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1. Wide Angle (2002– )
Episode: The Prime Minister and the Press (2003)

Documentary

9.4
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Director: Susan Gray | Stars: Daljit Dhaliwal, James Rubin, Jay O. Sanders, Bev Sheehan

Votes: 5

2. Nature (1982– )
Episode: The Desert Lions (2008)

Documentary, Family

9.1
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Directors: Amanda Barrett, Owen Newman | Star: F. Murray Abraham

Votes: 7

3. Nature (1982– )

60 min | Documentary, Family

8.9
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Documentary series exploring various global wildlife issues and subjects.

Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Chris Morgan, George Page, David Attenborough

Votes: 500

4. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: All in the Family (2019)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography, History

8.9
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Comedian and Modern Family (2009) star Ty Burrell, and notable radio talk-show host and civil rights activist Joe Madison learn about their roots, which leads to many unexpected twists, shocking turns, and surprising similarities.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Ty Burrell, Joe Madison

Votes: 11

5. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: The Pioneers (2016)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.8
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Discover how comedian Neil Patrick Harris, feminist icon Gloria Steinem and author Sandra Cisneros are connected to pioneers who broke new ground and paved the way for their modern day descendants to continue shaping our culture.

Director: Josh Gleason | Stars: Sandra Cisneros, Henry Louis Gates, Neil Patrick Harris, Gloria Steinem

Votes: 13

6. Take Out (2011)

5 min | Short, Action, Comedy

8.7
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Two men mysteriously drink wine and eat Chinese food by candlelight discussing a possible career change. That is until they are soon interrupted by a husband and wife coming home from their own dinner.

Director: Matthew Tibbenham | Stars: Nathan Jacobs, John Davis, Nathan Jacobs, Richard Powers

Votes: 11

7. Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2010)
Episode: Know Thyself (2010)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.7
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Episode four takes up the search for the guests' ancestries where the historical record leaves off and links their distinctive family histories to the broader history of "the family of man."

Directors: Stephen Ives, Amanda Pollak | Stars: Elizabeth Alexander, Mario Batali, Stephen Colbert, Louise Erdrich

Votes: 6

8. Wide Angle (2002– )
Episode: An Honest Citizen (2004)

Documentary

8.6
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Director: Angus MacQueen | Stars: Daljit Dhaliwal, Marc Grossman, Jay O. Sanders

Votes: 5

9. Women, War & Peace (2011– )
Episode: Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2011)

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Director: Gini Reticker | Star: Jay O. Sanders

Votes: 5

10. Wide Angle (2002– )
Episode: Beslan: Siege of School No. 1 (2005)

Documentary

8.5
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Director: Kevin Sim | Stars: Daljit Dhaliwal, Amy Hargreaves, Jay O. Sanders, Bev Sheehan

Votes: 8

11. Wide Angle (2002– )
Episode: Sahara Marathon (2004)

Documentary

8.5
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Directors: Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño | Stars: Daljit Dhaliwal, Jay O. Sanders

Votes: 6

12. Nature (1982– )
Episode: The Gorilla King (2008)

Documentary, Family

8.5
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Director: David Allen | Star: F. Murray Abraham

Votes: 15

13. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography, History

8.4
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Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities.... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, CeCe Moore, Ty Burrell, Anderson Cooper

Votes: 581

14. Wide Angle (2002– )
Episode: 18 with a Bullet (2006)

Documentary

8.4
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Director: Ricardo Pollack | Star: Jay O. Sanders

Votes: 19

15. Odessa (III) (2015)

13 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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In the wake of a global economic collapse and social chaos, Texas secedes from the United States and a stark new border dynamic is born. Now, a desperate mother is forced to brave hostile territory to save her child's life.

Director: Sean Turrell | Stars: Grace Santos, Ricky Wayne, William Haze, Anthony Escobar

Votes: 9

16. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Grandparents and Other Strangers (2019)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.3
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and his team use both DNA testing and detective work to uncover the history of a grandparent line and try to find missing relatives for actor Andy Samberg and author George R. R. Martin.

Director: Sabin Streeter | Stars: Henry Louis Gates, George R.R. Martin, CeCe Moore, Andy Samberg

Votes: 21

17. Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals (2011)

TV-14 | 116 min | Documentary

8.2
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From PBS: At the end of WWII the Allies declared the Nazi party a criminal organization, and pledged to prosecute and punish the architects and triggermen of genocide. It was an ambitious ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Silvers | Star: Candice Bergen

Votes: 57

18. Get the F K Outta Paris (2014)

10 min | Short, Action, Comedy

8.2
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A text message turns Des' boring laundry night into a mad dash for survival.

