'Who Do You Think You Are?: Season One'
(Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / Acorn Media)
Overview: The series follows seven celebrities as they trace a family line back three or more generations, ostensibly showing us the commonality of experience and profound sense of connection that comes with understanding the path of life that led you where you are.
DVD Verdict: Not many people know this, but 'Who Do You Think You Are?' - the American genealogy documentary series that premiered on NBC back in March of last year - is actually an adaptation of the British series of the same Who Do You Think You Are? series, aired by the BBC.
Basically, each week a celebrity went on a journey to trace his or her family tree; and most times, if not all times, family secrets were revealed that had each ones jaws drop, cachin' flys style! Lisa Kudrow, one of the stars revealed in the series is actually also the executive producer for the series.
Sarah Jessica Parker is given up to us first, and aside from her own things revealed (I won't give them away, save for she learns a deep, dark secret about her tenth-great grandmother!) we trek alongside her to places such as: Cincinnati, Ohio; El Dorado County, California; Boston, Massachusetts; Danvers, and Massachusetts. Then comes ex-pro footballer, Emmitt Smith, who traces his roots back to the days of slavery, as we journey with him to: Pensacola, Florida; Burnt Corn, Alabama; Claiborne, Alabama; Boydton, Virginia; Ouidah, and Benin.
Lisa is up next, and (in truth) discovers a horrible fact out about how her great grandmother was murdered by the Nazis!) whilst taking us, interestingly, to: Ilya, Belarus; Gdynia, and (of course) Poland; before Parker's husband, Matthew Broderick learns that his grandfather was a WW1 hero and takes us to such places as: Jersey City, New Jersey; New York City, New York; forest of Argonne, France; Hartford, Connecticut; Atlanta, Georgia; Marietta National Cemetery, Cobb County, and Georgia.
The lovely, with or without makeup Brooke Shields has an amazing conclusion to her journeys to: Newark, New Jersey; New York City, New York; Rome, Italy; Augerolles, France; and, inevitably, Paris, France; before Susan Sarandon's trip also reveals some quite shocking things, as she brings us back to home soil with trips to: Virginia; New York City, New York; Florence; Coreglia Antelminelli; Rockland County, and New York.
The enigmatic Spike Lee is last up, and takes us to: Atlanta, Georgia; Twiggs County, Georgia; Arlington, and Texas - where he finds out he is from an ancestry of slavery and gets to meet one of his relatives. This is a Widesreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.