Who Do You Think You Are? (U.S. TV series)

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Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are? (U.S. TV series).jpg
Genre Documentary
Created by
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 36
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channel TLC (2013–present)
NBC (2010–12)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run March 5, 2010 (2010-03-05)  – present
External links
Website

Who Do You Think You Are (US)? is an American genealogy documentary series that premiered on NBC on March 5, 2010. The show is an adaptation of the British series of the same name, aired by the BBC. Each week a celebrity goes on a journey to trace his or her family tree. Lisa Kudrow is an executive producer for the series, which is a partnership between Shed Media, NBC Entertainment and Ancestry.com.

The series ran for twenty-seven episodes, broadcast over three seasons, before it was cancelled by NBC in 2012.[1] The series has since been picked up by TLC.[2] The fourth season premiered on July 23, 2013.[3] A how-to companion book to the series, also called Who Do You Think You Are?, is available to help viewers research their own roots.[4] TLC has since renewed the series for a six-episode fifth season that premiered on July 23, 2014.[5]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2010)[edit]

Episode Airdate Featured celebrity Locations visited
1 Mar 5 Sarah Jessica Parker Cincinnati, Ohio; El Dorado County, California; Boston, Massachusetts; Danvers, Massachusetts
2 Mar 12 Emmitt Smith Pensacola, Florida; Burnt Corn, Alabama; Claiborne, Alabama; Boydton, Virginia; Ouidah, Benin
3 Mar 19 Lisa Kudrow Ilya, Belarus; Gdynia, Poland
4 Mar 26 Matthew Broderick Jersey City, New Jersey; New York City, New York; Forest of Argonne, France; Hartford, Connecticut; Atlanta, Georgia; Marietta National Cemetery, Cobb County, Georgia
5 Apr 2 Brooke Shields Newark, New Jersey; New York City, New York; Rome, Italy; Augerolles, France; Paris, France
6 Apr 23 Susan Sarandon Virginia; New York City, New York; Florence; Coreglia Antelminelli; Rockland County, New York
7 Apr 30 Spike Lee Atlanta, Georgia; Twiggs County, Georgia; Arlington, Texas

Season 2 (2011)[edit]

NBC ordered a second season for the reality series on April 5, 2010.[6] The second season of the reality series began on February 4, 2011, and consisted of eight episodes. The first episode featured Vanessa Williams. Following episodes featured Tim McGraw, Rosie O'Donnell, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie, Steve Buscemi, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd.[7][8] Rather than film another one, Cattrall's episode is an edited version of the original one that she made for the British series in 2009.

Episode Airdate Featured celebrity Locations visited
1 Feb 4 Vanessa L. Williams Chappaqua, New York; Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York; Washington D.C.; Johns Island, South Carolina; Baltimore, Maryland; Memphis, Tennessee; Nashville, Tennessee
2 Feb 11 Tim McGraw Kansas City, Missouri; Big Stone Gap, Virginia; Rye Cove, Virginia; Richmond, Virginia; Shenandoah Valley; Washington D.C.; New York City, New York; Franklin, Tennessee
3 Feb 18 Rosie O'Donnell Nyack, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; New York City, New York (Manhattan and Brooklyn); Secaucus, New Jersey; Montreal, Quebec; Dublin, Ireland; County Wicklow, Ireland; Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland; Birr, County Offaly, Ireland
4 Feb 25 Kim Cattrall Liverpool, England; Derbyshire, England; Durham, County Durham, England; Tudhoe, County Durham, England; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
5 Mar 4 Lionel Richie Los Angeles, California; Tuskegee, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee; Chattanooga, Tennessee
6 Mar 25 Steve Buscemi Brooklyn, New York; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Camden, New Jersey
7 Apr 1 Gwyneth Paltrow Manhattan, New York City, New York; Bridgetown, Barbados
8 Apr 8 Ashley Judd Louisville, Kentucky; Frankfort, Kentucky; Saltville, Virginia; Boston, Massachusetts; York, England; Boston, Lincolnshire, England; Cambridge, England; Plymouth, Devon, England

Season 3 (2012)[edit]

The show was renewed for a third season by NBC on February 22, 2011, to air during the 2011–2012 television season.[9] The 12 celebrities included in season 3 are Marisa Tomei, Rob Lowe, Paula Deen, Rashida Jones, Jerome Bettis, Reba McEntire, Helen Hunt, Edie Falco, Rita Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Martin Sheen and Blair Underwood. The show returned on February 3, 2012.[10]

