"Who Do You Think You Are?" on TLC is a reality series, which aired its first three seasons on NBC, starring today's most-beloved and iconic celebrities, who all give television viewers an intimate look as they embark on a journey of self-discovery to trace their family trees. Each episode reveals surprising, inspiring and sometimes tragic stories that are often linked to events in American and international history.

Each week, a different celebrity is taken on a journey into his or her family history. The journey is one of surprising and deeply emotional encounters with the result being one of the most compelling reality formats of recent years. During each episode, viewers are taken on an emotional, personal and often mysterious quest following America's best-known celebrities into their past, sharing their surprise as they uncover stories of heroism and tragedy, love and betrayal, secrets and intrigue that lie at the heart of their family histories.

At the same time, the series tells a distinctly American story as it celebrates the twists and turns of a great nation and the people who struggled for freedom and opportunity. As each celebrity discovers his unknown relatives — most of whom overcame huge obstacles, the show takes viewers back through world history, enveloping these celebrities in the fabric of our distinctly American history, of which we're all a part.

Season 9 features Jessica Biel, who makes surprising discoveries that change what she thought knew about her heritage; Julie Bowen, who uncovers the story of two relatives whose moral codes are from opposite ends of the spectrum; Courteney Cox, who traces her maternal line back seven centuries to the Medieval times to discover royalty in her lineage and an unbelievable tale of family drama; Jennifer Grey, who uncovers new information about the grandfather she thought she knew, learning how he survived adversity to become a beacon of his community; Smokey Robinson, who searches for answers behind the mystery of why his grandfather disappeared from his children's lives and finds a man tangled in a swirl of controversy; John Stamos, who digs into the mystery of how his grandfather became an orphan, and learns of tensions between families that led to a horrible crime; Liv Tyler, who learns that her family is tied into the complicated racial narrative of America; and Noah Wyle, who unravels the mystery of his maternal line, uncovering an ancestor who survived one of America's bloodiest battles.

Season 8 features Scott Foley, who finds a relative who risked his life for one of America's founding fathers, and an ancestor who suffered unspeakably during one of this nation's darkest times; Lea Michele, who nails down where her mysterious paternal ancestors came from, and learns of the dire economic circumstances they endured while trying to emigrate to the U.S.; Chris Noth, who learns his ancestors suffered during one of the greatest catastrophes in American history, and a relative who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of all time; Molly Ringwald, who explores family lore of Swedish royalty which uncovers her ancestors' harrowing lives and a brave woman who forever changed her family's fate; Katey Sagal, who is shocked to learn of her family's Amish roots, and digs deeper as she realizes the level of dedication to their faith; and Aisha Tyler, who tracks down her 2x great-grandfather, whose story had been lost over generations, and uncovers an astonishing tale of a prominent ancestor whose struggle to keep his illegitimate son a secret made headlines.

Season 7 features Ginnifer Goodwin, J.K. Rowling, Alfre Woodard, Bryan Cranston and Tom Bergeron.

Season 6 features Julie Chen, who brings the series to China for the first time ever and learns about her grandfather's brave and generous contributions to his country; Angie Harmon, who meets a family member she didn't know existed, and learns that he fought under George Washington; Sean Hayes, who travels to Ireland to learn more about his father's side of the family; Bill Paxton, who reads captivating first-hand accounts of wartime battles in which his four times great grandfather was involved, and walks in his footsteps at the site where he fought a battle in the American Revolution; Melissa Etheridge, who heads to Quebec to trace the history of her paternal side, learns about the scandalous marriage of her 6x great-grandparents; America Ferrera, who brings the series to Honduras for the first time ever, learns about the father she barely knew, and unravels her great-grandfather's role in the violent Central American political system; Tony Goldwyn, who is familiar with his prestigious paternal Hollywood lineage, but knows little about his mother's side of the family. In his episode, he comes to learn about his 3x great-grandparents, who fought for women's rights and westward expansion; and Josh Groban, who discovers his 8x great-grandfather was a highly educated and renowned scientist that studied astronomy, and was quoted by Isaac Newton himself.

Season 5 features Cynthia Nixon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rachel McAdams, Valerie Bertinelli, Kelsey Grammer and Minnie Driver.

Season 4 features A-list names, including Christina Applegate, Kelly Clarkson, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Handler, Chris O'Donnell, Trisha Yearwood and Jim Parsons.

Season 3 features Martin Sheen, Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood, Reba McEntire, Rob Lowe, Helen Hunt, Rita Wilson, Edie Falco, Rashida Jones, Jerome Bettis, Jason Sudeikis and Paula Deen.

Season 2 features Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie, Rosie O'Donnell, Steve Buscemi, Tim McGraw and Vanessa Williams.

Season 1 features Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields and Emmitt Smith.

From executive producer Kudrow ("Friends," "The Comeback") in conjunction with her production company, Is or Isn't Entertainment, and the U.K.'s Wall to Wall productions, "Who Do You Think You Are?" is an adaptation of the hugely successful British factual entertainment format.

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Network: TLC
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: March 5, 2010
Seasons: 9
Production Companies:
Is or Isn't Entertainment
Wall to Wall productions

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