4 episodes, 2008)
Geoff Pennington .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2008)
Bonnie Rowan .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Jessica Sherry .... production associate (4 episodes, 2008)
Megan Smolenyak .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Meredith Steck .... apprentice (4 episodes, 2008)
Aubrey A. Strickland .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2008)
Rafael Guber .... additional researcher (3 episodes, 2008)
Jan Hillegas .... additional researcher (3 episodes, 2008)
Edward O'Day .... additional researcher (3 episodes, 2008)
Nathalie Vincent .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2008)
Mimi Watstein .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2008)
Zoe Comyns .... location coordinator (2 episodes, 2008)
Barbara J. Lawrence .... additional researcher (2 episodes, 2008)
 

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Absolutely brilliant...you really never know where your relatives are from until you are tested!, 11 February 2007
Author: animala from USA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This was a great series--great scientifically and great "sociology".

A number of prominent African Americans undergo historical research, genealogy research, recollections and DNA testing to understand the origins of each's own family. With slavery disrupting all social bonds and separation of the young from their parents, many peoples experiencing slavery and servitude in their past genuinely don't know "where I am from".

The DNA testing is very extensive--not the usual $99 special that testing companies offer. In this PBS special they do maternal and paternal line tracing, and also population features--and EXPLAINED everything. This was really very cool without the silly horror music and making science seem tricky just to give it "mystery", so everything was very straightforward.

Highly recommended--best science documentary since the COSMOS seriously.

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