This series premiered right around the start of the Olympics, so a lot of people may have missed it. I got caught up watching the first three (of four) episodes online and am in love with it! I know NBC is doing something similar and I'll watch that one too, but this one is fantastic. Gates examines the family histories of 12 well-known Americans and looks at what it means to be an American and how those specific 12 families ended up here. It's incredibly interesting and moving.What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of the new PBS series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The Harvard scholar turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans — professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander, chef Mario Batali, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Louise Erdrich, journalist Malcolm Gladwell, actress Eva Longoria, musician Yo-Yo Ma, director Mike Nichols, Her Majesty Queen Noor, television host/heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, actress Meryl Streep, and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.
Faces of America | PBS