Episode Airdate Featured celebrity Locations visited
1 Feb 3 Martin Sheen Malibu, California; Dublin, Ireland; Madrid, Spain; Pamplona, Navarre, Spain; Tui, Galicia, Spain; La Coruña, Galicia, Spain; Parderrubias, Galicia, Spain
2 Feb 10 Marisa Tomei Manhattan, New York City, New York; Livorno, Tuscany, Italy (Cecina, Rio nell'Elba, Portoferraio and Castiglioncello); Lucca, Tuscany, Italy;
3 Feb 24 Blair Underwood Los Angeles, California; Petersburg, Virginia; Richmond, Virginia; Lynchburg, Virginia; Babungo, Northwest Region, Cameroon
4 Mar 2 Reba McEntire Stringtown, Oklahoma; Aberdeen, Mississippi; Raleigh, North Carolina; Oxford, North Carolina; Tappahannock, Virginia; Cheshire, England
5 Mar 9 Jerome Bettis Detroit, Michigan; Paducah, Kentucky; Calloway County, Kentucky
6 Mar 23 Helen Hunt Los Angeles, California; Pasadena, California; San Francisco, California; Portland, Maine
7 Mar 30 Rita Wilson Los Angeles, California; Oraio, Greece; Smolyan, Bulgaria; Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Sofia, Bulgaria
8 Apr 6 Edie Falco Long Island, New York; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; England (Fulham; Penzance)
9 Apr 27 Rob Lowe Santa Barbara, California; Washington, D.C.; Trenton, New Jersey; Newtown, Pennsylvania; Germany (Marburg; Hessisch Lichtenau)
10 May 4 Rashida Jones Los Angeles, California; New York City, New York; Dublin, Ireland; Latvia (Riga; Aizpute; Rumbula)
11 May 11 Jason Sudeikis New York City, New York; Overland Park, Kansas; Chicago, Illinois; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania;
12 May 18 Paula Deen Savannah, Georgia; Albany, Georgia; Morrow, Georgia; Athens, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; Leesburg, Georgia;

Season 4 (2013)[edit]

After being cancelled by NBC, TLC picked up the series and the new season began on July 23, 2013 at 9/8c. Celebrities taking part in season 4 are Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Handler, Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood, Jim Parsons and Chris O'Donnell.[11]

Episode Airdate Featured celebrity Locations visited
1 Jul 23 Kelly Clarkson[12] Columbus, Ohio; Decatur, Georgia; Andersonville, Georgia; Marietta, Ohio; Coal Run, Ohio
2 Jul 30 Christina Applegate[12] Trenton, New Jersey
3 Aug 6 Chelsea Handler[12] Bochum, Germany; Herne, Germany; Berlin, Germany; Saint-Raphaël, France; Algona, Iowa
4 Aug 13 Zooey Deschanel[12][13] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Christiana, Pennsylvania[13][14]
5 Aug 20 Chris O'Donnell[15] St. Louis, Missouri; Washington, District of Columbia; Annapolis, Maryland; Baltimore, Maryland
6 Aug 27 Cindy Crawford Boston, Massachusetts; Hartford, Connecticut; Taunton, England; London, England; Aachen, Germany
7 Sep 3 Trisha Yearwood Nashville, Tennessee; Hampshire, England; Kew, England; Atlanta, Georgia
8 Sep 10 Jim Parsons New Orleans, Louisiana; Paris, France; Versailles, France

Season 5 (2014)[edit]

TLC renewed the show on September 10, 2013. The season premiered on July 23, 2014 and featured Cynthia Nixon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rachel McAdams, Valerie Bertinelli, and Kelsey Grammer. Initially an episode featuring Lauren Graham was planned, but canceled. Just like Kim Cattrall's episode, the network chose to air an edited version of an episode that Minnie Driver had made for the original BBC series in 2013.[16][17]