Director: Greg Emetaz | Stars: Sarah Arlen, Jean-David Beroard, Holly-Mae Haddock

Votes: 6

19. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Black Like Me (2017)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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Three African-American guests, TV host Bryant Gumbel, producer Tonya Lewis-Lee and CNN journalist Suzanne Malveaux, delve deep into their family trees, discovering unexpected stories that challenge our assumptions about black history.

Stars: Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis Lee, Suzanne Malveaux

Votes: 23

20. Nature (1982– )
Episode: Crash: A Tale of Two Species (2008)

53 min | Documentary, Family

8.2
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Each year a small shorebird must make a 10,000-mile journey from the southern tip of South America to its nesting grounds in the Arctic- one of the longest migrations on earth. This ... See full summary »

Director: Allison Argo | Star: Allison Argo

Votes: 17

21. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Family Reunions (2016)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations.

Director: Josh Gleason | Stars: Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Henry Louis Gates, LL Cool J, CeCe Moore

Votes: 20

22. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Mystery Men (2019)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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Actors Felicity Huffman and Michael K. Williams learn about the biological fathers they know little about.

Director: Sabin Streeter | Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Felicity Huffman, Michael Kenneth Williams

Votes: 19

23. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Reporting on the Reporters (2019)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and his team uncover the family stories of journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry and Lisa Ling.

Director: Hazel Gurland | Stars: Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry, Henry Louis Gates, Lisa Ling

Votes: 14

24. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and Ruth Simmons (2012)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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Actor Samuel L. Jackson, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Brown University president Ruth Simmons were all once second-class citizens in the Jim Crow south. Where in Africa do they come from and who are their white ancestors?

Director: Jesse Sweet | Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice, Ruth Simmons

Votes: 20

25. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: The Impression (2017)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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Comedian Larry David and leftist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, whom David famously impersonated on Saturday Night Live (1975), learn about the horrors their ancestors faced. They also discover that they have more in common than they thought.

Director: Jamila Wignot | Stars: Larry David, Bernie Sanders

Votes: 26

26. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Unfamiliar Kin (2017)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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In an episode filled with incredible twists and turns, actor Christopher Walken, singer Carly Simon, and comedian Fred Armisen, each learn about a grandparent whose real identity and background had been a mystery to them.

Director: Jamila Wignot | Stars: Fred Armisen, Carly Simon, Christopher Walken

Votes: 22

27. Solidarity. (2005)

22 min | Short

8.1
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Set in 1982 communist Poland, a couple celebrates their wedding anniversary with their closest friends. But a simple accident creates an unexpected and terrifying turn of events, and in a ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Stein Schimke | Stars: Joseph Lyle Taylor, Erika Marozsán, George Drance, Camilla Enders

Votes: 54

28. Nature (1982– )
Episode: Arctic Bears (2008)

Documentary, Family

8.1
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Votes: 10

29. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Children of the Revolution (2017)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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Three guests, actress Lupita Nyong'o, NBA star Carmelo Anthony and Republican strategist Ana Navarro, explore how their family trees were shaped by political turmoil and violence, discovering sometimes unexpected ancestry along the way.

Director: Hazel Gurland | Stars: Carmelo Anthony, Ana Navarro, Lupita Nyong'o

Votes: 14

30. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: In Search of Freedom (2016)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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How ancestors of comedienne Maya Rudolph, TV producer Shonda Rhimes and comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans struggled for freedom, and how each of these cultural trailblazers gain a new understanding of how they fit into this proud trajectory.

Director: Muriel Soenens | Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Shonda Rhimes, Maya Rudolph, Keenen Ivory Wayans

Votes: 25

31. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Michelle Rodriguez/Adrian Grenier/Linda Chavez (2012)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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Actress Michelle Rodriguez, actor Adrian Grenier and Republican analyst Linda Chavez all share Spanish colonial roots, yet each views their own identity very differently.

Stars: Linda Chavez, Henry Louis Gates, Adrian Grenier, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 18

32. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Relatives We Never Knew We Had (2017)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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Actresses Téa Leoni and Gaby Hoffman, two guests whose lives have been shaped by family mysteries, are introduced to biological ancestors they never knew they had thanks to genetic detective work.

Director: Hannah Olson | Stars: Gaby Hoffmann, Téa Leoni, CeCe Moore

Votes: 20

33. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Southern Roots (2017)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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Musician Questlove, TV personality Dr. Phil and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, three guests of disparate backgrounds, dig into their Southern roots, where slavery and its aftermath shaped families both black and white.

