Julie Chen never knew her maternal grandfather; he died long before Julie was born. All she had heard was that he was a wealthy playboy with a rags-to-riches story. Julie sets out for rural China to learn more about his life and uncovers a dramatic tale.
Josh Groban traces his ancestors' roots to Germany. He discovers a relative who was not only a deacon, but also a music teacher & well-known astronomer. But Josh's ancestor's predictions of cataclysmic doom put him in the crosshairs of the church.
Bryan Cranston's happy childhood shattered when his father abandoned the family when Bryan was just 11. Seeking answers, Bryan explores his paternal roots, finds a troubling pattern of desertion, a man of honor and an aunt he never even knew existed.
TV host Tom Bergeron unravels the mysterious history of his paternal roots in France, following Marguerite, his 9x great grandmother, who endured upheaval as a young girl and faced a critical decision to go against her Protestant upbringing for survival.
Aisha Tyler's journey reveals an ancestor who, as a politician, struggled to keep his illegitimate son a secret. Against all odds, her 2x great-grandfather exemplifies bravery and determination during one of America's most tumultuous eras of racism.
Melissa Etheridge digs into her French roots and finds a family shaken by a scandalous lawsuit; a turbulent relationship entangled with tragedy; and an adventuresome ancestor who prospered in colonial America.