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Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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  • Premiered: 
    February 10, 2010
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  • Network: PBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Followup series to African American Lives 
  • Subject Matter: Family
  • Tags: genealogy

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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores America's immigrant tapestry as he seeks answers to two simple questions: "What made America?" and "What makes us?" In this four-part series, Gates unravels the genealogy and genetics of 12 famous Americans, including: poet Elizabeth Alexander; chef Mario Batali; comedian Stephen Colbert; novelist Louise Erdrich; writer Malcolm Gladwell; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; film director Mike Nichols; Her Royal Highness Queen Noor; actress Eva Longoria; actress Meryl Streep; figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi; and TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Kunhardt McGee Productions
  • Produced by Inkwell Films
  • Produced by THIRTEEN
  • In association with Ark Media