Director: Hannah Olson | Stars: Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Phil McGraw, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson

Votes: 22

34. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: The Vanguard (2017)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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Three guests, journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, film director Ava DuVernay and transgender activist Janet Mock, find their identities challenged. By placing their ancestors' lives in ... See full summary »

Director: Jamila Wignot

Votes: 19

35. American Masters (1985– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 679

36. Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2010)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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Our American Stories exploring the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with her new immigrants in the 20th century. Becoming American - exploring the many journeys to becoming ... See full summary »

Stars: Elizabeth Alexander, Mario Batali, Stephen Colbert, Louise Erdrich

Votes: 85

37. Spell Claire (2017)

8 min | Short, Horror

8.0
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Claire purchases an antique educational toy that reignites fond memories from childhood and lays bare the sorry state her life is now in.

Director: Greg Emetaz | Stars: Wendy Jung, Caitlin Lowerre

Votes: 5

38. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built (2007)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Ahmet Ertegun created a new genre of music that combined the African-American music of 1940s Washington, D.C., with the European sensibility.

Director: Susan Steinberg | Stars: Ahmet Ertegun, Bette Midler, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles

Votes: 118

39. Wide Angle (2002– )
Episode: Crossing Heaven's Border (2009)

Documentary

8.0
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Director: Jung In Taek | Stars: Justin Barrett, Kyf Brewer, Olenka Frenkiel, Jake Robards

Votes: 5

40. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Immigrant Nation (2017)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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Three guests, actress Scarlett Johansson, comedian Paul Rudd and actor John Turturro, explore the tremendous challenges faced by their immigrant forebears.

Director: Hazel Gurland | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, John Turturro

Votes: 18

41. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick (2012)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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What do husband and wife Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick have in common? Other than being famous Hollywood actors in their own right, they both also come from old abolitionist families. But that's just the beginning.

Stars: Kevin Bacon, Henry Louis Gates, Kyra Sedgwick

Votes: 25

42. Nature (1982– )
Episode: Silence of the Bees (2007)

Documentary, Family

8.0
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Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Paul Christie, Todd Cummings, Jim Hartman

Votes: 33

43. Independent Lens (1999– )

Documentary

7.9
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Different celebrity host present a new independent documentary.

Stars: America Ferrera, Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 438

44. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Ancient Roots (2014)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.9
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Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the Greek ancestry of comedienne Tina Fey, comedian and radio host David Sedaris and journalist and TV host George Stephanopoulos.

Director: Josh Gleason | Stars: Tina Fey, Henry Louis Gates, David Sedaris, George Stephanopoulos

Votes: 14

45. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Dreaming of a New Land (2019)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.9
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Actress Marisa Tomei, business woman Sheryl Sandberg and actor Kal Penn learn about the challenge faced by their ancestors who immigrated from Italy, Russia and India to America.

Directors: Hazel Gurland, Sabin Streeter | Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Kal Penn, Sheryl Sandberg, Marisa Tomei

Votes: 16

46. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: No Laughing Matter (2019)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography, History

7.9
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Stand up comedians and TV stars Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman learn about their ancestors' hardships, flaws, successes, reinventions, and how all this indirectly affected them as well.

Director: Krista Whetstone | Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 19

47. Secrets of the Dead (2000– )

56 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

7.8
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Mysteries involving notable historical events, people and locations are scientifically examined.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Jay O. Sanders, Salima Ikram, Piers Gibbon

Votes: 418

48. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Freedom Tales (2019)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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TV host Michael Strahan and actress S. Epatha Merkerson learn about the unusual circumstances surrounding their ancestors' success and suffering.

Director: Sabin Streeter | Stars: Henry Louis Gates, S. Epatha Merkerson, CeCe Moore, Michael Strahan

Votes: 20

49. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Funny Business (2017)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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Humorist Garrison Keillor (replaced by earlier Maya Rudolph story), comedienne Amy Schumer and comedian Aziz Ansari, who have found fame mining their family stories for comedy, learn about ancestors who overcame immense suffering.

Director: Hazel Gurland | Stars: Aziz Ansari, Maya Rudolph, Amy Schumer

Votes: 12

50. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Hard Times (2019)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and actresses Laura Linney and Chloë Sevigny learn the tragic truth about their ancestors' hardships including imprisonment, generational family trauma and child marriage.

Directors: Sabin Streeter, Krista Whetstone | Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Laura Linney, Michael Moore, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 18



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