Finding Your Roots - Season 6 Premiers Tonight!

television Oct 08, 2019

Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., returns to the
Public Broadcasting System (PBS) for Season 6,
starting on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019.


The sixth season of Finding Your Roots on PBS features 27 fascinating new guests who are game-changers in their fields, with family histories that illustrate the power and diversity of the human experience. Among them are:

  • actors Jeffrey Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Melissa McCarthy, Sterling K. Brown, Mia Farrow, Eric Stonestreet, Amy Ryan and Justina Machado, Jeff Goldblum, Anjelica Huston, and Isabella Rossellini, Terry Gross, Marc Maron, and Issa Rae

  • groundbreaking director Jordan Peele

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

  • acclaimed journalists Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell

  • musicians Queen Latifah and Jon Batiste

  • legendary fashion designers Diane von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez and Zac Posen

Season 6 Schedule

Episode 1 | Hollywood Royalty
Tuesday, October 8, 8/7c

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actresses Isabella Rossellini, Anjelica Huston and Mia Farrow explore their family histories, generations beyond their cinematic forebears.

Episode 2 | Off the Farm
Tuesday, October 15, 8/7c

Two comic actors who grew up on farms in America’s heartland–the descendants of generations of people who worked the land–retrace the journeys of their ancestors to see what they share with the men and women who literally laid the groundwork for their success.

Season Six will return in early 2020 with eight weeks of new episodes featuring both new guests and re-mixed thematic combinations of former participants’ stories. FINDING YOUR ROOTS returns in Fall 2020 with six additional new episodes showcasing new and re-mixed episodes.


  • “Secrets & Lies” with Sigourney Weaver, Amy Ryan, Justina Machado

  • “This Land is My Land” with Queen Latifah, Jeffrey Wright

  • “Beyond the Pale” with Terry Gross, Marc Maron, Jeff Goldblum

  • “Homecomings” with Sterling K. Brown, Jon Batiste, Sasheer Zamata

  • “DNA Pioneers” with Harold Varmus, Francis Collins, Shirley Jackson

  • “Slave Trade” with Questlove, S. Epatha Merkerson, Ava DuVernay

  • “Italian Roots” with Marisa Tomei, Jimmy Kimmel, John Turturro

  • “Criminal Mind” with Laura Linney, Lisa Ling, Soledad O’Brien


  • “Fashion’s Roots” with Diane Von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, RuPaul

  • “Breaking the Silences” with Gayle King, Jordan Peele, Issa Rae

  • “DNA Mysteries” with Ann Curry, Téa Leoni, Joe Madison

  • “War Stories” with Kehinde Wiley, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader

  • “Flight” with Lupita Nyong’o, Lidia Bastianich, Scarlett Johannsson

  • “Coming to America” with Nancy Pelosi, Norah O’Donnell, Zac Posen

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