Episode Airdate Featured celebrity Locations visited
1 Jul 23 Cynthia Nixon Manhattan, New York City, New York; Washington, D.C; Jefferson City, Missouri; Leasburg, Missouri
2 Jul 30 Jesse Tyler Ferguson Albuquerque, New Mexico; Annapolis, Maryland; Evanston, Illinois; Wrangell, Alaska
3 Aug 6 Rachel McAdams Plymouth, Devon, England; Ottawa, Canada; St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada; Toronto, Canada
4 Aug 13 Valerie Bertinelli Scranton, Pennsylvania; Lanzo, Torino, Italy; London, United Kingdom
5 Aug 20 Kelsey Grammer Beverly Hills, California; San Francisco, California; Oakland, California; Portland, Oregon; Baker City, Oregon; Salem, Oregon; Benton County, Oregon
6 Aug 27 Minnie Driver

Ratings[edit]

Season 1: 2010[edit]

No. Episode Rating Share Rating/share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(timeslot)
Rank
(night)
1 "Sarah Jessica Parker" 4.6[18] 8 1.6/6[19] 6.85 2 5
2 "Emmitt Smith" 4.5[20] 8 1.8/6[21] 7.15 2 4
3 "Lisa Kudrow" 4.7 9 1.7/7 7.14 2 3
4 "Matthew Broderick" 4.1 8 1.5/5 6.21 3 9
5 "Brooke Shields" 4.0 8 1.4/6 5.90 1 5
6 "Susan Sarandon" 4.2 8[22] 1.3/5 6.35 1 2[23]
7 "Spike Lee" 3.5 7[24] 1.2/5 5.21 2 7[25]

Season 2: 2011[edit]

No. Episode Rating Share Rating/share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(timeslot)
Rank
(night)
Note
1 "Vanessa Williams" 4.5 8 1.3/4 7.31 3 6 [26]
2 "Tim McGraw" 4.2 7 1.4/5 6.59 2 4 [27]
3 "Rosie O'Donnell" 3.8 7 1.3/5 5.88 3 8 [28]
4 "Kim Cattrall" 4.1 7 1.2/4 6.18 3 9 [29]
5 "Lionel Richie" 3.9 7 1.2/4 6.11 2 5 [30]
6 "Steve Buscemi" 4.2 8 1.3/5 6.55 1 4 [31]
7 "Gwyneth Paltrow" 4.1 7 1.3/5 6.01 2 4 [32]
8 "Ashley Judd" 3.7 7 1.3/4 999 1 4 [33][34]

DVD releases[edit]

Complete season Release dates DVD extras
and bonus features
Number
of discs
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete
First Season
March 15, 2011[35] February 1, 2011[36] August 12, 2010[37] None 2
The Complete
Second Season
May 1, 2012[38] February 20, 2012[39] TBA TBA TBA

International distribution[edit]

  • In Australia, season 1 began airing on the Nine Network on April 28, 2010.[40] Season 2 and reruns of season 1 will now air on sister channel, GEM. For a reason unexplained by Nine, the episodes featuring Spike Lee and Emmitt Smith were not aired in the initial Australian screenings.
  • In the Republic of Ireland, the first season of the US version began airing on RTÉ One on Thursday, May 27, 2010, at 22:25.[41] The second series premiered on RTÉ One on Monday, July 4, 2011, at 22:40.[42]
  • In the United Kingdom, the first season of the US version began airing on BBC One on Sunday, June 13, 2010, at 21:15, the show received the same voice-over as the UK original series.[43] The second series, premiered on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 22:45. The first episode shown was that following Steve Buscemi. The fourth series premiered on BBC1 at midnight on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. The order of celebrity is changed in the opening credits to Applegate, Clarkson, O'Donnell, Deschanel, Crawford and Parsons. Handler and Yearwood are not featured as they have little profile in the UK.
  • In Sweden, the first season of the US version began airing with Swedish subtitles on SVT on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, at 13:20.
  • In Greece, the first season of the US version began airing with Greek subtitles on Fox Life on Thursday, October 14, 2010, at 21:55.
  • In Finland, the first season of the US version began airing with Finnish subtitles on MTV3 on Thursday December 30, 2010, at 20:00, called Sukujuuria etsimässä, "Looking for family roots".
  • In Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Former Yugoslav republics, the US version airs on Universal Channel, the British version airs on Viasat History.
  • In The Netherlands, the US versions of season 1 & 2 aired on August 8, 2013.
  • In Italy, the show began airing on Studio Universal on February 4, 2013. Reruns of season 2 and season 1 began airing on LaEFFE since May, 2013.
  • In Germany, it began airing on RTL Living on November 25, 2011. The network also aired the British version of the series on January 6, 2012.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Presenter Award Result
2012 Emmy Awards Outstanding Reality Program Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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