Faces of America

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Faces of America
with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Directed byJohn Maggio
Presented byHenry Louis Gates, Jr.
ComposerMichael Bacon
Country of originUnited States
No. of series1
No. of episodes4
ProducersBarak Goodman, Sue Williams, John Maggio, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., William R. Grant, Peter Kunhardt, Dyllan Mcgee
Running time55 minutes (roughly)
Production companyKunhardt McGee Productions
Original networkPBS
Original releaseFebruary 10 (2010-02-10) –
March 3, 2010 (2010-03-03)
Preceded byAfrican American Lives
Followed byFinding Your Roots

Faces of America is a four-part Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television television series hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates.[1] The series originally aired February 10 – March 3, 2010 from 8–9 p.m. ET.[2] In Australia, this program aired on SBS One each Sunday at 7:30pm from 9 -30 January 2011.[3]


It uses genealogical research and genetics to find the family history of 12 Americans: Elizabeth Alexander, Mario Batali, Stephen Colbert, Louise Erdrich, Malcolm Gladwell, Eva Longoria, Yo-Yo Ma, Mike Nichols, Queen Noor of Jordan, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Meryl Streep, and Kristi Yamaguchi.[1]

In the series finale, Gates explored the emerging use of full genome sequencing to understand personal ancestry and health, by learning what might be inferred from his whole genome sequence, and that of his father, through in-depth analysis by a personal genomics company (Knome) and the Broad Institute.

In 2012, PBS aired another miniseries entitled Finding Your Roots also examining questions of genealogy and genetics, and hosted by Gates.[4]


No. Title Original air date
1"Our American Stories"February 10, 2010 (2010-02-10)
This episode explores the ups and downs of immigration into America during the 20th century.[5]
2"Becoming American"February 16, 2010 (2010-02-16)
3"Making America"February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)
4"Know Thyself"March 2, 2010 (2010-03-02)

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  1. ^ a b Stanley, Alessandra (2010-02-09). "Henry Louis Gates Jr. Looks at Americans' Genealogy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  2. ^ PBS WNET: About Faces of America. Accessed online 7 March 2010.
  3. ^ "SBS Documentary Synopsis: Faces of America". SBS Television Online. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
  4. ^ Finding Your Roots. PBS. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  5. ^ "Video: Our American Stories - Watch Faces of America Online - PBS Video". PBS Video. Retrieved 30 June 2015.

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