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Who Do You Think You Are?

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Celebs' genealogical journeys are inspiring and educational.

TV NBC , TLC Reality TV 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

great family show

I love this show, but I think it would be nice once in a while that they have a lottery of a "regular" person instead of a famous person to have the chance to find their lineage. Most people are not able to dig as deep as this show allows. I belong to Ancestry but it only does so much.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (6 ):

These fascinating stories take the stars -- and viewers -- on an emotional journey through momentous times in history, putting a very human face on the ambiguous players in events like the Civil War, the Holocaust, and slavery. At the same time, the emergence of the stars' unlikely ties to important historical times inspire the concept of a deep interconnectedness within human race. After watching the show, viewers may be drawn to learn more about their own family's heritage, which makes for an excellent project the entire family can share.

If a flaw is to be found, it would be in the show's oversimplification of the sleuthing process itself. The celebrities have the benefit of working with some of the industry's best experts, who (despite what it appears) have had time to unearth documents and other evidence before they even meet with the stars. While it's true that the Internet has opened access to historical documents to regular people like never before, average citizens will find it takes quite a bit longer than it appears on the show.

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