So reality-based TV can be both popular and uplifting? Really? Yep! And for proof, just take a look at one of the new family history shows on television. You’ll learn that watching others discover more about their roots is compelling. You’re probably already familiar with shows like Who Do You Think You Are? and Faces of America, which feature celebrities. But what about the rest of us? Doesn’t everyone have a story to tell? That’s the premise for The Generations Project—a reality-based family history show that uncovers the remarkable stories and family histories of everyday people.
The second season premiers Monday, March 28 at 7:00 MDT on BYUtv (which is available through many satellite and cable companies). The show website states:
“The Generations Project is a television series about discovering your roots. It takes ordinary people on a hands-on journey to learn about their ancestors and in the process discover more about themselves.
“The second season of The Generations Project takes you from Germany to Holland to New York’s ‘Little Pakistan’ and everywhere in between, following eleven journeys into the past: the Denkes explore the origins of their children’s life-threatening genetic disease. Kerry hopes his ancestors will help him find his estranged son, and Ty delves into his complicated heritage as a son of Nazi Germany. They along with eight other guests engage with the past to understand the present.”
This is great television. As we watch these stories, we begin to reflect on our own past and our own families. We begin to think about our ancestors in ways that make them feel real and much more personal. We begin to connect with them in ways that give our lives meaning, perspective, and strength. And these connections to our past also enrich the connections to our current family. In the end, we are reminded that family bonds transcend so many things. What a pleasure it is to find a reality-based TV show that aims to entertain and inspire viewers.
Learn more about The Generations Project