Celebrities explore their family trees in this series. In each episode, a star takes a globe-spanning journey of self-discovery to uncover the mysteries of his or her ancestral history. Their familial stories in turn shed light on events in American and world history.
Matthew Morrison is shocked to discover his American roots go back to the Revolutionary War. He learns of the brutality his six times great-grandfather faced on the battlefield and struggles with the choices he made to defend his beliefs.
Actress Mandy Moore is shocked to discover ancestors that lived in Australia, and travels far, determined to unlock the mystery of how they got there. She is touched by the courage of those who made the journey and the sacrifice of those who did not.
Actor Jean Smart uncovers the tale of an unconventional ancestor in Colonial Massachusetts who got her children entangled in her own thievery ring and later faced execution when she was accused of witchcraft.
Molly Shannon heads to Ireland in search of her mother's unknown family tree. She finds desperate ancestors forced to choose between their faith and survival; uncovers a family legacy of bravery; and meets Irish cousins for the first time.
Hilary Duff uncovers the tale of an ancestor who bravely led an American colony to battle a notorious gang of pirates. She dives centuries deep into her Scottish roots and is shocked to discover that she descends from a heroic medieval king.
Megan Mullally explores a shocking pattern of dysfunction in her father's line. She finds an ancestor who was bravely defying societal norms in order to fight for her family's survival, while struggling to hang on to her own sanity.
In the Season 10 premiere, Jon Cryer's journey takes him from America to Scotland as he uncovers the dramatic tale of an ancestor who survived a catastrophic battle, endured horrific conditions as a prisoner of war, and was forced to come to America as an indentured servant.