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Seasons:
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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

 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 26)

Henry Louis Gates ... Himself / ... (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Pamela Arkin (4 episodes, 2006)
Ben Carson ... 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)
Mike Wiley (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 (3 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)
Shebana Coelho (4 episodes, 2006)
Kelly Quinn (4 episodes, 2006)

Series Produced by
Henry Louis Gates .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Sabin Streeter .... producer (7 episodes, 2006-2008)
Julia Marchesi .... associate producer / co-producer (6 episodes, 2006-2008)
Amilca Palmer .... associate producer / co-producer (6 episodes, 2006-2008)
Graham Judd .... producer (5 episodes, 2006-2008)
Prudence Arndt .... archival producer (4 episodes, 2006)
Mike Berk .... producer (4 episodes, 2006)
Barnard Jaffier .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2006)
Alicia Stewart .... 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)
Peter W. Kunhardt .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2008)
Dyllan McGee .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2008)
Philip Kunhardt III .... producer (3 episodes, 2006)
Georgia Reath .... associate producer (3 episodes, 2006)
Amy Rockefeller .... associate producer (3 episodes, 2006)
Catarina Serrao/Mundo .... producer (3 episodes, 2006)
Ben Spivak .... producer (3 episodes, 2006)
Leslie Asako Gladsjo .... producer (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Jesse Sweet .... producer (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Wendy Llinas .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2008)
Sandra I. McDaniel .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2008)
Titi Yu .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Original Music by
Michael Bacon (6 episodes, 2006-2008)
 
Series Cinematography by
John Chater (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Stephen McCarthy (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Erich Roland (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Henry Adebonojo (4 episodes, 2006)
Jeff Baynes (4 episodes, 2006)
Joe Friedman (4 episodes, 2006)
Robert Richman (4 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Film Editing by
Michael Weingrad (6 episodes, 2006-2008)
Stefan Knerrich (3 episodes, 2006)
Mark Sutton (3 episodes, 2006)
Kate Hirson (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Merril Stern (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Scott Lozea (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Art Direction by
Sabina Daley (4 episodes, 2006)
Rob Roth (4 episodes, 2006)
 
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
Brian Brunius .... production director (4 episodes, 2006)
Naomi Tan .... production manager (4 episodes, 2008)
Julie Schapiro Thorman .... production manager (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Art Department
Brian Santalone .... pagebuilder (4 episodes, 2006)
Ying Zhao-Hudson .... production artist (4 episodes, 2006)
Adriana Andujar .... graphic designer (4 episodes, 2008)
Brian Oakes .... graphic designer / motion graphics and design (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Sound Department
Caleb Mose .... sound recordist (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
John O'Connor .... sound recordist (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Lenny Schmitz .... sound recordist (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Rick Angelella .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Margaret Crimmins .... sound editor (4 episodes, 2006)
David Curtain .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Trey Derbes .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Fenell Doremus .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Walter Eduardo .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Jim Emswiller .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Gerry Formicola .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Bob Freeman .... sound mixer / sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Adam Jones .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Ian Macpherson .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Thomas Morisson .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
James Peterson .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Jayme Roy .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Paul Rusnak .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Greg Smith .... sound editor (4 episodes, 2006)
Kem Stralka .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
J.T. Takagi .... sound recordist (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)
Steve Muir .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Juan Rodriguez .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Olivier Roux .... 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
Paul Breen .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2006)
Aaron Britton .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
James Callanan .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Joan Churchill .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Sam Cullman .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Lance Douglas .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Joe Friedman .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Chris Gorman .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2006)
Ted Hayash .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2006)
Tom Hurwitz .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Tom Kaufman .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Stephen Kaye .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2006)
Brad Keffer .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2006)
Joseph Kolbe .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2006)
Dana Kupper .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Mike Lee .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2006)
Rich Marino .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Huttenberg Nassar .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2006)
Chip Nusbaum .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Douglas Plumer .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2006)
Robert Richman .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Erich Roland .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Donnie Schoenmann .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Rich Stone .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Tom Taylor .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
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
Stevie Clifton .... animator (4 episodes, 2006)
Brian Finney .... animator (4 episodes, 2006)
Marco Valentin .... animator (4 episodes, 2006)
Brian Oakes .... animator (4 episodes, 2008)
David Rivello .... animator (3 episodes, 2006)
 
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)
Tim Hutchings .... on-line editor (4 episodes, 2006)
David Rivello .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2006)
Dino Sanacory Jr. .... colorist (4 episodes, 2006)
Michael Tyner .... additional 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 Location Management
Jean Pierre Lenoir .... location manager (4 episodes, 2008)
Zoe Comyns .... location coordinator (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Music Department
K. Frazier Robinson .... music supervisor (4 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Other crew
Jane Ailes .... researcher / genealogical researcher (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Johni Cerny .... researcher (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Bonnie Rowan .... researcher (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Jill Cowan .... researcher (7 episodes, 2006-2008)
Robert Gold .... legal counsel (7 episodes, 2006-2008)
Rekha Menon .... project manager (7 episodes, 2006-2008)
Melani Baker .... intern (4 episodes, 2006)
Joseph Bamat .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 2006)
Carol Bash .... researcher (4 episodes, 2006)
Meredith Bernard .... intern (4 episodes, 2006)
Diana Cofresi-Terrero .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 2006)
Jessica J. Flores .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2006)
Travis Francis .... intern (4 episodes, 2006)
Eric Goldschein .... intern (4 episodes, 2006)
Paul K. Graham .... genealogical researcher / researcher (4 episodes, 2006)
Ariel Jacobs .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2006)
Charles Jones .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2006)
Chris Kappel .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2006)
Marilyn Krieger .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2006)
Brian Lee .... technical director (4 episodes, 2006)
Garland MacLaurin .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2006)
Charles Mccants .... intern (4 episodes, 2006)
Rosemary Clifford Mcdaniel .... researcher / production assistant (4 episodes, 2006)
Michael Neel .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2006)
Chi-Young Park .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2006)
Jasper Perkins .... intern (4 episodes, 2006)
Marjorie Sholes-Higgings .... researcher / genealogical researcher (4 episodes, 2006)
Judy Aley .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Tony Burroughs .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Leslie D. Farrell .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Paul Finkelman .... researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Irene Garcia Rodriguez .... apprentice (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)
J. Mark Lowe .... additional researcher (4 episodes, 2008)
Mike Maron .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 2008)
Alexis Pancrazi .... apprentice (4 episodes, 2008)
Geoff Pennington .... production assistant (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)
Stephanie Carter .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2006)
Mary Farley .... business affairs (3 episodes, 2006)
Julie Schapiro Thorman .... project manager (3 episodes, 2006)
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)
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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